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liver cleanse and green smoothies

Two questions:

1) Does anyone have a home recipe for a tried-and-true liver cleanse? I've heard olive oil with a mixture of things but I don't know if this *really* works (or how) or how much olive oil to use.

2) Anyone have a kick-ass recipe for green smoothies?


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Jan. 27th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
1. None of them *really* work. Eat healthy. Cut out meat and dairy and high-fat foods for a few weeks, if you think it'll help. Your liver cleanses itself and your body.

2. Cantaloupe and spinach are my favorite combos :)
Jan. 27th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
i just add spinach to whatever smoothie i'm making anyway! i usually use frozen fruit, yogurt, and either oj or milk (to make it blend more easily). if you use oj, you can barely taste the spinach, and you'll have a sweeter smoothie. if you use milk, the spinach adds a little somethin'-somethin'. experiment with ratios--you really can't go wrong as far as i'm concerned.
Jan. 27th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
I have a number of friends and friends-of-friends with Hepatitis C, who reported good results using Sandra Cabot's liver cleansing diet. Not all the supplements etc, just a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables and low in crud. It didn't cure their hep C or anything (well, one no longer has it but the rest, no) but they felt better on it. Because they were eating a healthy diet. As people with compromised liver function, I think they're in a position to tell true.
Jan. 27th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
Check out curezone.org for liver flush stuff. There is a lot of over the top info there, but I did a flush with the Hulda Clark recipe and liked it.
Jan. 27th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
2. Lacinato/dino kale and whole (peeled) oranges or fresh orange juice. Cut out the hard membranes if you're like me and don't have one of those fancy, high-powered $500 blenders!

Mango, strawberry (frozen ones work great too), chard (minus the stems).

Frozen bananas, red leaf lettuce, a good amount of cinnamon (an essential for this one, if you ask me!)

Whole (peeled) pink/red grapefruit and cos/romaine lettuce.

I used to think green smoothies were so disgusting, once having tried things like blending a ton of beautiful (and then wasted) fresh raspberries and watercress...yuck. Usually, I've found that rather than using just one fruit and blending with a ton of greens or trying another strange combo, I make a smoothie that I would normally like and start adding greens a handful at a time and tasting as I go. I happen to love citrus, so blending one of my favorites with some greens usually works. You'll probably find that over time you can add more and more greens, almost without noticing. I stop just before it gets 'too green' tasting for me. ;) Actually, most 'regular' fruit smoothies taste too sweet for me without adding some greens.

I hope you find some that you like! :)
Jan. 27th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)

i ended up doing a spinach/kale/orange juice smoothie...but my blender is also kinda not so good at breaking it down completely. more like liquid salad :)
Jan. 27th, 2009 09:28 am (UTC)
Hee! No problem--I hear you on the liquid salad problem, but that sounds like a good mix. :)

I really hope it didn't taste like chunky orange grass! In that case, I'd say maybe add more water or ice for a better consistency. I'll admit, I use a straw to help it go down better. They really aren't that bad at all once you find a blend you like. Good luck! <3
Jan. 27th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
put the green part in first, it will blend it more.
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Same here, lol but that is when I pour it in a bowl and call it soup ;P
Jan. 27th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)
There is no liver cleanse that has been shown to do what it says it does. So, the best homemade one is none at all. Like other people said, just get plenty of fluids and make sure you're eating high-fiber and nutrient-rich foods.
Jan. 27th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
i don't know about liver cleanses, but you might want to look into Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root. They're both supposed to offer significant liver support.
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