Your body's primary cleansing system, the liver, constantly burns fats and keeps your blood purified. This vital organ produces bile for healthy digestion and disposes of toxins from processed foods, medicines, alcoholic beverages and environmental pollutants. Maintaining a healthy liver ensures overall good health. Consult your doctor before trying a liver detox diet.
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Radishes cleanse the liver, prevent constipation and provide a remedy for kidney stones, according to herbalist Brigitte Mars, author of "Rawsome! Maximizing Health, Energy, and Culinary Delight With the Raw Foods Diet." European naturopaths recommend a long black radish, known as the winter variety, to cleanse the liver and gall bladder, Mars says.
Sulfur-based chemicals in radishes help increase the flow of bile, assisting the liver and improving digestion. Radishes contain diastase, an enzyme that aids digestion of starches. A Japanese folk remedy uses daikon radish and carrot juice to reduce hardened fat deposits, Mars says.
Cleansing With Radish Juice
A cocktail for cleansing the liver and gall bladder and relieving sinus congestion is recommended by Rethinkingcancer.org. Mix equal amounts of cucumber juice, radish juice and green pepper juice. Apple juice may be added to improve the taste.
Raw food advocate Ingrid Weithers-Barati created the Radical Radish Cocktail with juices of radish, fennel, cucumber, celery and orange, published on Rawepicurean.net. The recipe contains 1/2 bunch of radishes with green tops, 1 small fennel with stalks, 6 stalks of celery with leaves, 1 large cucumber, and 2 or 3 fresh oranges. Run all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy.
Radishes have a warming, stimulating effect, according to Mars. If you experience inflammation such as gastritis, ulcers or excess digestive heat, she recommends minimizing the use of radishes in your diet. Always consult with your doctor regarding changes in your dietary habits.