Detoxing rids the body of free radicals, rejuvenates the skin and digestive system, and stimulates the liver and kidneys.
It works best as a committed three-day, five-day, or (gulp) a 21-day cleanse, using the first few days to fast or juice and then slowly introducing organic fruits, vegetables, grains, and plant-based proteins over the following days and weeks.
I like starting my detox by getting rid of the chemicals. That means no alcohol, caffeine, sugar, gluten, meat, or dairy. Then, I increase my intake of purified water to 2 liters a day and drink detoxifying tea (like dandelion).
The first two days consist of three to four fresh juices a day, followed by fresh raw fruit-and-vegetable salads with olive oil and vinegar on Day 3 and 4. Days 5 to 7 can include cooked brown rice, tofu, adzuki beans, and cooked vegetables, in addition to the juices and raw fruits and veggies.
1. Hot Lemon Ginger
- Juice of 2 organic lemons with pulp
- 2 dropper fulls of ginger extract from your local health food store, or 2 tbsp. freshly juiced ginger root
- 2 c. hot water
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
Instructions: Gently mix the juice from the lemons, ginger root, and water together with a spoon, adding the honey slowly until dissolved.
Benefits: Lemon aids in digestion, purifies the blood, rids the body of toxins, reduces inflammation in the joints, and fights free-radicals (vitamin C means goodbye colds and flu!). Ginger root soothes the intestinal tract (great for nausea!), boosts immunity, and protects against cancer.
2. Spicy “Lemon-Aid”
- Juice of 4 lemons
- 1 c. hot water
- 2 tbsp. coconut sugar crystals or raw agave nectar
- 1 dash cayenne pepper
Instructions: Mix all ingredients until sweetener is dissolved. Chill or serve over ice if you prefer your lemonade cold!
Benefits: Super-spice cayenne pepper improves circulation, detoxifies the blood, and reduces inflammation in the body.
3. Taste the Earth
- 1 organic red beet with stems, halved
- 3 organic carrots (the plumper the better!)
- 2 stalks organic celery with leaves
- 1 large organic Fuji or Honeycrisp apple, quartered
- Handful organic parsley
- 2 mint leaves
Instructions: Mix beet, carrots, celery, apple, and parsley in juicer. Grind mint leaves with a mortar and pestle (or the back of a spoon) before adding.
Benefits: The earthy taste in this juice comes from the roots red beet, carrot, and celery. It activates your root chakra, making you feel more grounded. Full of phytochemicals, antioxidants, and vitamins, this beverage stimulates digestion, flushes the kidneys, and lowers blood pressure!
- Handful organic curly kale leaves, de-stemmed
- Handful organic spinach leaves
- ½ pineapple, cored and sectioned
- 1 c. mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries)
- ¼ to ½ c. unsweetened coconut milk (for desired consistency)
- 4 ice cubes
- 4 drops almond extract
Instructions: Blend all ingredients on medium-high until smooth. Enjoy!
Benefits: In this recipe, pineapple buffers the alkaline taste of the kale, and almond extract gives a sweet surprise without adding a sweetener. The protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, K, folate, and fatty acids in the kale, plus the antioxidants and resveratrol from the berries make this drink a real super-smoothie!
5. Very, Berry Chia
- 1 large Fuji or Honeycrisp apple, quartered
- 1 c. kale leaves, de-stemmed
- 5 large basil leaves
- 1 c. mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries), washed
- ½ cup pomegranate juice
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
Instructions: Juice apple, kale, basil, and berries together, then add pomegranate juice and chia seeds. Mix well before serving.
Benefits: The crunchy chia seeds make this tangy drink fun, and you’re getting more resveratrol than red wine with this one! This antioxidant-rich juice is great for anti-aging and maintaining blood-glucose and cholesterol levels because it’s packed with dietary fiber, vitamins C and K, folic acid, and manganese.