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We are dealing with an epidemic of sluggish liver today. Nine out of ten people, children included, have a sluggish liver without being aware of it. It might surprise you, but a sluggish liver is at the root of countless symptoms and conditions, including skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne; weight gain; type 2 diabetes; chemical and food sensitivities; seasonal affective disorder; anxiety; depression; varicose veins; SIBO; bloating; and more. (A sluggish liver, by the way, is different than a fatty liver, which is a topic I’ll cover another time).

If you’re dealing with any health condition right now, the information I provide in my book Liver Rescue and here can help you heal. And if you’re not dealing with a condition, it can help you for the future. Even if you just have a minor symptom or two, the undiscovered information in Liver Rescue can help you. As I shared above, the liver is the crux of so many issues and medical science and research aren’t aware of this. Helping heal your liver is—without a doubt—one of the best and most critical things you can do for your health and wellbeing.

The Liver’s Essential Roles
First of all, it’s important to know that your liver is a serious workhorse. It works really, really hard for you, and it’s responsible for over 2,000 undiscovered critical chemical functions in the body.

The liver has many responsibilities, all of which are critical to you staying alive. One of the liver’s responsibilities is to purify and filter out harmful substances. It also neutralizes poisons, which means it stops toxins from being as harmful as they really are. That way, the toxins don’t harm your body as much when they leave the liver. When the liver becomes sluggish from years and decades of desperately protecting you, it loses its ability to neutralize, and the result is that people become sick or symptomatic and start to age before their time.

The liver also holds onto and orchestrates helpful substances, like nutrients, vitamins and the right balance of hormones, among many other incredible functions.

How the Liver Becomes Sluggish
Unfortunately, it’s all too easy in today’s world for the liver to become overwhelmed. It can only do so much, after all. And we live in toxic times, where poisons from chemicals, old DDT, pesticides and insecticides are everywhere from our groceries to our carpet. We absorb those toxins through the air, through food and through our skin, and they end up in the liver.

A second category of poison is toxic heavy metals, and that includes mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, copper, nickel, steel, and more.

Pathogens—that is, viruses and bacteria—are a third major burden on the liver. Our bodies are full of undiscovered strains of streptococcus and Epstein-Barr for instance, and these viruses cause a multitude of health problems. We are exposed to pathogens in many different ways, such as sharing a drink, touching a dirty door handle and then rubbing our eyes, or through intimacy with a partner. Pathogens get into the liver and from there they feed off toxic heavy metals and other toxins and foods in the body. After feeding off these substances, they then eliminate and excrete the neurotoxins and dermatoxins I discuss in Liver Rescue. Medical communities are still unaware that pathogens feed and eliminate in our bodies, which is one of the main reasons why there is no true understanding of what really causes chronic illness in the medical and alternative health worlds.

All of those burdens—the chemical toxins, the heavy metals and pathogens—can actually be passed down the family line from generation to generation. That means a baby born today can, unfortunately, inherit some of grandma’s DDT and heavy metal exposure and great grandpa’s strain of Epstein-Barr virus, shingles, streptococcus (all of which have multiple undiscovered strains) or any other pathogens that may be in the family line. It’s important to know this doesn’t mean it’s in your genes. It’s inherited, which as I explain in my books, is entirely different to a genetic DNA issue.

In addition to the toxins in our environment, we also harm our livers through our diet and lifestyle choices. We burden the liver with medications (which of course are sometimes necessary,) recreational drugs, and alcohol. Eating a high-protein and high fat diet is also a major, unrecognized burden and as I explain in Liver Rescue, almost all of us have been eating a high diet knowingly or unknowingly since we started on solid food. If you think this isn’t true for you, it’s important to read the truths I share on this topic in Liver Rescue. Diet trends today, regardless of whether they are plant or animal based, suggest that eating lots of protein and fat is the healthiest way to eat, but this isn’t accurate. In truth, high protein and high fat diets force the liver to do a tremendous amount of work that could have been avoided. The liver is already bombarded with processing, filtering, and disarming chemicals, toxic heavy metals, viruses, bacteria, medications, drugs, and alcohol. It doesn’t need to add fat and protein to that list, but that’s exactly what it’s been forced to do since the beginning due to the way we eat today. And to add yet another troublemaker to the list, the stressful times we live in means that our adrenal glands are pumping out large amounts of adrenaline, which is corrosive in the body, and the liver has to contend with that too. For a full list of the hundreds of what I call “Liver Troublemakers,” read my chapter on this topic in Liver Rescue.

