Each and every cell in your body produces toxins while performing different functions that are needed to keep you alive and functioning. Even the food you eat introduces toxins into your body, which would be extremely unhealthy due to toxin buildup, if it weren’t for your detoxification organs, such as your liver, kidneys, and skin. Your liver is easily one of the most important organs of your body as it functions continuously to neutralize the harmful effects of toxins by effectively getting rid of them. Though your liver is so important, it can easily get damaged, which can result in it functioning inaccurately.
In order to take proper care of your liver, you need to watch what you eat. By consuming fatty junk foods, unhealthy processed foods, excess refined sugar, and foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup, excess medications and supplements, and alcohol, you add unnecessary strain to your liver. Being overweight can also result in excess fat buildup in your cells, which can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, causing your liver to swell. Luckily, you can take the help of nature to prepare a juice that effectively cleanses your liver.
Recipe That Cleanses Your Liver
You can prepare this juice and drink it on a regular basis to keep your liver healthy and maintaining proper function.
- 500 ml boiled and cooled water
- 6 fresh lemons
- 4 garlic cloves
- Ginger root
- 4 mint leaves
- 3 grapefruits
- 3 tablespoons of flaxseed oil
- A pinch of cumin powder
1. Cut the lemons and the grapefruit, squeeze out the juice into a glass, and keep it aside.
2. Chop the ginger and garlic into small chunks and place them in a bowl.
3. Pour some water into the bowl and let it sit for a while.
4. Add the lemon and grapefruit juice, flaxseed oil, mint leaves, and cumin powder into a blender.
5. Also, add the ginger and garlic water into the blender and blend all the ingredients well.
6. Pour the juice into a glass and drink it.
Repeat the procedure 2 to 3 times a week on an empty stomach.
How Does Each Ingredient Help Your Liver?
Lemons And Grapefruit: They are rich in antioxidants that reduce the oxidative stress in your liver. They are also extremely hydrating and help flush out toxins that may be damaging your liver health.123
Mint: It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It improves digestion and stimulates liver function. It is a very refreshing plant and drinking mint tea after a heavy meal helps you feel less stuffed and bloated.4
Garlic: Garlic contains high levels of natural compounds, such as allicin and selenium, which help cleanse your liver. It also helps activates certain enzymes in your liver that can flush out toxins.7
Flaxseeds: They contain 3 distinct components, such as fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and lignans, which are all extremely beneficial for your liver. Lignan is a fiber-like substance that has antioxidant properties, omega-3 fatty acids improve your cholesterol levels and bring down overall inflammation, which can lead to liver damage, and fiber helps reduce the occurrence of fatty liver disease.8
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