As we emerge from the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, let’s give ourselves a little self-care and self-love with nourishing detox drinks that help flush out the toxins, sugar, and even the stress of the holiday season. It’s the perfect salve to reset from 2022, and start the new year off to a strong, healthy and vibrant start.
1. Cayenne Pepper Detox Drinks
Start your day of detox drinks with this spicy kicker. Cayenne pepper gives this morning beverage a bit of heat, helping to jumpstart your metabolism at the start of the day and giving you a nice, warm feeling that’s perfect for a frigid winter’s day. But cayenne pepper provides far more than just flavor — it’s also exceptional for your health.
For one, it’s very high in immunity-boosting vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, provitamin A, and even vitamin K. And while many people talk about “superfoods” like kale or berries, cayenne may actually be even better with some of the highest antioxidant properties among fruits and veggies. The result? Protection against numerous diseases, a reduced risk of heart disease, and even a longer lifespan!
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice, ideally organic
2 tbsp maple syrup, ideally organic
1/10 tsp cayenne pepper powder
1 cup water
Combine all the ingredients and enjoy!
2. Raw Apple Cider Lemon Detox Drinks
Raw apple cider vinegar has been used for hundreds of years as a natural health remedy for everything from boosting weight loss, managing blood sugar levels, reducing your cholesterol numbers, and boosting your immunity. Plus, when you use raw vinegar (ideally a product that’s labeled as containing “the mother”), you’re also getting a dose of all-natural probiotics to support your gut health (gut health is linked with immune system health, improved mood and mental health, better digestion, and more).
These detox drinks pair the powers of apple cider vinegar with the detoxing effects of lemon, the antioxidant properties of cinnamon and cayenne, and the anti-inflammatory effects of fresh ginger.
1 cup water
2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar (ideally “with the mother”)
3 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/10 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp raw organic honey, ideally locally sourced
Boil the water. Once boiling, stir in the rest of the ingredients. Allow it to cool until it’s warm, then enjoy!
3. Refreshing Green Tea Mint Detox Drinks
Wrap up your afternoon with this refreshing spritzer. It’s fizzy and tasty, making it a great substitute for a cocktail when your workday is over. The mint provides more than just a light taste of spring, but also anti-bloating, stomach-soothing effects and important vitamins and minerals. Paired with the green tea — a powerful disease-fighting, antioxidant-rich ingredient that also enhances your metabolism — and you’ll feel energized while the detox tea helps you slim down and feel more toned and fit.
1 bag organic green tea
8 oz water
Juice from one lime
3 mint leaves, lightly crushed
3-4 ice cubes
Boil the water then steep the tea for five minutes. While your tea is steeping, muddle the mint leaves with the lime juice. Add the ice cubes, then pour in the warm tea. Enjoy!