How to Stop Drinking coffee? The Natural 3 Step Protocol
In this post we’ll cover why and how to stop drinking coffee so you avoid or minimize caffeine withdrawal. Learn what can you drink instead of coffee to help your natural coffee detox. We’ll review the top coffee substitutes that can actually give you both the flavor and feel of coffee including the (caffeine free) energy boost. Continue reading…
In this post we’ll cover why and how to stop drinking coffee so you avoid or minimize caffeine withdrawal. Learn what can you drink instead of coffee to help your natural coffee detox. We’ll review the top coffee substitutes that can actually give you both the flavor and feel of coffee including the (caffeine free) energy boost.
Why Stop Drinking Coffee?
Before we get into the how to properly quit coffee, an important disclaimer about coffee. Coffee is not the bad guy. In fact, according to science, coffee can be very good for our health.
With so many studies on coffee, it is very easy to get lost in all this data. What most experts agree with however, is that if coffee agrees with you, it can benefit your health. The studies show that drinking coffee can boost energy, help to burn more fat, improve brain function and even prevent conditions like type type II diabetes, Alzheimer’s and others.
As you can see, not that bad, right?
Top 3 Reasons To Stop Drinking Coffee
Time to get right into it. Here are the top three reasons why you should consider stop drinking coffee. Which one of these apply to you?
1: Most of us drink way too much coffee
Time to be honest with ourselves. Caffeine is the most commonly abused substance in the world. For many people, drinking coffee is more than a drink. It’s a habit or a daily ritual. And it can be addicting if we are not careful.
Are you being careful with your coffee consumption?
For most healthy adults, consuming less than 400 mg of caffeine is ok. With that said, some people are more sensitive to caffeine than others.
2: “My coffee doesn’t work anymore”
The more we use caffeine, the more the body gets used to it. So it doesn’t have the same effects it once had.
Everyone remembers that feeling the first time they tried coffee or other caffeinated drinks. So giving your system a break from coffee can help to get the most out of your coffee in the future. So it can work better for you again.
3: “Wired & Tired”: The Caffeine Roller Coaster
So many people fall under this one, and may not even be aware of it. And you don’t necessarily need to even like coffee either.
It may start as a few extra cups of coffee for those days you missed sleep or needed a little more boost to meet your deadlines at work. That end of the month report, or that email you forgot to opened. Before you notice, you are hooked and can’t function without your morning and/or afternoon coffee.
Then since your body gets used to the coffee, you need to drink more. This vicious cycle evolves and you constantly have to drink coffee to function.
If you find yourself in this category, you should most definitely consider stop drinking coffee and reset. It’s just important to know how to do it right to avoid caffeine withdrawals, which we’ll cover next.
How to Stop Drinking coffee? The 3 Steps Protocol
Naturally and safely quit coffee while minimizing caffeine withdrawals
1: Calculate Your Daily Caffeine Consumption
It’s amazing how much caffeine is added to popular snacks, foods and beverages. The idea here is to have your caffeine consumption under control. In many cases, it’s not just your coffee.
In addition to coffee, read the label to make sure there is no caffeine. Common “suspects” include: energy drinks, energy bars, powdered drinks, green or black tea, pre-workout and fat loss supplements.
Just to give you an example, we recently tested an antioxidant supplement that had green tea extract as one of the ingredients. A powerful antioxidant, indeed, that is also loaded with caffeine.
2: Reduce Your Caffeine Intake (Gradually)
What happens when you stop drinking coffee cold turkey? If you have been drinking coffee for awhile, chances are you will face the infamous caffeine withdrawals. And some of these symptoms can be quite horrible; nausea, headaches, “brain fog”, low energy, irritability, and flu-like symptoms are common ones.
So to mimzine these, you want to gradually cut your caffeine consumption. Here are a few helpful guidelines:
If you drink multiple cups of coffee a day, reduce the number of cups by one (or even half a cup) each day.
Replace each cup of coffee with coffee substitutes. This does more than just a coffee like flavor. Some of these herbs can boost your energy, mood and brain function without the caffeine. See the Replace section below to see which options are the right ones for you.
Wait for two days to see how you feel. If everything is ok, continue to reduce. If you notice coffee withdrawals or lack of energy, do not continue to reduce and give your body a chance to cope. This is also where coffee substitutes such as tulsi and ginseng can help (see below).
When you get to one cup of coffee a day, reduce the amount of coffee by 5-10 grams every two days, until you are (finally) caffeine free!
