This month I am trying out 12 new recipes for Project 12. I started with this one, a Liver Fat Flush drink. I got the idea from my friend, Chris Bryan, who is a personal trainer and easy on the eyes. You can check out a video of him making the flush HERE. (I keep telling him to make these videos with his shirt off, but I guess that isn’t professional.)
Why do a liver flush? Liver flushing rids your liver of toxins and accumulated junk. If all goes to plan, this should make your liver work a lot better. Most people feel great afterwards too. I started Saturday, so this is day 3 for me, and I do feel very hydrated already. I’m also hoping it will counter balance the champagne and ice cream cake that I was forced to consume on Mother’s day.
The reason you feel great is because your liver is a very important organ to have working properly. It is the one of the job whores in the body, and when it is inefficient it can quickly lead to disease. From hepb.org, the liver:
- Stores vitamins, sugar and iron to help give your body energy.
- Controls the production and removal of cholesterol.
- Clears your blood of waste products, drugs, and other poisonous substances.
- Makes clotting factors to stop excessive bleeding after cuts or injuries.
- Produces immune factors and removes bacteria from the bloodstream to combat infection.
- Releases a substance called “bile” to help digest food and absorb important nutrients.
Something else that it does is break down or metabolizes the body’s hormones once they have done their work in the body. This is significant because if the liver is not efficient at breaking down these hormones they can accumulate in the body and cause hormonal imbalances, which can lead to acne, weight gain, fatigue, and moodiness. Although those symptoms sound like a sunny day, (HA!) I need my liver to run at top speed. I thought I would give this a try for 7 days.
Here is what you need for each day: A gallon of distilled water, 2 bags of organic dandelion root tea, 3 ounces of Knudsen’s unsweetened cranberry juice, and 1/2 fresh organic lemon. (I got all these ingredients at the Fresh Market)
I poured a little of the water out of the gallon (and drank it!) to make room for the other ingredients. Measure out the 3 ounces of cranberry juice.
Squeeze half a lemon in the cranberry juice.
Pour the cranberry/lemon juice mixture in the water and add 2 bags of the dandelion root tea. Stick the gallon in the fridge and it is ready to go. Side note: I love tea bag sayings. Pause. Connect. <3
You drink an entire gallon a day for 7 days. I usually drink a ton of water, so getting the gallon in was easy for me. The taste is not bad either… like very watered down unsweetened lemonade. I bought extra water, so I pre-make the gallon for the following day so I am ready to go!
How is your water intake? Does this sound like something you want to try? Why or Why not?
Have an amazing week…spend it doing things that lift you up and with people who support you. I hope I see you on your mat…Check out my teaching schedule this week: CLICK HERE