Liver Cleansing Cacao Smoothies

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Chocolate-Almond Fruit Smoothie

This packs a lot of nutrition per glass. In addition to the antioxidants in chocolate, there is an abundance of antioxidants in Blueberries as well! Additionally, almonds contain laetrile, cancer fighting phytonutrient that can also help protect the liver. Recent studies suggests that the consumption of dark chocolate may help treat cirrhosis of the liver!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder (available in health food stores)
  • 1 ripe organic banana
  • ½ cup organic blueberries
  • 2 tsp raw almond butter
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 8 ounces of water

Mix in blender and enjoy!

Liver and Kidney Cleansing Smoothie

For the more adventurous, here is a delicious elixir that will support liver detoxification as well as help the kidneys. Arugula is a cruciferous vegetable that helps the liver and the gallbladder get rid of toxins and emulsify fights. The Cucumber is a great hydrator and helps filter the kidney’s, helping to eliminate excess water from the body. Again you have the antioxidants in the chocolate and the blueberries, turning this into a delicious way to detoxify your system!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup organic blueberries
  • 1 ripe organic mango or one banana
  • ½ organic cucumber, cleaned
  • small handful of organic arugula
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 4 ounces of water
  • (If you need additional sweetness, add a teaspoon of agave nectar.)

Mix all ingredients in a vita-mix and enjoy!

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6 comments on “Liver Cleansing Cacao Smoothies

  1. Barbara

    Raw almonds would be great too!! Try soaking them before hand to soften them up and release the enzyme inhibitors~
    Best way to go about it is to soak in a glass of water at room temperature over night. Drain, rinse and drain again in the morning. Store in the refirgerator~

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  2. Paige Owen

    In the Chocolate-Almond Smoothie, you specify almond butter – are there similar nutritional benefits in using just regular un-toasted almonds? I use these in all my smoothies, including combining fruit and carrots.

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  3. Barbara

    Hi Robert~
    Thanks for your question~
    Many alternative practitioners recommend castor oil for liver detox. It is not just rubbing it over the liver, but more like soaking pads and making a castor oil pack that you place over the liver and keep there for extended periods of time. While this may be beneficial, I would only do it under the guidance of someone that knows exactly what they are doing. Not only can it be incredibly messy, there is a theory floated around by some practitioners that castor oil packs can cause a pooling of blood in the liver, leading perhaps to stagnation of circulation. I would check with a qualified person before endeavoring to do something like that. In the meantime, there are a lot of great things you can do to clean and protect the liver. Check into liver cleansing supplements with a qualified health care practitioner~
    Best~
    B

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  4. Robert Gentile

    I’ve heard on radio broadcasts by an “Alternative Physician” that rubbing caster oil on your skin over the approximate location of your liver will help to remove toxins that have accumulated in the liver. Do you have any information concerning this practice? Thank you.

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  5. Barbara

    Thanks for the great question, Geri. The issue at hand with Agave is the way some manufacturers process it &/or blend it with other sweeteners, rendering it more refined and perhaps as bad for you as high fructose corn syrup. Your best bet is to get a raw, 100% natural agave that is not blended with anything else. Organic raw blue agave is one. Another option I learned from Rhio, the well known raw foodist, is to soak a date in some water for 24 hours and use the water as a sweetener. You might need more, but at least it is totally natural. But it is important to remember with all sweeteners, that less is more and this would be true of agave as well. Use the smallest amount of any sweetener just to enhance flavor of food, rather than dominate. Thanks again!

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  6. Geri

    I love your work and all you do for us, thankyou for all of that. Recently on other ‘natural therapy’ websites and blogs I have been reading that agave is really not the good for you sweetener it was once touted as. How do you feel about this? I know as for myself, I have stopped using it! Thanks again, Geri

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