Continue coffee free living for at least 4-8 weeks.
How long does it take to stop drinking coffee? when done gradually, most people may need anywhere between one to two weeks. With that said, if you need more time, give yourself more time.
3: Replace Your Coffee with Herbal Coffee Substitutes (Caffeine Free)
There are two reasons why this step is so important:
The habit of drinking coffee: more than just caffeine: Most people miss the habit of drinking coffee. It’s always easier to stop something you like, when you replace it with another enjoyable thing. A big reason why so many people get addicted to coffee, is that there’s also a mental link. Your brain associates drinking coffee to pleasure. So having a coffee substitute that provides a similar experience may help.
Energy & focus (caffeine free): Certain adaptogen herbs and medicinal mushrooms can still give you energy and focus without the caffeine.
What Can I Drink Instead of Coffee?
With coffee substitutes, the idea is to still get a somewhat similar experience to coffee, taste and feel, only without the caffeine.
Certain medicinal mushrooms and herbs have gained popularity as coffee alternatives, mainly because they have a “feel good effect”. In other words, you don’t have to take them for weeks to feel something. You can feel the benefits right away.
Below are the top options for you to drink instead of coffee:
1: Hawaiian Medicinal Foods Coffee Break
Why? Rich, bold coffee like flavor, energy, health benefits (caffeine free)
Coffee Break was developed by the famous Hawaiian medicinal foods company who is known for their natural ayurvedic, amazonian and chinese medicine herbal blends.
This natural energizing coffee substitute is a blend of medicinal mushrooms and herbs shown to support your immune system, help your body cope with stress, reduce inflammation and even have anti-aging benefits.
Directions: Add 1-2 tablespoon of coffee break into hot water. Iced coffee lovers: mix 1-2 tablespoon with your favorite nut milk.
Coffee Break Ingredients Analysis: Our Notes
Coffee like Flavor:
Roasted chicory root, dandelion root, barley and rye extracts (non-GMO) blend to provide a rich, bold coffee like flavor and consistency (body).
We get a lot of questions about chicory coffee and dandelion coffee. Both chicory and dandelion roots are common ingredients in many coffee substitutes. On their own, however, they do not taste like coffee. In fact, it is very hard for anything natural that is not coffee to taste or feel like coffee, which is why we appreciate the work and research the medicinal foods did on this blend.
“Feel Good” Effect:
Chaga medicinal mushroom: immune system, anti-inflammatory support
Reishi mushroom: anti-aging, stress support (adaptogen)
Maca root: energy, mood support
Beet root extract: kidney support.
2. Dr. Group’s Ginseng Fuzion
Why? Added energy and mood support (caffeine free)
So you reduced or stopped drinking coffee, and now that time after lunch comes. This is where you normally had your second cup of coffee. You are crashing, have a severe “brain fog”, or just feel completely unmotivated to do anything productive. Is there something you can do (rather than drinking coffee) to help?
Meet Ginseng Fuzion. Developed by Dr. Edward Group, this certified organic herbal blend uses five of the most studied types of ginseng. The result is a liquid formula designed to naturally promote energy, reduce stress, and boost your physical and mental performance.
We find that the liquid drops of Ginseng Fuzion make it really easy to use anytime you need that lift, even while on the go. If you got used to drinking coffee in the morning or afternoon, try to take Ginseng Fuzion instead. Especially in the first few weeks of your coffee detox process.
Directions: place half a dropperful (1 ml) in your mouth or add to water/other drinks. (Up to three times a day). If you miss the flavor of your cup of coffee, add to your Coffee Break drink.
Ginseng Fuzion Ingredients Analysis: Our Notes
Korean Ginseng (Panax ginseng): mental focus and memory, sexual health
Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus): stress support (adaptogen)
Indian Ginseng/Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): stress support (adaptogen)
Peruvian Ginseng/Maca (Lepidium meyenii): energy, sexual health
Five Leaf Ginseng/Jiao Gu Lan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum): physical stamina, mental sharpness.
3. Dr. Group’s Tulsi Extract (Holy Basil)
Why? Calm stress and nervous system, support adrenals, balance mood, energy (caffeine free)
When you drink coffee, the caffeine triggers your adrenal glands to release hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Also known as the body’s “fight or flight” stress response, as a part of this response we become more alert and have more energy.
So in the beginning, drinking coffee gives us energy and focus. Overtime however, especially when we drink too much coffee, the adrenals can’t keep up and we end up feeling tired, fatigued, depressed or stressed.
