Lemon Liver Flush

Lemon-and-ingredients-on-cutting-boardCreate a healthy habit with a daily gentle cleanse. This is my favorite cleanse that I have been personally incorporating into my routine for about 12 years now.

There are few fruits that nature gives to us in the winter. Most fruits are available in the summer. The few fruits that are available come winter are tart, sour fruits like persimmons, pomegranates, grapefruits, oranges, and lemons. It makes sense that we shouldn’t eat sweet and sugary fruits in winter, a time when we sweat much less and are typically less active. Eating too much sweet and not building enough heat to burn it off can result in damp conditions in the body. This lends to the perfect breeding ground for conditions like candida as well as colds and flu’s. It is important to eat in season and eat the fruits offered by mother nature at the time she offers them. Lemons are perfect to emphasize at this time. They are sour, the flavor which helps the liver to purge excess that we might have accumulated from over indulgences from the fall harvest.

This drink is a mild version of the Liver-Gallbladder cleanse which consists of days of preparation and then a final cleansing day of drinking ½ cup of olive oil and about equal parts of lemon juice. The result is usually the release of many gallstones. Of course, doctors never tell you there is a $10 cure for reducing inflammation of the gallbladder and releasing gallstones that is much cheaper and less painful then removing your gallbladder (which you have for a reason, by the way!). But, this natural remedy, which I have performed many times on myself does exist and works! If you are not up for such an extreme cleanse, try this beverage which is a much milder version of the Liver-Gallbladder flush and is great to keep your liver and gallbladder just a little happier.


4.8 from 6 reviews
The Barefoot Cook's favorite Lemon Liver Flush
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This drink is best enjoyed in the morning as the morning is the natural time of the day to cleanse.
Recipe type: Beverage, Cleansing
Serves: 1
  • 1 whole lemon quartered (slice into 4 pieces)
  • 1 quart room temperature or cool filtered water (4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (unfiltered, organic, cold pressed – the best you can find)
  • (optional) 5 drops of Stevia extract
  • (optional) 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  1. Place quartered whole lemon (with peel) in a high power blender (Vitamix or a comparable blender is best).
  2. Add 1 quart (4 cups) water. Blend on high for 60 seconds.
  3. After 60 seconds, add olive oil and blend 5 seconds longer.
  4. Then strain though a fine mesh wire strainer. The drink will be creamy and tart.
  5. Add vanilla and stevia if you wish to round out the flavor.
  6. Drink and enjoy.



    • Amanda says

      Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for sharing your website and for coming by to check out The Barefoot Cook. Blessings, Amanda

    • Amanda says

      Hi Sarah,
      I drink Lemon Liver Flush all year but featured it for a winter blog as lemons are one of the only in season fruits available. Enjoy! Amanda

  1. Marsha says

    Your recipes and modes for living in general, are amazing and grounded in such common sense. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

    • Amanda says

      Dear Marsha, Thank you for your kind and appreciative comment. You said it, “common sense”. That is what I am talking about, just plain ol’ common sense living. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  2. Kira says

    Amanda, just listened to your interview with Patric Timpone, it was very interesting, thnx!
    Question about this method:
    – I understand that this cleanse does not require a week of preparation as the original version of Liver Flush? And would you do it for a week or more?
    – You take this drink first thing in the morning, and then you can eat breakfast, maybe 30 min after? And do you drink the whole portion?

    • Amanda says

      Hi Kira,

      This lemon liver flush is not meant to replace the Liver Gallbladder Flush but to be something you can do daily to keep your liver and gallbladder healthy. Yes, you can drink the whole portion at once or else over the course of a day or two days. Good to drink before breakfast, like you suggested. This is not the same as The Nourishing Cleanse which I mentioned on the show. That will be out soon. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings, Amanda

      • Kira says

        Thank you for you reply, Amanda:-) I am wondering what your thoughts are on Coffee Enemas? Some nutritionists say it is not doing a thing, some are into it…What is your opinion?

        • Amanda says

          Hi Kira, I think coffee enemas can be extremely helpful as they stimulate the liver to release stagnant bile and this has a very cleansing effect on the liver, gallbladder and colon. If done to excess, they can be depleting, but in moderation, they can be extremely helpful for moving toxins out of the body faster. I recommend them in my cleanse, The Nourishing Cleanse.

          • Beth says

            It sounds awful though…care to comment? I’m trying to find an alternative liver/gallbladder cleanse. My doc wants me to do that really scary drink s ton of olive oil one that you referred to… I can’t deal with the aftereffects. My son got so sick to his stomach when he did it. Would love your suggestions for wimps like me!

          • Amanda Love says

            Yes, the Liver Gallbladder flush is not for the faint of heart but it can provide tremendous benefits. I would recommend it but only after careful and guided preparation from a trusted holistic practitioner or MD. This drink will provide the same benefits but in a much more mild way. The only way to find out is to try it. It might sound strange but it is actually quite delicious!

  3. veena says

    if i have a problem of ascites, can i also use this recepie .ascites is a disease in which water is filled in stomach. sometimes patient has to taken out this water from stomach by tapping. please suggest.

    • Amanda says

      I am sorry but I am not familiar enough with this condition of which you speak to be able to make a recommendation about whether or not to consume this drink. I would suggest asking your health care provider.

    • says

      Hello Amanda,
      I am making this drink today! I am doing a 28 day challenge, and will let you know how it turns out.

