Detox Drink Deconstructed (Recipe) 

By popular request I will break down my original version of a Detox Drink as seen on Seven Year Switch. I first heard about ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) based Detox Drinks through Dr. Axe in Nashville, but before I knew it, I had created my own version that I liked even more. Just FYI, I always have a butter knife inside to stir the cinnamon because it gathers at the bottom.
I start with organic lemons from the local farmers market. Of course you can buy lemons anywhere, but the taste is far more delicious, and the nutrients more dense, the less travel time to your mouth. My motto is buy local when possible.
Next I get Apple Cider Vinegar and it must say organic, raw, unfiltered with the 'mother' to have all the tremendous health benefits. My preferred brand is Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar because it includes all of the above and doesn't cut corners or pasteurize. You can pick it up at Whole Foods, Kroger, Ralph's, Publix, and many other grocery stores.
My favorite honey is Pacifica Pure Virgin Sage Honey because it is natural, raw, and unprocessed. I find this at Whole Foods and also my local farmers market in Los Angeles. It's my preferred choice to sweeten a Detox Drink and can even help your body fight local allergens. I'm not a believer in Stevia or any other zero calorie powder sweeteners, but I will not bore you with my research and reasons why. ;-) In short, raw honey is a wonderful, natural sweetener that has been around since Bible times.
I am a total brand snob, so once I find a brand I like I will go to several stores to get it when it's sold out. Simply Organic Cinnamon has the smoothest taste of them all and stirs into the drinks more effectively. Again, you can use any brand you prefer, but I find the best tasting Detox Drink comes from the combination of my favorite brands and I am confident in their high quality.
Detoxing is as simple as four ingredients and you're on your way to cleaning your digestive system and ridding your body of harmful toxins! This picture shows all the items you need to whip it up quickly.
1. One glass
2. Lemon Squeezer
3. 1 Tbsp
4. 1/4 Tsp (or 1/8 Tsp)
5. Sharp knife and butter knife
6. Lemon, ACV, Raw Honey, & Cinnamon
Begin by slicing one lemon. Squeeze 1/2 lemon (if large) or both halves (if small) into your glass.
Next measure 1 Tbsp of ACV and pour in with freshly squeezed lemon juice. I recommend starting with 1 Tbsp ACV, working your way up to 1.5 Tbsp ACV, and eventually reaching the full dose of 2 Tbsp as your body and taste buds adjust.
Squeeze approx three drops of honey into the lemon and ACV mix. You can add more to taste and find your own personal "sweet spot."
Now it's time to add some color and the great effects of cinnamon: balancing your blood sugar and aiding in digestion. Sometimes you will want to drink one of these right before a bigger or higher carb meal. Your stomach will thank you for the help in digesting all that food! Another thing is if you accidentally overload on sweets, a Detox Drink will help to balance your blood sugar level. Simply add between 1/8 Tsp and 1/4 Tsp of Cinnamon to taste or simply shake it straight from the container and wing it. It is important to stir the cinnamon into the lemon, ACV, and honey, combining all ingredients very well before you continue. Once you add water, the cinnamon will only float at the top and not mix in properly and the honey will clump and not sweeten the entire drink.
Add purified or filtered water to fill about 3/4 of the glass and then some ice cubes. You are ready to detox! Notice some of the cinnamon is already collecting, and that is totally normal. Just stir occasionally as you drink.
You can have a Detox drink daily if you'd like. Or challenge yourself for a week to ten days at a time and then take breaks. Whatever you choose, it's always a good thing for your digestive system that is constantly weighed down by internal and external toxins. 2 Tbsp of ACV per day is the max recommended. Maintaining a healthy gut through clean eating and daily Detox Drinks will also promote beautiful hair, skin, and nails. You can play and download "It's All You" below while you make it. The song will pump you up and encourage you to reach your goals! Thank you for your continued support and passion for Seven Year Switch. xoxo
 

9 comments

  • Charisma

    Charisma

    This will be one of my routines this year Rachel! I love this drink. Our locals make a remedy for colds and I love that too (COLDTEA has ginger root, lemon, cinnamon, black tea and honey). Thank you for sharing. Charisma

    This will be one of my routines this year Rachel!
    I love this drink.
    Our locals make a remedy for colds and I love that too
    (COLDTEA has ginger root, lemon, cinnamon, black tea and honey).
    Thank you for sharing.
    Charisma

  • Beachy

    Beachy

    MMMM! Doesn't sound gross at all~ so many detox drinks are disgusting. Thank you for sharing Rachel :)

    MMMM! Doesn't sound gross at all~ so many detox drinks are disgusting. Thank you for sharing Rachel smile

  • Sky

    Sky

    Thank you!!!

    Thank you!!!

  • Lori W

    Lori W

    A definite must-try. Thank you for sharing 😀

    A definite must-try. Thank you for sharing 😀

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Thanks for this!

    Thanks for this!

  • Rachel Farris

    Rachel Farris

    You're so welcome! =)

    You're so welcome! =)

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Rachel, what temperature water do you add to your drink?

    Rachel, what temperature water do you add to your drink?

  • Rachel Farris

    Rachel Farris

    Hi Elizabeth! I usually add water straight from my fridge water filter which is supposed to be chilled but even when it hasn't chilled the ice makes it cool. It's up to you if you want it room temp though. Either way works! xoxo

    Hi Elizabeth! I usually add water straight from my fridge water filter which is supposed to be chilled but even when it hasn't chilled the ice makes it cool. It's up to you if you want it room temp though. Either way works! xoxo

  • Andrea

    Andrea

    Rachel thank you so much for sharing this. I have been doing this detox drink for a few days now and it now something that I look forward to everyday. I would drink these two or more times a day if I could...could I? Again, thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. You are such a wonderful soul. :)

    Rachel thank you so much for sharing this. I have been doing this detox drink for a few days now and it now something that I look forward to everyday. I would drink these two or more times a day if I could...could I? Again, thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. You are such a wonderful soul. smile

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