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 on its own helps improve digestion, dissolve kidney stones and gallstones, thin mucus, and balance blood sugar and fluid levels.
Lemon juice also liquefies bile and stimulates cleansing in the liver and gallbladder.
When you add just a splash of olive oil to that phenomenal whole-lemon nutrition, great things happen. Olive oil further stimulates bile flow and lubricates the ducts to expel toxic bile and debris more easily. Lemon peel completes the cleanse with extra vitamin C, fiber, bioflavonoids for healthy circulation, and the anti-cancer properties of limonene.
It's a winning combination, and all you need are three ingredients.
Wash the lemon then cut into small chunks. Toss the lemon, oil, and water in a blender, and blend at high speed for one 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.
Do this daily for at least 4-6 weeks along with a healthy diet.
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.