Many of my clients were diagnosed with mild to severe fatty liver problems. On my suggestion, most of them who went on this 30-day watermelon and green juice fast hugely benefited from it. This fast not only helped with melting away excess fat from the liver but also detoxifying it. Post the 30 days, they altered their lifestyles towards the path of conscious eating and healthy living and now swear by these juice fasts and now believe in drinking away fatty liver instead of going to tedious and expensive treatments.
This watermelon juice is a healthy way to boost your body’s natural detoxification process. Watermelon helps the liver process ammonia (waste from protein digestion) and helps eliminate excess waste. Try out this watermelon and green juice fast for yourselves, and drink away your fatty liver!
This juice is simple and quick to make and requires just two ingredients – fresh watermelons and lemon. Add a whole lemon, along with its skin, for optimal results. Initially, lemon rind might give the juice a bitter, astringent aftertaste, but gradually, you will get used to it. The bitterness from lemon skin beautifully balances out with a sweet taste giving the juice a mellow flavor.
After the first week, add generous amounts of chlorophyll to your juice. You can do this by either adding powdered supplements or leafy vegetables. I prefer and suggest taking the natural route as it provides nutritional benefits and natural healing properties. (If planning to start the juice challenge, invest in a good masticating juicer, which will produce less pulp and waste and keep the nutrients of fruits and veggies intact in the juice)
Note: The method and tips given are for general information and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Consult your ayurvedic, naturopathy, and physician before trying out this method.
What is fatty liver disease?
Fatty liver disease (steatosis) is a condition of the modern-day overconsumption lifestyle, which has become a common chronic condition caused by having too much fat build up in your liver. When you have a healthy liver, it contains a tiny amount of fat. However, fat accumulation reaches 5% to 10% of your liver’s weight, causing many preventable diseases. Fatty liver is one of them.
The liver is an essential organ having multiple life-supporting functions:
- Produces bile, which helps with digestion.
- Makes proteins for the body.
- Stores iron.
- Converts nutrients into energy.
- Creates substances that help your blood clot (stick together to heal wounds).
- It helps you resist infections by making immune factors and removing bacteria and toxins (substances that can harm your body) from your blood.
Cirrhosis is severe damage to the liver. The hard scar tissue that replaces healthy liver tissue slows the liver’s functioning. Eventually, it can block liver function entirely. Cirrhosis can lead to liver failure and liver cancer. Two primary forms of the disease occur from fatty liver.
Alcohol-induced fatty liver disease
Alcohol-induced fatty liver disease is caused by heavy drinking. (Moderate drinking is defined as one drink a day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. About 5% of people in regions where alcohol consumption is high cause liver disease.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) occurs in people who aren’t heavy drinkers. The condition affects one in three adults and one in 10 children in most developed countries to excessive fatty food consumption habits. Several factors, such as obesity and diabetes, can also increase your risk.
Watermelon Juice for Fatty Liver
Nutritional Benefits: This watermelon juice is a healthy way to boost your body's natural detoxification process. Watermelon helps the liver process ammonia (waste from protein digestion) and helps eliminate excess waste. Lemon is a great vitamin C source and it helps your body flush out toxins as well and keep you hydrated when combined with watermelon. This 30-day watermelon juice fast helps boost the body's natural detoxification process and helps the liver, our largest organ, release over-accumulation of fat.
- 1 whole watermelon (8-10kgs / 17 -22lbs)
- 2 lemons, sliced
- green juice (link for the recipe given above)
Wash, peel (don't discard the rinds) and slice the watermelon in small cubes. Put the cubes through a juicer and pour the juice into a jar
In a blender, place the watermelon pulp (from the juicer), add the rind and sliced lemon on top of the chunks and blend till you get a fine smoothie consistency
Place a cheesecloth over a jar and add the pulp smoothie into it. Squeeze to release all the juices. Blend again and repeat this process twice or thrice to juice out all nutrients from the rind
Mix it with the juice. Pour the juice in a container, refrigerate and drink throughout the day.
Make the juice fresh each day.