To make matters worse, many people are chronically dehydrated, and having enough hydration is critical for the liver to function properly. You can be dehydrated from the time you’re a baby, or from the time you’re three or four years old without knowing it. So sometimes people have been chronically dehydrated for years or decades, which has been making your liver’s job much harder.

It’s All Too Much
When some or all of those issues lead the liver to become sluggish, what happens is the liver’s bile reserves break down and bile production weakens. Strong bile is important because bile is one of the ways toxins are carried out of the liver. Bile carries toxins into the colon so they can be eliminated in feces. Plus, whenever you eat fat, your liver releases bile to break it down and deliver the fat to your body as an energy source. This process is a lot more complicated and vital than it sounds. The problem is that the liver isn’t meant to be producing a lot of bile all the time. And the more bile it has produce, the more it wears out the liver and makes it sluggish.

When the liver is sluggish and bile production isn’t sufficient for the amount of fat someone is consuming in their diet, the fat stores have to go somewhere. The fat ends up going to the lining of the digestive tract, where it feeds harmful bacteria such a streptococcus. Also, since the liver is overloaded and the bile can’t break down all the fat anymore, the stomach loses it’s hydrochloric acid, which is essential for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. That causes bloating or gut rot, and people end up with a diagnosis of SIBO, but the true reason isn’t understood. In truth, the majority of the inner workings of the liver are still unknown by medical communities. For a full explanation, refer to Liver Rescue.

Different Types of Sluggish Liver
It’s going to be several decades before science and research learns that there are actually five varieties of sluggish liver. Different symptoms result from different parts of the liver being sluggish: the middle of the liver, the bottom of the liver, top of the liver, left side of the liver, and the right side of the liver. In Liver Rescue I share the symptoms that can come when each one of these part of the liver is sluggish. Someone can have just one or all five parts of the liver be sluggish.

Now let’s take a look at a handful of conditions and symptoms someone with a sluggish liver may experience and why. It’s very important to note that these explanations are very brief and do not cover all the details behind and involved in how these conditions and symptoms develop. For a full understanding, please read Liver Rescue as I can only scratch the surface here.

Eczema, Psoriasis and Other Mysterious Skin Conditions
Contrary to popular belief, eczema and psoriasis aren’t autoimmune issues, they’re actually rooted in the liver. These and many other mysterious skin conditions are caused by a virus that’s feeding off a toxin. In the case of eczema and psoriasis, it’s usually one of the many strains of Epstein-Barr virus (or another virus) feeding off copper and sometimes mercury. The virus then eliminates what I call a dermatoxin, which the body tries to detoxify by sending it out through the skin. As it sends it through the skin, it creates irritation and inflammation.

Acne
An overloaded liver can also cause acne, though in this case it’s because streptococcus is living in the liver and has traveled through the lymphatic system to under the skin where it causes acne. In Liver Rescue, I explain why acne appears on the skin where it does and why it varies by person. Acne gets worse during certain hormonal cycles such as puberty or menstruation because the immune system drops in those times. The body is expending more energy on the hormonal cycle than the immune system, which allows the strep bacteria to strengthen and lead to more breakouts. Remember that stress too has a hormonal component, because the body pumps out certain hormones when we’re under stress. Learn more about eczema, psoriasis and acne in Liver Rescue.

Type 2 Diabetes
Science and research believe type 2 diabetes has everything to do with sugar consumption and insulin resistance. But again, it actually has everything to do with the liver. It’s not just about the pancreas because the liver protects the pancreas, and when the liver is toxic and sluggish, it can’t properly protect the pancreas anymore. You might be surprised to learn that it’s fat that should be minimized or avoided when you have diabetes, not sugar. When people start exercising and eating a diet with less fat, the liver starts recovering and they can reverse the type 2 diabetes (though they still may have a sluggish liver and need to take more steps to address that). For more on how this works, please refer to Liver Rescue.

