So, today we’re gonna get real about something I’ve gotten a lot of questions about recently, which is my detox drink that I’ve been consuming every morning. I’ll start with why I decided to start drinking this lovely little concoction in the first place.
I have a family history of breast cancer. Knowing that I went and got tested for the gene and to get genetic mapping done. Unfortunately, my results came back that I have the gene and it’s super active – meaning that at some time in my life I will most likely get breast cancer (this is a very oversimplified explanation of the results, just an FYI). And, while it isn’t guaranteed it’s a high probability due to what they found. I found this out at age 20.
With that news in the back of my mind I was always super vigilant about making sure I perform breast exams on myself frequently, listen to my body, and keep the lines of communication between myself and my doctor open.
Aside from breast cancer, I’ve had two cervical cancer scares in the past few years and now have to be screened yearly due to my abnormal test results that continue to come back. And, again, while I don’t have cancer… my genes are just not working in my favor right now.
This was something I tried to keep on the forefront of my mind for the past 5 years. There was a couple year span where I did not take care of myself like I should have, especially with all of that in mind. Recently, I had another scare and decided enough was enough and I wanted to get really serious about my health and my nutrition.
Since then I have cut out meat and dairy consumption and I’ve been doing everything I can to learn about the benefits of different nutritional properties.
I decided that I needed a daily something that had a lot of properties and benefits that I wanted to focus on.
I was already a reader of The Skinny Confidential and decided to start researching the benefits of the daily detox drink that she came up with. I was FLOORED! This was exactly what I had been looking for! All of its ingredients were things that I knew I wanted to incorporate in my daily life. So, I went out and bought all of the things I didn’t already have to make it and I got down to business the next morning.
Now, I’ll start by saying that Lauryn Evarts, the creator of TSC is a goddess and she knows her shit. However, I couldn’t choke the drink down. She works in extremes and she LOVES things that are super potent.
I do not.
The original recipe called for SO MUCH turmeric and cayenne pepper that when it accidentally spilled the first day I wasn’t even upset. So, I started to play around with the recipe a little bit for myself and my own personal taste. Here is what you’ll need for my modification:
- Unfiltered and Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
- Organic Turmeric
- Organic Cayenne Pepper
- Raw, Unfiltered Honey
- 1/2 of a Large Grapefruit
- 1/2 of a Lemon
- Mint Leaves
So, I usually combine everything in a large blender bottle and that’s what I use to gauge how much I’m pouring in. Here’s the step by step for what I do:
- I start with the Apple Cider Vinegar. I measure out one shot glass full (which is usually about 3-5 TBSP) and add to the cup.
- Take the 1/2 of a grapefruit and 1/2 of a lemon and squeeze them into the bottle. I squeeze them until they won’t even drip any more. Now, you will get some of the seeds in the drink as well. I don’t personally mind the seeds, but if you don’t like them you can always pick them out.
- Take 1 tablespoon of honey, add in a separate glass with a little bit of water & microwave until dissolved and then add to your blender bottle. Since you’re using raw honey it’s super waxy and doesn’t dissolve very well in cold water. So I always melt mine first to make sure I don’t have to wait as long . ♥
- Fill the remainder of the bottle with water to about an inch from the top.
- Sprinkle both the Turmeric and Cayenne on top. I don’t measure out this part. The TSC drink called for a MASSIVE amount of both of these ingredients, which made it soooo potent. So these, I just sprinkle them to taste. With the citrus, the honey, & the mint that you will add it does help negate some of the intensity from these two ingredients and you still get the health benefits!
- Add the mint leaves! This is another ingredient that you can add to meet your own personal taste. I always add a SHIT TON because I love them. But, if you’re not feeling them as much just add a couple. 🙂
- Close up your blender bottle & shake shake shake! This is why I choose to use a blender bottle vs. just a cup. It is not only easier to measure everything out but it allows me to be able to blend the ingredients often. The cayenne and turmeric does settle at the bottom if you don’t finish the glass right away, so it allows for you to constantly blend everything up!
That’s the recipe that I came up with. Now, I want to go into why I chose all of these individual ingredients.
