Start the year with some liver TLC
One of the liver’s many roles is to filter toxic chemicals (heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides, alcohol etc..) from our blood stream and to help us break down the fats in our diet. Its detoxification role is vital to our health and vitality, so giving it a bit of TLC can be a very helpful thing to do.
This recipe is packed with ingredients which are beneficial for your liver:
Green leafy vegetables are high in chlorophyll, which helps cleanse the blood (the liver’s job!)
Green tea helps your body produce a type of antioxidant called glutathione, which is needed for our liver to filter out harmful materials
Lemon is full of vitamin C, which helps to thin and decongest bile, enabling the liver to more effectively break down fat
Turmeric helps with the digestion of fats and stimulates the production of bile, which contains all of the waste from the liver
Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which help support the liver through its cleansing process
Finally apples provide the soluble fibre pectin, which helps eliminate metals and food additives from the bloodstream.
- 2 large handful of green leaves* (spinach, lettuce, chard)
- Piece of fresh turmeric, peeled (about 2 inches or more to taste)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Large mug of cooled green tea or more depending on the thickness you want
- ½ a small avocado
- Small handful of walnuts
- 1 green apple
- You can also add a dose of liquid milk thistle, a powerful herb for liver health (best purchased from an independent health food store, follow instructions on the bottle).
*Avoid brassica family of vegetables if low thyroid function (Kale, broccoli, cabbage, cavolo nero)
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Enjoy!
Ingredients must be fresh, raw and preferably organic.