10 Benefits of a Detox Diet plus 10 Detox Drinks

Detox diet and detox drinks

Detox Diets and Detox Drinks have become very popular in the nutrition world.

Here at Lose Weight By Eating you’ll find several articles on detox plans and detox diets, and even a best-selling Detox Diet cookbook!

There are many detox diet benefits, and I’ll outline them in this article. I’ll also share 10 popular detox drinks. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll be a pro!

What is a Detox Diet?

The word “Detox” has a bit of a stigma, often affiliated with intensity and starvation, but a healthy detox diet will be easy, and packed full of nutrient rich food. 

A healthy detox diet or detox weight loss plan is a departure from eating unnatural processed food and chemical based drinks. And instead concentrating on all natural, nutrient rich foods. Also on a detox plan you will be consuming lots of water.

Detox Cleanse

On a detox cleanse, you’ll concentrate on eating healthy, nutrient based foods, with little regard for calories. It’s all about eating super healthy, with lots of fruits and vegetables, and drinking lots of water. And a removal of all processed food, chemicals and dyes. 

Detox Weight Loss Plan

With a detox weight loss plan, you’ll also fill up on nutrient based foods. However, you will take calories consumption into account. A drastic reduction in calories is not necessary, but calorie goals will be taken into account. 

We’ve got two detox weight loss plans to choose from, and they are always free!

Detox Week– a 7 day weight loss plan full of smoothies and salads.
Three Day Detox– a shorter detox diet with quick results.

Recap: Detox diets can be very different, choosing a healthy detox diet is very important.

Who Can do a Detox Diet?

Traditional detox diets are safe for adults with no major health issues. I always recommend mentioning any new strict eating plan to your doctor before beginning. 

Children, pregnant and nursing moms should stay clear of traditional detox diets. And that is why I wrote a safe detox diet plan for those who should not be reducing or limiting calories.

You can find the detox plan that is safe for pregnant and nursing moms, along with 3 other detox diet plans in my cookbook Lose Weight By Eating Detox Week.

Those who should speak with their doctor first may include:

  • Pregnant or nursing mothers
  • If you have low blood pressure
  • Men and women with heart issues
  • People with blood sugar issues 
  • Those who are Diabetic
  • Heart issues
  • Those on prescription medication altered by diet

Recap: Detox diets are safe for most, talk to your doctor first if you have any concerns.

10 Benefits of a Detox Diet

There are many benefits of a detox diet, here are the top ten… my favorite is #9.

1. More energy

Flushing toxins from your body will leave you feeling more energized. Think about when you eat a heavy meal, and you feel exhausted after.

Now think of when you’ve eaten something so healthy you felt full of energy hours later. 

Just think how amazing you would feel if you ate like that for 3 days or a full week!

2. Healthy digestion

There’s just no “lady-like” way to share this with you, let’s just say constipation will be a thig of the past while on a detox diet plan…

While on a detox cleanse you’ll be drinking a lot of water, which will flush your system. The greens will scrub your insides, and your tummy issues will ease. 

3. Reduce inflammation

Inflammation in the body can cause many diseases. With chronic inflammation, your body is in a prolonged state of emergency. It can cause brain, organ and heart health issues.

Eating anti-inflammatory foods is a cornerstone of a good detox diet.

4. Weight Loss

Many people report weight loss while on a detox cleanse. You’re taking in lots of naturally metabolism boosting foods, and water also boosts metabolism.

If you’re planning on doing a detox to increase weight loss, try a Detox Week or a Three Day Detox. Both are tailored to weight loss and will even help reset your cravings. 

5. Reduction in headaches

Many people get headaches due to sensitivity to artificial dyes and sugars. In a detox diet you stay away from these triggers. 

Drinking more water can also help reduce headaches and migraines, a good detox plan will have you drinking up to a gallon of water a day.

Read more on how much water you should drink each day here.

6. Improved mood

Feeling tired and bloated can really ruin your day. As I highlighted above a good detox cleanse will help you feel more energized. Below I will mention how it effects your sleep. 

A healthy detox weight loss plan will help reduce bloat within a 24 hours, and will also fill you with energy, elevating your mood. 

7. Reset of cravings

One of my favorite results for doing a Detox Week, is to reset my cravings. Anytime I catch myself craving junk food and heavy meals, I do a Detox Week and it resets my cravings to apples and other healthy food. 