Tulsi (Holy basil) is one of Ayurvedic medicine most studied herb known for its ability to support the adrenal glands, calm stress, balance mood, and naturally boost physical and mental energy.
While drinking tulsi tea is very popular, Dr. Group’s Liquid tulsi extract is a better fit for this purpose. The extract is more potent, and the liquid drops are much easier to use.
Directions: place one dropperful (1 ml) in your mouth or add to water/other drinks. (up to two times a day). If you miss the flavor of your cup of coffee, add to your Coffee Break drink.
Important: Some people are extremely sensitive to mold, and as such, may experience a severe reaction after mold exposure. If you suspect you are allergic or sensitive to mold, we highly recommend to see a specialist. You may need an immediate medical attention or a specific treatment plan.
1: Stop Mold Exposure
The most important step to detox your body from mold is to stop the mold exposure. A common way we are exposed to mold in breathing indoor mold.
As the mold spores break away, they become airborne and enter our bodies through the air we breathe.
Many people experience “musty” smell, although you may not always notice any odor. Not surprisingly, common symptoms of mold exposure affect the respiratory system.
Exposure to indoor mold can occur in residential homes, as well as in commercial buildings. So it is also important to consider your workplace or school as potential sources of mold exposure.
If you have a mold problem in your home, it is always best to have professionals handle the damage. If you decide to clean up the mold yourself, protect yourself by wearing gloves and avoid staying in the affected areas for too long.
We’ll cover more details on this topic in the “clear your home from mold” section in this article.
2: Mold Detox Diet
The purpose of the mold detox diet is to help your body cleanse excess mold naturally and safely. In the diet you:
Remove foods and drinks that tend to have have mold in them
Limit common allergens and inflaming foods known to cause sensitivities, weaken the immune system and stress the body
Eat healthy whole foods to support your body natural detoxification and elimination pathways including the immune system.
Avoid Foods & Drinks with Mold
Often overlooked, many foods and drinks have small amounts of mold in them. This usually is not a problem to people who are not sensitive to mold. If you have some sensitivity, or are constantly exposed to mold, consuming food/drinks with mold may become an issue.
So it is wise to limit these foods for several weeks, and slowly introduce your favorite foods back once you feel better.
Common foods known to have mold (or easily develop mold) include:
Cultured, aged or fermented foods and drinks such as: kombucha tea, sauerkraut, kimchee
Luncheon meats, bacon, or hot dogs
Hard salami and dry-cured country hams
Cooked leftover meat and poultry
Grain and pasta (some are allowed, see foods to eat below)
Hard cheese, cheese made with mold, soft cheese
Yogurt and sour cream
Jams and jellies
Fruits and vegetables
Bread and baked goods
Peanuts and peanut butter
Yeast and yeast containing foods
Old nuts or seeds (fresh nuts and seeds are usually ok for most people)
Limit Common Allergens & Food Sensitivities
Many people who experience issues with mold, also have sensitivities to other foods as well.
If you notice other food senvities, or experience ongoing digestive issues such as bloating or excess gas, it is always best to work with a nutritionist on a personalized plan. This way, the diet is tailored to your body and also consider individual foods sensitivities you may have.
With that said, a good place to start is to eliminate common food allergens and irritating foods. This concept is also known as the elimination diet.
Depending on the severity of your mold exposure, and how fast your body clears the excess mold once you stop the exposure, you should follow the diet for 4-8 weeks.
Foods to avoid include:
Processed foods or packaged foods
Grains (some are allowed, see foods to eat below)
Foods to Eat During the Mold Detox Protocol
As in any diet plan, every person may benefit from eating different foods. The mold detox diet is no different.
So one plan doesn’t work for everyone, although there are a few common guidelines. To help you in the process, the following foods are considered safe for most people, with specific properties in them that can be very helpful in the mold cleanse process.
Important: pay close attention to both the source and freshness of your foods. Make sure they are always fresh and properly stored. Especially when you eat out. At home, avoid keeping cooked foods for more than a few days to minimize chances that mold will develop.
Most of the foods you eat on the mold detox diet are known for their ability to:
Bind to toxins and encourage gut health (high in fiber)
Reduce inflammation (healthy omega 3 fatty acids)
Balance cellular damage (high in antioxidants)
Promote tissue healing (high in protein).
Foods To Eat on the Mold Detox Diet Include:
Fresh whole low sugar fruits in moderation such as apples, berries, blueberries, blackberries. Ideally in the morning, always on an empty stomach. Always watch for mold, especially on berries.
