10 Easy DIY Detox Drinks For Weight Loss And Body Cleansing

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Pallavi Srivastava, PG Diploma in Sports Science & Fitness Nutrition, Clinical Nutritionist
Written by Charushila Biswas, MSc (Biotechnology), ISSA Certified Fitness Nutritionist

Try detox drinks if you want to lose weight. Detox drinks for weight loss are made of herbs, fruits, and antioxidant-rich vegetables that flush out the toxins, cleanse the gut, and boost metabolism. These, in turn, aid weight loss. Not sure how to make detox drinks at home? Check out the recipes of 10 easy DIY detox drinks for weight loss and cleansing!

NOTE: The long-term effects of detox drinks for weight loss are not scientifically proven (1), (2). However, it is safe to drink detox drinks along with a balanced diet as they are made with natural ingredients.

DIY Detox Drinks for Weight Loss

1. Green Tea And Lemon

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What You Need
  • Water
  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1/4 lemon
How To Prepare
  1. Boil a cup of water and place a green tea bag in it.
  2. Add the juice of the lemon.
  3. Drink it while it is still hot.
Benefits
  • Green tea is a good source of catechins, i.e., dietary polyphenols that exhibit anti-adiposity effects (3).
  • Lemons are known to help one lose weight because of the presence of vitamin C – which is an antioxidant that aids in digestion. Lemons are also known to have diuretic properties, which help in detoxifying the body and may potentially help burn fat (4).

2. Honey, Lemon, And Ginger

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What You Need
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 inch ginger root
  • 1 glass warm water
How To Prepare
  1. Heat a glass of water. Do not boil it.
  2. Use a mortar and pestle to crush the ginger root.
  3. Add the lemon juice, crushed ginger, and honey to a glass of warm water.
  4. Drink it while it is still warm.
Benefits

Drinking this mixture first thing in the morning will help detox the body. You also may feel less bloated and more active throughout the day. This drink also helps boost your body’s metabolism. Honey may also help suppress appetite and aid in weight loss.

A study conducted by the San Diego State University on rats has suggested that honey may reduce weight gain and obesity (5).

3. Lemon And Cucumber Detox Water

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What You Need
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cucumber
  • Mint leaves
  • A pinch of salt
  • Water
How To Prepare
  1. Cut the lemon into wedges and slice the cucumber. Toss the pieces into the jar.
  2. Add a few mint leaves and a pinch of salt.
  3. Pour water into the jar.
  4. Drink this water throughout the day.
Benefits

Cucumber is a low-calorie food with high water content (95.2% water) (6). Studies have found that a diet low in energy density (low in calories) is an effective measure to improve weight loss and managing body weight (7). It is one of the most common DIY cleansing drinks to boost energy and metabolism.

4. Pineapple Lemonade

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What You Need
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • A pinch of salt
How To Prepare
  1. Toss the chopped pineapple in a blender and give it a spin.
  2. Pour the juice into a glass.
  3. Add the lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and salt. Stir well.
Benefits

Pineapple juice contains an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain helps in metabolizing protein, which, in turn, may help burn away the excess belly fat. Pineapple is also a good source of fiber (8).

5. Orange And Carrot Juice

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What You Need
  • 1 orange
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Coriander leaves
  • Water
  • Ice
How To Prepare
  1. Slice the carrot and peel the orange. Chop and toss them into the food processor.
  2. Add a tablespoon of honey and throw in some coriander leaves.
  3. Add a little water. Give it a spin.
  4. Add ice before drinking.
Benefits
  • Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and loaded with fiber. Foods high in fiber increase satiety (feeling of fullness) and decrease subsequent hunger (9). This can help reduce appetite, thereby leading to weight loss.
  • Oranges are replete with vitamin C (10). Vitamin C is inversely associated with body mass. Orange juice is low in calories and has zero fat, which makes it a good option if you are looking out to lose weight. Orange also is rich in fiber.

6. Beetroot And Mint Juice

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What You Need
  • Beetroot
  • A handful of mint leaves
  • A pinch of salt
How To Prepare
  1. Chop the beetroot into cubes and toss them in the blender.
  2. Add a few mint leaves and a pinch of salt. Give it a spin.
  3. Drink while still fresh.
Benefits

Beets are low in calories and high in fiber (12). Adding fiber to your diet helps control appetite and reduce weight (13). It is a great cleanser for your liver. Make sure to drink the unstrained juice if you intend to lose weight.

7. Strawberry And Cinnamon Detox Water

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What You Need
  • 7-8 strawberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Mint leaves
  • 1-liter water
How To Prepare
  1. Cut the strawberries in half and toss them into a jar.
  2. Throw in some mint leaves and a cinnamon stick.
  3. Pour a liter of water into the jar.
  4. Keep it in the fridge overnight. Drink it cold to rejuvenate your body.
Benefits

Research says that strawberries may help promote the production of hormones adiponectin and leptin. Both these hormones may help burn fat and boost metabolism, and potentially aid weight loss

Strawberries contain ellagic acid, a bioactive polyphenol (14). Research suggests that ellagic acid may help manage obesity and related complications. However, more human clinical studies need to be conducted to prove this effect (15).

