Detox Drink Recipes

by Head Health Nutter on March 10, 2008

Spring is right around the corner and it’s time for a new beginning. Yes, I know fellow Ontarions, Nature dumped on us this weekend (30 cm or 1 foot of snow here in Toronto). But really, I promise Spring is coming. And it’s the perfect time to clean out your closets AND your body with some detoxing and cleansing.

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If you’re experiencing signs of toxicity and want to start feeling better now, as well as ensure a longer, happier life, then start by helping your body detoxify. You might be surprised to hear that one of the easiest and healthiest ways to do this is simply through food!

Nature has given us plenty of food which helps our detoxification processes (more commonly known as super foods with anti-oxidant powers). Just to name a few (source: Life Peak magazine, Vol. 2, Issue 4):

  • Lemons
  • Prunes
  • Leafy greens
  • Naturally fermented sauerkraut (pickled with good bacteria, not vinegar)
  • Papaya

The following are a few juice recipes that I used to lose 25 lbs in 3 months during a month long cleanse last year. They are to be juiced but a really good juicer costs mucho moula – and unfortunately, my other expenses take priority right now. So instead, I used my trusty blender. However, the consistency is hard to swallow – think really chunky baby food. So if you can afford it, use a juicer:

Potassium Juice

3 carrots
3 stalks celery
½ bunch spinach
½ bunch parsley

Ginger Root Boost

1 inch slice ginger root
Juice from 1 fresh lemon
6 carrots with tops
1 seeded apple

High Blood Pressure Reducer

2 garlic cloves
1 handful parsley
1 cucumber
4 carrots with tops
2 stalks celery

Yummy Green Drink

½ bunch spinach
2 big kale leaves
¼ cup OJ
1 small banana
1 kiwi

Homemade V8 (6 glasses)

6-8 tomatoes
3-4 green onions with tops
½ green pepper
2 carrots
2 stalks celery with tops
½ bunch spinach
½ bunch parsley
2 lemons (just the juice)

Cleansing Veggie Broth

BOIL:
3 carrots
3 kale leaves
2 celery
2 beets
1 turnip
½ bunch spinach
½ head cabbage
¼ bunch parsley
½ onion
2 garlic cloves

I hope you enjoy these green drinks. Now I feel that I should warn you: when you’re detoxing, you’re going to experience an intensity of negative symptoms, i.e. headaches, moodiness, general aches and pains, etc. This just means that it’s working!

If you plan for it, though, you can ride out this detox storm so you can bask in the calm of the aftermath. Expect to feel uncomfortable as your body releases toxins and take it easy. For instance, don’t schedule to move on your detox or plan a bunch of social engagements.

Instead, focus on the detox. Plan your meals for the week, what you’ll do when you’re not eating (like cleaning and organizing those closets) and other means of helping your body detox (like physical activity, saunas or hot baths, etc.). I guarantee, it’s worth the effort to be healthy.

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Ross July 15, 2011 at 3:53 am

These are great recipes. This is the best way to detox ourselves with something that we can enjoy and still be healthy.

If you want more green drinks you can refer on this link: http://www.energiseforlife.com/cat–Alkalising-Supplements–ALKALISING_SUPPLEMENTS/green-drinks.html

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Head Health Nutter July 15, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Thanks for sharing, Ross!

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De Anna Nordland August 30, 2011 at 10:27 pm

These are some great recipies that I will. I am alays looking for recipies to clean out my system and make me feel more healthy. I am going to try these.

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Head Health Nutter September 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Great, De Anna! Hope you like them!

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tosha September 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm

These recipes sounds great, I’m definitely on it, not sure about my hubby though! lol

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Head Health Nutter September 5, 2011 at 10:36 pm

lol, Tosha, ya, my hubby won’t try ‘em at all! :)

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Ammel September 25, 2011 at 9:28 pm

The best juice right now at Tico’s juice bar in princeton NJ:
Kale
Spinach
Celery
Lemon
Ginger
Green apple
Cucumber!
Try 16oz two times a day for a week and start living my friends.
Saludes
Ammel

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Head Health Nutter September 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Nice, Ammel. Thanks for sharing! I’ll try making this here in Toronto, might be awhile before I make it to NJ. ;)

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Nanette October 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Thanks for the info! I’m in Texas….but I’d love to give this one a try. What is it mixed with?