8. Healthy skin 

All that water, and all those anti-inflammatory foods will make you glow! Often a detox week will clear up acne! 

9. Increase in life longevity 

Two recent studies on rats have shown a reduction in calories extended life span. What’s most exciting is that in some studies the rats lived 83% longer!(1)(2)

10. Better sleep

You sleep better after a healthy dinner! Your body won’t have to work so hard to digest, helping you get a better night’s sleep. Plus, you won’t feel bloated, or have as much heart burn while on a detox plan. 

Recap: Detox diets are fantastic for overall health! From more energy, to weight loss and even increasing lifespan, a healthy detox plan is great for your body. 

Detox Drinks

Detox drinks have become the new health craze. But you don’t have to spend a fortune purchasing pre-made detox drinks, you can make your own!

In this section I’ll share the three most popular types of detox drinks, and how to make them:

  1. Detox Water
  2. Detox Smoothie
  3. Detox Juice

What is a Detox Drink?

Detox drinks are beverages that will assist you in detoxifying your body. Some are meant for weight loss, others are meal replacements and some are just to curb your soda cravings. 

Detox Water

Often called detox tea, detox water is a drink mostly consisting of water. Infused with yummy ingredients that help you enjoy water more (so you can drink more). They also increase metabolism, and flush toxins. 

Detox Smoothie

Detox smoothie recipes are meant to fill you up, they are typically a meal replacement. A good detox smoothie will typically consist of a blend of fruits and vegetables. 

Detox Juice

Similar to a detox smoothie, a detox juice consists of fruits and vegetables. However, instead of blending them up, you extract all the juice from the produce. This gives you a highly concentrated drink. 

Recap: There are three popular types of detox drinks: Detox Water, Detox Smoothie, Detox Juice. 

10 Detox Drink Recipes 

Below are 10 delicious and healthy detox drinks, as well as links to more detox drink recipes. 

Detox Water Recipes

Detox water recipes are refreshing and easy to travel with. Find more detox water recipes here. 

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Apple Cinnamon Detox Water 

The most popular detox water is the Apple Cinnamon Detox Water, published in 2012 here on the Lose Weight By Eating website

This detox water raises your metabolism with all 3 ingredients: water, apples and cinnamon. It gives you the feeling of fullness while you drink it and it tastes delicious. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, sliced thin
  • 1 cinnamon stick (not powdered!)
  • 1 gallon of water

Directions:

  1. Start 6-12 hours before consuming the water. Combine the ingredients in a fruit infused water pitcher
  2. Place in the fridge until you are ready to drink it, I like to do this the night before. 

Tip: if you don’t have a fruit infused water pitcher, you can use a traditional pitcher, just don’t fill it up to the top. Add in all the ingredients, then add in lots of ice. The ice will hold down the ingredients. 

Mango Ginger Detox Water

Another Lose Weight By Eating original recipe, this Mango Ginger Detox Water is delicious. 

The mango and ginger in the drink will raise your metabolism along with the water. Plus, the ginger will help calm any tummy problems. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1-inch ginger root, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen mango, cut into cubes
  • 1 gallon of water

Directions:

  1. Start 6-12 hours before consuming the water. Combine the ingredients in a fruit infused water pitcher
  2. Place in the fridge until you are ready to drink it, I like to do this the night before. 

Tip: if you don’t have a fruit infused water pitcher, you can use a traditional pitcher, just don’t fill it up to the top. Add in all the ingredients, then add in lots of ice. The ice will hold down the ingredients. 

Lemon Berry Detox Water

Lemons are so packed full of Vitamin C, they are great for detoxifying. Many people enjoy lemon water throughout a detox diet, and long after. 

Berries are also metabolism boosting and will give your drink a delicious pop of flavor and color. It’s a great drink for curbing your soda cravings. You can also try some Homemade Detox Soda to help with those pesky cravings. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lemon, sliced into rings
  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 1 gallon of water

Directions:

  1. Start 6-12 hours before consuming the water. Combine the ingredients in a fruit infused water pitcher
  2. Place in the fridge until you are ready to drink it, I like to do this the night before. 

Tip: if you don’t have a fruit infused water pitcher, you can use a traditional pitcher, just don’t fill it up to the top. Add in all the ingredients, then add in lots of ice. The ice will hold down the ingredients. 

Cucumber Lemon Detox Water

The ultimate bloat reducing drink! This detox water will help you look and feel better fast!