All organic raw/steamed vegetables, ideally from the rainbow. Each color may indicate different plant pigment that have different phytonutrients and antioxidants.
Dark leafy greens such as kale and spinach (high in chlorophyll). Chlorophyll is shown by studies to bind to aflatoxins and reduce their bioavailability.(Aflatoxins are toxins produced by certain types of mold). If you like chlorella, it is also one of the most concentrated natural source of Chlorophyll.
Healthy fats, especially coconut oil, olive oil, whole avocado (watch for mold).
Fresh nuts and seeds, make sure they are freshed and from a trusted source. Mold often develops in old nuts and seeds, so if you are not sure about the source of these, it is best to avoid.
Wild caught fish such as salmon, always small fish to minimize mercury exposure, always from a trusted source. Wild fatty fish ish are high in anti inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids, and are also a rich source of protein.
Grass fed beef may be ok, always from a trusted source.
Small amounts of quinoa or rice (white, wild or brown) are ok for most people. Make sure they are fresh and avoid keeping them in the fridge for more than two days.
3: Mold Detox Supplements
There are three types of supplements that can help you in the process of removing mold from your body:
Support organs of elimination and detoxification
Have specific ingredients known to bind and detox your body from mold
Support your immune system (especially Vitamin D, which most people have low levels).
Important: Your body naturally eliminates mold toxins (mycotoxins) through the stool (gut), and urine (kidneys).
To minimize side effects from mycotoxins circulating or re-absorbing in your system, it is very important to optimize these pathways. We’ll cover these below.
Optimize Gut & Digestive System to Detox Mold
The first step to detox your body from mold, is to clear your colon and intestines from accumulated waste buildup, mold, yeast and other toxins. This can help the body to eliminate mold quicker with the stool and minimize “healing crisis” or other discomforts during the mold cleanse.
Oxygen Colon Cleanse (Oxy-powder) : Releases natural oxygen in the entire digestive system to loosens waste buildup often with mold and yeast that tend to stick to the intestinal wall. This allows the body to flush out this waste naturally throughout normal bowel movements.
Expect the next day to have a series of bowel movements. First time users usually report eliminating large amount of stored waste. You may also notice yeast and candida in your stool.
If you have concerned about candida or experience frequent yeast infections, see : candida cleanse.
In addition to improving digestion, the removal of the accumulated waste by the oxygen may also create an ideal environment in your gut that can encourage friendly probiotic growth, which also play a key role in maintaining a healthy yeast-mold balance in the body.
Probiotics are well known for their ability to promote a healthy yeast balance in the body by altering toxins metabolism in the gut, including mold toxins (mycotoxins).
Good options of probiotics to detox your body of mold include the top studied probiotic strains such as lactobacillus strains. To avoid a reaction to the probiotics, always look for supplements that are free from common allergens, especially soy, dairy, gluten and wheat.
It is also important that the company who makes the probiotics also guarantees their stability and potency. One study that tested 15 different probiotic supplements found that only 4 out of the 15 products met their label .
Dr. Group Floratrex is good example of probiotics we use in many of our body cleanses to promote a normal yeast balance and good gut health.
The formula combines the highly studied lactobacillus probiotic strains with inulin prebiotic. Prebiotics serve as a food source for probiotics that supports the good bacteria growth in your gut. Taking prebiotics together with probiotics is a common best practice shown by studies to enhance the effectiveness of the probiotic supplements.[6,7]
Antifungal & Mold Detox Supplements
Duration: weeks 2-4
There are a number of unique herbs and plants with known antifungal properties that can help to naturally eliminate mold and yeast from the body.
Some of these mold detox properties have been known and used traditionally for centuries. Just to give you an example, certain plants such as wild jatoba, are resistant to mold and fungus, and do not develop mold despite growing in a humid and wet environment. In fact, even after the tree dies, unlike most other rainforest trees, the wood of the jatoba tree does not rot.
Due to increased resistance to antifungal drugs, natural antifungals are extensively studied as an alternative option. According to research, herbs such as pau d’arco, licorice root, jatoba, and others can offer an effective and safe way to improve the natural candida yeast balance in the body.[8,9,10]
Not all natural antifungals, however, are safe. Some are even toxic. For this reason, and to avoid a negative reaction, we strongly recommend to get your antifungal supplements from a trusted source.
Mycozil is our recommended antifungal supplements during the four weeks of the mold detox. The formula combines wildcrafted and organic antifungal herbs, natural systemic enzymes that break down candida cell wall, and probiotics to help balance the candida yeast imbalance in the gut.
