• Anna Lunaria, L.Ac.

Liver & Gallbladder Gentle Spring Cleansing

Gentle Liver/Gallbladder Cleanse
  • Apples: Fresh apples are detoxifying and help to stimulate a sluggish liver.

  • Radish & Daikon with their spicy and bitter flavor are excellent for Liver & Gallbladder function. Try a green apple and radish into thin slices and stacking them together for a great flavor combination.

  • Asparagus: Both the roots and shoots of asparagus have a stimulating effect on the liver. Asparagus root can often be found in health food or Asian food stores as a dried herb more commonly sold under it’s Latin name, Astragalus. Besides supporting the liver, Astragalus tea also supports the heart, kidneys and immune system. It can help prevent viral infections, raise vitality and promote healing and tissue regeneration.

  • Beets: Fresh beetroot juice is a superb liver and gallbladder cleanser. It can be mixed with carrot and other vegetable juices. If you are not able to make fresh juices, at least try to have eat beets twice a week. Try grating some raw beets to add to a salad, or coleslaw.

  • Burdock: The bitter elements in burdock root help to stimulate digestion and cleanse the liver. It’s also been used traditionally by herbalists as a blood purifier.

  • Celery: Increases bile flow.

  • Carrots: Stimulate the liver.

  • Dandelion Root: The liver healing properties of dandelion root have been known by herbalists for centuries. The bitter properties of dandelion root tea stimulate the digestion, liver and activate bile flow, making it a great liver cleanser and tonic.

  • Green Vegetables: Fresh green vegetables are a great blood tonic, they help to increase the flow of bile in the liver. They also make the body more alkaline, bringing it back into a more natural, healthy state.

  • Lemons: Lemons are a superfood that should be included in everyone’s daily diet for many reasons. But focusing specifically on the liver, a daily glass of water with a squeeze of fresh lemon will promote healthy bile activity, and help to alkalinize and cleanse the body.

  • Olive Oil: Organic oils are essential for increasing bile action. Have at least one tablespoon daily.

  • Turmeric: Useful for treating liver and gallbladder problems, relieving liver damage, and increasing bile production. Turmeric also has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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