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10 Best Detox Drinks That Contain Real Food (Recipes Included)

By Holly / October 23, 2015

So you're recovering from a decadent party-filled weekend or starting a new health and diet plan. Or you've finally decided to take the initiative to detox and rejuvenate your body. Whatever your health goals are, eating healthy should be one of the top priorities to your health and fitness agenda.

Your path to healthy eating and a healthy body should always start with a detox regimen. And one of the top ways to detox your body is through super healthy detox drinks. There are many types of detox drinks ranging from liver cleansers to weight loss. The following are 10 top detox drinks recipes from some of the top health bloggers.

By: loseweightbyeating.com

This is the ORIGINAL Day Spa Apple Cinnamon Water Recipe that has now become an internet sensation and millions of people have tried and loved it.

Did you know both apples and cinnamon raise your metabolism? Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants and flavanoids, including Vitamins C and B Complex. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease

Cinnamon has many health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, fighting diabetes, and helps relieve arthritis pain.

Makes 2 liters.


  • 1 Apple thinly sliced, I like Fuji but pick your favorite. Cut away the seeds.
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick. I don’t recommend using powdered cinnamon, it clogs the water.

Get started

Drop apple slices in the bottom of the pitcher (save a few to drop in your glass later) and then the cinnamon stick.

Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then with water. Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavor.

2. Detoxifying Lemon Water

By: realityofyou.com

How this drink detoxifies you?

Cucumbers rejuvenate your body with energy-boosting vitamin B. It also contains a lot of fiber that aids in digestion as well as removing toxins from the body.

Ginger aids digestion and has anti-inflammatory properties. In 2010, there was a study done that followed people who consumed two grams of ginger each day for about eleven days. It turned out those people had a 25% reduction in exercise-induced muscle pain. So all you runners/serious athletes out there? DRINK THIS!

Lemons clean your bowels, and neutralizes free radicals that cause aging. Lemons also contain 22 anti-cancer properties.

Mint promotes good digestion and contains enzymes that could prevent cancer.


  • 1/2 a cucumber, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1/4 of a peeled and sliced ginger root
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves


Cut everything up and chuck it into a pitcher!

I have never cut up ginger root before now (*fist pumps* *checks item off bucket list*) but it’s pretty easy. Just make sure you peel the little chunk of ginger you’re going to use BEFORE you cut that piece from the ginger root– if you don’t have anything to hold onto while peeling it can be really tough to peel the small thing.

Also don’t add too much ginger. As you see in the picture, I only added like three small chunks into the water.

You can keep refilling the pitcher with water for about 3-4 days before you need to replace the ingredients.

3. Green Detox Juice Recipe

By: youngandraw.com

This juice helps you detoxify after a night of indulging or when you’re feeling like you need a boost in your energy levels. Not only is this juice super healthy for you, it’s a sweet and sour nourishment for your body!

Healthy Tips for this Juice

Kale: A leafy green that is full of Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, and antioxidants. It also helps to detoxify the liver because of its high sulfur content.

Apples: These boosts the immune system and helps support the liver.

Lemon: Lemons support a healthy immune system and help the liver to detoxify because of its high vitamin C content.

Cucumber: Being a great source of electrolytes, cucumbers help the body become re-hydrated and provide you with a source of B Vitamins.

Trust me, this is the green drink you’ll want to drink, not only after a night out, but at any time when you want to feel hydrated, full of energy and need a total body lift!

Green Detox Juice

This recipe makes approximately two 8 ounce servings.

  • 5 stalks of Kale or Spinach
  • 3 Apples
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Cucumber

Instructions: Wash all the ingredients and run them through the juicer. (If you’re using a slow-juicer, run a bit of water through the juicer last, in order to catch all of the last bits of flavor.) As with any juice, feel free to substitute any ingredients you don’t like for those that you do!

4. I am Sunshine

By: blenderbabes.com

I AM SUNSHINE is the first drink recipe in Blender Babes’ Free Juice Cleanse. This beautiful juice is the perfect way to start your day, it’s as bright, beautiful and healing as the sunshine is.

Super high in fiber from carrots, apple, and pineapple – this detox juice will keep you full.

Consuming bulk amounts of carrot juice is a superior way to lose weight, detox your liver, and get smooth skin. This morning zinger will definitely give you a boost for the day!


  • 16 ounces coconut water
  • 3 clementines or 1 large orange (peeled)
  • 1 cup (usually 2 medium sized) carrots
  • 1 apple cored
  • 1 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups ice (less if using frozen fruit)


1. Place all ingredients into the blender and secure lid.

2. Run blender for 1 1/2 minutes or until completely liquid.

3. All done! Enjoy!


Makes about 6 cups. For only one serving, cut ingredients in half. If not using a high powered blender, may need to increase liquid amount.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving size: 532g
  • Calories: 188
  • Fat: 1g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Sugar: 31g
  • Sodium: 299mg
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Protein: 4g

5. Cilantro Mango Detox

By: simplegreensmoothies.com

This is a cilantro-based green smoothie that is a great way to detox your body of nasty toxins.