Check out more variations of cucumber water here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rings
  • 1 gallon of water 

Directions:

  1. Start 6-12 hours before consuming the water. Combine the ingredients in a fruit infused water pitcher
  2. Place in the fridge until you are ready to drink it, I like to do this the night before. 

Tip: if you don’t have a fruit infused water pitcher, you can use a traditional pitcher, just don’t fill it up to the top. Add in all the ingredients, then add in lots of ice. The ice will hold down the ingredients. 

Recap: Detox Water is a combination of fruit and water, often with herbs, spices, and vegetables. Find more Detox Water Recipes here. 

Detox Smoothie Recipes

Detox smoothies make a great on the go meal, while on or off a detox diet. Find more detox smoothie recipes here. 

Each recipe will be one single serving, you can easily multiply to double for two servings and so on. 

Often the recipe will call for frozen fruit, this is for consistency and temperature. Using fresh instead of frozen is fine, but it will result in a slightly different flavor and texture. 

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Grown-Up Strawberry Banana Detox Smoothie

This yummy recipe is in my cookbook Lose Weight By Eating Detox Week. You can watch the cooking video here.

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla
  • ¼-1 cup water as needed to thin

Directions:

  1. Add all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Add more water as needed until it is your desired thickness. 
  2. Serve cold, rinse out blender right away for easy clean up. 

Electric Green Detox Smoothie

This bright green smoothie tastes amazing, and not at all like greens! Spinach is the mildest of greens to add in a detox smoothie. 

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 cup spinach
  • ½ cup almond milk

Directions:

  1. Add all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Add more water as needed until it is your desired thickness. 
  2. Serve cold, rinse out blender right away for easy clean up. 

Tropical Green Detox Smoothie

This yummy detox smoothie has Omega-3 packed flax seed meal. You can use flaxseeds if you don’t find flaxseed mill

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 -1 cup water

Directions:

  1. Add all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Add more water as needed until it is your desired thickness. 
  2. Serve cold, rinse out blender right away for easy clean up. 

Recap: Detox smoothies are a great way to get a lot of nutrition in a condensed meal. For more detox smoothie recipes here. 

Detox Juice Recipes

Detox juice requires a juicer you can use a blender, but if you’re going to use a blender you might as well make a smoothie. 

You can find more detox juice recipes here. 

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Ultimate Green Detox Juice

This fruity juice packs a lot of nutrition in one little glass!

Ingredients:

  • 2 green apples, cut in half
  • 3 stalks celery, no leaves
  • 1 cucumber
  • 8 leaves kale
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger
  • Sprig of mint (optional)

Directions:

  1. Wash all ingredients and pat dry. 
  2. Cut fruit and vegetables into 1-2-inch cubes. 
  3. Place all ingredients into a juicer and process according to the manufacturer’s directions. 

Lemon Apple Detox Juice

This zesty detox juice helps reduce bloat and boosts metabolism!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lemons, peeled and halved
  • 4 apples, quartered
  • 2 cucumbers, halved
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. Wash all ingredients and pat dry. 
  2. Cut fruit and vegetables into 1-2-inch cubes. 
  3. Place all ingredients into a juicer and process according to the manufacturer’s directions. 

Kid Friendly Detox Juice

This is a yummy detox juice even kids will love. It’s fine for the kiddos to enjoy this, as with all of the drinks. Just don’t use it as a meal replacement. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 green apple, quartered
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 leaf kale

Directions:

  1. Wash all ingredients and pat dry. 
  2. Cut fruit and vegetables into 1-2-inch cubes. 
  3. Place all ingredients into a juicer and process according to the manufacturer’s directions. 

Recap: Detox juice can be a yummy way to get a boost of healthy detox foods. Find more detox juice recipes here. 

Final Thoughts on Detox Diets and Detox Drinks

Trying a detox diet or detox drink just may change the way to look at nutrition! We are not looking to limit food here but increase it! Just make sure you are choosing a good detox plan, here are two healthy detox diets:

Detox Week– a 7 day weight loss plan full of smoothies and salads.

Three Day Detox– a shorter detox diet with quick results.

Did you see the amount of food in the detox smoothies? It’s like a big blended salad… thankfully it tastes better though. 

You can find more detox recipes in my best selling cookbook Lose Weight By Eating Detox Week.

Detox Week Book

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