Liver Cleansing with Legumes

Most liver cleansing methods involve drinking olive oil, not pleasant for anyone, and the ever-popular Epsom salt. Two formidable foes indeed! And while the results are worthwhile, it's not exactly fun.

A Bit Less Drama, Please?

If you'd rather take it slow and easy but still get the job done, you can. One option to consider is the humble legume.

Why Choose Legumes?

Legumes or "dried beans" come from plants producing seeds in a pod, including kidney beans, lentils, black beans, split peas, chick peas, and others.

Legumes are little powerhouses of nutrition that are high in protein and fiber but low in fat. They're versatile and satisfying, making them wonderful allies in the quest to lose weight, improve health, or simply balance the family budget. But what makes legumes ideal for gentle liver cleansing is their ability to stop the recycling of toxic bile,

How Toxic Bile Recycles

When you eat a meal, your gallbladder excretes bile to break down fat. Any extra bile recycles through the intestinal walls and back to the liver.

That bile is toxic from what your liver filtered out of the blood the first time. It's meant to leave your body. But send it back, and you get concentrated sludge that clogs ducts and forms gallstones.

Can You Have Gallstones in Your Liver?

Gallstones form wherever you have thickened bile, in your liver or gallbladder. Just because your doctor can't see gallstones on diagnostic imaging, does not mean you are stone free.

Karen Hurd's Liver Cleansing Protocol

Nutritionist Karen Hurd's liver cleanse leverages the soluble fiber in legumes to bind toxic bile, making it impossible to recycle. This gradually thins the bile, melts stones, and even lowers cholesterol.

Soluble fiber for cleansing

Six Small Servings a Day

All you do is eat a half cup of legumes six times during the day for a total of three cups a day.

Space the servings throughout the day to absorb as much bile as possible, and even the largest stones dissolve in just six to eight weeks.

What if Beans Give You Gas?

Actually, they don't. Karen Hurd explains this mystery best in her article Why Beans Don't Cause Gas. Beans happen to be the ideal source for this soluble fiber, far better than fruits and vegetables. And you avoid the extra fructose.

Real Healing Is Possible

If you need a little inspiration, read the testimonies of healing on Karen Hurd's website or the true stories of nutritional healing in And They Said It Wasn't Possible.

How to Cook Your Legumes

My favorite way to cook legumes is with a crock pot. This saves money over canned and eliminates the excess sodium and bisphenol A (BPA).

Soak, Cook, and Enjoy

Just rinse the beans, removing any foreign debris, then soak them overnight. Soaking makes the nutrients much more bioavailable.

For each cup of beans, add around 3 cups water. Cook on high 3-5 hours depending on the type. When tender, season and enjoy! Any extras can be refrigerated or frozen.

More Ways to Love Your Legumes

Boost your soluble fiber intake with delicious and creative bean recipes in The Bean Queen's Cookbook by Karen Hurd.

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