Serves 2


  • Serving size: 532g
  • 1⁄2 cup cilantro, fresh
  • 1 1⁄2 cups mango
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1⁄2 avocado


Blend spinach, cilantro and water until smooth. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again.

6. #1 Weight Loss Tonic

by: fitlife.tv

If you are also on your journey of weight loss transformation, this is an amazing recipe that you will absolutely love. Not only is this recipe low-glycemic, it will also make you feel full.


  • 15 Cucumbers
  • 20 pieces Turmeric
  • 15 Limes
  • 4 Handfuls of Parsley
  • 1 pinch Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 2 cups Chia Seeds
  • 2 Jalapenos
  • 15 Peppers (Red or Green)


  1. Put Chia in 10 minutes before you drink it. Do not store with Chia seed in juice.
  2. Juice all vegetables and fruits.
  3. Put all juice into large container.
  4. Add in chia seeds.
  5. Add in pink salt.
  6. Mix.
  7. Store and Serve chilled.

7. Iced Pomegranate Green Tea

by: thenewpotato.com

Sometimes in summer we’re looking for that detox drink that makes us feel like we’re having a cocktail, but one that's good for you. We’re also looking to detpx in the hot summer weather, which is why this detox iced tea is the way to go for that outdoor lunch or dinne


  • 1/4 cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • 1 heaping tablespoon your favorite Green Tea
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 tablespoons Pomegranate Juice
  • Top with Sparkling Water
  • Mint


Place pomegranate seeds and water in a pot. Bring to a boil, turn off the heat. Steep the green tea for 1-2 minutes. Strain tea over ice. Stir in pomegranate juice. Garnish with sprigs of mint.

8. Super Detox Green Cleansing Smoothie

by: thegreenforks.com

This detox drink has 14 ingredients!

You might be wondering why go for such a complex recipe. That is because the complexity of the ingredients is what makes this drink so powerful.

There is so many powerful effects from this smoothie such as spotless skin and an abundance of energy.


  • 1 cup spinach or torn kale leaves
  • 1 cup torn romaine leaves
  • ½ cup chopped cucumber
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 1 small pear (or ½ large), cored and chopped
  • 1 banana, chopped (preferably frozen)
  • 1 cup water or coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley
  • ½ to 1 whole lemon, juiced
  • ½ tablespoon chia seeds
  • ¼-inch slice ginger root, peeled
  • pinch of cayenne, optional
  • pinch of cinnamon, optional
  • pinch of turmeric, optional


Place ingredients in blender and blend until completely smooth. Sweeten additionally, as desired, with liquid stevia.


I always use almost ¼ cup of mint leaves. I absolutely LOVE the flavor it adds to this smoothie.

You can use ½ a green apple in place of the pear.

Cilantro can be substituted for Mint.

9. Cranberry Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink

by: healthyandnaturalworld.com

Raw cranberry juice and water help to cleanse the liver, the bowels, the kidneys, and the lymphatic system from harmful toxins.

Cranberries help to remove fat from the lymphatic system, as the lymphatic system absorbs and transports fats from the digestive system to blood circulation.

When you buy cranberry juice, make sure to buy pure unsweetened and organic juice (many of the stuff found in markets are loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners).


  • 1/4 cup pure cranberry juice
  • 1 Tbsp. quality ACV
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • Water to dilute
  • Honey to taste


Combine the water with the rest of the ingredients. You can dilute it as strong or as weak as you prefer.

10. Matcha Mango Pineapple Smoothie

by: misskaitonline.com

This is a great recipe to wake you up and energize you for the day. One glass of matcha tea is equivalent to 10 glasses of green tea in terms of antioxidant content and nutritional value.

Matcha's a fat burning , cancer fighting, metabolism enhancing machine loaded with Zinc, vitamin C, Chromium, and Magnesium. It also helps your body fight off viruses and bacteria and lowers blood sugar and cholesterol. It is also known to aid in concentration and alertness and enhances moods.


  • 1.25 tsp matcha green tea
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • some honey
  • 1 c frozen mango chunks
  • 1 tbsp pineapple juice
  • 1 c pineapple
  • 1/2 to 1 c water (depending on how thick you like your smoothies)


  1. If you’re using fresh fruit, chop it all up then toss it all in a blender! Done!

Detox regularly for a healthy body!

Because your body is inundated everyday with processed, artificial, and unhealthy food, you should do a regular detox of your body. Detox drinks and smoothies are great in this respect because it is quick, easy to make, yummy, and best of all, super effective.

There are many types of drinks and smoothies available in infinite combinations so choose from the list above or experiment around until you find the perfect combination for your individual body's needs.

About the author


Thank you for reading my article! I am Holly Nunan, a mother of three daughters aged four, six and eight. I'm an Exercise Physiologist with a passion for exercise, fitness, raising healthy children and natural and alternative remedies. I have a simple mission to help each reader that comes to our website to take away one new piece of healthy information that they can immediately apply to their life. If I've helped you find that today, it's mission accomplished!