Liver Cleanser Info and Juicing Recipes

Discover ‘Liver Cleanser’ Juicing Recipes

We spend a lot of time and energy cleaning our homes, clothes, hair, and skin, but we neglect to cleanse the inside of our bodies. Toxins and wastes aren‘t always efficiently cleared out of the system, mainly because we live in an environment of overload.

juices for liver cleansing

Our foods are processed and contain artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Alcohol is consumed daily and tap water is the source of many undesirable elements. The air we breathe and the products we use all contribute to a build-up of toxins. At best, this makes us feel lethargic and slightly unwell; at worst it can lead to serious illness.

What to do? Discover liver cleanser juicing recipes. Cleansing and detoxifying regimes can vary in intensity from a fasting program to subtle changes in diet and lifestyle. Any major diet restrictions should be closely supervised by a naturopath or physician, and complete fasts are not recommended, especially without professional advice. Several factors are important if you want to cleanse your system. First, cut out all processed foods and base your diet on foods as close to their natural state as possible. Eat lots of raw salads, dressed simply with a squeeze of lemon juice. Cooked vegetables should be lightly steamed, or stir-fried in a tiny amount of cold-pressed oil. Coffee, alcohol, and soft drinks should be eliminated from the diet.

Secondly, make sure the organs of the body that regulate cleansing and elimination are working properly. The liver plays an important role in removing toxins from the system, and a healthy low-fat diet is needed to maintain optimum function. The consumption of alcohol, saturated fats, spicy foods, tea, and coffee all increase the workload of the liver and should be kept to a minimum. The kidneys also assist in elimination by filtering out toxins. Many drinks in this section, have ingredients that stimulate the liver and kidneys, and that are naturally laxative and diuretic, hence I call them ‘liver cleanser’ juice drinks.

It is also important to examine your immediate environment for anything that could be harmful. Avoid excessive use of chemical-based cleaning products, so-called “air fresheners,” and pesticides. Recent research suggests we are over-cleaning our homes, thanks to scare tactics by companies advertising their cleaning products. Some cleaning products are more harmful than a little grime!


Super “Orange” Juice

This is a good juice for days when you are eating lightly perhaps after a time of over-indulgence. Mango soothes the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestine, and is considered in Ayurvedic medicine to have rejuvenative properties; while papaya contains the enzyme papain, which aids digestion. Pineapple has appetite supressing enzymes. Both mango and papaya are high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that helps to eliminate free radicals from the body. They also have significant amounts of the powerful antioxidant vitamin C, as do orange and pineapple.


1 orange, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1/2 mango, peeled and cut from pit

1/2 small papaya, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1/4 pineapple, peeled, cored, and chopped.


In a juicer, process all the ingredients.

Makes about 2 cups (16 fl oz/500 ml); serves 2


Prune and Apple Drink

Prunes are a natural laxative, and apples provide soluble fiber in the form of pectin.

Psyllium husks help eliminate toxins, and black currants are high in antioxidants.


4 pitted primes

3/4 cup (6fl oz/180 ml) water

2 apples, unpeeled, cored, and chopped

1 cup (4 oz/125 g) fresh, or thawed frozen, black currants or blueberries

2 teaspoons psylliam husks


In a small saucepan, combine the prunes and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, for 10 minutes. Let cool.


In a juicer, process the apples and black currants. In a blender, combine the apple-currant juice and the prunes and their liquid. Blend until smooth. Whisk in the psyllium husks and serve immediately.

Makes about 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml); serves 1


Grape and Dandelion Juice

Dandelions, generally thought of as a weed, are a valuable liver and blood cleanser. There are usually some lurking in the garden, but make sure that you identify them correctly and that they haven’t been sprayed with an herbicide. Substitute 1/2 cup (1/2 oz/ 15 g) packed parsley sprigs if you have no access to dandelion leaves. The lecithin helps to break down and eliminate cholesterol, and the grapes are slightly laxative and cooling to the body.


