Liver Detoxing Juices

Many people who begin juicing or go on a juice fast feel light-headed, groggy, and have muscle aches. “How can this be,” they rightfully wonder. The truth is that you will feel worse until you are better. It’s called a “healing crisis” and most people have some symptoms.

Human fat tissue stores hundreds of environmental toxins like DDE, PBC, and hexachlorobenzene. See, Factors affecting the storage and excretion of toxic lipophilic xenobiotics. “Lipophilic toxins have been introduced into the environment both as functional compounds, such as pesticides, and as industrial waste from incineration or the manufacture of electrical transformer components….The principal route of entry of lipophilic toxins into humans is through the food chain, and most of them are stored in adipose tissue.”

See also, Effects of yo-yo diet, caloric restriction, and olestra on tissue distribution of hexachlorobenzene. “Chlorinated hydrocarbons are lipophilic, toxic, and persistent in the environment and animal tissues. They enter the body in food and are stored in adipose tissue. Loss of body fat through caloric restriction mobilizes stored lipophilic xenobiotics and results in distribution to other tissues.”

The liver is the organ responsible for detoxing your body. Although there are many “cleanses” marketed as liver detox systems, the truth is that your liver needs the vitamins and phytonutrients present in whole foods. The liver also needs amino acids in order to filter toxins.

The most important foods for a liver detox are sulfur-rich foods (allium vegetables like onion and garlic and cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and bok choy.

If you’re feeling a little wheezy while juicing, remember that it’s only natural. Also incorporate more cruciferous vegetables into your juices.

Liver Detoxing Juices

Cabbage grapefruit juice

  • 1 whole cabbage
  • 2 grapefruits
  • 1 apple

Pineapple kale juice

  • 2 cups pineapple (remove rind)
  • 6 large kale leaves + stems

Kale lemonade

  • 6 large kale leaves + stems
  • 4 lemons
  • 1 apple
  • (sparkling water)

Bok Choy Ginger Lemonade

  • 6 bok choy leaves + stems
  • 3 small lemons (I always remove the skin; others leave it on for zest)
  • 1″ ginger

Beet, carrot, kale, ginger juice

  • 1 medium sized beet
  • 3 carrots
  • 5 whole kale leaves + stems
  • 1″ ginger

Cabbage carrot juice

  • 1 whole cabbage
  • 6 carrots
  • 1″ ginger