We are now a nation divided by……. beverages! Cleanses, teas, juices, and detox elixirs, Oh my! It’s impossible to keep up on the latest drink-your-health trend. If you’re like me, you have taken it upon yourself to purchase every pretty drink, elixir and tonic featured on the exposed chilly shelves of the Whole Foods refrigerator case. I simply shake my money tree and it just seems reasonable to pay between $6 and $10 for a bevvy in a cool bottle of fancy, fancy lemon cleanse!
We have such a sophisticated selection these days with so many choices between pressed, cold–pressed, blended, raw, fermented, filtered, organic, bio-dynamic, etc. We have moved beyond the old school “master cleanse,” which is a homemade concoction of water, grade B maple syrup, lemon juice and cayenne pepper, and fermented teas like kombucha are as common as Minute Maid!
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It seems that more and more folks have at least dipped a toe in the sea of healthy-bevvy options out there, there is something for everyone! However, to keep yourself in stock of these healthy bevvies, you pretty much break the bank. Maybe I am healthier for it, but it is not as fun to drink to my health in the cardboard box that we had to move into now that I am all caught up on the latest nutrient- dense elixers!
I do admit, often when someone else makes a salad for you it tends to taste better than as if you had made it yourself, ever notice that? Thanks to our brain chemistry, there is something inside us that likes to hold the Starbucks cup rather than tote around our self-made coffee brew. Same goes with all these fun and fancy first-world-problems juices, drinks and tonics for purchase.
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It just feels good to buy these things for some reason rather than to juice your own healthy sludge green drink at home, but if you are up for a DIY, I have fallen in love with the latest Dirty Lemon detox, and I have enjoyed every dime spent, but reality caught up with me and I decided that it was time to make my own version at home.
Okay, so you don’t get their incredibly chic packaging, but I have formulated a concoction that tastes similar and touts the same effects.
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The Dirty Lemon Detox was originally introduced as “a cleanse for those who hate cleanses” because you are to sip this beverage on a full tummy at the end of your evening. The ingredients used for Dirty Lemon Detox are intended to balance your bodies’ pH, encourage digestion, and absorb toxins in order to flush them from the body. We know our livers do this, but hey, who couldn’t use a boost? The intention is to drink one 16 oz serving in the evening before bed. Its detoxifying properties can bind with any current medications, rendering them more or less useless, so it is suggested to not drink this sipper within 5 hours of taking any medication or pills that you would like to remain effective.
I desperately loved my order so much that I decided to try to figure out my own non-$65 a case way to have it. I had heard of all of the ingredients before and actually had most of them on hand. My first pitcher of DIY D.L. was a success! It tasted great, I felt great after drinking, and when I woke up in the mornings after drinking, I just overall felt like any bloating was in check and I had bit more energy. I don’t drink it everyday; personally, I enjoy drinking it for six evenings in a row or so and then take a break for a few weeks before I resume. To each their own, of course. Try this gothy-black, detoxy, lemony-aid, elixir yourself with my DIY recipe.
Inspired DIY : Dirty Lemon Detox (Sort of)
About 6 servings
- 8 cups of filtered water
- 5-6 capsules of a high- grade activated charcoal (I like to use coconut husk activated charcoal)
- 15 lemons, juiced
- Fresh ginger, two thumbs, grated with juices
- Dandelion extract, alcohol free, about 10 full droppers full
- Liquid Stevia, to taste
Stir together in a large pitcher, and store in the fridge, covered. Enjoy throughout the course of 1 week.