The value of a digestive system "cleanse" to detoxify the body is controversial, but anecdotal evidence suggests that a short-term cleanse does have benefits in general well-being. One popular detox cleansing drink is the olive oil and lemon juice cleanse. Designed to clean out the liver and gallbladder, this cleanse should be done during a two- to three-day period when you have few obligations, because you'll need to stay close to a bathroom. It's best to begin the cleanse in the morning.
Wash the lemons thoroughly. Roll them between your palms or along a counter or tabletop to soften them.
Cut the lemons in half cross-wise and squeeze the juice out. A hand-juicer is the easiest way to do this.
Pour the juice through a mesh strainer and into your blender. Stop when you have 6 to 8 oz. of fresh juice.
Add 1 tbsp. of extra-virgin olive oil. The measurement doesn't have to be exact; you can use a regular spoon if you don't have measuring spoons.
Pour 8 oz. of water into the blender with the olive oil and lemon juice, then whirl it until the oil, juice and water are well-blended.
Drink the mixture immediately, or it will separate. Make a second batch in the evening, and do not eat anything solid throughout the day. Drink plenty of water, herbal tea and vegetable broth if you get hungry.
Things You'll Need
Fine mesh strainer
Extra-virgin olive oil
Herbal teas (optional)
Vegetable broth (optional)
Unfiltered, organic apple juice (optional)
Raw garlic (optional)
Red grapefruit (optional)
Prepare your body for the cleanse by eating and drinking only apples and unfiltered apple juice for 24 hours before your olive oil and lemon juice cleanse. Add 1 clove of raw garlic and 1/2 of a peeled and seeded red grapefruit to your cleanse for a little extra vitamin C and fiber.
Don't eat anything other than raw vegetables, fruit and organic juices for at least 24 hours after your cleanse.