Healthy Beginnings

Try this remedy to detox your liver as summer winds down

Apple cider vinegar can help cleanse your system, and is one ingredient in Dr. Axe’s liver formula. Photo: Getty Images

As summer winds down and the fun and partying slows, it is a good idea to do a bit of cleaning.

No, not at the house — well, maybe — but definitely in our bodies. Some of us have overdone it at the barbecues, others have enjoyed beer at the Aces games and others just ate too many foods that polluted our livers and digestive tract. Or perhaps others have been given some very strong medicine, like Ibuprofen, which has also caused problems. This happened to others and me, and now their liver is not a happy camper.

A few months ago, I woke up with the worst pain in my stomach and side and could barely walk. I knew it was my liver and I needed help, NOW. So I went to the computer and looked up liver issues, and lo and behold, Dr. Josh Axe had a liver cleanse that I could do, as I had all the ingredients. Yay!

So I mixed up the concoction and held my breath and drank it down. Within a few seconds I could feel warmth spreading through my body, and very shortly a lessening of the pain. Within a half hour, all the pain was gone and I felt great. It was a miracle, and it really didn’t taste too bad (but I wouldn’t recommend it for a cocktail at a party).

I have given this remedy to quite a few people, and most have raved about how much more energy they have had or how they lost some weight. I have been taking this drink nearly every day since, and no more pain in my side.

And, some other issues I have had for years have cleared up. For instance, my allergies are not nearly as bad, and headaches that have tormented me for the last few years have really subsided. I still watch what I eat and mostly rely on greens and vegetables and small amounts of protein for my diet, but the liver issue is so much better.

So here it is:

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, to help cleanse the system and detoxify the liver (Braggs is best).
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice; it works as an astringent to the liver, boosts the immune system and is antibacterial.
  • ½ teaspoon raw honey to sweeten; it’s also antibacterial.
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, which helps to balance blood sugars, boosts brain function and aids in digestion.
  • Cayenne pepper to taste, for pain relief, anti inflammatory, improves circulation, increases metabolism.
  • Add 18 to 24 ounces hot water, and drink it down.

I used to sip, but I found that it seems to work better when I drink it quickly. So there is my recommended solution for cleansing the liver. I still take milk thistle to support it, but this drink has made a bigger change in my health than many others that I have used for the liver.

I hope this helps those of you that have had way too much fun this summer and gets you on your road to health.

Elaine Brooks is owner of The Herb Lady, located in Sparks. Visit or call 775-356-1499 to learn more.