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Loving Thy Liver Slushie

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This has become a favorite drink of mine.  I start off with a full jar  and drink it throughout the day.  My goal is to drink 1/2 to 1 gallon a day.   Keeping your liver healthy is so important.  Loving Thy Liver Slushie is a wonderful drink that you can make to show your liver just how much you appreciate it!  And since there are not any Hallmark cards for this occasion… this is the next best way to show your love.  They say that the liver is the second most important organ in the body, coming in second only to the heart!

Dandelion tea alone can taste bitter and sweet all at the same time, lemon juice alone can cause massive pucker power, unsweetened cranberry juice… well, I don’t think I need explain that one… but if you bring all these flavors together and add a little stevia, perfection!  I actually love the taste of this refreshing drink and it makes me feel good knowing that I am sending a message of love to my liver. Before I get  to all the amazing reasons  why this is good for you, I want to do a special shout-out for my new favorite straws!!  At first I wasn’t sure if I would like them, because I am a recovering straw chewing kind of gal.  But I have been converted!  There are many reasons why I love them but one neat effect is, that they give is that as the cold drink travels through the straw, the stainless steel makes is seem even colder!  Go “green”!  Lets take baby steps in our lives to reduce the waste that goes into our landfill.  So instead of throwing away all those plastic straws, you can reuse these over and over and over…  They add an elegant touch to parties  too. They are angled and 8 1/2 inches long.  Just love them!

Dandelion Tea 

  • Intake of this tea helps to stimulate the secretion of bile from the liver to the gallbladder.  This increased secretion is useful for the digestion of fats.
  • Helps maintain optimal liver function, kidney and gallbladder.
  • Dandelion tea aids in reducing various kinds of inflammations in the body.  This includes inflammation in the gall bladder, bile duct, and all kinds of inflammations related to joint diseases like rheumatism and arthritis.
  • Enhances detoxification by stimulating urine production and then replacing the potassium lost when due to the increase of urine.
  • Great benefit to those suffering from diabetes type 1 and type 2.
  • Excellent for treating disorders of the liver such as hepatitis and jaundice.
  • Aid for blood purification and cleaning of the system.
  • It’s very good for digestive disorders such as diarrhea and constipation.
  • Helps to cleanse and improve skin appearance.
  • Caffeine-Free!

Lemon 

  • Lemons are known to be a natural antiseptic, digestive aid and are full of vitamin C.  Lemon, mixed with water is a very alkaline substance, and helps restore the body’s PH balance.  Lemon’s  high amount of vitamin C, acts as an antioxidant inside the body.  The liver filters toxins from the blood; after the toxins are filtered out of the bloodstream, they turn into free radicals.   Free radicals present a harmful effect on the liver; the vitamin C from a lemon and water mixture counteracts the effects from free radicals.  Lemons aid in digestion by ensuring that all food gets digested; sometimes food particles find their way into the bloodstream and then to the liver.  This puts a heavy strain on the liver causing the liver to need detoxing.  The digestive aid of lemon juice prevents food from entering the bloodstream.  Lemon juice cleans the liver by aiding in the removal of toxins that can build up in the liver.
Cranberry Juice (unsweetened)
  • Cranberry juice is rich in vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, which thins and decongest bile, allowing your liver to metabolize fats more efficiently.  Vitamin C also boosts production of glutathione, the key antioxidant your liver needs during both stages of its detoxification process.  This nutrient is also an effective chelating agent, which means it binds to toxic drugs and metals to make it easier for your liver and body to remove them.  Finally, vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it helps to protect the liver from free radicals that damage cells and tissues.

Ingredients: yields 1/2 gallon

  • 1 bag Dandelion Tea
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp cranberry juice (no sugar added)
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp liquid stevia (or to taste)
  • ice

Preparation:

  1. In a pitcher or 1/2 gallon mason jar (my favorite) place the tea bag, lemon juice, cranberry juice and stevia.  Fill with water and put in the fridge.  I leave the tea bag in the jar at all times.   Through out the day, you can just pour yourself a tall glass of this tea and enjoy or you can take it to the next step, which I thoroughly enjoy.
  2. In a blender, pour in 8 oz of tea mixture, ice and 1/2 of a peeled lemon.  Be sure to remove the seeds from the lemon and to peel it.  Leave as much as the white pith on the lemon as possible, it is so good for you.
  3. Blend to a nice slushy consistency.  Pour and enjoy!!

 

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19 thoughts on “Loving Thy Liver Slushie

  1. Jana says:

    Love the picture!!! Beautiful Oregon Country! Can’t wait to be there! :)
    I’m just about to schedule my upcoming classes. yippiee I loooove to teach raw food!

    Have a nice day,
    lots of love
    Jana

  2. Barbara says:

    I was intrigued by the stainless steel straws until I read the reviews. It appears that they contain nickel, and apparently, if you have a nickel sensitivity (like many do), it alters the taste of water, and can have some uncomfortable side effects. Do you know anything about whether or not this is true?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Barbara,

      I have been doing some reading after your comment was posted. I saw the comment that someone left on Amazon that you are referring to. I have no idea as to the truth of their statements. I suppose if a person has sensitivities to nickel, then this is worth investigating. Goodness, there is always something with everything, isn’t there? If you have issues or concerns with this for you, I would try the glass straws. Personally, I don’t notice any odd taste from the stainless straws and I use them everyday and have for months. I will need to research this a bit more.

  3. Janis says:

    I want to know where you found the cool jar with the straw hole in the lid? Love, Love, Love your website!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Janis,
      I am thrilled that you are enjoying the web-site. :) I made that jar.

      1 quart mason canning jar
      1 lid
      Drilled a 5/8″ hole in the lid
      Squeezed in a grommet
      and popped a straw in!

  4. althea says:

    Is there some way to make my own dandelion tea bags? I have lots of dandelions and a dehydrator. Confused as to whether the dandelion tea is made from the leaves or the roots? Thanks for this recipe. I have been doing the liver flush and shocked as to the amount of stones leaving my liver. Love to have a drink like this to help my liver to continue to heal.

    • amie-sue says:

      Althea, I know people do make their own tea bags but I haven’t. I did some Google searches and there is a lot of information out there regarding it so you can easily investigate it. Enjoy and have a grand weekend, amie sue

  5. althea says:

    Thank you Amie Sue!

  6. Dory says:

    Wonderful drink! Thank you so much. Your website is also a treat for the eyes…so beautifully done:)

  7. Martha says:

    One question, does the recipe follows the same principle as cold press coffee? i just did not get whether the preparation of the tea uses hot or cold water. Thank you!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Martha,

      What I do is place the tea bag in a half gallon jar, pour a little hot water in it and let it sit while I prepare the lemon juice. Then I add the lemon and cranberry juice, then add water to fill the jar and let it sit for a little bit. I keep the tea bag in the jar all day while I am pouring some off to drink. You can take the tea bag out at any time if you find it becoming to strong of a taste for you. I hope this helped. amie sue

  8. Carolyn says:

    Wonderful drink! Tastes fabulous too! Makes drinking lemon water a whole lot more pleasant! I shared this with my nutritionist so she could share it with her other clients. Thanks Amie Lynn for a terrific website!

    • amie-sue says:

      Oh that is so wonderful Carolyn. Together, we all make a difference in this crazy world of ours. :) I make this drink all the time too. Thank you for taking the time to share this with me. Many blessings, amie sue

  9. Gayle says:

    This is good stuff!

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