Apple-Beet-Celery Juice Recipe for Liver + Gallbladder Health

Apple-Beet-Celery Juice Recipe for Liver + Gallbladder Health

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ABC Juice to the Rescue!

You’ve probably heard of the Medical Medium’s celery juice craze. While there are many benefits to alkalizing the body, too much of a good thing is not always good. In my opinion, drinking too much straight celery juice can be over-alkalizing and actually depleting. Staying in a constant state of alkalizing is like be on a never-ending cleanse. If you want to up-level your celery juice intake, particularly in the winter, it’s more supportive to add beets and apples, creating what I call ABC Juice. Even then, I suggest only 6-8 ounces a day!

For years, I have been prescribing ABC Juice to support liver and gallbladder function—but the benefits go far beyond healthy digestion.

ABC Juice has natural constituents that support liver and gallbladder function, while also turning on stomach acid production and supporting a healthy intestinal lining, microbiome, and regular and complete elimination.1-4 Plus, the ingredients in this juice have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties and have been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

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How ABC Juice Supports Digestion + Liver and Gallbladder Function

ABC Juice, a combination of apple, beet, and celery juice, contains cholagogues that increase the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder into the small intestine. Better bile flow supports better bowel function, since bile is the upstream regulator of stool. Poor bile flow will result in poor, incomplete, or irregular bowel function.1,2

Bile is also a natural buffer for the acid produced in your stomach. If your liver is congested with bile sludge, a thick, viscous version of bile, it can result in decreased bile flow—a common problem—and your stomach will respond in one of two ways:1-3

  1. Hold on to stomach acid too long while waiting for bile to trigger the release of the stomach’s contents. This can cause occasional heartburn and indigestion.
  2. Slowly dial down acid production because bile isn’t present to neutralize the acid. This lack of stomach acid can lead to a host of food intolerances. You need strong stomach acid to break down the harder-to-digest proteins in wheat, dairy, grains, nuts, beans, and meats.

Bile also acts as a gentle but effective scrub for the intestinal villi, or vascular projections, that are working diligently to maintain a healthy environment for your microbiome and a strong protective barrier for the intestinal lining. Think of bile as a Pac-Man gobbling up toxic fats in your liver and intestinal tract. With adequate fiber in your diet, bile will attach to intestinal fiber and be escorted to the toilet with a healthy bowel movement.1-3

It should be noted that in 91% of the population, bile ducts and pancreatic ducts join together before they enter the small intestine. Bile sludge can therefore slow the delivery of both bile and pancreatic digestive enzymes to the small intestine. Many people use digestive enzymes because they were told that, as they age, their bodies produce less of this critical substance, but in most cases, bile sludge, not age, slows the natural flow of digestive enzymes. While supplemental digestive enzymes won’t hurt you, they are not addressing the underlying digestive issue that can lead to many more chronic health concerns down the road.

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In Ayurveda, we attempt to address the cause of a health concern rather than just applying a Band-Aid with a digestive enzyme or other supplemental pill or powder.1-4 That’s where ABC Juice comes in, to help with liver function and digestion. But that is only a small part of the ABC Juice resume. Read below to discover all of the benefits associated with ABC Juice ingredients.

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A is for Apple

In addition to being a powerful cholagogue for healthy liver and gallbladder function, apples (Malus domestica) have also been linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, asthma, diabetes, and some cancers. In the laboratory, apples have been found to have very strong antioxidant activity, which supports healthy cell proliferation, decreases lipid oxidation, and lowers cholesterol.

Apples contain a variety of phytochemicals, including quercetin, catechin, and phloridzin (for healthy blood sugar), as well as chlorogenic acid (the most potent antioxidant in coffee). Studies also suggest some of the more potent and protective antioxidants are in the skin of the apple, so be sure to wash and eat the skin.5-6

B is for Beets

There has been growing interest in red beetroot (Beta vulgaris rubra) as a functional food. In addition to being a classic cholagogue supporting liver function, beetroot provides a natural means of increasing the panacea molecule nitric oxide (NO), most classically recognized for its antiviral properties, and as a way to support healthy blood pressure and a healthy endothelial (arterial) lining. Beets also contain betalain pigments, which display potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and chemo-preventive activity, while supporting cognitive function.1-4,7

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C is for Celery

Celery (Apium graveolens L.) has become popular recently as a powerful alkalizing agent. But its benefits go far beyond that. It is of course a powerful cholagogue, and also has been found to support healthy glucose, blood lipids, and blood pressure, all of which can strengthen your heart. Experimental studies show celery has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, while its essential oils have antibacterial effects. Celery is also rich in antioxidant compounds, including caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, ferulic acid, apigenin, luteolin, tannin, saponin, and kaempferol, which have been shown to remove free radicals.8

ABC Juice Recipe for Liver + Gallbladder Health and More

Blending: Wash and cut a small red beet, one small apple (or half a large apple), and one celery stick. Put in blender with ½-1 cup of water and blend to desired thickness. Drink 6-8 ounces each morning with breakfast or lunch.

