cleansing— detoxifying— digestive health
Love Your Liver
The liver’s primary function is to clean the body’s blood supply. This means the liver is dealing with a broad range of toxins on a daily basis. Alcohol, sugar, stimulants, processed foods, and environmental pollutants all put an enormous strain on this super necessary organ. The combination of plants like apples, celery, bananas, lemon and chaga mushroom can help your liver maintain its optimal efficiency.
Why Liver Function is Important:
We get it, not exactly the sexiest topic in the world, but bear with us here because this stuff’s important!
If you’ve been struggling with issues in your life, it’s possible that it’s your liver. The liver is a complex yet highly undervalued and underrated organ that you can and should pay closer attention to.
Some telltale signs that your liver isn’t working as well as it should is if you experience:
- Bloating, constipation, IBS
- Heartburn or acid reflux
- Anxiety or depression
- Difficult time losing weight
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Chronic fatigue and adrenal problems
- Premature aging
- Eczema, psoriasis and acne
- Diabetes and blood sugar imbalance
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Brain fog
- Food sensitivities and allergies
- and more….
How to Support Your Liver:
The first step in making sure that your liver is in the best health possible is to remove processed foods from your diet and add foods that support and detoxify your liver. Foods like the ones in this smoothie recipe will help you get rid of toxins and will nourish your organs so that they aren’t overly taxed.
Ingredients for Liver Health Promoting Smoothie:
Provide living water to support the liver’s hydration capabilities, so it can store the water and then release it back into the bloodstream when dehydration or dirty blood syndrome occurs. The fruit acids in apples help cleanse the liver by dispersing toxic films that build up inside its storage banks. Apples starve out bacteria, yeast, mold, other funguses, and viruses from the intestinal tract and liver. Great for dissolving gallstones.
Celery is rich in vitamins and organic minerals, making is a great tonic for the liver. These nutrients help protect the liver’s cell membranes and inhibit the growth of viruses, bacteria, and fungus. Celery is also the ultimate gallbladder rehabilitator, helping to dissolve gallstones over time, making them small enough either not to cause harm or to be able to pass through the bile duct. In addition, celery is highly alkalizing and hydrating.
The “liver loves lemons. They are amazing cleansers of the liver, kidneys, spleen, thyroid, and gallbladder. They purge the many toxic substances we collect from exposure to plastics, synthetic chemicals, radiation, and poor food choices. Lemon juice also acts as a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons. Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier.
Bananas are antibacterial, anti-yeast, antifungal foods. The fructose in bananas provides a quick fuel for the liver—it’s one of the organ’s favourite food sources. Bananas also soothe the lining of the intestinal tract.
Chaga mushroom strengthens the liver while reducing toxic liver heat when the liver is under stress and burdened by troublemakers. It also supports and strengthens the adrenals, which in turn assists in strengthening the liver, making it a more difficult environment for pathogens such as viruses and bacteria to survive in.
Who doesn’t love cinnamon?!? We love adding it to our smoothies both for flavor and for improved blood circulation. While cinnamon isn’t known for its liver-cleanse properties, we enjoy its circulatory benefits.
PLANT-BASED SMOOTHIE FOR LIVER HEALTH
- 2 small apples peeled and cored
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup chilled coconut water or filtered water
- 1-2 tsp chaga mushroom powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup Sprouted Buckwheat Granola or other homemade granola
- 1/2-1 whole apple cored and cut into bite-sized pieces
- Dash of cinnamon
- Combine all smoothie base ingredients in a blender jar and blend until smooth and no chunks remain.
- Pour into a bowl or a glass and add toppings.
There we have it! A smoothie that satisfies, nourishes, detoxes, and revitalizes! Pour it in a bowl and at it with a spoon or sip it from a pretty glass and feel your liver (and the rest of your body) thanking you for the nourishment.
Dedicated to your health & wellbeing,
Z & N