8. Fruits And Carrot Juice

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What You Need
  • 1 carrot
  • Choice of fruits (blueberries, prunes, apples/pears, strawberries, grapes, and/or grapefruit)
  • Black pepper
  • A pinch of salt
How To Prepare
  1. Toss the chopped carrots and fruits in the food processor.
  2. Add a little salt and black pepper.
  3. Spin it.
Benefits

Fruits and vegetables like carrots, blueberries, prunes, apples/pears, strawberries, raisins/grapes, and grapefruit are good sources of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. These fruits and vegetables aid weight management and prevent weight gain with their high fiber content (both soluble and insoluble), low glycemic load, biologically active polyphenols, and natural sugar (16).

Note: Do not strain the juice as it loses its fiber content. If you are uncomfortable drinking unstrained juice, you may mix strained and unstrained juice initially. Moreover, it is always better to eat fruits and vegetables whole to better utilize all their nutrients.

9. Buttermilk Detox Drink

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What You Need
  • Buttermilk/plain curd
  • Mint leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed powder (roasted)
  • A pinch of salt
How To Prepare
  1. Pour the buttermilk into a jar. You may also mix two tablespoons of plain curd, a pinch of salt, and water to make your own homemade buttermilk.
  2. Roughly chop a few mint leaves and coriander leaves.
  3. Thinly slice half a carrot.
  4. Blend the carrots and herbs into the buttermilk.
  5. Add a pinch of salt and a bit of roasted cumin seed powder and stir well.
Benefits

Curd (or yogurt) is a natural source of probiotics that strengthen the digestive system. Its nutritional composition and lactic acid bacteria may improve gut health, help manage appetite, and aid weight loss. However, the role of yogurt in weight loss remains controversial (17).

10. Tomato, Leek, and Cucumber Juice

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What You Need
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 stick of leek
  • 1 cucumber
  • Mint leaves
How To Prepare
  1. Chop the tomato, cucumber, and leek and toss them into the food processor.
  2. Add a few mint leaves and give it a spin.
Benefits

Tomato is a good source of lycopene, which has the potential to aid weight loss. A study conducted by the China Medical University found that tomato juice effectively reduced waist circumference and BMI of 30 young females (18).

Do Detox Drinks Really Work?

Certain detox diets – like the lemon detox diet – have shown positive results in aiding weight loss and improving insulin resistance in pilot groups. However, these results cannot be generalized to the general population (19).

Restricting calories and macros and including more water-based concoctions in your diet is an effective approach for quick weight loss. However, this is a temporary water weight loss from the carbs in your body, not fat loss. Each gram of glycogen in the human muscle is stored with at least 3 g of water. Drinking more water than macros breaks the glycogen stored in your muscles for energy (20).According to The British Dietetic Association, more research is required to assess the potential risks and benefits of detox programs (21).

When Should You Drink Detox Drinks?

Detox drinks should not be your meal replacement. They can be taken as early morning metabolic boosters to maintain hydration levels. You can also drink them between meals as a mid-meal.

Listed below are a few detox drinks that will keep you hydrated and act as a temporary weight loss solution.

The detox weight loss drinks aim at flushing out toxins from your body and cleansing your whole internal system. This reflects in your improved skin and hair health along with a boost in your immunity levels. Rich in antioxidants, essential vitamins, and minerals these help boost digestion and improve your metabolism as well. Green tea, honey, lemon, ginger water, or just lemon in warm water are a few of the easy-to-make detox drinks that you can include in your weight loss regimen. As per the food fact sheet provided by the British Dietetic Association, a healthy meal, varied diet, active lifestyle, and clean eating habits can help you feel better in and out in a matter of days (22).

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you drink detox water every day?

Yes, you can drink detox water every day if your focus is on a healthy lifestyle. Club your detox drinks with wholesome meals to maintain your hydration levels all day long.

How much weight can you lose on a juice cleanse?

The bitter truth is that following a simple detox diet with liquid infusion will not give you the desired results. Although you can lose a lot of water weight this way, it is not sustainable, and you will most probably gain all that weight back again. You may lose 1-2 kg per week on a simple liquid diet, but it is not a healthy practice to follow.

Key Takeaways

  • The best way to lose weight is to adopt healthy habits and practices, such as drinking detox drinks.
  • Weight loss detox drinks contain antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables that flush toxins out, cleanse the gut, and stimulate metabolism.
  • The high dietary fiber content, low glycemic index, biologically active polyphenols, and natural sugar in these fruits and vegetables lead to weight loss and healthy body weight.
  • But while detox drinks can hydrate and nourish your body, relying on them exclusively for weight loss is not sustainable in the long run.

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Dr. Pallavi Srivastava

(PG Diploma in Sports Science & Fitness Nutrition)
Pallavi Srivastava is a Clinical Nutritionist with over 13 years of experience and the founder of Q-Slim Fitness Studio. She... more

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