Weight Gain
Weight gain comes down to the liver also. While two other factors, the thyroid and the adrenals, can often be involved, it’s important to know that they both lead back to the liver. When the liver gets bogged down by everything it has to process, bile breaks down also. And when bile breaks down, it can’t process fat, and so fat builds up in the bloodstream and the gut. When that happens, people can put on weight on really quickly. (Note that some people can also be skinny and still have a sluggish liver).

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
I have a whole chapter in Liver Rescue about seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It’s actually not about the seasons so much as how people change their diet and lifestyle habits in different seasons. In the summertime your liver does better because you tend to be outside exercising, walking more, eating fresh fruit and salads and also getting more sun—and sun is one element that helps the liver. In winter, people tend to exercise less, stay indoors more and eat fewer fresh foods and more high fat, high sugar foods. These diet and lifestyle changes trigger an underlying issue that already exists in the body, which is sluggish liver due to pathogens, toxins, heavy metals, and more. The diet and lifestyle changes still aren’t the cause, but the trigger to what is already at work in the body.

As I said, these descriptions are only a hint of what’s happening to create these symptoms and conditions, To get the full truth about all of these conditions and many more in Liver Rescue. For more on these conditions plus many more, including varicose veins, spider veins, dark circles under the eyes, chemical sensitivities, SIBO, strep, gout, PANDAS, jaundice, digestive issues and so much more, please read the information I share in Liver Rescue.

The Liver Over Time
When people are younger they often don’t show the signs of a sluggish liver yet because it takes time—sometimes decades—for the liver to start to burn out and for symptoms to appear. Some people do experience symptoms when they’re young though—I’ve seen teenagers with hypoglycemia for instance. But eventually the toxin level starts to catch up with us. Whether symptoms show or not, someone can still have a sluggish liver and as you know by now, most people do.

The Liver’s Warning System
The liver has what can be described as an anti-sluggish emergency alarm response. This is a chemically induced response that brings new vital energy to break up stagnancy. The response is a liver spasm. This spasm can result in a tingle, a twitch, a slight ache, warmth, heat, pulling, bloating, a prick, a stitch in the side, or—much of the time—no feeling at all. It usually occurs quietly, with little or no discernable sensation, though it does bring renewal to that portion of the liver that spasmed and allow the liver to temporarily regain some control.

Why Deficiencies Result
Our livers are gatekeepers, and when they’re so filled up and worn down and distracted with the all the troublemakers they have to process and disarm, they can’t keep in the good things like the nutrients we need to function and thrive. Just like toxins can be passed along through our family line, so can helpful nutrients. So our livers are filled with vitamins and minerals and other nutrients from our mom, and from her mom.

The liver wants to hold onto and manage those nutrients, but it can’t if it’s preoccupied dealing with the liver troublemakers. When the liver has to release nutrients, it can lead to deficiencies.

A lot of people are getting blood work to see if nutrient deficiencies are triggering health problems. But the root of the issue—what’s causing those deficiencies in the first place—is often a sluggish liver, and this isn’t known.

How to Help Rescue Your Liver and Move Forward

I lay out all the details of how to support your liver and recover your health in Liver Rescue, but I want to give you a great start to healing and getting better right now. Here are some ways to help your liver:

Cut back on fat and protein. You don’t need as much as you think. I know there’s a trend toward high-protein and high-fat diets right now, but the truth is fat and protein bog down your liver and prevent it from effectively filtering toxins. Yes, even healthy fats. It’s best to eliminate dairy and eggs completely for the reasons I share in Liver Rescue, but if you eat animal protein like chicken, beef, and fish, try limiting your intake to a small piece once a day or once every other day because all animal foods naturally contain a lot of fat. If you eat a plant based diet, try reducing your oils, nuts, seeds, and avocado. Reducing fats no matter what kind of diet you eat is a powerful way to support your liver.

