So to continue with the water ideas today is my favourite. This is great if you are having people round for dinner or I just have a jug in the fridge and get through it throughout the day. The cucumber is so refreshing and makes me think of Gin and Tonics in the sun. Those who enjoyed one too many drinks in the sun and your liver is looking for a bit of support, then this one is definitely for you.
Liver Livener 1 lemon 1 small cucumber Large handful of basil Small handful of mint Jug full of water
Take the ends of the cucumber and get a peeler to peel the cucumber into thin slices (this makes it look more impressive too). Then slice the lemon into thin slices and add everything including the basil and mint to the jug. Fill with water and leave in the fridge over night or a few hours for the flavors to blend together.
Health benefits of Lemon: Lemon’s are great at stimulating the liver and provide energy to the liver enzymes so that they can do their job. This helps with flushing out toxins. It is a great source of vitamin C and we all know vitamin C’s role in helping prevent the common cold. In addition to the above, it is a great one to enjoy with warm water in the morning
Health benefits of Basil: Basil contains oils and flavonoids that help protect the body from illness and infection. Studies have shown that it has a strong anti-bacterial benefit and adding to salad or other foods, can help eliminate harmful bacteria and ensure the safety of your fresh products.
Health benefits of Mint: Mint as we are all aware is a well known mouth and breath freshener. It is good for digestion and can sooth stomachs in the case of indigestion or inflammation. It can also be used for nausea and travel sickness (having suffered with this when travelling by boat when pregnant I can definitely vouch for that).
Health benefits of Cucumber: Cucumber’s are mainly water and the flesh is rich in vitamin A, C and folic acid. They have high alkaline levels, and therefore help regulate the body’s blood pH and neutalise acidity so especially good for those with gastric issues.