Liver Cleansing Detox Smoothie

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Liver Cleansing Detox Smoothie | Real Food RN

Our livers are responsible for detoxing our bodies every day, all day, all the time….no breaks. In this toxic world, we are overburdened with toxins. We come into contact with WAY more toxins in our modern world than people did even 100 years ago. When we do not properly support our body’s natural detoxification system it can quickly become overburdened and lead to chronic disease. This is why I love my liver cleansing detox smoothie!

Liver Cleansing Detox Smoothie | Real Food RN


One of the liver’s primary functions is filtering the blood. Almost 2 quarts of blood pass through the liver every minute for detoxification. Filtration of toxins is absolutely critical as the blood from the intestines contains high levels of bacteria, bacterial endotoxins, antigen-antibody complexes, and various other toxic substances. When working properly, the liver clears 99% of the bacteria and other toxins during the first pass. However, when the liver is damaged, such as in alcoholics, the passage of toxins increases by over a factor of 10. (source)

So let’s give our livers a little assistance and help boost the detoxification process with a healthy diet and liver detoxification enhancing smoothies!

What you need:

  • 3 beets (quartered) —-> stimulates liver function
  • 3 carrots —-> stimulates liver function
  • 2 cups leafy greens of your choice —-> neutralize heavy metals and toxins
  • 1 cup dandelion greens —-> bitter greens increase the creation and flow of bile
  • 1 organic lemon (quarterd) —-> high in vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water and eliminated via expiration, urine and sweat
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced —-> helps cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract, taking the burden off of the liver
  • 1 cup purple cabbage (chopped) —-> increase the amount of glucosinolate in your system, aiding enzyme production in the liver
  • filtered water
  • 1 high powered blender — like this one
  • 2 Tbsp MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil, which helps make the nutrients more absorbable by the body. MCT oil does not need to be broken down by the liver so it is an ideal fat to consume when detoxing your liver! — where to find


  • Add ingredients to your blender, starting with the large chunks first (beets and apples)
  • Add the rest and pour water to about 3/4 full
  • Blend on high until liquified (you can add more water to your desired consistency)
  • Enjoy right away for the most nutritional benefits!

If you really want to make this smoothie nutritious, add 1 Tbsp whey and let it sit on your counter top for 24 hours, covered with a cloth. Lacto-fermented liver cleansing smoothie!

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  1. Amanda McManus says

    Very yummy! It makes a huge batch though, how long can I keep it refrigerated and still keep the nutritional/cleansing power?

  2. Flo says

    How often can you take this? Do you have problems at the beginning with too many toxins being released? It sounds great!

  3. Meghan says

    Is it best to drink this first thing when you wake up? I saw that you recommend drinking it daily. Is there a certain period of time, like a week or two, that you should drink it? Or just whenever you feel like your liver needs some extra support?

  4. Patricia McDonald says

    Are they pickled beets? Or fresh raw beets? I am planning on trying this tomorrow! I am also a nurse that believes there are many ways to keep us healthy.

  5. Kathy Hatfield says

    What if you are on a blood thinner? I have to stsy away from leafy dark greens and cabbage. Any substitutions? Thank you

  6. Gretchen says

    Do you believe this would be okay to drink while breastfeeding? I know I should be careful about “detoxing” while nursing. Thanks! Oh… and is it really thick? I used to juice… but I know the whole veg is better because of the fiber.

    • says

      It should be okay during pregnancy if you don’t drink it all the time. I regularly consumed all of the ingredients in this smoothie when I was pregnant. It is thick, you can strain it out by pouring it through a strainer into a bowl if you don’t like it that thick. Fiber is great for hormone regulation and intestinal cleansing though.

  7. Leslie says

    I see you said something about it in the comments, but to be clear, it’s fine to use virgin coconut oil instead of MCT? Is there a higher benefit to using the MCT?

    • says

      They are both great, MCT oil is even easier for the body to assimilate because of its shorter fatty acid chain structure. MCT oil is often times made from coconut oil. Use them interchangeably in this recipe.

    • says

      If it’s an organic lemon you can use the whole thing, there are wonderful oils found in the peel. Might make it slightly more bitter, but bitter foods are what stimulate the liver and gallbladder to clean out!

  8. Dawn P. says

    Kate: Two things, how often are you supposed to drink this? Also, is there a way to break this down so I can use my Nutribullet to make it? I know all that won’t fit. Thanks!

  9. says

    How long should I keep taking the supplements? I’m finally getting mine removed next week. I’m slightly nervous. Do you recommend anything else thanks for your in put!

  10. Sandra says

    I’ve recently survived stage 4 rectal cancer. They removed 13 lymph nodes (cancerous) . went through radiation , chemo, 2 surgies, wore illiostmy bag for 8 months before being “hooked back up” . was pretty much bed-ridden for close to 2 years. They didn’t think I would live. Look what God did! After last surgery, spent 1 year having 20, 30, sometimes 40 bowel movements a day. GI doctor threathenend me with a colonostomy bag. I balked. Have gone wheat,gluten,sugar, & preservative free. Still working on totaling getting there. But , WOW! What a difference already. My question is: with so many lymph nodes removed, wellllll?????????? I know you can’t give medical advice, but you seem to “know your stuff” so any extra feedback would be helpful and appreciated. Really enjoy your site. Very helpful. Thanks.❇

  11. Amanda Golden Strong says

    I just made this recipe. It makes way too much and tastes horrible. I drank a full glass anyway. I still want the cleanse. The rest of my family wont' touch it. I guess I get to finish the rest of it (it fills a 2quart pitcher). Yay for my liver, boooo for my taste buds.

  12. Carmen says

    I am curious as to why you use MCT oil rather than Coconut Oil? From my research Coconut Oil is better than MCT Oil. Due to MCT does not contain Lauric Acid. As where coconut oil i believe is about 50% Lauric acid.

  13. Jason says

    Thank you for this. It tasted nice yet too much fiber for me – I had a nissen fundoplicaiton 15 months ago, and this smoothies caused horrible constipation.

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