Directions: Take 3 capsules 2 times daily before meals. If you have never used Mycozil before, start with 1 capsule twice a day and gradually increase each day.
Activated carbons (charcoal)
Several studies suggest that active charcoal can bind to mycotoxins in the gut and prevent their absorption.
Active charcoal is a well known for its ability to bond to other toxins in the body and prevent their absorption. The concern regarding its use, is that charcoal may interfere with the absorption of essential minerals and other nutrients as well.
To avoid this risk, charcoal use is definitely not intended for long term, and it is best to consult with a health practitioner before.
Important Facts, FAQ & Statistics About Mold Exposure
Mold Detox Diet vs. Candida Diet
The amount of carbs is a topic we are often asked about, usually in the context of the candida diet.
People with candida overgrowth or excess yeast in their body usually get better when they limit their carbs and sugars which are the primary fuel source of candida yeast.
People that experience mold issues, also seem to be affected more by candida, or don’t get well when they eat more carbs. For this reason, we highly recommend to limit your carbs on the mold detox diet.
Remember that this is not a diet for life. Just for a short term to help your body get rid of the excess mold.
How Common is Mold Exposure?
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 50% of American buildings have a history of water damage.
The water damage often occur from internal sources such as leaking pipes, bathtub leakage, or external sources like roof leaking from rainwater.
Overtime dampness becomes a problem as various materials in buildings (rugs, walls, ceiling tiles) become wet, creating ideal conditions for mold to develop.
Water damage and indoor mold can occur in residential homes, as well as in commercial buildings. So it is also important to consider your workplace or school as potential sources of mold exposure.
Mold Exposure Symptoms
Certain types of mold are highly toxic and may cause severe issues to people who are allergic to mold. Other risk factors include existing respiratory conditions such as asthma, and a weakened immune system.
People who are not allergic or sensitive to mold may not experience any symptoms when in the presence of mold. It is possible however, to develop mold sensitivity overtime due to ongoing exposure.
This may explain why some people who move to a new home with a mold problem may feel fine in the first few months, or even years, but start to develop some symptoms overtime.
Mold exposure symptoms may change from one person to another but usually include:
Runny or stuffy nose
Shortness of breath
If you experience respiratory issues and looking for natural ways to support your lungs and clear your airwaves, see: lung cleanse.
Red or watery eyes
Body aches and pains
Memory loss, confusion, “brain fog”.
How to Detox Your Home from Mold
If you think you may have a mold problem in your home, it is always best to have professionals evaluate and correct the damage.
In many cases, the mold grow inside the walls, circulate in the HVAC system or may occur due to an ongoing leaking problem from your neighbor’s bathtub. All these are not issues you can easily repair, and often present a challenge even to professionals.
On the other hand, if you see visible signs of mold, such as black mold in your bathtub or kitchen, do not wait. Remove as soon as you can using hot soapy water, bleach, or commercial mold removal products.
Clear your Bedroom from Mold
Clearing your home from mold often takes time. In the process, a good option to help minimize the exposure is to clear your bedroom from mold. Certain air purifiers and dehumidifiers (if you live in a humid place) can help to remove some of mold particles from the air.
If you are not sure if there’s mold issue, there are several mold testing kits available online. We are still in the process of researching their effectiveness. Make sure to subscribe to read our findings.
A salt water flush is a popular “internet based” home remedy promoted as a way to flush out your bowels and cleanse your colon.
The idea is simple: you drink water mixed with a large amount of salt. The body can’t absorb such a large amount of salt in such a short time. As a result, you may experience a series of bowel movements, as the body is trying to get rid of the excess salt.
Is a salt water flush good for you? In this review, we’ll look into the research, benefits, risks, different saltwater recipes, and healthy alternatives.
Salt Water Flush: The Research
Drinking water with a ton of salt? what was I thinking?
Just like many natural home remedies, the salt water flush is also based on some traditional practice.
One of our ancestors got up one day and decided it may be a good idea to drink salty water. After generations of trial and error, some method was developed. Is there enough evidence to back up the saltwater flush, however? Not exactly.
The actual technique is an ancient yoga practice called: Shankha Prakshalana, which literally means “cleansing of the counch”.
This method is performed on an empty stomach. You start by drinking two glasses of warm salty water, and then follow with various yoga poses.
A small pilot study actually tested this method on 54 healthy adults. The researchers concluded that yoga plus salty water was effective in cleansing the bowel in preparation for colonoscopy.