2 cups (8 oz/250 g) red grapes

10 fresh dandelion leaves

1/2 lime, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 teaspoon lecithin


In a juicer, alternately process folded dandelion leaves with grapes and pieces of lime to help the leaves through the blades. Stir in the lecithin (note that it will not completely dissolve).

Makes about 3/4 cup (6 fl oz/180 ml); serves 1


Orange, Ginger and Herb Drink

Basil is antibacterial and a blood purifier, and thyme is also antibacterial, particularly for the gastro-intestinal tract. Ginger stimulates circulation, and orange provides the antioxidant vitamin C.


4 fresh basil leaves, chopped

2 large sprigs thyme

1/2—inch (12-mm) piece fresh ginger sliced

1 cup (8 fl 0z/250 ml) boiling water

1 teaspoon honey juice of 1 large orange


In a cup, combine the herbs and ginger. Add the boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes, then strain. Stir in the honey then the orange juice. Serve warm.

Makes about 1 1/4 cups (10 fl oz/300 ml); serves 1


Cranberry and Barley Drink

The cranberries in this drink are high in vitamin C and potassium, and are slightly diuretic, as well as having antiviral and antibacterial properties. The barley water is soothing and alkalizing, and helps to reduce cholesterol. You can purchase ready—made barley water, or make your own by combining 1/4 cup (2 oz/60 g) pearl barley and 3 cups (24 fl oz/750 ml) water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until the liquid has reduced to 1/2 cup (4 fl oz/ 125 ml), about 30 minutes.

Strain and let cool.


1 apple, unpeeled; cored, and chopped

1-1/4 cups (5 oz/150 g) fresh, or thawed frozen, cranberries

1/2 cup (4 oz/125 ml) barley water


In a juicer process the apple and cranberries. Stir in the barley water.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups (12 fl oz/375 ml); serves 1


Spinach and Red Pepper Juice

This drink is high in antioxidants, which slow cellular-aging and degeneration, and it also contains calcium, folic acid, and iron. The cinnamon stimulates circulation and improves digestion.


2 cups (2 oz/60 g] packed fresh spinach leaves

1 large red hell pepper (capsicum), seeded and chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1/2 inch (12mm) piece fresh ginger l

arge pinch ground cinnamon


In a juicer, process the spinach, bell pepper, carrot, and ginger. Whisk in the cinnamon.

Makes about 3/4 cup (6 fl oz/180 ml); serves 1



Fennel, Pear and Mint Juice

This delicious drink helps with cleansing and elimination after a period of indulgence. The pear is mildly laxative, while the mint and asafoetida help to reduce gas and sweeten the breath.


1/2 fennel bulb, trimmed, and cored

2 pears, unpeeled, cored, and chopped

pinch asafoetida

10 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped


In a juicer, process the fennel and pears. Whisk in the asafoetida and mint.

Makes about 1 1/4 cups (10 fl oz/300 ml); serves 1


Mango and Lychee Juice

This is a very soothing, cooling drink. The mango soothes the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestine, while the lychees, coconut water, and rose water purify the blood. The coconut water is also diuretic, and good for the kidneys and urinary tract.


2 mangos, peeled and cut from pit

10 lychees, peeled and pitted

1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml] coconut water

few drops rose water to taste (optional)


In a juicer, process the mango and lychees. Stir in the coconut water and the rose water, if desired. Serve immediately.

Makes about 2 cups (16 fl oz/500 ml); serves 2


Carrot, Celery and Arugula Juice

Celery works to purify the blood, kidneys, and bladder, and contains compounds that counter the effect of environmental pollutants. Fenugreek helps to lower blood pressure, purify the blood, and reduce gas.


1 fenugreek tea bag

1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) boiling water

1 carrot, chopped

1-1/2 cups (1 1/2 oz/45 g) packed fresh arugala leaves

2 stalks celery, chopped


Put the fenugreek tea bag in a cup and add the boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes, then remove the tea bag and refrigerate the tea until cold, about 20 minutes, In a juicer first process the carrot, then the arugula and celery. Pour in the tea and stir to combine.

