This whole-lemon detox drink tastes better than your average liver flush potion and takes the healing power of lemon water to a whole new level.
Lemon juice naturally thins stagnant bile and dissolves stones, which stimulates healing in both the liver and gallbladder.
But beyond liver cleansing, it also thins mucus, improves digestion, and helps balance blood sugar and fluid levels. Include the lemon peel, and you get extra vitamin C, fiber, bioflavonoids for healthy circulation, and the anti-cancer properties of limonene.
Wash the lemon then cut into small chunks. Puree the lemon chunks, oil, and water in a blender for a minute. Strain lightly if desired, then enjoy.
For best results, drink this on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, then wait 30-60 minutes before eating. But anytime you are in a semi-fasting state and can delay eating will work, including right before bed. Repeat daily at least 4-6 weeks.
If you are new to liver cleansing, this recipe might not be the one to start with. The flavor is strong, and the commitment is a bit over the top. But if sour is your thing, go for it!
Go easy on yourself and start with half a lemon and half the oil. You may also want to use less peel. The outer yellow zest is flavorful, but the white rind beneath is bitter.
Adjust the flavor slightly with a pinch of stevia or other natural sweetener. You can also replace some or all of the water with fresh-squeezed orange juice.