There’s a big but. Was it the yoga, the salt water mixture, or the combination of the two that was responsible for these results?
This was never tested. In fact, it is very likely that it was actually the yoga that played a key role here. Multiple studies have suggested that certain yoga poses can promote gut health, even for cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Salt Water Flush Dangers
Natural doesn’t always mean safe
There are couple of things you should know before you do the salt water flush.
The biggest problem with the saltwater flush has to do with the high amount of sodium. Many health experts, conventional and also natural and integrative practitioners have specifically expressed this concern.
In fact, Dr. Andrew weil, MD, one of the world’s leading integrative medicine experts, mentioned: “I am concerned about the sodium load…A single teaspoon of salt gives you 2,400 mg of sodium, more than enough for a day’s intake (I recommend limiting your daily intake to 1,500 mg of sodium).”
So a little salt is essential and make our food taste good, why would we want to “waste” our daily salt allowance on such a risky procedure?
Many people actually face this issue, where they drink the salt water, and…well nothing good happens. They have no bowel movements. Just this unpleasant feeling of bloating inside the stomach as a result of all the salt.
So now you are stuck at home, praying for some bowel movements as you watch your stomach keep swelling. All you can really at this point, is to lay down and wait for this bloating to go away. We heard from some people that decided to drink more salty water. It didn’t help much.
This issue can be quite risky. f the salt water concoction is not expelled from your body in a timely matter, your body can absorb the salt. so you may have sodium overload. We will cover it more below in the what happens is it doesn’t work section.
Salt water flush side effects
Common issues include nausea, bloating, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and vomiting. Due to the high amount of salt, you may experience electrolyte imbalance and dehydration, which can cause muscle weakness, or muscle cramping.
If you have high blood pressure or other medical condition, do not try this method.
Salt Water Flush Benefits
So now that you know what can get wrong, is there a reason for you to still consider doing the salt water flush?
To clarify, we do not think the saltwater flush is a good idea. Most of the evidence points out that the risks outweigh the benefits. Especially where there are much healthier alternatives.
With that said, as in any review, we do present both the pros and the cons. So below are the benefits and common salt water flush recipes.
Salt Water Flush For Constipation
If you are one of these people that do experience bowel movements shortly after drinking the salt water, you may find it helpful to relieve occasional constipation.
Need to be careful here, though. The salt water flush doesn’t cure or address the underlying cause of constipation. And there are several causes of constipation. You may not be eating enough fiber, are low in magnesium, eating a diet with foods that cause constipation, or don’t drink enough.
In fact, there are a number of medical conditions that may cause constipation. In other words, constipation may be just a symptom, or a larger problem.
On that note, constipation is a big problem that affect over 63 million people in North America.
If you experience constipation or digestive issues on an ongoing basis, you should consult with a medical professional.
Using Salt Water Flush For Weight Loss
We are sorry to have to tell you this, but as it turns out, salt water flush (or in fact any type of colon cleansing) isn’t a good way to lose weight.
A salt water flush does not help you lose body fat. Sure, after you have had frequent bouts of diarrhea for a few hours, you may have lost a lot of water weight. The number on the scale might go down but it’s only temporary. The salt water flush does nothing to target body fat and it is likely that your weight loss will soon return to what it was previously.
In fact, many studies found that when people lose weight rapidly, it comes back with a vengeance.
The latest science on weight loss is actually very clear. Losing weight is not a sprint, it’s a “side effect” of a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy eating, getting enough sleep and ideally, some exercise or movement.
Types of Salt Water Flushes & Recipes
You may notice a few variations, but there are also some common guidelines:
Always on an empty stomach
Ideally in the morning
Slightly warm water
Sea Salt Flush Recipe
Dissolve 1-2 teaspoons of sea salt or pink Himalayan sea salt in 4 cups of water.
Drink quickly (5 minutes or less).
You may feel the urge to visit the restroom within 30 to 60 minutes.
Master Cleanse Salt Water Flush
The Master Cleanse, also known as the lemonade diet, was developed in the 40’s as a natural liquid diet to detox the body and promote a quick weight loss.
Also here, the evidence is pretty limited. In fact, many health experts have expressed many concerns with this type of fad cleanse.
While the master cleanse have many variations, is is based on the lemon-maple-cayenne pepper drink. A common recipe for the Master Cleanse lemonade usually includes:
2 Tbsp of organic freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 Tbsp of organic grade B maple syrup
1/10 tsp of ground cayenne pepper
10 oz. of filtered water.
