Month: February 2017

The 'Bitter' Juice Recipe That Flushes Toxins From The Liver

Today we are more than ever exposed to environmental and other toxins and at the same time we are consuming less and less antioxidants. Although our body makes it’s own antioxidants, it does rely heavily on dietary intake of vegetables in order to process the toxins in the liver and get rid of them. Lacking those antioxidants, the toxins get stuck in the liver and more and more fat is produced to store them, leading to ‘belly fat’. This type of fat cannot be efficiently burned off with exercise and when it is, the toxins are released, leading to fatigue, headaches and other unpleasant effects. Fortunately, there is a simple solution! Read on 🙂

How the Liver Eliminates Toxins

The liver doesn’t work exactly as most people would imagine it – it’s not supposed to absorb toxins from the bloodstream and then store them. Instead, it’s job is to transform the toxins into non-toxic compounds, which are then excreted. This happens in three stages.
In the first stage, the liver processes the toxins through a process of oxidation (in the case of alcohol), reduction (in the case of protein waste) or it jumps straight to hydrolyzation, which makes the toxins water soluble and they can be then carried through the bloodstream and excreted through the kidneys. For this to happen, dietary antioxidants are needed. In the past, this wasn’t an issue, as studies have found that paleolithic men were consuming as much as 300 grams of fiber a day, all of which came from plants. Today, less than 50% of Americans meet the daily recommended amount of fiber, which is only 15 grams. As a result, we have a belly fat epidemic.

How Bitter Vegetables Reverse Fatty Liver and Melt Belly Fat

Fatty liver is a common condition and although commonly associated with heavy drinking, more than 30% is not and is due to diet alone. Lacking vegetable oxidants, the liver cannot turn fat-soluble toxins into water-soluble ones, and they become ‘stuck’ in the liver. As a result, fat accumulates, which is the most common cause of visceral, or belly fat – sometimes all of the belly fat is part of the liver, pushing the belly out.
Liver problems occur in only about 1 in 5 heavy alcoholics and it has been proven that there must be another factor involved, most likely dietary. But you don’t need alcohol to accumulate large amounts of toxic fat in your liver, as we all know. Plenty of people who don’t drink have problems with belly fat, making the intake of ‘bitter’ vegetables the most important factor of all.
Bitter vegetables come to the rescue! When we say ‘bitter’, it’s not necessarily bitter, but vegetables that have slightly astringent and bitter taste, somewhat stinging when you eat them. Cabbage is a good example. If you have ever tried cabbage juice you know it stings, similar to eating garlic. This is what we mean by ‘bitter’. Plant antioxidants generally don’t taste that well, hence why many people don’t eat enough of them.

To make things simple and ingest the necessary antioxidants to flush the toxins from the liver and get rid of belly fat, it’s easiest to make a juice. This way, you don’t have to chew on pounds of vegetables, and it’s easier to make it a habit.

Simple Bitter Juice Recipe

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 3 Cups Kale
  • 1 Lime or Half a Lemon
  • 1 Cup Swiss Chard
  • Half an Apple


If you want to get the maximum effect (and bitterness :)), you can leave the lemon or lime unpeeled. If you drink the juice on an empty stomach you will feel the effects quickly – you might get a slight headache or you might get slightly nauseous for about 10 or 20 minutes. This is a good sign – it means the juice is working. The toxins are being flushed, and you are experiencing increased blood flow, leading to the headache. You’ll still get the benefits if you drink the juice with food, but since it will be absorbed much slower, you won’t get any side effects at all. Adding cabbage to the mix is even better, but not a lot of people can cope with the taste.
A word on wheat grass juice
Anyone who has tried a larger amount of wheat grass juice on an empty stomach will feel the effects immediately, which can sometimes be severe. This is due to the toxins leaving the liver and being carried to the kidneys to be eliminated. My next post will be on wheat grass juice. The problem is, it’s not as readily accessible as common vegetables, and in fact, if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, the only viable option for most people is growing the wheat grass themselves. Wheat grass juice tastes horrible to most people, proving the notion that the worse and more bitter a vegetable tastes, the more antioxidants it has.

It’s okay to eat the vegetables instead, but juicing is easier

Some people don’t like juicing, and particularly the cleanup of the juicer. If that’s you, you can just make it a habit to eat more greens, bitter and astringent vegetables like kale and cabbage and more antioxidants in general. This is key for losing weight, especially if you’re dealing with the dreaded ‘belly fat’.

Simple Pre-Workout Drink Greatly Increases Calories Burned from Fat

This is just a simple pre-workout drink that I’ve been experimenting with that definitely increases my fat burning after cardio workouts. When I exercises on an empty stomach in the mornings I can really tell how much fat I have burned, just by looking at my belly an hour afterwards, or using my trusty skin calipers. I find electronic body fat percentage meters to not really be accurate and if I drink a lot of water during my workouts the results vary by a lot, because electrolyte balance affects how they work.
By observation, I have found that this drink increases my fat burning about 3 times. This is based on skin caliper tests after long workouts on an empty stomach, the “warm” feeling after a workout lasting longer, and just plain old weighing myself on a scale. This drink was not my discovery, I found it in a very interesting weight-loss program, designed to achieve maximum weight loss by using simple tweaks and rituals like that, and as every reader of this blog knows, those kinds of things just make my ears perk up.
I have a few more interesting ideas like this one to test, so stay tuned 🙂

The drink

The drink is really simple, it’s strong green tea mixed with two tablespoons of vinegar. In fact, I wish it were more complex and weird so that people would go “Wow, what a unique recipe, this must really work”, but sorry, that’s really it. Simple, but in my experience, effective. Yes, it’s not the best tasting drink on the planet, but it works and anyone can try it, provided they already have those two ingredients lying around their house.

Why vinegar and not lemon juice? Although lemon juice is a classic additive to green tea, which unlike the vinegar makes it taste better and not worse, there are certain properties that make vinegar the additive of choice here. Some people claim it’s the acetic acid, others that it’s the malic acid, which has been shown to shift energy metabolism from carbohydrates to stored body fats in studies and therefore reduce total food intake(1). In the end, we don’t really know why it works, it just does.

How does it work?

We know very well why green tea and vinegar both work separately for weight loss. They both make your body burn more fat and less carbohydrates. Normally, to start burning body fat, you would need to deplete your carbohydrate stores somewhat first, by burning about 600 calories. This is not a trivial amount, and not a lot of people who want to lose weight have the endurance to exercise that long. However, this simple drink enables you to immediately start ‘tapping’ into the fat stores. Supposedly, it’s the combination of green tea’s fat burning effect, combined with vinegar’s ability to slightly reduce the metabolism of glucose and enable you to start burning stored fat, before the carbohydrate stores in your blood and liver are depleted.

  • Vinegar reduces carbohydrate metabolism and speeds up fat metabolism (2)
  • Vinegar stops fat from being accumulated in the liver, enabling it to be burned off more readily(3)
  • Green tea has been shown to prevent fat accumulation and speed up fat metabolism(5)
  • Green tea increases fat metabolism by 3-8% when taken alone(4)

Green tea is often used as a fat-loss aid and so is vinegar, but I didn’t find any studies testing the effects of those when taken immediately before a workout.

Just try it

It’s a simple trick that anyone can try, so try it and make sure to report back your results 🙂 I’ll soon be making more tests and posting fat-burning results with and without the drink.
 
Posted by Angelina on February, 20th, 2017