Liver Cleanse Tonic
Vegetarian. Vegan. Gluten Free. Dairy Free.
This recipe is a really delicious, yet not over powering, combination of ingredients which naturally aid cleansing and boosting of liver function, helping to remove toxins and carcinogens from the body. The liver is a pretty amazing organ. It is responsible for clearing toxins from the body, processing food nutrients and it is involved in regulating body metabolism. Fat accumulation, alcohol misuse, viral infection, toxic damage and cancer can damage the liver. (information source; http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/liver_explained)INGREDIENTS:
1/2 tsp ginger
1 small lime
1 tsp of lemon juice
1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
2 sprigs of of fresh mint
3/4 of almost boiling water
1/4 tsp of ground turmeric
2 x carrots
1/2 a medium raw beetroot
6 slices of frozen cucumber
Place almost boiling water in a glass with the mint sprigs, ginger, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, lemon & lime juice. It is important that the water isn’t boiling as this will destroy the Vitamin C in the citrus fruits. Let this concoction brew for 5mins to allow the nutrients to combine and the favours to seep into the water. Juice carrots and beetroot into a different glass whilst you wait for the other tonic to brew.
When the 5mins is up place 4 slices of frozen cucumber into the tonic to further chill the mix and add to the refreshing nature of the juice.
Once the juice is chilled strain the tonic into the glass containing the carrot and beetroot juice to remove the mint leaves and cucumber. Serve with 2 frozen slices of cucumber.
Why am I using these ingredients?
LEMON AND LIME:
As we know citrus fruits are very high in vitamin C. This helps the body to break down and synthesize toxic materials into compounds that can be absorbed by water and therefore better assimilated and eliminated from the body. Drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps stimulate the liver.
Turmeric is a fantastic anti-inflammatory spice that works wonders in boosting the detoxification of the liver. It does this by assisting enzymes that flushing dietary carcinogens from your system.
Carrots contain a high level of Beta Carotene, which is the component in carrots that is converted into Vitamin A by the body, it is a powerful antioxidant which means it protects cells from free radical damage and is therefore good for overall health & function.
Beetroot is a powerful liver cleanser, like carrots, it has high levels of betacarotene as well as calcium and iron, and also works as a good laxative (so don’t have too much)
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
Apple cider vinegar has a vast range of uses in the areas of beauty, cleaning and detoxifying, just to name a few. By adding this tonic to your juice it may help improve lymph circulation which helps the body get rid of waste and toxins from the bloodstream.