With the master cleanse, this drink is all you put inside your body, hence, the rapid weight loss.
So where does the salt walt flush gets into the picture? As in many types of liquid cleanses, due to the lack of solid foods, you may experience less or no bowel movements at all.
To help with that issue as a part of the master cleanse, you are also advised to take a herbal laxative nightly or a salt water flush in the morning.
Common Misconceptions, Mistakes
What Happens If The Salt Water Flush Doesn’t Work?
As many people learn the hard way, the salt water flush doesn’t always induce frequent productive bowel movements.
If the salt water concoction is not expelled from your body in a timely matter, your body can absorb the salt. So now you may have a sodium overload. Not pleasant, and can be dangerous.
Excessive amounts of sodium in your body can lead to heart, kidney, and liver issues. Not exactly what you are hoping to achieve.
Doing A Salt Water Flush on a Full Stomach
Trust us, you don’t want to be doing this flush after a full meal. Not only it can disrupt the body’s ability to digest your foods, it can make you feel very sick.
The logic or reason that led some people to believe this is a good idea, has to do with overeating. You ate too much, now you want this bloating to go away as quickly as possible. Not a good idea. The best you can however, is to relax and give your body some time to digest the foods.
Doing Salt Water Flush Too Often
By doing the salt water flushes too often, you are at a greater risk for dehydration or electrolyte imbalance.
Also, just like other types of methods that induce bowel movements such as enemas or laxatives, you may also develop some dependency (mentally, physical, or both). So you may find yourself having to perform these all the time to get your bowels going, or to feel that you are “not full”.
Salt Water Flush Experiences & Results
Thanks to the internet, we can gather some data and reviews before we buy a certain product, or try a natural home remedy such as the saltwater flush,
Has everyone had a great salt flush experience? No, far from it.
In some cases, frequent trips to the bathroom followed by gas, bloating and cramping were enough for some to people to question their decision. A classic “what was I thinking” moment.
Some people that had constipation did feel better shortly after they did the flush. We don’t know however, how did they feel a week or a month after.
Have you done a salt water flush recently? Make sure to tell us your experience in the comments below.
A vegan cleanse, diet, or lifestyle may have a different meaning to different people. In this post, we’ll answer one of the most common question we get everyday: why we recommend to go vegan when you cleanse or detox.
Below you will find a summary of our 15 years research and the top reasons we like to keep our protocols and recipes 100% vegan. For the purpose of this post, we’ll focus on the health benefits, and not get into additional aspects such as the environment and others.
As always, we would love to hear your comments below.
1. It’s What You Don’t Eat
If there’s one thing you should remember from this post, let it be this.
Many of the benefits of detox and cleansing are not from what you eat or drink. They are from what you don’t. Eating a vegan diet means that you stop to consume the toxins and heavy metals commonly found in animal products.
Most people know this already regarding meat. But what about fish? Isn’t fish healthy for us? Maybe for our ancestors who used to live in a much cleaner world. The medical community and several health organizations have clearly expressed concerns about toxic high levels of mercury in fish. Not only you need to know which type of fish to select, but also its origin to confirm it comes from clean water .
2. Give Your Digestion A Break
Does the following scenario sound familiar? You just ate lunch and are about to pass out. You feel tired, unfocused, bloated and unmotivated to interact with human beings, and just want to take a nap. Chances are, you will not be super productive at work for the next few hours. Out of desperation you go and grab another cup of coffee.
While animal products are not always the reason, many people notice their digestion becomes better once they eliminate them. Especially those who already experience digestive issues such as bloating, gas, constipation, acid reflux and others.
To be completely fair, some plant based options such as beans and legumes may be very hard to digest for a lot of people. For this reason, we also recommend to limit or avoid these during your cleanse. The idea is to consume easy to digest foods short term during your cleanse, and give your digestive system a break from these foods. Fresh fruits, moderate amount of sprouted nuts and seeds, some leafy greens are great options.
3. Reduce Inflammation
Ask most vegans athletes about the benefits of a vegan diet, and the first thing you will hear is that they have less inflammation.
A study that evaluated the connection between inflammation to diet, found that :
Meat-based or “Western-like” patterns tended to be positively associated with biomarkers of inflammation…vegetable and fruit based or “healthy” patterns tended to be inversely associated.