Grapefruit & Lemon:
Since these are both citrus fruits they are obviously high in naturally occurring Vitamin C, which is a huge plus. However, both of these also help promote good digestion, helps balance your blood pressure, helps alkalize your body, helps purge toxins from your body, and has cancer fighting properties. It also helps battle water retention, which helps you beat the bloat! Citrus fruits in general are really nutritional powerhouses that I don’t think get enough credit but I chose these two specifically because I like how their flavors compliment each other and are super great for an early morning refresh!
Apple Cider Vinegar:
ACV and its many uses is something that I’ve been hearing about for a while now. But, when I finally got down to it and started doing my own research and talking to my doctor about it I can’t believe that more people aren’t incorporating this into their diet. ACV has a multitude of benefits including constipation relief, helps promote digestion and good gut bacteria, helps detox your body and regulate pH levels, can assist with lowering/balancing both blood sugar and blood pressure, also has cancer prevention/fighting agents, aids weight loss, and helps fight allergies. There are also about a million different uses for ACV outside of health as well and if you’re interested I definitely recommend looking them up! A word of caution though, I’ve seen a lot of people in my research that take straight shots of ACV. After talking to my doctor I found out that is definitely not recommended more than once or twice, if at all. ACV is highly acidic and can deteriorate your insides if not diluted (again, super simplified explanation of what actually happens). But, none the less, super dangerous to drink it straight more than a few times. I tried it once to get the immune boosting properties while battling a cold and let me tell you…never again. Not only did it taste terrible but it made me feel like I was going to vomit. So, I highly recommend diluting it.
Cayenne Pepper & Turmeric:
So, I love spicy food but these can be a little much mixed with the acidity of the vinegar. However, they have a ton of benefits that I couldn’t overlook. Both are an anti-inflammatory (which is a plus because I’m a runner and my joints just love to be inflamed *insert eye roll here*), both aid in digestion, and provide support in detoxifying your body. Turmeric is a natural probiotic and can also be used to help aid depression. And, Cayenne pepper can bee used to help fight and prevent migraine headaches. There are a plethora of other benefits that these two spices have but, these are the reasons I chose to keep them in my drink when I was modifying it!
We’ve all heard that honey was good for us, yes? But, the thing is there is a HUGE difference between processed and raw honey. Processed honey, which is the syrupy, rich and golden honey most people think of when they picture honey, is actually stripped of a lot of it’s benefits during the process of getting it to be a syrup. Raw, unfiltered honey however is PACKED with benefits. It is very waxy however, and that’s why I always dissolve mine a little first before mixing it in my drink. Raw honey helps to stabilize blood pressure, is an anti-inflammatory, helps strengthen your immune system, is a pain reliever, an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and really just helps promote overall body and digestive health. I love honey and I use it in more than just my detox drink! I also use it as a sugar substitute in my tea and coffee and I really just can’t get enough of it!
Last but not least, mint leaves! I love love love love mint leaves! I always put so many in my detox drink. Not only do they taste great but they have awesome benefits. They help soothe your digestive tract, which really helps combat some of the acidity of the ACV. Mint also helps eliminate toxins from your body, it reduces growth of bacteria and fungus, is a mild reliever for aches and pains, has been linked to having colon, skin, and lung cancer prevention aspects, and although it’s vain its also good for preventing bad breath (duh) and assists with teeth whitening. Mint is such a powerhouse of an herb and I absolutely love it!
Even though I did get my original idea for the drink from another source I definitely made sure to choose to keep or add each individual thing when re-evaluating the recipe and how I wanted it to work for me. We all have our own health priorities, mine is to focus on inflammation, digestion, and cancer fighting agents. This recipe is so easy to modify to meet your own personal preference, taste, and the benefits that you’re looking for. I really applaud Lauryn and what she did with the original recipe because she laid and awesome foundation for others to come in and modify this recipe to their own needs but also provides an amazing starting point to actually pinpointing a starting place to finding out what you would actually want for a daily detox drink.
So tell me, what are some of the things that you want to focus on with your own health? What are some of your favorite additives for your nutrition and what are their benefits? I’d love to know!
Until next time,