Eliminate fat from your morning meal. Focus the morning hours on fresh fruit, fresh juices, smoothies or smoothie bowls made with fruit, and vegetables. Eat as much as you’d like and graze over the morning on more fruits. One apple and one banana isn’t enough. You want to still get plenty of calories so you need to eat a lot more of these foods than you would eggs and bacon or cereal and milk for example. This break from fats in the morning gives your liver more time to do its clean up job each day.

Increase your hydration. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of lemon or lime water, coconut water, and some fresh fruit and green juices. Fresh salads, fruits and berries will help you hydrate too.

Drink pure celery juice every morning on an empty stomach. As many of you already know, this is a fundamental tool Spirit and I recommend for health and healing. Celery juice is a golden ticket to health. Drink 16oz on an empty stomach every morning. Read more about celery juice on the blog.

Read the Liver Rescue book. It has unknown information and tools that will serve you and your loved ones for a lifetime. No matter what illness or symptom you or a loved one have or if you simply want to be in the best health possible, Liver Rescue will be helpful for you.

Thank you for being here. As you take these steps to heal, know that I stand behind you. I believe in you, and I care. Take it one day at a time and know that every positive change you make and every step forward you take matters and will help. Bless your heart, bless your soul.

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Apple Crisp

This Apple Crisp recipe is a wonderful recipe to serve up at your next gathering with family or friends. Warm, comforting, sweet, and delicious, it’s delicious all on its own or served up with the banana or coconut ice cream recipes on my blog.

Apples offer us not only physical benefits but also healing on a spiritual level. Apples teach us not to get burned by the frost of insensitivity from others. Unlike crops that risk damage from autumn temperatures, many apple varieties continue to grow and ripen through the cooler months, protected by their frost-resistant skin. When a cold front from a friend, lover, or colleague comes upon you, take heed from the apple and draw a protective shield around yourself until conditions improve.

Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

Filling:
4 red apples, chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest

Topping:
1 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats (optional: sub 1/2 cup oats for 1/2 cup almond meal for a more biscuity texture)
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger (optional)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325F. Place the diced apples in a 11x7 baking dish (or similar). Add the cinnamon, lemon juice and zest and mix well.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the oats, pecans, coconut, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, maple syrup and coconut oil. Mix well, then place on top of the diced apples.

Place in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the top is browned and the apples cooked through. Let sit for 10 minutes at room temperature before serving.

Serves: 6-8

For more on the undiscovered healing properties of apples and how they can help you, check out my bestselling book Liver Rescue.

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Full of flavor and just the right amount of crunch, this delicious salad is a great way to get more leafy greens and fruit into your diet. Massaging the kale with avocado tenderizes the green, while the apple and pecans give the salad just the right amount of crunch. This recipe would be great on a fall or winter holiday table or simply serve it up any day of the week. For a lower fat recipe, you can reduce or omit the pecans and bring in crunchy vegetables of your choice such as finely chopped celery, carrot, or cabbage.

Worried about kale if you have a thyroid problem? Don’t be—it’s amazing for the thyroid. Read more about why in my book Thyroid Healing. Apples are also amazing for the thyroid. Apples are anti-inflammatory for the thyroid because they starve Epstein-Barr Virus, which very often resides in the thyroid. When their pectin enters the digestive system, it releases phytochemicals that bind onto EBV, shrouding the virus cells so that they can’t feed and proliferate.

Kale & Apple Salad

Ingredients:
4 cups kale, destemmed and roughly chopped
1 small avocado (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 tbsp raw honey
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp sea salt, more if needed
1/2 tsp black pepper, more if needed
1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 large red apples, such as gala or fuji, chopped

Directions:
Place the kale, avocado, raw honey, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Massage the avocado into the kale, then add the pecans, cranberries and apples. Mix well and serve.

Serves: 3-4 people

For more on the undiscovered healing properties of apples and how they can help you, check out my bestselling book Liver Rescue.

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If you love a good crunch, these sweet baked apple chips are for you. They make a perfect healthy alternative to fried potato chips and crackers with unhealthy ingredients. Plus they’re fat free, which means your liver will be thanking you for the break from processing fats. With less fat to process, it can better help you to heal from countless symptoms and conditions.