Vata-Pacifying Soup Option: Raw foods can be hard to digest and aggravating for vata body types, especially during colder winter months. If raw isn’t for you, steam the above ingredients in a small amount of water. Then blend the apple, beet, and celery with steamed water into a soup and consume warm as part of your breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Juicing: Run the same ingredients above through a juicer and drink 6-8 ounces of ABC juice each morning with breakfast or lunch.

In today’s toxic world, it is so important to keep your liver and gallbladder supported. Have you tried our ABC Juice? What have you found?

This article originally appeared in Elephant Journal.

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15 thoughts on “Apple-Beet-Celery Juice Recipe for Liver + Gallbladder Health”

  1. Hi John Douillard,
    Thanks a lot to share your knowledge about ancestral healthcare. Precious gifts especially for us here in Europe…
    This juice sounds really nice, will taste it soon !
    If you please and if I may, would like to have your advice about this home made juice I drink each morning : celery, fennel, cucumber, ginger and green lemon ?
    I’ll be happy to have your feedback and thank you by advance.

  2. Iam wondering how beets and these bile boosters work if one has the gallbladder removed (already about 25yrs ago at the age of 25). My constitution is Vata Pitta so raw stuff isn”t for me anyway during winter. Could try the steamed option but
    I notice that the general gallbladder cleanses do not work for me the way they should..
    Usually I do a beet soup with beet, carrot, Apple and bit of onion and some cream cheese to smoothen it for my child. I wonder if the cheese destroys the benefits?
    Thanks for your clarification!

  3. Thanks Dr John, for how long would you recommend the consumption of ABC juice as a daily regime? Or is it intended to be taken indefinitely?

    I tried it for the first time today, already feel a detox affect (runny nose and feel clearer) so hope to progress with this to support with my liver and gallbladder

    Thank you

  4. Just curious… Does Dr. John reply to any of these questions personally to the person who asked the question? I don’t see any replies from Dr. John and I am also interested in the answers to these questions. I have one more… I was blending raw beets and apples almost everyday for a time a few years ago on the advice of a Qigong teacher. I developed a stone in my bladder that had to be broken up with a laser and then removed. A dangerous operation. Beets have high levels of oxalates which my urologist suggested I avoid. Since every single person’s body is different and needs different healing modalities, I would caution anyone from taking anything promoted on this site or any other. Peace.

    • While I like the juice that Dr John Douillard is sharing,I agree that it is important to check the possible side effects of certain components in any long term cure. Thank you very much for making us aware of the potential risk of kidney stones if eating beats for too long of a period.

    • The beet root contains much less oxalate than the leaves. I would never consume the leaves. Here is one medical opinion:

      “A reasonable amount of oxalate is not bad for the kidneys
      The American Urological Association does not recommend completely cutting beets and other high-oxalate foods from one’s diet. However, they suggest limiting oxalate intake to no more than 75 to 100g per day.

      Although kidney stones contain a fair amount of calcium, it is still a crucial dietary element. When eaten with foods rich in oxalic acid, calcium actually binds with the oxalate in the digestive system. This makes it easier for the body to eliminate excess oxalate instead of turning it into kidney stones.”

      Too much calcium? Oxalates take care of that. Too much oxalate? Calcium will prevent it from becoming problematical. There ya go! However, some people just should not take any oxalates as they are prone to developing problems. Perhaps you are one of those?

  5. Dear Doctor – you say that bile sludge slows the delivery of both bile and pancreatic enzymes to the small intestine. My question is: why would your bile get sludgy and thick in the first place? Maybe we have to deal with that first? However, if such a condition is caused by difficult-to-change life and dietary habits, I can see why you recommend the vegetable juice as a remedy.

    Anyway, I like your article a lot, as it explains in simple terms how a portion of the digestive system works.

    My regards. – Samia.


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