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Olive Oil and Lemon Juice Cleanse Directions

author image Brynne Chandler
Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.
Olive Oil and Lemon Juice Cleanse Directions
Use fresh lemons and a simple juicer.

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.

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Step 1

Wash the lemons thoroughly. Roll them between your palms or along a counter or tabletop to soften them.

Step 2

Cut the lemons in half cross-wise and squeeze the juice out. A hand-juicer is the easiest way to do this.

Step 3

Pour the juice through a mesh strainer and into your blender. Stop when you have 6 to 8 oz. of fresh juice.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.

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