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How to Flush Your Liver With Olive Oil & Lemon Juice

author image Jason Marcus
Jason Marcus began writing alternative medicine and winter sports articles for LIVESTRONG.COM in 2010. He practices holistic healing as a nationally certified massage therapist. He studied at the Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy. Marcus holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and he completed the pre-medicine program and received summa cum laude graduate honors from James Madison University.
How to Flush Your Liver With Olive Oil & Lemon Juice
An olive oil and lemon juice mixture is a popular cleansing tonic.

Your liver is a vital organ; liver functions include filtering harmful substances, such as alcohol and caffeine, from your blood and storing vitamins and minerals. Liver and gallbladder cleanses are popular, yet controversial, methods of promoting liver health. Flushing your liver with an olive oil and lemon juice tonic is a common cleansing technique. Although this flush has anecdotal support on alternative health websites, Michael Klaper, M.D., with the Institute of Nutrition Education and Research, says that the olive oil and lemon juice cleanse is useless and, in some cases, hazardous. Consult your health care provider before attempting this liver flush.

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Step 1

Measure 1/2 a cup of unrefined, organic, extra-virgin olive oil. The olive oil should be at room temperature.

Step 2

Squeeze 1/2 a cup of room temperature, organic lemon juice.

Step 3

Mix the olive oil and lemon juice in a blender. If you do not have a blender, shake the mixture thoroughly in a jar.

Step 4

Drink the olive oil and lemon juice tonic immediately after blending, just before bedtime.

Step 5

Lie down in bed on your right side with your knees raised to your chest. Maintain this body position for at least 30 minutes.

Step 6

Drink an herbal laxative tea, such as senna leaf tea, when you awake in the morning.

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