There are all sorts of things that can leave us feeling in need of a recharge, especially this time of year after weeks of festive indulgence. Guilty! There is no denying it, tis the season for overindulgence! Visits to the Christmas markets for mugs of warm Glühwein and Bratwurst sausages, baked homemade sweets, alcohol-fueled parties, and festive dinners….plus all that holiday stress I keep hearing about…these are all things that can take a toll on our livers, making it fatigued and inefficient when it comes to toxin removal.
I don’t know about you, but after the Christmas blowout I definitely feel the need to put some healthy foods into my body. I like to jump-start the process of getting on track by drinking a smoothie in the morning. It’s got to be one of the most simple ways to give the body a quick boost.
This detox drink is FULL of healthy, naturally detoxifying ingredients that are especially good for your liver (and colds or flu!). There are several reasons detoxing your liver may be a good idea…
Why this detox drink is good for the liver
Your liver is your “go-to guy” for keeping your body healthy. As the second largest organ (besides your skin) it has an effect on everything: from your immune system, to digestion and nutrient absorption, to how your skin looks—the list is long. Its your natural, built-in detoxification system that sifts through every single thing that comes into your body and uses what it can and gets rid of what it can’t. When your liver is healthy and functioning properly, it’s an absolute rock star at filtering out and carrying away unwanted waste and toxins, leaving you feeling more energized (and looking good too!).
Because it’s important to keep your liver happy, focusing on that are good for it will help alleviate some of the burden.
Key ingredients in this detox drink:
LEMON: Lemons love your liver and your liver loves them back! They are high in vitamin C and antioxidants and believe it or not, they are also incredibly alkaline once inside the body. They support liver function, help with digestion, purify the blood, flush out bacteria, fight wrinkles and rejuvenate skin. Drinking warm lemon water every day is something I swear by!
GINGER: Ginger is another wonder food. One your tummy will love you for. It has a long history of helping relieve nausea, indigestion and bloating, plus it helps nutrient absorption, strengthens the immune system, and supports healthy digestion by purifying the body from the inside out.
TURMERIC: This finger-staining brightly colored orange spice is a relative of ginger and boasts a whole host of the health benefits. It’s a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, plus there are a number of studies that reveal the potential benefits it may have in helping fight infections and some cancers, as well as it’s ability to help treat digestive problems.
GARLIC: The health benefits are countless! Garlic is loaded with sulfur, a mineral that helps rid the body of toxins, plus it supports the liver by boosting its detoxification enzymes.
CAYENNE PEPPER: This potent spice not only packs a punch but it also fires up your digestive system, stimulates the metabolism and helps break up mucus and toxins. It is often used to detoxify and cleanse the body and combining it with lemon makes cayenne’s natural heat a little more tolerable.
Ultimate Liver Flush Detox Drink
- juice of 3 oranges
- juice of 1 lemon (or lime)
- 1 tablespoon freshly peeled and grated ginger
- 1/2 tablespoon peeled and roughly chopped fresh turmeric, (or 1/2 teaspoon ground organic turmeric)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until liquified.
Strain (if desired) and pour into a glass. Drink at least 30 minutes before your next meal.
Depending on the desired intensity, you can adjust the ratio of cayenne. Be prepared, the combination of ginger and cayenne makes this detox drink quite spicy.
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Can this drink lose weight too? Cant wait to try though.
I made mine with grapefruit instead of oranges and didn’t add the turmeric. I take turmeric every day. I added too much cayenne but I’m powering through. Added some ice.
I watched a doctor on video saying turmeric doesn’t work unless it’s mixed with a liquid fat, like milk,coconut or Almond milk & I think with olive oil too. I had been sprinkling in my lemon & ginger tea up until the other day. I might just start adding again🤔
Spicy! Not having a juicer, I just peeled the oranges and blended them. It makes a LOT– like 4 cups or something. Is it okay to save half for another day, or is it important to drink fresh?
Hi Lale, I recommend drinking this within 24 hours if you want to keep maximum nutrition and taste. 🙂
How often should i drink this
Very good article I love it
Hi – thanks for sharing. I just made it (used grapefruit instead of orange) and I love the spicy tart flavour.
Mmmmm, great idea, I bet it tasted terrific!
Does it help to boil the fruits and juices?
I reccomend using fresh fruit rather than boiling it, as there are lots of vitamins that would otherwise get lost.
Do I sleep on my right side for 5 hours after drinking the liver flush? Please advise
Hi I’m just trying this drink. I am looking for something to boost my energy and help with inflammation. I love the spicy flavor.
Hello I just came across this site. I can’t wait to try your drink! Thank you so much.
Hope you enjoy it! 🙂
Can I make this ditox without blender
That should work fine. I would suggest finely grating the ginger, tumeric (if using fresh) and garlic then mixing it with the freshly squeezed juice and then let stand for at least 10 minutes before straining and drinking.
Is it safe for a pregnant woman.
Turmeric is safe to consume during pregnancy in small amounts, however you can be sensitive to it just like any other food. It’s best to check with your doctor as to what an acceptable amount would be.
Can you add a banana or apple to mild out the taste?
I think it would be best to reduce the amount of turmeric (and potentially garlic and ginger) as it is very strong tasting and takes some getting accustomed to.
Hi, I came across this site yesterday 3/26 and decided to give it a try, after doing some “googling” regarding yellowing of the eyes which can be signs of liver needing a cleanse and other health issues, mine is sickle cell. I’m hoping this cleanse works I’m probably a little jaundiced as well being that I don’t get as much sun as I should. Nevertheless this juice tastes good and hopefully it works because I hate my yellow eyes 😔
Blending the lemons whole and quartered, rind seeds and all…then straining out the pulp PLUS adding water makes an even potent and beneficial drink. I use 2 lemons 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of splenda to blender. Filter out the pulp with a fine strainer and add remaining juice to a gallon jug. Add water to top it off. AMAZING!
