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Beet & Lemon Juice Liver Detoxifying Diet

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author image Leslie Arthur
Now living in Costa Rica, Leslie Arthur began writing in 2010 for LIVESTRONG.COM. She has been an intensive-care nurse and currently serves as a health and wellness director. Arthur has a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the Indiana University School of Nursing.
Beet & Lemon Juice Liver Detoxifying Diet
Fruit and vegetable juices help your liver do its job naturally. Photo Credit poplasen/iStock/Getty Images

Beet and lemon juices are known in the natural healing world as good agents to help the liver with detoxification. "Lessons From the Miracle Doctors" author Jon Barron suggests using beets in particular to detoxify your liver periodically. However, Barron does not recommend using fruit and vegetable juices together. As with any matter concerning your body consult with health and nutritional specialists before starting any new diet or medical regimen.

Importance

You only have one liver and it is of the utmost importance to take care of it. Healthy liver cells are capable of regeneration; however, once diseased these cells do not regenerate according to literature provided by The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse Of course you could always try to get a liver transplant but finding a match could take many years.

Detoxing

System detoxing has become a popular and a common practice in many societies and in different manners worldwide. The liver in conjunction with the skin, lungs and kidneys effectively detoxifies your body of biological wastes such as ammonia, every second of the day. Some believe that is important to help your body in this detoxifying process by changing your diet and above all avoiding all avoid toxic habits. Be aware that some environmental toxins may be unknown to you like agrochemicals and heavy metals in waterways which could contaminate your food supply,

About Beets

Beta vulgaris -- beets -- have a deep-red colored flesh. There are other varieties, but the crimson-fleshed beets have the higher nutritional and medicinal value according to research done at the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2002 regarding beet pigments called betalins and their role in detoxifying the body by purging carcinogens. Beets contain high levels of the antioxidant betaine at 175mg per cup serving.. A study published in "World Journal of Gastroenterology" in March 2010, where betaine was used in liver-diseased mice, supported the use of nutrition as prevention and treatment for liver cancers.. Beet's fiber or pectin is effective for the absorption of heavy metals and other toxins which are filtered by the liver and passed into the bowels.

About Lemons

Medicinal properties of the lemon have been known for centuries. It is probably one of the first natural remedies you grab when you have a cold or sore throat. The lemon is composed of mostly water and contains a large amount of the antioxidant vitamin C. A 224g serving of juice holds 225.24g of water and 94.4g of vitamin C. Because of its high acidity, lemon juice is effective in breaking down foods in the digestive system, especially fats. Additionally, according to a study from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the terpene, d-limonene contained in lemons may protect cells from cancer.

Usage

Use these juices as a regular part of your diet to keep your liver and digestive system in shape. Buy organic beets and lemons to avoid pesticides like nitrates, which are readily absorbed by fruits and vegetables.. You also may need to buy a juicer to harvest all of the juice with the fiber which is usually found in the peels. Be careful not overuse beet juice, as you can acquire a condition called methemoglobinemia which causes the blood cells to lose oxygen-carrying capacity. This condition is characterized by bluish skin color and blood test will show a hemoglobin build up. Also avoid using beet juice if you are prone to calcium oxalate stones in the kidneys since beets possess high levels of oxalate. Drink a tall glass of water spiked with the juice of 1/2 an organic lemon every morning. This will stimulate your liver enzymes and stomach to make more acid allowing the breakdown of more fats.

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