      And to Veena with too much water in her stomach. If your water is acidic, it does not work the way it should.
      may want to try strong kangen alkaline water which will go directly to her cells in 30 seconds, and not sit in her stomach causing bloating. the website is: http://www.truthaboutkangen.com

  4. says

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    • Amanda says

      Thank you so much for your warm comments. Glad you found me. Feel free to sign up for my newsletter if you wish (on my home page). Thanks and blessings, Amanda

    • Amanda says

      Hi Christy,

      Yes, this should definitely be safe for pregnant women. It is a very mildly cleansing drink. Enjoy your pregnancy!

    • Amanda says

      Hi Gwen,

      Thanks for your message! I am glad you found me too. The liver and allergies are intimately connected. Let me know if this drink helps. Blessings, Amanda

    • Amanda says

      Hi Denise,

      I can speak from first hand experience that gall bladder flushes really do work. I have released thousands of gallstones from doing flushes over the years, and have felt much lighter after doing them. Quackwatch will say anything to discredit alternate approaches to healing. Just do some more research to learn about all of the people who have benefited from gall bladder flushes. Andreas Moritz book The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush is a great book to help guide one on doing their own cleanse.

  5. Carolyn 3Ernest Jones says

    this sounds like a great flush but does it clean out any gallstones in the liver. I have done the Call bladder flush 6 days prep, fasting and laxatives successfully but can’t face doing it again. I am sure that I have more stones as I have pain, and nausea. I have no gall bladder now but know that you can have stones and gunk in the liver. Thank you. Carolyn EJ

    • Amanda Love says

      Hi Carolyn,

      This is a very simple and mild drink that will help to keep the liver/gallbladder clean but it is not the same as the liver/GB flush. We release gallstones everyday in our stool so this may help to facilitate that but it is not the same as the actual flush. I have been drinking it for years in the morning and it feels really good and cleansing.

  6. Carolyn Ernest Jones says

    Thank you for your reply. I was hoping that this would take its place as I have done the go and liver fish a few times and it takes some extreme effort.to work up to it!!!! However I have no gallbladder now but I am sure that I have stones as I have pain in upper right quadrant and have felt better. Just had cat scan and await results but still think it’s stones. I will psych myself up for the GB flush and then will follow you protocol. Thanks for your help

    • Amanda Love says

      My pleasure! You are right in that even if the gallbladder is removed, there can still be stones in the liver or in the least liver sludge. And the liver takes on the extra burden of not having the gallbladder so all the more important to cleanse it out. I know it does take some energy to get yourself prepared to do the Liver/GB flush. I am doing one this weekend! This drink is certainly not a replacement but a daily tonifyer for the liver/GB. Hope you enjoy! Amanda

  7. Carol says

    I realize that if you are dealing with candida, sugar is not a good thing. However, honey has may healing properties. Can honey be used to replace the stevia and still be effective? Also, I have used a cleanse a long time ago, similar to this that added a pinch of cayenne. What are your thoughts? Thanks!

    • Amanda Love says

      Hi Carol,

      You are right that honey does have some healing properties, but it also can contribute to candida and yeast issues. Stevia is the best for not exacerbating this. As far as the cleanse you recommended, you are probably referring to the Master Cleanse which I do not recommend. It is very extreme and can result in many blood sugar issues. A safer cleanse would be my Nourishing Cleanse which you can read about on my website. Best of luck! Amanda

    • Amanda Love says

      Hi John, it is really up to you, but I can easily drink a whole quart a day. If you have never had it before, I would suggest starting slow with 1/2 cup – 1 cup and then working you way up to as much as you want.

    • Amanda Love says

      It certainly can because it helps to detox the liver which is often the seat of toxicity. If you cleanse out the toxins, often you will release excess weight too.

  8. Melissa says

    Hey there!

    Thanks so much for this post. I would like to do this cleanse but have a few questions. I understand that the cleanse is to remove gallstones and help maintain liver and gallbladder. What affects does it actually have on how I will feel after the treatment?

    For example doesn’t give more energy, weight loss, increased appetite, decreased appetite?

    how soon do you feel the effects when you do it the first time and how soon do you feel the effects if you do it daily?

    Is it still effective if you just do this once a month or is it necessary to do it every day?

    • Amanda Love says

      Hi Melissa,

      Great question and to clarify, this drink is not a liver gallbladder flush. This is a very mild version of the flush as it is lemon, water and olive oil. Drinking this daily can help support your Liver GB function. To learn more about the Liver GB flush, check out Adreas Moritz. He has a great site and wealth of info about the flush. http://www.cleanse-me-healthy.com/andreas-moritz.html
      I do recommend the flush and have done it many times. It is a process though and good to be fully educated about it before you embark on it. I can also help lead you through it as a nutrition practitioner. My contact info is on my website. Blessings! Amanda

    • Amanda Love says

      Hi Julie,

      No, olive oil has certain properties that are especially healing for the Gallbladder. Coconut oil is always a great fat to use in general but for these purposes, olive oil is best.

    • Amanda Love says

      You would have to try it and see how it works for you. Acid reflux can happen for different reasons and it is not always due to acidic food. Sometimes it is due to overeating. If you have stomach lining (like with ulcers) that has deteriorated, I would not try this. So far, no one has ever complained though.

    • Amanda Love says

      Hi Beth,

      A decent blender will work but you may need to blend for at least 60 seconds so you really get the lemon pureed. But I always recommend investing in a Vitamix. It is so worth it!

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