Wild Foods and Liver Detoxification
Spring has sprung, as they say. Wild herbs are poking their heads through the ground, and some are up waving at the sky. Wild grown greens and herbs offer us some of the most cleansing, medicinal, and nutrient-dense foods we could find. And they are free! Here are some characteristics of wild foods:
- They are organic, clean, resilient, resistant to diseases, and nutrient and antioxidant rich.
- They are often grown in rich soils and have greater access to and quality of nutrients
- They come in a variety of species and offer a wide variety of nutrients.
- They have a diversity of flavor—bitter, pungent, sour, bland, sweet, and salty.
- They are time-tested—wild plants have been used for thousands of years.
- They have enzyme systems and mechanisms for optimal digestion.
- Our human genome (inherited genetic information) is responsive to wild foods.
- They follow cycles and rhythms of nature, like our bodies.
- They cleanse and nourish our bodies and support optimal health.
- Specific plants cleanse and support specific organs.
If you have a place your can go to pick these great greens near where you live, they will help you so much to cleanse out the winter toxins and the heavy foods we often eat in colder weather. If you can’t find any place to pick near you, check out your local health food market. Many of them have dandelion greens and some have wild herbs.
Spring is the perfect time for a liver cleanse. It’s part of the 30-Day Detox program, which is week 2 of the program and also incorporates a parasite cleanse.
Note: Excerpts from The Juice Lady’s Living Foods Revolution
Wild Green Spring Detox Juice
One of the best herbs to use for spring cleansing is the dandelion. It acts as a cleansing agent on both the liver and the kidneys. It helps to purify the blood and flush out uric acid crystals that accumulate from eating a diet too rich in animal proteins and other acid-producing foods. It also restores the alkalinity of the blood.
- 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 handful wild greens such as dandelion, nettles, plantain, lamb’s quarters, or sorrel (or you can substitute arugula)
- 1 apple (green is lower in sugar)
- 1 lemon, peeled if not organic
Cut all ingredients to fit your juicer’s feed tube, then juice. Stir the juice and enjoy. Serves 1.