Nanette

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JonnyQuest January 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I lost 20lbs this past month fasting on that recipe. I got from that documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”. I feel great.

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Nicole February 13, 2012 at 10:04 am

Haha, I found this site because I’m watching “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” on Netflix right now.

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bob November 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Right.

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Rich March 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

How much of each ingredient do you need to use???

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Head Health Nutter March 31, 2012 at 3:26 am

Hey Rich, I’ve just been winging it. Put however much of each ingredient you wish depending on your tastes. And don’t be afraid to experiment!

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Monica April 12, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Ammel how much of everything do I need to make that. me and my husband are starting to juice and want new recepies

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kim October 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Did you eat solid food along with your juices?

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Head Health Nutter October 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Hi Kim, thanks for your question. It depends – if I’m cleansing, no. If I’m just using the blended meals for weight maintenance, extra vitamins and fiber intake, then yes, I may eat something solid with it, like toast, depending on how active and hungry I am.

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kim October 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Thanks for your response. I made some green juice, but can’t finish it all. Can long can it stay fresh in the fridge?

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Head Health Nutter January 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Hey Kim, I missed your comment! I’d use it within 24 hours to benefit from the full nutritional value.

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Jenny October 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Impress your friends with these cocktail recipe at your next occasion. http://goo.gl/AMKie

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mums the word October 24, 2011 at 12:59 am

this is great! Im just starting a big detox will try these out! thanks for posting!

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Head Health Nutter October 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm

You’re so welcome! I’ve posted a ton more for you to choose from in my green detox meal category: http://livelighter.org/category/cleansing-detoxing/green-detox/

Happy Cleansing! Steph

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Lucia November 25, 2011 at 1:50 am

could you give me more info on what you ate to lose 25 lbs in 3 months and what you ate during that month of detox? I’d appreciate an email or comment on my blog, thank you!

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Head Health Nutter December 2, 2011 at 12:06 am

Hi Lucia, thanks for stopping by Live Lighter. I’ll pop on by your blog!

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juicing recipes December 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I lost 20 lbs in 4 months and I want to lost more , thank you for sharing this

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Head Health Nutter December 2, 2011 at 12:04 am

Congrats and you’re most welcome! Please, enjoy. :)

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Elaine December 29, 2011 at 12:42 am

How exactly do you go about the detox? How much of the green juice do you drink per day if it’s for detox and weight loss purposes. Just got a juicer for Christmas and want to do it right!!

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Head Health Nutter December 30, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Hi Elaine, so happy you popped on by Live Lighter for some recipes and advice. Try this post for suggestions in an easy, gentle cleanse for first timers: http://livelighter.org/an-easy-gentle-cleanse-for-a-first-timer/

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Mega Juicing February 3, 2012 at 7:08 am

If you are looking to detoxify, cleanse and nourish your body from the inside out, a natural detox drink can help eliminate and remove toxins.

Juicing

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Berenice February 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Hello to everyone,
I would love to try this detox my hubby just got me a juicer for my b-day I’m so exited know my question is I work out 5 days a week and I was wondering how am I going to get my protein and if I do this for a month will I start loosing muscle?

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Head Health Nutter March 31, 2012 at 3:24 am

Hi Bernice! Good question, that’s why I love my blender as I can add nuts or nut butter to my detox recipes. What I’d suggest when using a juicer is to munch on hand-fulls of nuts throughout the day.

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B-Rad January 5, 2013 at 9:24 am

Hey, I’m a personal trainer, and really if you juice fast for a month you won’t lose too much muscle mass as long as you eat a gram of protein a day per pound of body weight. Also, spirulina and hemp proteins are really good sources you can add to green drinks, and although I personally don’t recommend soy it is another way to get your protein.