Sounds terrific, thanks for the tips! 🙂
How many times a week can you drink this?
Everyday if you like. I recommend drinking it in the mornings for 2-4 weeks.
I would like to know how much juice is from three oranges. 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup ?? Also how often can I take this drink ? Thank you, I tried it once and I liked it !!!!!
Hi Robert, depending in the oraneg you can count on getting 1/4 to 1/3 cups of juice. So for three oranges your’ll have between 3/4 cuo to 1 cup of orange juice. Glad you liked this drink. 🙂 I like to drink this every morning for a month as a cleanse, and then from time to time after that.
Thank you so much. I will continue enjoying this !!!
I’m from India, I’m a heavy drinker. Now I stopped drinking (20 days ago). I came across this liver detox drink.
How long do i need to take this drink to detox my liver from alcohol.
Thank you so much. Its very educative..
Glad to hear that this was helpful 🙂
is you have a struggling kidney the turmeric will plug it up… also beets are not good for the struggling kidney…
Can I leave out the garlic? I suffer with bloated tummy regularly
Yes, of course, feel free to omit the garlic if necessary. 🙂
I haven’t tried this detox yet but I am. Question though… Do you have to drink in the morning or can you drink in the evening?
Hi Chris, I recommend drinking this in the morning or afternoon rather than in the evening. Oranges are acidic, which can cause heartburn for some people, plus they also have a lot of natural sugars, which can interfer with sleep.
Thanks for the recipe. Definitely leaving out the garlic due to bloating. The first time i tried this recipe i drank it at night and no heartburn in the morning! Mind you all i had was 2 clementines instead of orange. if heartburn is a concern, I definitely recommend substituting the orange for lemon and diluting with water. Even though lemons are very sour, once they go down, they have a 100% positive effect on the body !
Great info as I found this site today.want to try but how long di I take it ?
Hi Patrick, I like to drink this smoothie for two weeks, while also following a healthy diet without any processed food, sugar, inflammatory foods, alchohol, etc. Hope this helps! Let me know how this works out for you. 🙂
Elle I want to try this as I got this site today. Anyway for how long?
I just came across this liver flush detox I will be trying it out….. does it help with a fatty liver…. I’m looking for something that helps in taking the fat from your liver……. please let me know if this Will help with a fatty liver….. Thank You.
Hi Charlotte, if you’re looking for natural ways to boost your liver health, you can try drinking this smoothie and also adding some of the foods such as berries, herbal tea, beetroot juice, fatty fish, milk thistle, ginger, and licorice root, to your diet, while also following a whole food diet. I’m not a medical professional, so I can’t recommend something specifically for a fatty liver, but I would recommend making other adjustments to your diet as well if you haven’t already. All the best, Elle 🙂
turmeric is drying, it will help. also goldenseal
Try intermittent fasting while drinking water and then when you do eat, make sure you consume choline via sunflower lecithin. Add a 1:1 mix of collagen powder to your sunflower lecithin. ie 1 Tbs each.
Also, make sure you eat eggs daily for choline uptake.
Great site, i find this site very educational. Will definitely try this out. Thanks a lot Elle
Thanks Daniel, let me know how it works out for you! 🙂
With so many aggressive ingredients can this drink shock your body? What kind of side effects could you experience? So you replace this drink with breakfast then eat normal healthy meals thru the day for 2 weeks.
Hi Leslie, I haven’t experienced any side effects with this detox drink. You can drink this in the morning and continue with regular healthy plant-based meals thoughout the day. That has produced great results for me. Let me know how it works out for you!
I was diagnosed with fatty liver with stage 1 fibrosis and the size was bigger by a few cm.
I came across this drink then I religiously took it for a month. During my follow-up check-up, the doctor was surprised that everything went back to normal with some traces of diffused fatty liver.
Thanks John, I am excited to read your comment. It is fantastic to receive a first-hand account of how this drink helped someone heal themselves. Congratulations!
thnx 4 sharing…
Glad to! 🙂
thank u so much 4 sharing……
So glad you like this recipe! 🙂
Can you substitute Orange Juice and Lemon Juice for the 3 Oranges and 1 lemon?
You will get the most benefits from this drink if you use freshly squeezed juice. Store-bought freshly squeezed orange would an alternative for the oranges.
Thanks for sharing, I’ve made your ultimate liver flush detox drink and it was great. I used to make it with cold-pressed olive oil, but without cayenne pepper and turmeric- I think your two additions (cayenne pepper and turmeric) are awesome. Thanks 🙂
So glad you like this version!
I have been drinking this for nearly two weeks and I love it. I find i have a lot more energy and have lost 5lbs just by drinking it.
That’s fantastic, thanks for the feedback! 🙂
I’ve used various similar recipes for 30 years. Love the taste of the drink & its effects on my body. Like the addition of turmeric & I like an extra (to three) cloves of garlic. Great starter for any day.
Can I make a weeks worth at once or do you suggest making this daily?
I would recommend making it fresh so that you can get the full benefit of the vitamins. 🙂
This site is amazing! Can’t believe I’ve only just found it!
Do other pepper varieties also work or does it has to be exactly cayyene pepper?
Thank for your comment! You can also use a pinch of ground black pepper to enhance the anti-imflammatory effects of the turmeric. Other types of chili also boost the metabolism and aid in digestion.
For how many days should I drink this for liver detox? How many times a day?
Hi Arletta, I like to do a two week detox, in which I drink this once a day, in the morning. 🙂