Does Lemon Juice Detox the Liver?

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

Lemon Juice

Lately, there’s been increasing interest in the effects of lemon juice on the liver. Specifically, its effectiveness as a liver detox agent. While there is some truth to this claim, there’s also a growing pile of misinformation produced by people who don’t really understand how the human body operates.

Lemon juice naturally contains potent levels of citric acid. When mixed with distilled water and consumed regularly, it can benefit the body in a number of ways.[1]

Lemon juice helps break down food in your stomach for better digestion. Partially because of its own acidic qualities, and partially because it stimulates digestive juice production in the stomach.

Pros and Cons of Using Lemon Juice to Detox the Liver?

Sum it up like this, the more efficiently your stomach breaks down food, the less work your liver has to do.

Your liver is part of your body’s built-in filtration system. Lemon juice is a natural cleanser, so it helps control harmful organisms. I recommend squeezing half of an organic lemon into a small glass of distilled water and drinking it each day. Not only does this help aid your liver function, but also promotes healthier skin, and even helps soothe minor throat and respiratory problems.

While lemon juice does have the aforementioned health promoting qualities, and then some, it does have certain shortcomings as a liver detoxification agent. The health promoting qualities of its juice can vary from lemon to lemon. While one individual fruit may be rich in beneficial components, others are less potent.

What Is the Best Way to Cleanse My Liver?

I recommend following these liver cleansing instructions. The secret that separates it from less effective cleanses is the addition of an all-natural liver/gallbladder cleanser called Livatrex®.

Livatrex contains a proprietary blend of hand-selected herbs and minerals which work together with the body’s natural chemistry to help both the liver and the gallbladder purge impurities that may have accumulated over the years. Not only will it help improve your cleansing efforts, it also works great for people who had their gallbladder removed.

When combined with a probiotic supplement, these one-of-a-kind products offer unparalleled support for your body’s natural ability to cleanse itself of dangerous toxins, as well as help maintain the natural function of your liver and gallbladder. Not only are they are much more effective than lemon juice alone when it comes to detoxing the liver, they also have fewer side-effects, and address a much wider range of related health issues.

Whether you’re looking for a full detoxification program to revitalize your liver or a maintenance supplement to help avoid future toxin build up, I strongly recommend a liver cleanse and eating plenty of foods that cleanse the liver. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose except unwanted toxins.


  1. Helen Nichols. 35 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Lemon Water. Well-Being Secrets

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • Angela

    I’ve always loved lemon in my water. Now I know it has health benefits as well. My digestive system needs all the help it can get.

  • Teresa

    I always use lemons in my drink. I learn from my 105 year old granny that lemons are great for the digestive system.The information you have given is great also

  • Michele Kirk

    So I just went to my pain doc and he told me my levels of medication…..percocet were nt detected in my system! While that is a great thing for the most it is bad if you go to a pain clinic! I’m wondering if my daily consumption of organic lemon juice altered the test?

  • Schleg

    Why distilled water with lemon juice?

  • magda

    What exactly is the misinformation mentioned? And are the only cons the fact that lemon potency changes from lemon to lemon? Not much substance to this article.

  • ghc_health

    It’s purified.

  • Chris

    You should of gone into more detail about the DANGERS of distilled water over long periods. If you drink distilled water with lemon everyday you would most likely die within a year. Distilled water absorbs carbon dioxide upon contact with air and when entered into the stomach will remove vial electrolytes (magnesium potassium sodium etc) so recommending this without expressing the dangers of distilled water is bizarre and clearly indicates that you do not do this yourself. I would say drink normal water with lemon juice. Distilled water is very acidic and will make the blood highly acidic. Even though lemon is a citrus fruit it actually becomes alkaline in the stomach but I would not mix lemon with distilled water. The only reason I would ever drink distilled water is because I might be on a heavy metal detox to remove built up metals (arsenic, lead, mercury) and I would only do this for 1 week at a time whist buying something that isn’t quite as healthy like a lucozade sport to replace the good electrolytes I have lost and will lose while drinking distiller water. The only upside of distiller water is it absorbs toxins as well as metals which can be good for a cleanse but everyday.. Definitely not.

  • square

    How will a hyper dynamic Gallbladder be impacted by the cleanse listed here?

  • Global Healing Center

    What’s a hyper dynamic Gallbladder?

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  • YouHaveNoClue

    You have no clue what you are talking about man….I have been drinking nothing BUT distilled water for over a year….I guaranteeeeeee that I am healthier than you are..

  • Jennifer

    Hello, not sure where you got your info on distilled water and it not being healthy. 8years ago I had cancer and I was recommended to drink distilled water. So I do, and I’m still alive and so is the rest of my family. And we are quit healthy.

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