Apples are the ultimate colon cleanser. As the pectin from an apple moves through your gut, it collects and rids your body of microbes such as bacteria, viruses, yeast, and mold. It also gathers and expels putrefied, impacted protein and debris that’s been hiding in intestinal pockets and feeding colonies of harmful bacteria such as E. coli and C. difficile. This makes apples an excellent antiproliferative for healing SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and other digestive disorders.

Baked Apple Chips

Ingredients:
4-5 red skinned apples, like Gala or Fuji
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger

Directions:
Preheat oven to 200F. Remove the stem of the apples. Using a mandoline or a very sharp knife, cut the apples into 3-6mm discs.

Place a sheet of parchment paper on two large baking sheets and layer the apple slices on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and ginger, then turn the slices over and sprinkle with more.

Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for about 1 hour, then flip the apples to the other side and continue cooking for about 1 hour to 90 minutes more, until light and crispy. Let cool before serving. Best kept at room temperature in an airtight container.

Makes about 50-60 chips

For more on the undiscovered healing properties of apples and how they can help you, check out my bestselling book Liver Rescue.

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Whether it’s the holidays, the weather is turning cool, or you simply want a big mug of pure comfort, look no further than this delicious Hot Apple Cider. Packed full of healing spices in a delicious base of apple juice, you may find this recipe quickly becomes a weekly staple. The bonus is that it’s so simple and easy to make!

The phytochemicals in apples make them a true brain food, feeding neurons and increasing electrical activity. Apples with red skin contain anthocyanins and even traces of malvidin (a type of anthocyanidin), which are partially responsible for the red color. These pigments have anti-obesity properties and compounds that increase digestive strength, encouraging weight loss.

Hot Apple Cider

Ingredients:
3 cups unsweetened apple juice
4 cinnamon sticks
2-3 orange slices
6-8 whole cloves
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Directions:
Place the apple juice in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add the cinnamon sticks. Press the cloves into the orange slices and add to the pot, together with cardamom and nutmeg. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, then remove the cinnamon sticks and oranges from the pot. Serve immediately.

Serves: 3-4

For more on the undiscovered healing properties of apples and how they can help you, check out my bestselling book Liver Rescue.

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Apple Nachos

If it’s decadence without the drawbacks you’re looking for, this recipe is for you. These Apple Nachos satisfy the desire for sweet, crunchy, chewy, and buttery. Easy to make, fun to decorate and present, and even more enjoyable to eat, these nachos will be a hit for adults and children.

Eating two apples or more a day can aid in the prevention of colon, liver, breast, prostate, and lung cancer and can also decrease the risk of a stroke. Apples are especially rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants. They have been shown to be beneficial for neuro-degenerative problems such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease as well as for bronchial problems such as asthma.

Apples have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties and provide significant results for those suffering with autoimmune disorders such as Addison’s disease, Cardiomyopathy, Celiac disease, Lupus, and Multiple Sclerosis. Apples contain pectin which is a gel-like fiber that can prevent the putrefaction of protein in the digestive tract. Pectin works like an intestinal broom to clean and sweep out debris from the colon.

Apples have traces of flavonoids, rutin, and quercetin—phytochemicals that are responsible for heavy metal and radiation detoxification—as well as the amino acids glutamine and serine, which help detoxify the brain of MSG. This fruit helps cleanse and purify the organs, improve circulation in your lymphatic system, repair damaged skin, and regulate blood sugar.

Apple Nachos

Ingredients:
4 red apples, sliced
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup dried cranberries (or golden raisins)
1/4 cup walnuts (or pecans), finely chopped (optional)
2 tbsp tahini or almond butter (optional)

Date caramel:
8 medjool dates
1/4 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp alcohol free vanilla extract

Directions:
Make the date caramel by blending the dates, almond milk, water and vanilla until smooth. Add a bit more water if needed to blend. Set aside.

Arrange the apple slices on a serving plate. Top with cinnamon, date caramel, walnuts, cranberries and tahini. Serve immediately.

Serves: 3-4 people

For more on the undiscovered healing properties of apples and how they can help you, check out my bestselling book Liver Rescue.

