I’ve since learned that “Detox Drinks” help to naturally reduce inflammation, boost energy, support digestion, cleanse the liver and promote healthy skin.
The drink recipe I chose is the one Dr. Josh Axe shared on the Dr. Oz TV show.
I kind of feel like a lab scientist with all the ingredients I get out to make this concoction.
I choose to only fill a mug about half full with water and microwave it for 1 minute before adding the ingredients. (I prefer a smaller, condensed version to drink while pinching my nose, rather than a full 10-ounces of it.)
Dr. Axe shares the reasoning behind each ingredient which I have listed below. You can get more information about Dr. Axe and this detox drink [HERE].
- 10 oz. water
- 1 TB. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 TB. lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 dash cayenne pepper
- 1 TB. raw, local honey; OR 1 packet Stevia
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. turmeric
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Drink 1-3 times per day, 10 minutes before a meal to prepare your digestive system to better absorb nutrients. It's also going to help your body in burning fat and getting your thermogenesis up while you're eating your meal.
- So again, doing this three times a day before your meals for a 30-day period and then after that, drinking it one time a day before a meal, whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner, doesn't really matter, but continuing to drink it one time a day.
Why apple cider vinegar? It contains acetic acid and this type of beneficial acid actually helps grow good bacteria in your gut known as probiotics. Probiotics support detoxification of your colon, as does this acid and it helps increase nutrient absorption. And apple cider vinegar has been shown to be beneficial for everything from lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, boosting your metabolism, greatly beneficial for diabetes and it’s amazing for energy. When you buy this you want to make sure it’s raw and unfiltered. Bragg’s is a great brand to go with. You can find that pretty much in every grocery store. If you’re a veteran, you can do up to two tablespoons, but I typically say start with one.
Lemons are high in Vitamin C and quercetin. Quercetin is the number one phytonutrient you can take to get allergy relief. So if your body is having an immune or histamine reaction, quercetin helps calm that down in your body, which also supports detoxification. Lemon juice is also very high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant as well that is so powerful at supporting your body’s detoxification. It also helps with glutathione levels and helps with absorption of other minerals like iron. So lemon juice is great for detox and it’s actually used in a lot of cleansing and detox programs out there today. You’re welcome to use fresh pressed lemon juice or if you’re buying lemon juice, make sure it’s pure lemon juice fresh pressed, not from concentrate.
Cinnamon is great for balancing blood glucose levels. So especially if you’ve got, let’s say, diabetes or maybe just in general you want to keep your energy levels up, you’ll want to add a pinch of cinnamon in. And it doesn’t take a whole lot. About an eighth of a teaspoon in here and you’ve got your cinnamon.
Cayenne is amazing for detoxifying your circulatory system and your blood. Cayenne pepper actually opens up your arteries and your veins, and increases circulation. It also supports lymphatic drainage and cayenne has been used historically to fight cancer. It contains a compound called capsicum, and this is great for increasing something in your body called thermogenesis which helps your body in burning body fat. Also, it’s been shown to lower high blood pressure levels, it’s great for your heart, great for your system, and a great detoxifier as well. By the way, don’t go overboard here with the cayenne! A simple pinch is all you need.
You can choose either raw honey or Stevia and my favorite is raw honey. I love raw honey because it contains pollen. Bee pollen, especially if it’s from your local area, can naturally build your immune system. So I get questions from parents all the time saying, “Hey, how do I build my kid’s immune system and get it stronger?” Raw and local honey that you pick up at your local farmer’s market is a great thing to buy that will help do just that. It’s raw, it’s pure. Pollen is fantastic.
I want to recommend that you customize your secret detox drink. One of my favorite things to add in now is ground ginger. Ginger is one of the most anti-inflammatory herbs on the planet. It’s great for your gut, great for your joints, and really supports detoxification. Adding in a similar amount that you would add in of the cinnamon, about an eighth of a teaspoon. This actually has a great flavor because of the apple cider vinegar and cinnamon. Ginger goes really well with it. And you could also add in things like turmeric, you could add in black pepper. Turmeric and black pepper are potent cancer killers.
Believe me, this drink has changed my life.
You’ll want to stock up on apple cider vinegar. I buy this brand from Amazon:
You can even purchase it by the gallon like I do.