Beet Tonic Salad for Healthy Liver and Lymphatic Cleansing
As the temperature warms up, liver energy is activated in the Spring, which becomes the perfect time to nourish and cleanse a toxic or overloaded liver. Liver congestion leads to lethargy since this amazing organ can become overwhelmed with how much it needs to process. It is a work horse! When natural cleansing processes slow down, toxic substances start to accumulate in the bloodstream. Lifestyle choices such as experiencing too much stress, anxiety or anger, emotional purging, exposure to chemicals, drinking alcohol, taking medications, eating too many fried, processed or otherwise inflammatory foods, or not getting enough physical activity can all contribute to a liver that becomes sluggish and congested.
Let’s look at a healing vegetable that is a comrade to our liver, gallblader, lymphatic system and more.
In comes our friend, the BEET. During my 14 day at-home Colorado Cleanse/Detox last month, I was encouraged to eat one beet a day (spread out through all 3 meals). This simple little beet tonic salad became one of my favorite dishes. It tastes wonderful and does so much for those organs needing support and cleansing. Try eating one fresh beet a day for the next 3 months to help thin the bile and flush the liver and gallbladder. Beets are best grated raw with lemon juice, but also have benefits when eaten cooked or roasted. It is the raw beet that packs the REAL punch.
According to Dr. John Douillard, Ayurvedic physician: “When the bile flows, the digestive system can break down fat and neutralize digestive acids and the liver can remove toxic fat soluble chemicals. Optimal bile flow may be the most important piece of the digestive puzzle when it comes to weight loss – so eat your beets and reap all the benefits!”
NOTE: Now, keep in mind when you are eating beets, your poop will be red. So don’t look down in the toilet and freak out. You’re OK! It’s those beets working through you. It’s all good. ☺
Some top reasons to eat Beets:
- Fight Inflammation. Beets are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. It’s also known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, enhance performance, and likely help prevent numerous chronic diseases.
- Anti-Cancer Properties. The powerful phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color may help to ward off cancer. Research has shown that beetroot extract reduced multi-organ tumor formations in various animal models when administered in drinking water, for instance, while beetroot extract is also being studied for use in treating human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers.
- Rich in Valuable Nutrients and Fiber. Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.
- Detoxification Support. The betalin pigments in beets support your body’s Phase 2 detoxification process, which is when broken down toxins are bound to other molecules so they can be excreted from your body. Traditionally, beets are valued for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver.
Don’t throw those beet greens away! If you do, you are doing yourself a dis-service. They are among the healthiest part of the plant. Beet greens actually have even more iron than spinach as well as a higher nutritional value overall than the beetroot itself. Sautee them with some coconut oil, natural salt and fresh ground black pepper – YUM! Chop and add them to your soups, stews and I even add them to my morning smoothies. I try to encourage rotating greens in your daily smoothies to ensure a diverse nutrient profile for your body.
Ayurveda gives ginger the status of a virtual medicine chest. That’s because this wonder spice has time-tested, digestion-friendly properties, in addition to its numerous other health benefits. In India, ginger is liberally used in daily life. Read more about its healing benefits HERE.
There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries. The two biggest are lemons’ strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances–notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene–that promote immunity and fight infection.
Mustard seeds are high in antioxidants and are nutrient dense with selenium, which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. One teaspoon of white mustard seed, which is the kind used for the yellow condiment, is packed with 87.1mg of omega-3 fatty acids, 84.2mg of omega-6 fatty acids, 22.2mg of potassium, 27.3mg of phosphorous, 9.7mg of magnesium and 16.9 mg of calcium. These high amounts of body beneficial substances in the seeds when consumed encourage the body to speed up metabolism, lower blood pressure and prevent atherosclerosis. Mustard seeds have antiseptic as well as anti-fungal properties. This makes them very useful for purging the digestive system and increasing the body’s natural defense system. (source)
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