Makes about 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml); serves 1


Cantaloupe, Blueberry and Mint Juice

Cantaloupe (rockmelon) contains the antioxidant beta-carotene, and its high water content helps t0 flush out the system. Blueberries contribute vitamin C, as well as antibacterial compounds, which help to combat gastro-intestinal and urinary tract infections. Mint is a digestive herb, and parsley is an effective diuretic.


1/2 cup (1/2 oz/15 g) packed parsley sprigs with stems

10 fresh mint leaves

1/2 cantalupe (rockmelon), peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 cup (4 02/125g) fresh, or thawed frozen, blueberries


In a juicer, alternately process the parsley and mint with pieces of cantaloupe, then the blueberries. Stir to combine.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups (12 fl oz/375 ml); serves 1-2


Carrot, Apple and Cucumber Juice

This juice is very refreshing, as cucumber has a cooling effect on the body as well as being mildly diuretic, Apples are a good source of vitamin C and soluble fiber. The natural sugars in the apple provide energy, which is useful during a cleansing juice fast or semi-fast. Carrots are bursting with beta-carotene, a super antioxidant.


1 small cucumber chopped

1 large apple, unpeeled, cored, and chopped

1 carrot, chopped


In a juicer, process all the ingredients.

Makes about 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml); serves 1


Watercress and Orange Juice

This drink has plenty of chlorophyll, a blood purifier. The lettuce has a high water content, which is cooling and cleansing, and the alfalfa aids digestion and lowers cholesterol; The vitamin C in the oranges helps the body utilize the iron in the watercress.


2 cups (2 oz/60 g) packed watercress sprigs

2 oz (60 g) alfalfa sprouts

2 large iceberg lettuce leaves

2 oranges, peeled, seeded, and chopped In a juicer, process all the ingredients.


Makes about 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml); serves 1


Beet, Spinach and Pear Juice

Beets (beetroot) are a liver stimulant and a blood improver, and they help to cleanse the digestive system, as well as being rich in vitamins and minerals. Spinach contains carotenoids and vitamin C, both antioxidants that help to eliminate free radicals from the body. The pear adds soluble fiber and a sweet taste.


2 cups (2 oz/60 g) packed fresh spinach leaves

1 beet (beetroot), trimmed, unpeeled, and chopped

1 pear unpeeled, cored, and chopped

filtered or spring water to taste ( optional)


In a juicer, process the spinach, then the beet and pear. Dilute with a small amount of water to taste, if desired.

Makes about 3/4 cup (6 fl oz/180 ml); serves 1


Radish, Parsley and Carrot Juice

This peppery drink has diuretic properties. The radishes contain cancer-preventing compounds, as well as magnesium for muscle and nervous system function. The antioxidants in the carrots help to eliminate damaging free radicals.


2 radishes, trimmed and chopped

1 cup (1 oz/30 g) packed parsley sprigs with stems

2 large carrots, chopped in a juicer, process the radishes, then the parsley and carrots.


Makes about 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml); serves 1


Peach, Plum and Raspberry Juice

Red—fleshed plums are one of the best fruit sources of antioxidants. Peaches contain potassium, which helps to eliminate waste and cleanse the system. Raspberries are said to cleanse and detoxify the digestive system, as well as being a good source of vitamin C, folate, and fiber. Psyllium husks aid elimination.


1 peach, unpeeled, pitted, and chopped

2 red—fleshed plums, pitted and chopped

1 cup (4 oz/125 g) fresh, or thawed frozen, raspberries

2 teaspoons psyllium husks


In a juicer, process all the fruit. Whisk in the psyllium husks and serve immediately.

Makes about 11/2 cups (12 fl oz/375 ml); serves 1


Try any of these liver cleanser juicing recipes, or the 3 day cleansing routine.

 


28. August 2010 by Sue
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