Weighing in at around 3 pounds, the liver is the body’s second largest organ; only the skin is larger and heavier. The liver performs many essential functions related to digestion, metabolism, immunity, and the storage of nutrients within the body. These functions make the liver a vital organ without which the tissues of the body would quickly die from lack of energy and nutrients. Fortunately, the liver has an incredible capacity for regeneration of dead or damaged tissues. http://www.innerbody.com/image_digeov/card10-new2.html#full-description
it does a lot of things. ok, so pretty much you need a healthy liver for good health. paying attention to your liver is not just for the alcoholics.
solution: beet kvass
what the heck is it?! it's fermented beet drink! for liver cleansing (good for body, skin, mood, stamina, libido, energy...etc). it's potent good stuff.
order a big box of beets online and gather some salt (and some cabbage and onions, your preference), 2 TB salt per 3 med size beets. chop them pretty big(half your palm) so they don't float. add filtered water with salt enough to cover (I don't really measure). let sit until it turns dark color.
drink 1/4 cup a day. liver cleansing. good stuff. eat the beets too (pickle it!).
the first few days tasted horrible! salty stuff!
by day 5, when it started to darken and get foamy on the top (skim if off before storing in fridge, it won't kill you to eat it), it tasted pretty good! like wine (well vingary, salty, earthy wine..)
well, it's good for you. look it up on why I even bother to make this. you won't regret it.
it's one of those secret hush hush cheap super veg that they don't want you to know ;P
results: my skin has cleared up (dry weather, hormonal..stress). I have more energy! I drink it because I crave it. my hubby is scared to drink it bc it makes him go potty so fast (not diarrhea). so much to say. but you be the judge. the first few days I was drinking and eating the beets, I went potty 4~5 times in one day! it was def cleaning me out... (no more buying those expensive yogurt drinks!)
tip: I use to leftover beets to make pickled beets (some say to throw it away, gasp!).
my pickling recipe is 1:1:2 (apple vinegar, sugar, water). add some bay leaves, red pepper flakes(1 tsp), whole pepper(1 tsp), anise seed(for flavor) - all in pot till it boils. pour liquid over vegs(beets, onions, broccoli, carrots..etc). let sit on counter till cooled. in fridge. it's sweet, sour, and great :D
I find that I eat more pickled vegs in winter because there isn't an abundant source of fruit/fresh vegs. I am trying to eat more seasonal lately. I guess I am not finding mangos and papayas as exciting to eat in winter now - I would rather indulge on a freshly pickled seasonal carrots and it's cheaper too!