The 17 Most Detoxifying Drinks

by Head Health Nutter on March 18, 2009

drinking-fresh-apple-juiceNow that the nicer weather is here, many people will be spring cleaning their bodies and minds with a detox diet or juice fast. If you’ve tried either, you’ll know the importance of nutritional support and liquids.

If you’re new to detoxing, nutritional support is done through diet, supplements and herbs, and is used to stimulate the body to release toxins and heal itself. Liquids provide additional nutrients for nourishment and flush toxins as they are released so they do as little damage as possible on the way out.

This post aims to mash the two together so that you have a list of nutritionally-supportive liquids to choose from on your detox. Besides 8 glasses of plain, filtered water per day, here are some other options to consider:

  1. Lemon water (cold or warm). As we found out last week, lemons are a super fruit. Among their many benefits, they cleanse the bloodstream and detoxify and neutralize the system.
  2. Master Cleanse Recipe. Warm lemon water with a little cleansing cayenne pepper and sweetened with mineral-rich organic maple syrup. How can you go wrong?
  3. Detox tea. Triple Leaf Tea makes their detox tea with over 20 potent Chinese purification herbs, including red clover, burdock and licorice (which all have detoxifying effects and help heal organs).
  4. Peppermint tea. For it’s calming and strengthening effects on the nerves, and help with indigestion, nausea and gas. It also restores balance of the colon and promotes healing.
  5. Milk thistle tea. Protects and rejuvenates the liver and cleanses the bloodstream.
  6. Dandelion tea. Also protects and rejuvenates the liver and cleanses the bloodstream.
  7. Ginger tea. Ginger facilitates detoxing through perspiration and soothes stomach irritation occasionally experienced when using cayenne pepper.
  8. Fresh apple juice. High in anti-oxidants and nutrients, apples have many health benefits. They also flush the liver and kidneys.
  9. Fresh pineapple juice. Pineapple‘s enzyme breaks down protein (which is congesting), benefits intestinal troubles and is high in manganese and vitamins C and B1.
  10. Fresh papaya juice. Like pineapple, papaya also helps digestion.
  11. Aloe Vera juice. The texture of this pulpy, sweet juice is a little disconcerting at first but it restores balance of the colon and promotes healing by reducing inflammation.
  12. Raw cabbage juice. Cabbage is an excellent source of Vitamin C. It also contains significant amounts of glutamine, an amino acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s good for ulcers, cancer and all colon problems.
  13. Fresh carrot juice. High in Vitamin A, antioxidants and minerals, carrots are also known to treat digestive problems, intestinal parasites and constipation.
  14. Fresh beet juice. Make your beet juice with both roots and greens and you’ll heal your liver, balance cholesterol and lower blood pressure
  15. Green drinks. Between the nutrients, chlorophyll and phytochemicals, any green drink makes an excellent detoxifier.
  16. Psyllium fiber and water or juice. Mix the natural fiber supplement in liquid of choice and drink it immediately as it thickens quickly. It will absorb any excess water while stimulating normal bowel function.
  17. Organic herbal laxative. I use Traditional Medicinals but only when necessary. Constipation can occur while detoxing, especially when juice fasting.

Hopefully you’ll find a few of these detox drinks that you’ll like and use on your detox.

A couple of tips:

  • Professionals suggest to drink fruit juices in the morning to give your body time to burn the sugar off before bed and the veggies juices at night.
  • I also cut my fruit juices with water in attempt to avoid a spike in blood sugar levels.

Can you add any detox drinks to the list?

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Emmanuel-Motivatorman March 19, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Wow, great list. Thanks Stephanie.

Emmanuel
Motivatorman

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Joe Barrett March 24, 2009 at 12:40 pm

For more information about Dandelion Tea please visit http://www.dandeliontea.org. Thanks!

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Darren Haynes March 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm

This is a great list of detox drinks. This is also a great site Stephanie! Thanks for sharing a lot of great and honest information with us. I also have extensive health blog juicing recipes

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Head Health Nutter March 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Hi Darren,

Thanks for popping by Live Lighter and for leaving your kind comments as well as sharing your great site with us! I’ll be sure to try out some of your recipes. :)

Steph @ Live Lighter.org

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Amna November 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm

WAW!!:-) i already feel fresh!
Very informative and HEALTHY tips, thaaanks!
I was reading about distilled water and read a strange piece of info, that on the long run, distilled water is not that healthy?! As it contains NO minerals etc… Which is not always good for the body. So the advice was to drink it during detox only. What do you think? Have you heard of something similar?
2nd thing, i did the detox quiz and scored 6 of 16, so they recommended i dismiss detoxing, what do you think?
Last thing, i had post nasal drip, but is better now with yoga breathing but i wanted to know more about avoiding post nasal drip, do you know valuable info about it?
Thanks and sorry for writing soooo much!

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Barb November 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

Drink alkaline water as this has all of the minerals in it that our bodies need. You can purchase Body Rescue drops as this will make your water alkaline and therefore your pH will be alkaline also.

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Barb November 10, 2011 at 11:28 am

Distilled water is acidic and so is Reverse Osmosis due to no minerals in the water. We need minerals to stay alkaline.

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Head Health Nutter November 25, 2011 at 6:10 am

Hey Amna, thanks for reading and leaving your comment! I’ve also heard what Barb (thank you, Barb!) shared in her response about why distilled water isn’t the healthiest. Especially during a detox, it’s important to get in your vitamins and minerals because that’s what helps your body release toxins and manage the stress of it all.

As for your other questions, what detox quiz did you do and what was the source? Was it a trusted source? Why do YOU want to detox? Here’s a post I wrote with info that helped me make the decision for myself: http://livelighter.org/how-do-i-know-i-need-to-detox-or-cleanse/

I’m really not sure at all about your post nasal drip question. Sounds to me like it’s your body trying to release stuff because it’s overloaded with toxins – but I’m no doctor, I’m guessing based on what I’ve encountered myself and also the clue that yoga breathing is helping – do you do yoga routines regularly as well? If just the breathing helps, the postures will assist detox and the movement of stagnant energy even more so!

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