Detox Beverage Ideas

Eric Bakker N.D.March 29, 2022

Are you looking for different drinks while on a detox cleanse? On this page you will find several different drinks, each with their own specific set of actions and tastes. Try potassium broth, it's very cleansing, and the lemon drink is so refreshing. You'll also find other recipes suitable for cleansing the gut of bad bacteria and yeasts. 

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What Do You Drink With Detox?

The Potassium Broth

Potassium Broth is a kind of soup made from vegetables (root vegetables in particular), which are rich in many minerals, including potassium, calcium and magnesium. This beverage is an excellent rejuvenator and tonic for those who want to cleanse and alkalise their body. Potassium broth is excellent for those who are interested in detoxification or for those who have recently had surgery or suffered with an extended chronic illness.

It is also a good choice for a woman who has recently had a child and who wants to give herself a good boost. Be sure to use the freshest vegetables you can, and preferably home grown or organic. If you want to boost Potassium Broth then add a few tablespoons of liquid whey (get it when you make your yogurt) during the cooling stage, whey will assist digestion and absorption of the copious amounts of potassium and the many other minerals present in this broth.

The Potassium Broth Recipe

  • 3-4 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 stalks of fresh grown celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 fresh grown carrots, thinly sliced
  • A small bunch of fresh parsley
  • 1 large handful of chopped greens such as kale, chard, or leek
  • Liquid whey

Place ingredients in 3 quarts (about 3 Ltrs) of good quality clean water. Bring to boil and gently simmer for 20 minutes, strain the liquid and discard the vegetables. If you’d like to spice it up a little, throw in some cayenne pepper. You should drink 2-3 bowls of this vegetable broth each day to replace depleted minerals. Use organic vegetables whenever possible. Have you made more Potassium Broth than you can consume in a few days?  This dish freezes well, so freeze what you will not use in three to four days.

Lemon –A Most Alkalising Drink

Now here is a great morning drink that has an amazingly alkalising effect on your body. It takes a little getting used to but if you want to blitz a bacterial or a yeast infection and prepare yourself for a good cleanse then I can highly recommend this amazingly effective morning drink.

Lemon not only alkalises your body totally, and especially your digestive system, it makes peroxide inside your body, which encourages apoptosis, the death of rogue cells or cells which may turn cancerous, and is a super powerful anti-oxidant boost. This drink has a particularly powerful effect on your liver and gallbladder and is an amazingly effective liver cleanser and regenerator, especially if you are like me and consume plenty of olive oil in your diet. After all, lemon juice and olive oil are the two main features of a liver & gallbladder flush.

Bad gut-related bacteria and yeasts thrive in an acidic gut environment, and by taking this drink regularly before breakfast you are discouraging dysbiosis (SIBO) and encouraging your body eradicate yeasts and bad bacteria. Lemon juice has no effect on beneficial bacteria.

The Alkalising Drink Recipe

Try juicing 3 – 4 whole lemons and drinking the juice straight, preferably with little or no water. I told you it takes a little getting used to! Rinse your mouth with a little water after and swallow. Caution with straight lemon juice in your mouth, some may notice that their tooth enamel may be sensitive to the effects of citric acid, so be sure to rinse with clean water after and swallow.

Dandelion Coffee & Tea

Have you ever tried dandelion coffee from roasted 2-year-old dandelion roots, or dandelion tea, dried leaves of 2-year-old dandelion plants? Dandelions are a great source of iron, vitamin A, calcium as well as potassium. Dandelion root coffee is good for your liver, whereas dandelion tea made from the leaves will have more of an action on your kidneys. These beverages eliminate bodily toxins through your liver and kidneys and are an excellent adjunct with your detox program.

The Dandelion Drink Recipe

Take 6 tablespoons of 2-year-old dried dandelion roots and 6 tablespoons of 2-year-old dried dandelion leaves in 4 cups of purified, boiling water. Leave the brew with the lid on in a stainless steel, ceramic or glass teapot. Avoid aluminium. If you are after a more kidney cleansing effect, try 12 tablespoons of fresh dandelion leaves and allow brewing for ten minutes. If you are after a more liver tonic effect, have the dried root. You can grow dandelions readily in your garden or buy these items dried from your health-food store.

Coconut Drink

You can read more about the virtues of coconut oil on this website, but suffice to say this is an excellent cleansing, satisfying as well as a very tasty drink for those who are interested in beating candida and bad gut bacteria (SIBO). Coconut contains caprylic acid that has a prominent anti-fungal action. Be sure not to add any form of sugar to the following drink, just add some pure vanilla extract or some real vanilla bean and you will be most impressed by the flavour and fragrance of this wonderful beverage. Have one drink each day; you can have this drink throughout your detox. Once you get used to the wonderful flavour of coconut drink it is hard to beat. By the way, avoid coconut milk in a can or tetra pack, it may contain Bisphenyl-a, as your retailer for a BPA free coconut milk, there will be one.

Creamy Coconut Drink Recipes

A – Home Made Coconut Cream Recipe

You can either buy coconut cream from the grocery or health-food store, or you can save pennies by making your own. All you need to do is to mix organic shredded dried coconut with pure lukewarm water and blend it well, simple as that.

I have found that a ratio or one part coconut to three or four parts water works best. The best way and the way to liberate most of the oil from the shredded coconut is to add one cup of boiling water to four parts of shredded coconut and blend immediately until creamy, then strain through a fine mesh strainer or a fine colander. This creamy milk will store in your refrigerator for several days, but I doubt it will last that long. And again, try adding vanilla bean to this recipe.

B – Hot Coconut Drink recipe

Now that you have some coconut cream, all you need to do is to add one cup to a small saucepan, add ¼ – ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (or better still, add half a dried vanilla bean) and bring to a high temperature, stirring well for a few minutes. Take off the heat, pour into a mug and enjoy. This is a great drink to have before you go to sleep.

Filtered Or Spring Water

Yes, plain old water, not exactly a recipe, but certainly a recipe for disaster if you don’t drink water during cleansing or detox. Have you ever tried to clean a house or a car without water? The reason why I added this here is to remind you to drink! Most people I see in my practice are dehydrated, and if you are dehydrated and expect to get the most out of your detox program, then you are kidding yourself.

Water makes up well over half of your body weight; every system in your body relies on water. Water is responsible for giving you beautiful, supple skin and regular bowel motions and is particularly important in helping to remove and flush out toxins and carry those all important nutrients to the countless cells of your body, needless to say – water is critical for good health. Daily you will lose an incredible ten to twelve cups of the stuff through perspiration, breathing, and urine as well as by way of bowel motions. While food and drinks do account for a lot of water we need, we invariably end up with a shortfall so it is most important that you drink more, and you need more especially if you expect to clean your body up.

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