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Continuing in our theme of looking at how you can cleanse your body through natural foods and yoga, today I would like to share with you an easy detox technique-the Liver Flush. This is a detox technique I use to cleanse and purify myself from the inside out.
The Liver Flush is great to boost and cleanse your system, especially at this time of the year, when your energy and vitality levels are low and you struggle to maintain your New Year Healthier and Fitter You resolutions.
If you are feeling sluggish, demotivated and your system in need of a cleanse, the Liver Flush, may well be the detox technique you need to motivate and kick-start your desire for a Healthier 2012
In today’s post, I will share with you the basics of the Liver Flush and in later posts we can go into a bit more detail and look at what foods you can eat and yoga poses to include whilst on the Liver Flush. Who knows, we could even end up doing an on-line Liver Flush together! Food for thought. First things first, what is The Liver Flush and what can it do for you to feel healthier and clearer?
The Liver Flush
The Liver Flush drink is something which I am the first to admit takes a while to get use to, yet if you can overcome your resistant to drinking olive oil, (a key ingredient in the liver flush) you will feel amazing after a day or so of following this simple purifying diet.
What is the Liver Flush?
I first came across the Liver Flush as part of my teachings with my teacher, Shola Arewa. It was 2000 and I was part of a group of eager women participating in a 12 months Personal and Spiritual Development Course. During the first meeting, Shola announced we would spend the first part of the programme on a detox-including a Liver Flush to help prepare us-physically, spiritually and emotionally for the year ahead. At the time, I remembered grimacing and thinking “I aint doing that…what’s that..that sounds harsh…” I had thought of us sticking tubes and other objects into our liver as well as our bottoms! But, as the day progressed, I realised the Liver Flush – and accompanying diet plan-was simply a mixture of everyday ingredients – ranging from ginger, olive oil, garlic, grapefruits, apples and lemons, blended together and drank first thing in the morning, followed by the Liver Flush Herbal Tea and mindfully eating natural and wholesome foods during the rest of the day.
If you are thinking you would like to try this cleanse, I would say, just try the Liver Flush drink for a couple of days, see how you get on and then, try it again when you are ready to do a more in depth detox, details of which I’ll share with you in later posts.
What Does The Liver Flush Do?
The purpose of the Liver Flush, is to help flush waste out of the system and stimulate and lubricate the digestive organs. It is an alkaline diet designed for elimination and internal cleansing. After a couple days drinking the Liver Flush, especially if you incorporate it into a full detox programme, eating raw, wholesome and natural foods, you will notice just how huge, moist and smooth your bowel movements are!
There are numerous versions of the Liver Flush available. This particular version is based on the teachings of Dr Stone and further details can be found in my Polarity Therapy teacher’s book -Polarity Therapy-The Power That Heals by Phil Young. More information about Polarity Therapy can be found here.
As you know, your lymphatic and circulatory system, as well as your liver, kidneys and bowels help to eliminate the build up of toxins and bacteria which accumulate in the body. The best time to take the Liver Flush drink is first thing in the morning as it helps to cleanse and flush out the system.
What Ingredients Do You Need For The Liver Flush
There are various versions of the Liver Flush drink you can use:
The Basic Liver Flush
As far as I’m concerned the Basic Liver Flush is gross and takes some getting used to! For this you need
1-5 Tbsp. Cold-pressed virgin olive oil
3 times as much lime or lemon juice
Simply stir or blend these ingredients and swallow! Follow it with two cups of warm water mixed with the juice of one lime or lemon or the Liver Flush Herbal Tea (see below)
A more palatable Liver Flush, the one which we used in our course consists of:
Juice of 2-3 oranges or grapefruit
4-6 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice
2-3 tablespoons of cold-pressed olive oil or sesame oil
1-3 cloves of crushed garlic (optional)
Blend, stir, mix and drink…follow this flush by drinking warm water mixed with the juice of one lemon or the Herbal Flush Liver Tea (see below).
Even More Tastier Liver Flush
If you are feeling this is still too bland, (and garlicky!) for an even more tastier version, try this
2 0z Orange juice
2 0z Grapefruit juice
2 oz Pineapple juice
1-5 Tbsp. Olive oil.
Stir, mix or blend and drink. Follow this with two cups of hot water and the juice of one lemon or the Liver Flush Herbal Tea (see below)
Whether you drink the basic Liver Flush or the more tastier version using pineapples, grapefruits or orange, the Liver Flush is followed by the Liver Flush Herbal Tea or a cup of hot water and juice of a lemon or lime.
Liver Flush Herbal Tea
Boil three cups of hot water and add 2-5 slices of thinly sliced fresh ginger root. Boil for several minutes then add, 1 tsp of liquorice root, 1 tsp fennel seed, 1 tsp fenugreek seeds and 1 tsp peppermint leaves.
Let this seep and sip slowly after taking your Liver Flush drink. What I like to do is keep this mixture topped up and sip throughout the day.
Well, what do you think? Do you think you could give the Liver Flush and Liver Flush Herbal tea a go?
Next time you go to the supermarket, take this list with you and buy the ingredients.
Set aside one or two days next week and instead of your usual breakfast try the Liver Flush drink and Liver Flush Herbal tea. Just take your time, ease the practice into your day and find out for yourself how easy/hard/difficult it is. Sometimes, you just need to make small adjustments to your day to feel healthier and look more gorgeous.
I’d love to know what you think of the Liver Flush. Is it something you can see yourself doing? And what do you think about my idea for us to do a group on-line detox? Feel free to share your thoughts, comments and suggestions in the comment box below. Thank you.
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Remember, the more time you take to care for yourself, the more energy you have to be positive and productive at work and enjoy fun time with your family.
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