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Enjoy the delicious flavors of apple pie in this heavenly smoothie. Creamy, satisfying, and sweet, it will feel like you are indulging in a decadent dessert, but without any of the drawbacks that come with the wheat, eggs, butter, and refined sugar of regular apple pie. In fact, this recipe is packed full of healing ingredients, so you can feel good about making it for yourself and your family over and over again.

Apples are hydrating on a deep, cellular level. They provide precious trace minerals such as manganese and molybdenum, as well as electrolytes and critical mineral salts that help the body rehydrate after exercise or stress of any kind.

On an emotional level, the apple is an ancient food that brings us back to the source. It is one of the very first foods to have comforted us, and so apples connect us to a sense of sanctuary. This makes them ideal for when you’re feeling depressed, alienated, invalid, powerless, useless, worthless—you get the idea. If the time ever comes when you feel you aren’t being validated, eating apples can help change your course.

Apple Pie Smoothie

Ingredients:
2 medium-sized red apples, cored and cut into chunks
1 1/2 frozen banana
1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk (or water if preferred)
1 tbsp maple syrup or 1 medjool date
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Pinch of ground nutmeg

Directions:
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more almond milk or water if needed. Serve immediately.

Serves: 2

For more on the undiscovered healing properties of apples and how they can help you, check out my bestselling book Liver Rescue.

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This slushy recipe from my bestselling book Liver Rescue is a refreshing and delicious way to start your morning off right. Friends and family members alike will delight in it, too. Freeze some watermelon the night before so that you’re ready to go first thing, or cut some up and leave it in the freezer for at least 2 hours beforehand.

In Liver Rescue, I share how each of these ingredients can support you and your loved ones in healing. Let’s take a look…

Melons are a powerful liver cleansing food because of melon’s ability to hydrate blood all on its own and help alleviate your liver’s overburdened state. The combination of melon’s unique living water content with its nutrient content allows the heart to work less; melons thin out dirty, toxic, fat-filled blood, allowing the heart to not overwork itself in pumping blood. This reduces some of the liver’s responsibility to protect the heart, which frees up the liver to focus on other important chemical functions that are needed in the moment. Melons also provide the liver with hydration to hold on to for when you’re in a drought, living a lifestyle of chronic dehydration. They flush toxins out of the intestinal tract with ease and rebuild hydrochloric acid reserves in the stomach. And because bile is not needed to break down and digest melon, the liver can work on restoring its bile tank.

Diabetics are often told to stay away from melon when the reality is that all melons, including watermelons, make an incredible food for diabetics because they hold natural sodium combined with natural sugar. (Remember to eat melon on an empty stomach to avoid a stomachache from this predigested food getting held up in your gut by slower-digesting foods.)

Limes (and lemons) improve hydrochloric acid production as well as bile production and potency. They contain micro mineral salts that break down pathogens such as unproductive bacteria, mold, yeast, and fungus to help protect your liver’s immune system. The rich calcium levels in lemons and limes binds to the vitamin C within them, and both of these enter into the liver, where they waken a stagnant, sluggish, fatty liver, helping loosen and disperse fat cells. Lemons and limes clean up dirty blood syndrome, improve glucose absorption, and even protect the pancreas.

Watermelon Slushy

Ingredients:
2 cups fresh watermelon cubes
2 cups frozen watermelon cubes
1 lime, juiced

Directions:
Blend the fresh and frozen watermelon together with the lime juice until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

Tip: Adjust the iciness of the slushy by substituting more fresh watermelon in place of frozen if you desire a less frosty beverage.

Makes 2 servings

Find out more undiscovered properties of healing foods and how they support the liver, check out my bestselling book, Liver Rescue.

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In this delicious recipe, creamy cauliflower purée is served atop of hot roasted portobello mushrooms and finished off with a sprinkling of fresh chives. It’s comforting, warming, and nourishing. Pair this recipe with a fresh salad of your choice and it makes a winning dinner you can enjoy on your own or with family and friends.

Portobello mushrooms (and other mushrooms like crimini) are excellent at strengthening the immune system and can significantly lower the risk of colds, flu, ear infections, bronchitis, swollen glands, sore throats, and chronic infections. They have also been shown to slow down or prevent the onset of tumors in the body. These mushrooms are a good source of vitamins E, B12, and D and minerals such as zinc, selenium, iron, and calcium.

