Liver Function Short Course



 IT IS YOUR LIFELINE…and keeps you aLIVE 

It is no small coincidence that when you remove the letter ‘r’ from the word ‘Liver’, you are left with the word ‘LIVE’!

The liver has an astonishing amount of roles to play in weight and health management, with detoxification playing an essential, but by no means the only role.  The liver plays a vital role in cholesterol management, enzyme production, fat metabolism and blood sugar regulation, to name but a few.

It is now a well established fact that stress negatively affects the liver, as the stress hormone cortisol raises liver enzymes. This negatively impacts all the functions of the liver to some degree or another.

Toxins from food and the environment can significantly increase your weight – especially around the middle! Toxins may come in the form of medication, bacteria, industrial chemicals, and heavy metals such as mercury, to name but a few. These pollutants can damage or block the signals that control your appetite. You can detoxify your body with the right balance of protein, fats, fibre, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients found in plant foods. You need to Detoxify your liver.

One of these critical functions, with specific reference to weight management, is Detoxification: Think of your liver’s detox pathways as a ‘kitchen in your home’

    • ‘Phase I’ of Liver Detox: When you have too much food and other refuse, you pile up your bin bags in the kitchen, waiting to relocate them outside for the bin men to clear away.
    • ‘Phase II’ of Liver Detox: The bin men represent ‘Phase 2’ of Liver Detox. They have the role of clearing away the bin bags once you have moved them through the corridor to outside.
    • Corridor Phase of Liver Detox: If the ‘bin men go on strike’ (i.e. Phase 2 becomes sluggish) then the rubbish bags pile up ‘in the kitchen (i.e. Phase 1) and eventually spill over into what is known as the ‘corridor phase’, which is where a large amount of damaging free radical activity takes place. This is what sets up the unpleasant symptoms that are typically experienced by ‘detox programmes’ (commonly referred to ‘Herxheimer’s Syndrome’)
    • Turmeric is highly recommended (in your food, or as a supplement) as turmeric is one of the few plant/food sources that speeds up phase 2 (i.e. brings more binmen) resulting in an effective detox response that is fairly drama free.
      • The majority of the Academy of Wellness Therapeutic Recipes include turmeric, as a remarkable reduction in the amount of detox reactions has been noted when clients introduce this outstanding Therapeutic spice.
      • The Academy of Wellness’ Spice Up Your Life’ Tea is an outstanding and delicious Therapeutic Recipe
    • At The Academy of Wellness, we  recommend that you do our very gentle, effective and surprisingly yummy recipe – The Academy’s Home Made Liver Flush once a day for a month, and then once or twice a month thereafter.
    • Our delicious  Spice Up Your Life Tea recipe tastes like Chai Tea, and has also been called ‘Christmas in a Cup’! It is also outstanding Liver and blood sugar support, and is recommended twice to three times per day.
    • We recommend that you do the Academy of Wellness’ Home Made Liver Flush once a day for a month, and then once or twice a month thereafter.  See the Therapeutic Recipes below for this very gentle, effective and surprisingly yummy recipe.
  • The Academy of Wellness Home-made Liver Flush
        • It is essential to use ORGANIC ingredients for this recipe, as it is highly therapeutic, and designed to cleanse your body by supporting your liver. It makes no sense to burden your liver with the very recipe you are using to help it!
        • Drink in the morning BEFORE breakfast.
        • Follow the Liver Flush after 15 minutes with the ‘Spice up your Life Tea’ (this can also be had throughout the day)
        • Do not eat for at least one hour after you have had the Liver Flush
        • Take this Liver Flush every morning for at least 4 weeks.
        • It can be repeated every 3-6 months.
        • This Flush can be very helpful to gently dissolve and pass gallstones, therefore do not be alarmed if you see small green ‘stones’ when you go to the toilet.
        • Organic unfiltered Apple Juice: 1 cup (250 ml)
        • Filtered or bottled water: 1 glass (250 ml)
        • Unwaxed Organic lemon: Quarter (with peel)
        • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: 1 tablespoon  
        • Garlic: 1 clove (not the whole ‘house’)
        • Fresh Ginger Root: The size of your thumbnail
        • Turmeric: Quarter teaspoon
        • Cinnamon: Quarter teaspoon
        • Cayenne pepper: A pinch
      • METHOD
        • Place all the ingredients in a blender and mix
        • Start the Liver Flush with just one clove of garlic and just one tablespoon of olive oil for the first week
        • Work your way up to FOUR cloves of garlic and FOUR tablespoons of olive oil in week 4
          • i.e. 2 cloves + 2 tablespoons in week 2;
          • 3 cloves + 3 tablespoons in week 3;
          • 4 cloves + 4 tablespoons in week 4)
          • You can add extra apple juice as well to sweeten the taste as you increase the garlic and oil dosage.
        • It is also beneficial to massage your liver with the palm of your hand, in gentle circular motions from right to left – Your liver is located on the RIGHT HAND SIDE of your body, just under your rib cage.  

Additional foods that help your Liver:

  • Sulphur vegetables:
    • Onions (preferably red for the immune supporting antioxidants)
    • Leeks
    • Chives
    • Garlic
    • Ginger
  • Green Leafy vegetables,
    • Kale
    • Spinach
  • Broccoli and cauliflower
  • Beetroot and carrots
  • Avocado
  • Grapefruit
  • Berries (especially the dark varieties)
  • Apples
  • Lemons and limes (start your day with a glass of glass of hot filtered water lemon juice from half a lemon or lime)
  • Dandelion root (great coffee alternative)
  • Olive oil (raw – never heated as it gets damaged)
  • Coconut oil
  • Nuts (not soy or peanuts)
    • Walnuts
    • Brazil nuts
  • Oily fish for the omega 3 oils
    • Wild salmon
    • Mackerel
    • Sardines
    • Kippers
    • Herring
    • Probiotics
      • Plain full fat yoghurt
      • Kefir and Kombucha
      • Sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables
      • Supplements.

Foods that hurt your Liver:

  • Processed foods
  • Fried foods (mostly due to the poor quality of fats and oils)
  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Excess caffeine intake
  • Cigarettes
  • Drugs (both recreational and prescription drugs need to cleansed by the liver)
  • Excessively high protein (more than the palm of your hand per meal – See Hand Portion Management Guide)
  • High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in many packaged foods
  • Diet high in starchy carbohydrates (See your ‘Carb Fist’ in the Hand Portion Management Guide and make sure it is unrefined quality carbohydrate foods)
  • Carbonated sodas/soft drinks.

Recipes that support your Liver:

At the Academy of Wellness, we recognise that providing information is not enough, when it comes to practical support.  As a result we have a created supportive eBooks:


If you have purchased the Module relating to this section, you will qualify for a discount on the Therapeutic Recipes eBook/s BY USING THE COUPON CODE: . These can be purchased independently of this short course  by visiting the link below:

The following recipes in the eBooks support Liver Function:

    1. Spice Up Your Life Tea
    2. Mary-Lou’s Homemade Liver Flush
    3. Kallo brown rice cakes with Mackerel Pate
    4. Beetroot, Fennel and Ginger Soup
    5. Pea and Mint Soup (and smoked salmon optional)
    6. Pumpkin, Ginger and Apple Soup
    7. Spicy Lentil and Tomato Soup
    8. Spinach, Lentil and Turkey Rasher Soup