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)

Ingredients for Jillian Michaels detox water











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?



11 Responses to Jillian Michaels Detox Water

  1. Shani says:

    So how did you feel after the 7 days? Can you do it longer? Also, did you lose weight?

  2. Gina says:

    Hi Shani. I ended up only lasting three days on the Jillian Michaels Detox Water. The water tasted great, and I liked that I could eat normally, but I started feeling really dehydrated. I thought this was odd given that you drink 60 ounces of this water each day. But then a friend pointed out that it was probably because I was training hard at the time and that this is probably best done when not training for an endurance event. I read a bunch of reviews of it prior to doing it and it does seem that others have lost weight on it. So I may try again someday when I’m not in training!

  3. Sasha says:

    I read somewhere that you’re also suppose to drink regular water with it throughout the day because 60oz of water is only 7.5 cups. We’re suppose to drink 64-80oz on a daily basis, but if you’re training and sweating you should be drinking a whole lot more water than only 60oz.

  4. Suzanna says:

    I’m on Weight Watchers. I am 48 years old and 5’3″. My goal was to lose 28 pounds in a year; 169 to 141. I’m 50 weeks in to it and stuck at 145. I decided to give the cleanse a try. I’m on day #4. My weight is still 145. Argh…Will keep going as I never have been a good water drinker and this is great tasting (to me). My coworker tried it and nearly spewed it across the room (she’s extreme). I make the 8 oz tea and let it steep 15 minutes, then add it to 52 ozs of water, plus 1 tbl cranberry juice and 2 tbl lemon juice. Got everything including the pitcher at Target. I drink it all between 8 am and noon. I hope this helps!!

    • Gina says:

      Thanks for sharing, Suzanna! Good luck with your weight loss journey. I’ll be curious to hear if the cleanse gets you to your goal weight. I actually really loved the taste of the water. I probably should have just drank a lot more regular water on top of it since I was training a lot at the time as well. Good luck!

  5. Faye says:

    Ok ladies, I have been on the detox for what is now my 4th day and I am down already 6 pounds. On a daily intake basis you are to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day as a minimum requirement. And yes by the third day there is a little of dehydration but that is do to the fact that you are drinking lemon juice as well as the cranberry juice. They are both high in acids and will give you the need to drink more water. I was just drinking and eating a normal diet the first three days but the tip is to drink as much plain water as you do the detox, this will change things completely. It automatically reduces how much food you intake, as that is the beauty of drinking water. But if you eliminate all caffeine and sugar based drinks it also gives you a great energy boost as well. So Gina try it again, of coarse not when you are in heavy training but two or three times per year is what my physician suggested. Getting all those excess chemicals out of your system from the food we eat and the air we breath. LOL the wonders of the 20th century!!! Good Luck ladies!
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    • Gina says:

      Faye – that’s awesome that it’s working for you! Great point – I think I would have liked it more if I’d done what you say and drank as much regular water as I normally would on top of the cleanse. I may give it another shot at some point.

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  7. Stephanie says:

    If you didn’t like the taste of the water would it hurt to add mio to it? Or some sort of water enhancer to it?

    • Gina says:

      Good question, Stephanie. I imagine it wouldn’t hurt! I think as long as you’re not adding anything high calorie, since it’s a cleanse, then it’s worth a try!

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