Cauliflower contains the trace mineral boron, which is known to help the endocrine system—and yet cauliflower gets more attention for the so-called goitrogens it contains. Cauliflower does the very opposite of what the hype says—it helps the thyroid and the rest of the endocrine system (including the hypothalamus and adrenal glands) to stave off the viruses that are truly behind issues such as thyroiditis.

Cauliflower Portobello Boats

Ingredients:
6-8 large portobello mushrooms
1 tsp dried oregano
1 1/3 lb cauliflower, cut into florets
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup chives, finely chopped + more for garnish
3-4 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
Sea salt and pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and arrange your Portobello mushrooms on top, cap side down. Sprinkle dried oregano, sea salt and pepper on top. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until soft.

While the mushrooms are cooking, place a medium-sized pot on the heat and add about an inch of water and a steaming basket. Add the cauliflower, put the lid on and cook until soft, about 15-20 minutes. Set aside.

Place the cauliflower in a food processor with garlic, chives, almond milk, salt and pepper. Process until smooth.

Take the mushrooms out of the oven and top with the cauliflower purée. Sprinkle fresh chives on top. Serve immediately.

Serves: 3-4 people

For more information on the undiscovered healing properties of fruits, veggies, wild foods, herbs and spices, check out my #1 NY Times Bestselling book, Life-Changing Foods 

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For so many people, pizza is the ultimate comfort food. But is it really comforting when most of he ingredients used in pizza are harmful to your health? Thankfully, there’s a way to make pizza that is not only incredibly delicious, but also truly comforting and nourishing to your body. You may find that this recipe becomes your new favorite pizza for its flavors and also how it leaves you feeling.

In this pizza recipe, potato is used for the pizza crust. And when you’re seeking comfort, potato is the food you should really reach for. As I share in my book Life-Changing Foods, potatoes offer us foundation and strength when we’re feeling blurred, dizzy, foggy, troubled, or adrift in our lives. If your ego is consuming you, potatoes can tap into the humble confidence within, overriding the toxic emotions that keep you from succeeding in the areas of life that truly matter. Potatoes reorient us, help us to feel pleased and gratified by our experiences, and guide us to make choices not based on ego but out of true grounding and stability.

Potato Crust Mini Pizzas

This recipe is for mini pizzas with three different toppings. You can pick just one of the topping options or use them all. If you prefer a large pizza, you can make one or two large crust pizzas versus a few minis. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Base:
2 cups roughly chopped gold potatoes
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp sea salt

Sauce:
1/2 cup tomato paste
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp raw honey
3-4 tbsp water
Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Toppings:

Cashew cheese with tomatoes and basil
3-5 slices heirloom tomato
2-4 leaves fresh basil

Cashew cheese:
1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp parsley, tightly packed
1/2 medjool date
Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Olives, zucchini and thyme
3-4 raw olives
1/4 medium-sized zucchini, cut into half moons
1 tsp fresh thyme

Spinach, asparagus and bell pepper
5-8 asparagus tips
1/4 red bell pepper, diced
1 medium-sized tomato, sliced
1/2 ripe avocado, thinly sliced
3-5 baby spinach leaves
1 tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400F. To make the base, add 2 inches of water to a medium-sized pot and add a steaming basket. Steam the potatoes for 25-30 minutes until soft. Remove and place the potatoes in a food processor with the garlic powder, onion powder, maple syrup and sea salt. Blend until smooth.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the mixture on top using a wet spatula, making 3-4 mini pizzas. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned. Remove and pat down with a spatula.

To make the cashew cheese, place the soaked cashews, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, date, sea salt and pepper into a food processor and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as you go. Set aside.

Make the tomato sauce by mixing together the tomato paste, dried oregano, dried thyme, raw honey, water, sea salt and pepper.

Take the pizzas out of the oven and spread the tomato paste on top. Arrange the toppings on each of the potatoes, then place in the oven for another 5 minutes. Remove and add the fresh toppings like basil, tomatoes, avocado, spinach and lemon juice. Serve immediately. You can double, triple or quadruple this recipe to make enough for more people or for larger servings.

Serves: 2-3

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