I came across the Jillian Michaels Detox Water recipe on Pinterest recently and thought it sounded interesting, but immediately brushed it aside because I’ve never really liked the idea of cleanses – I LOVE to eat and can’t do just liquids, even for just a few days. I still remember a project I worked on in Omaha back in my days as a consultant. I traveled there weekly with two guys who regularly went on The Master Cleanse. The combination of lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper was never appealing to me, nor was the fact that you couldn’t eat! Don’t get me wrong, I know that cleansing has a purpose, and it did actually work for these guys, but it’s just not the thing for me.
After reading further about the Jillian Michaels Detox Water, it became clear that this is not a typical cleanse. You drink this water in addition to eating normally. The water is intended to help remove toxins from the body and shed excess water weight. Here’s a brief video I found on YouTube where Jillian explains it:
I decided to give it a try this week. Not sure if it will do much for me, but I figure it’s not harming me so why not?
Here’s the simple recipe:
- 60 ounces distilled water (though I just used water filtered in my Brita)
- 1 tbsp 100% pure cranberry juice (not a blend – must be 100% cranberry juice)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 dandelion root tea bag (I had never bought this before – you can find it at Whole Foods)
Mix up a batch every morning for 7 days and drink over the course of the day. The recipe wasn’t clear on whether to just steep the tea bag in the mixture, or what, so I actually steeped it in 8 ounces of boiled water for 13 minutes (per instructions on the box) and then dumped that into the pitcher with the rest of the ingredients.
I’m only three days in, but so far I can say that I really like the taste of this water! I drink a lot of water anyway on a daily basis, so it’s just making my water a little more exciting. It’s a little bitter, but I like that. I’ve seen some versions of this recipe that call for Stevia as well, but I really see no reason why you’d need to sweeten it.
Will it do anything? We’ll see. But I figure, the ingredients are all good for me, and I’m eating normally, so it can’t be bad! Stay tuned later this week for an update once I’m further into it.
Thoughts on this? Have you ever done a cleanse or detox?
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