11 Detox Drinks Recipes to Cleanse Your Body
By: AMANDA SUAZO
Detox drinks are handy for flushing toxins out of your system, but they’re no substitute for a healthy diet. When you support your body’s natural detox systems with clean and nutritious food, you can stay one step ahead of the game.
But how should you eat for high-performance detox? Before you make detox drinks, try more healthy fat. Eating fat tells your liver to produce more bile — and with more bile, you can break down and excrete more toxins in your digestive tract. Without enough bile, your body may accumulate toxins over time and have trouble clearing them out.
Even with a healthy diet, you can’t always avoid toxins: Stress, travel, and environmental factors can all add unwanted junk to your system. For that reason, it’s still good to detox once in a while to keep your systems running smoothly. Detox drinks are just one way you can support faster recovery.
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Not all detox drinks are created equal, though — and some could put more toxins in your system. Make sure your drink uses the best ingredients to support cleansing from the inside out. These 11 recipes for detox drinks use powerful, science-backed foods to upgrade your recovery.
Detox Tea Recipes
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This classic detox drink blends ginger and turmeric for powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Low-toxin and antioxidant-rich lemons also mix into this zesty morning tea for added liver support. Use organic lemons, pick up fresh ginger, and choose raw honey (added right before you drink it) for a more Bulletproof beverage.
This dark and dreamy nightcap contains collagen peptides to support smoother skin and activated charcoal to wipe away toxins while you snooze. Mixed with fragrant lavender, this detox drink brews up into a sweet and soothing beverage.
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Spice up your detox routine with this tart blend of apple cider vinegar, lemon, and cayenne pepper. Cayenne supports autophagy (a natural detoxifying process in your body), while apple cider vinegar brings antibacterial properties to this golden tea. Get high-quality cayenne (or omit if you’re sensitive to nightshades), and use raw honey to keep it Bulletproof.
Smoothie Detox Drinks
Cauliflower has the power: This vegetable contains sulforaphane, a compound that can help your cells create detox enzymes in your body. Raspberries not only add a sweet color to this smoothie, they also contain antioxidants that can protect you from key mold toxins. Choose high-quality raspberries and freeze them yourself for a more Bulletproof detox drink.
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Like cauliflower, broccoli adds the power of sulforaphane to this detox drink, while pineapple adds sweetness and antioxidants. Choose full-fat coconut milk instead of almond milk, lightly steam your broccoli, use a green banana, and skip the high-histamine frozen strawberries to get more detox benefits and keep your smoothie Bulletproof.
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Dandelion greens add a bright green tint to this smoothie while working to support detox mechanisms in your liver. Swap coconut water with full-fat coconut milk and trade the ripe banana for a green one to increase gut-friendly resistant starch (and make this smoothie Bulletproof-friendly).
Detox Juice Recipes
Get your greens: Liquid chlorophyll adds a minty flavor and jewel-toned color to this detox drink. Plus, it promotes the production of liver enzymes that help it naturally eliminate toxins. Together with ginger and a squeeze of lemon juice, this detox water helps you feel clean from the inside out.
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Don’t let its dark color fool you: Charcoal lemonade is deliciously refreshing and helps you detox after a rough night (especially if you drink it before enjoying alcohol and the morning after). To keep this detox drink totally sugar-free and Bulletproof, swap agave nectar with stevia or birch xylitol.
No added sugar needed: This bright, citrusy green juice incorporates parsley, which can help draw heavy metals from your body. Plus, a boost from collagen peptides gives this nourishing drink a dose of extra protein. If you don’t have a juicer, try throwing your ingredients in a blender with ice — just make sure your produce is organic for a more Bulletproof detox drink.
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This green detox drink gets its healing power from sulforaphane-rich broccoli and tart lemon juice. To lower the sugar content in this recipe (and make it more Bulletproof), try trading in the apples for organic cucumber or a low-sugar fruit like cranberries.
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Much like parsley, cilantro can help draw heavy metals from the body. When you add it to a juicer with other detox-friendly ingredients like lemons and ginger, you get a perfect sugar-free and nutrient-packed juice. If you leave the skin on your produce, opt for organic fruit and vegetables to make this detox drink completely Bulletproof.