Liver Support Hibiscus Lemonade

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My Liver Support Hibiscus Lemonade is: Paleo + AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) + vegan-friendly + includes Fatigue Friendly Instructions.

J U M P   T O   T H E   R E C I P E !

This refreshing, herbal-infused lemonade features ingredients carefully selected to support liver health. Make a batch of this gorgeous elixir to cool down, get hydrated and show your liver some love! 

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Modern life is not kind to our livers, and if you’re navigating chronic illness there’s a very good chance your liver could use some extra support.

The liver is the largest solid organ in your body. It’s the ultimate BOSS, working tirelessness to support you by carrying out over 500 essential tasks. One of its main jobs is filtration and detoxification. But given that the average person is now exposed to more than 10,000 chemicals DAILY, our livers have got their work cut of for them.

Because our livers are SOO important, they’re able to employ a truly impressive party trick: they can regenerate completely without any loss of function (as long as 25% remained). Bravo right?! Our livers are the only internal organ that can do that.

Intentionally taking care of our livers goes a long way towards supporting our body’s incredible self-healing capacities. I created this medicinal lemonade with my liver in mind and it features a flavorful blend of healing ingredients.

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When we know that what we’re drinking supports healing it makes a difference–-because intention is everything! Check out the medicinal benefits of the ingredients in my Liver Support Hibiscus Lemonade:IMG_6597Filtered Water → Do your liver a favor and filter your water so it doesn’t have to! Tap water has all kinds of scary stuff in it & cheap plastic filters (even if they’re BPA-free) just don’t cut it when it comes to filtration. That’s why we saved up & got a Berkey water filter. I know Berky’s are a bit spendy, but believe me: they’re worth it.

Hibiscus → Hibiscus gets it color from the unique anthocyanin company that helps rejuvenate the liver by cleaning mucus off its cell walls. It similarly supports gallbladder function. I use it a lot in teas and buy it in bulk.

Burdock Root → Burdock root is traditional healing herb that’s extremely medicinal for the liver, supporting improved liver function, detoxification of the liver, and improved bile production. I also buy it in bulk for teas.

Ginger → Helps reduce liver spasms and regulate overheating caused by infection or toxicity. It’s also helpful for a sluggish or stagnant liver.

Lemon → Lemon juice has been shown to decreased fat storage in the liver and increase hepatic antioxidant defensesOne study has even shown that lemon juice protects against alcohol-induced liver damage.

Raw Honey → Raw honey contains a combination of sugar that becomes instant fuel for our hardworking livers. It also contains vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial nutrients. If vegan, substitute with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup (or to taste.)

IMG_6599Serves: 4 | Total recipe time: 22 min + chill time | Prep time: 2 min | Standing time if following Fatigue Friendly Instructions: 5 minutes | Difficulty rating: 🥄

💚  4 cups filtered water

💚  1 heaping Tablespoon dried hibiscus

💚  2 teaspoons dried burdock root

💚  several thin slices of fresh ginger

💚  1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

💚  3 Tablespoons raw honey (or to taste)IMG_6602Measure out 4 cups of water and bring to a boil in a pot with a lid.

Once the water is boiling, add 1 Tablespoon dried hibiscus, 2 teaspoons dried burdock root, and several thin slices of fresh ginger to the water, cover with the lid and let steep for 10 minutes.

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When the tea has steeped, strain it into a pitcher (or large mason jar) using a mesh strainer and chill in the fridge. I use this set up with a stainless steel funnel:

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Rinse the strainer and set it over a measuring cup to catch seeds as you juice 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice. Chef’s tip: rolling the lemons before hand makes them juicier.

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Add the 3 Tablespoons raw honey to the lemon juice and mix until the honey is fully dissolved. Also put this in the fridge.

The tea is ready once it’s cool. Alternatively you can pour it over tons of ice.

Before serving, mix the lemon juice and raw honey mixture into the tea to make your liver supporting lemonade.

Give thanks and enjoy!

The next set of instructions was lovingly adapted for folks experiencing chronic fatigue. If you’d like to skip it click HERE to get to the rest of the post.IMG_6603Measure out 4 cups of water and bring to a boil in a pot with a lid. If carrying things is challenging put the pot on the stove first and then bring the water over 1 cup at a time.

It should take 5 minutes or so for the water to boil, so after pulling out the remaining ingredients, go ahead and take a little rest if needed.

Once the water is boiling, cut several thin slices of fresh ginger and add them to the water.  Also add the 1 Tablespoon dried hibiscus and 2 teaspoons dried burdock root.

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Cover with the lid and let steep for 10 minutes. You’ve now got another 10 min to rest and relax.

When the tea has steeped, strain it into a pitcher (or large mason jar) using a mesh strainer and chill in the fridge. If lifting a hot, heavy pot makes you nervous, use a ladle at first and pour the tea bit by bit through the strainer before pouring the rest. You can also use two smaller jars/pitchers if that’s easier.

I use this set up with a stainless steel funnel:

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Rinse out the strainer, you’ll use it again.

If you pull up a seat, you can do the next couple of steps while sitting at the counter.

Set the strainer over a measuring cup to catch seeds and juice 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice. Chef’s tip: rolling the lemons before hand makes them juicier.

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Add the 3 Tablespoons raw honey to the lemon juice and mix until the honey is fully dissolved. Also put this in the fridge. That’s it for now!

The tea is ready once it’s cool. Alternatively you can pour it over tons of ice. While it’s chilling, you can too!

Before serving, mix the lemon juice and raw honey mixture into the tea to make your liver supporting lemonade.

Give thanks and enjoy!

IMG_6600🔹 This is such a lovely, gentle way to love on your liver, I definitely recommend making a double batch of Liver Support Hibiscus Lemonade!

🔹 You can also freeze some in ice cube trays in order to add extra flavor (and flare!) to glasses of water. Feeling cute? Heart shaped silicon molds make this extra adorable.

🔹 I often resteep the herbs by adding another 4 cups of water, bringing it all to a boil and letting the tea steep overnight.IMG_6598How often you think about your liver? Ever? Here’s a simple practice to let your hardworking liver know you love and appreciate it:

Put your hand over your lower right ribs (that’s where you liver is.) Now picture gentle white light flowing from your palm into your liver. In whatever words feel right, thank your liver and expresses your gratitude for all that is does.

May you eat well, live well & enjoy a New Wellness.

Sips and hugs,

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P.S. How’d it feel to do something nice for your liver?

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“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  ~ old proverb

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S O U R C E S :

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/305075.php

https://www.nutraingredients-asia.com/Article/2017/06/12/Lemon-juice-protects-against-alcohol-induced-liver-damage-Study#

https://www.livestrong.com/article/286438-the-effect-of-lemon-juice-on-liver-function/

 

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