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Head Health Nutter January 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Thanks, B-Rad, for your suggestions! As a side note, I’m just wondering why you don’t recommend soy… is it because most of it is genetically modified?

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CINDY April 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm

LOVE that I stumbled across this site. I’m about 2 months into eating more organic, juicing, growing my own vegetables! I’m concerned my hubby is nearing some big diseases – very tired, run down, headaches, bowel issues, moody…! And he IS (thank GOD) willing to do a detox. I want to make sure I’m putting in the freshest foods, rather than supplements with additives. Like fennel seed is not the same as fenned root…? But is good for colon detox? I’m concerned about him sticking with this during the day when we are in separate places for work. I will continue to look around here and SO appreciate all the info and posts!

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Head Health Nutter April 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Congrats, Cindy, on your clean eating these last 2 months. And, whew, you are a very lucky woman that your hubby is willing to do something about his troubles. :)

I’m not sure about the fennel seed vs. root question, they should do the same thing in our bodies, but the seed would have protein in it.

Here’s something to send to your hubby: http://livelighter.org/an-easy-gentle-cleanse-for-a-first-timer/ and when you and he are ready: http://livelighter.org/a-safe-enlightening-3-day-fast/

All the best to you and your hubby, Cindy! :)

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ABlendedSituation April 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Please take a moment to review the green drink recipes my coworkers and I come up with from day to day 5 days a week. 

If you’d like to see a sample of our recipes go to twitter.com/drinkurgreens

Thanks,
Williams & Friends

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Head Health Nutter May 5, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Thank you, Williams & Friends, for sharing!

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drax June 21, 2012 at 10:09 am

Hi all
I’ve read many times that carrot tops are not edible.

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Amanda September 4, 2012 at 10:17 am

Thanks guys I loose weight when I mix meals
And substitute a meal for a juicing recipe my favorite is ginger kale apples and carrots sweet but spicy

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Head Health Nutter September 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Very nice, Amanda. Thanks for sharing your fav green detox meal with us! :)

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Angela September 19, 2012 at 2:22 am

Excellent post- very useful and healthy! Thanks for sharing those recipes. Keep it up!

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Zaira October 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Hi;

I would love to loose some weight. All of this juices sound delicious but for weight lost amd detox do I drink the same one every day or can I vary them each day? Also do I drink them all day long?

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Head Health Nutter October 25, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Hi Zaira, thanks for your questions.

Yes, it’s recommended that you drink different ones within the day to make sure you get a variety of nutrients.

And yes, you can drink them all day long, but if you do (unless you’ve had a fairly clean diet for awhile now), the detox symptoms may be uncomfortable. If this is your first time cleansing, I suggest reading this post first and see if it may suit your circumstances: http://livelighter.org/an-easy-gentle-cleanse-for-a-first-timer/

Happy detoxing! :)

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Lane April 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Hello Head Health Nutter,

I’m just now learning about detoxing and I’m curious, do you juice as a meal replacement or add it to your meals?

Thanks

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Cambogia Trim Review April 25, 2013 at 9:59 pm

An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a colleague who was conducting a little research on this. And he actually ordered me breakfast simply because I found it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to talk about this subject here on your site.

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lisa May 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm

That’s amazing-albeit a little late!!! 25lb in 3 months.. I am trying something similar… so looking forward to the same result.

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Estefania June 27, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Hi,

I really want to start this Juice Detox however I am not sure in what quantities and how many days you should drink each juice recipe detailed above. Is there a diet plan for this by any chance?

Or should I just make and drink all these Juices daily?

Please explain.

Thank you!

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rose September 7, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Hi I realy want to lose weight I lost loads last year but not being as active now ive put weight back on im having ivf treatment and just found out that im pregnant and having twins would it be ok for me to diet using the juice diet for a week or so I just feel so bloated all the time and there is not much I can take for it as im pregnant and I just need a few days to detox my body

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