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A Thanksgiving Day Tonic

written by Head Health Nutter October 13, 2008

Happy Gobble Gobble Day, Canadian Live Lighter Readers! It’s a blessedly beautiful weekend up here in Canada, thanks to the Powers That Be. I hope you’ve all enjoyed lots of sun and good, soulful, loving food with friends and family. If you’re like me, then you celebrated LARGE and had all sorts of yummy foods not included in your healthy living plan. 

This post will be very helpful to anyone who’s indulged too much this weekend. To recap on some of the substances that put a strain on our systems, Dr. Elson M Haas reminds us in “Staying Healthy through the Seasons” to:

Be careful with fried foods, processed and chemical foods, and drugs of all kinds, especially alcohol, or too much caffeine, as all these can be pollutants with which the liver must deal.”

But of course, “everything in moderation, including moderation.” I think this is why we have holidays: they are the perfect time, considering they are usually very social, to go a little crazy and stress your system a bit. “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger,” right? And I stressed my system wonderfully this weekend!

For these celebratory times, Dr. Haas has thoughtfully included a cleansing “Liver Flush” tonic recipe in his book. He suggests drinking it first thing in the morning. It’s very strong but surprisingly creamy and tasty, and I’ve tried (and liked!) both versions:

Liver Flush

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  • 1-2 lemons
  • 1 Tbsp cold-pressed olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (or 1 small slice ginger, peeled)
  • 4 oz warm spring water


  1. boil water (if not spring water) and let stand 10-15 minutes.
  2. squeeze lemon(s) into blender (use some seeds and pulp, too).
  3. add oil.
  4. add garlic cloves, or substitute it with ginger if it’s too strong for you.
  5. Add warm water and blend.
  6. Enjoy!

Dr. Haas also suggests that after drinking this Thanksgiving Day tonic,

“…relax or exercise a bit, then drink a warm cup of seed tea, either fennel, anise, or fenugreek. Make this by adding two teaspoons of seeds to two cups of water and simmering for 10 minutes in a covered, stainless steel, glass, or ceramic pot. Let it sit for another 10 minutes and drink. Aluminum cookware is not recommended as it reacts with foods, possibly introducing toxic levels of aluminum into the body. This tea supposedly assists the action of the “Liver Flush” and also acts as a relaxant and carminative (relieves gas) in the digestive system. In another half hour, eat a light breakfast.”

Considering I just finished my liver tonic, looks like it’s time for some light exercise out in that gorgeous Canadian weather! It’ll be the ideal setting so I’ll be sure to take advantage of it and be grateful for everything I have – including this blog and you!

Thank you for reading Live Lighter and thank you Dr. Haas for the excellent Thanksgiving Day tonic.

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