Most people think of joint, muscle pain, headaches or migraines when they think about inflammation. According to the research data, however, the negative effect of inflammation on our health may go above and beyond these. A growing number of evidence suggests that chronic inflammation may be the root cause of a long list of health conditions. Just to name a few, autoimmune disorders, cancer, heart disease, IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), asthma, diabetes, alzheimer’s disease among others .
4. Nourish Your Body
When you stop consuming animal products, you end up eating more plant based foods. Assuming you choose healthy whole food options, chances are you will be eating much more healthy nutrients than before. Vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and other phytochemicals, all linked to endless health benefits. Most people on a western diet do not get enough of these.
Not surprisingly, many people notice a difference a few days after going vegan. The energy levels, mood are up, skin becomes clear, digestion improves. We see these in our research and cleansing protocols every day. In our opinion, these improvements may be due to two key factors:
You stop eating animal products so your body wastes less energy on having to digest these foods and filter their toxins.
You get higher levels of healthy nutrients from easy to digest plant based foods.
5. Vegan Diet May Help Protect Against Chronic Disease
The research data on this topic may not always be conclusive, although a large number of health authorities accept this connection. A growing number of evidence suggests that a vegan diet may help to protect against obesity, hypertension, type-2 diabetes, and cardiovascular mortality .
While more studies are needed in order to fully study long term veganisms, anecdotal evidence suggests that many people notice improvements in key risk factors in a matter of a few weeks after they switched to a vegan diet. This can be easily tested with most blood tests. Something you may want to consider sharing with your doctor if you have any of these health concerns.
How About A Vegetarian Cleanse?
Many of our vegetarian readers are surprised to learn that the connection between dairy and many health issues is well known and extensively studied.
According to the U.S. national library of medicine :
65 percent of the human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy.
Sensitivity to milk protein may also occur in people that can digest lactose. There is increasing evidence that A1 beta-casein, a protein which is found in most milk in the U.S and Europe is also linked to cows’ milk intolerance .
And this is just the beginning:
A study that evaluated individuals aged 7-30 years, found that any dairy consumption, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese, was linked to an increased risk for Acne Vulgaris .
Cohort studies done in sweden, found that high milk intake was linked to higher mortality in men and women. High milk consumption was also correlated with higher fracture incidence in women .
The evidence doesn’t stop here. A large number of health authorities such as Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D. suggest there’s a link between dairy to cancer. According to the Physicians Committee :
Milk and other dairy products are the top source of saturated fat in the American diet, contributing to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have also linked dairy to an increased risk of breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers.
The physicians committee gathers the expertise of more than 12,000 physicians, all specialized in plant-based diets, ethical and effective scientific research.
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Our Detox Vegan Recipes
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According to the U.S. department of national institutes of health, it is estimated that 70 million Americans experience various digestive diseases .
Multiple studies have suggested a strong connection between gut health to overall good health, immune system function and the ability of the body to fight and prevent disease .
For these reasons, the benefits of the gut cleanse may impact your entire body.
Most people report a significant improvements in digestion, with much less digestive issues. People with a history of bloating, excess gas, constipation, diarrhea, and similar issues, or food sensitivities may notice improvements already during the first week.
Other benefits include better looking skin, higher energy, better mood, and reduced chronic infections such as fungal, candida or yeast infections.
You may also feel improvements in your immune system function. This is not surprising, considering that 70% of the immune system resides in the gut.
Lastly, there’s the gut-brain axis. The gut delivers nutrients through the blood to the brain. These nutrients are needed for a healthy brain function.
“Although the brain is the most important organ in the body, I would argue that the digestive system is second. The connection between the brain and the gut is what controls our health.”
The first step in the gut detox and cleanse plan, is the colon and intestinal cleanse. Colon cleanse removes accumulated waste buildup, undigested food particles and toxins from the colon, intestines and bowels. This can significantly help to improve digestion, and reduce existing digestive issues.
Oxygen Colon Cleanse (Oxy-powder) : Releases natural oxygen in the entire digestive system to loosens the waste buildup and undigested food particles that tend to stick to the intestinal wall. This allows the body to flush out this waste naturally through normal bowel movements.
Expect the next day to have a series of bowel movements. First time users usually report eliminating large amount of stored waste.
Most people feel a significant “relief” as they eliminate the stored waste buildup. “feeling lighter”, more energy, higher clarity, a clearer complexion, better bowel movements and digestion, with many digestive issues such as constipation, bloating, body odor and gas greatly improved.
In addition to improving digestion, the removal of the accumulated waste by the oxygen may also create an ideal environment in your gut that can encourage friendly probiotic growth. Learn more.
Gut Cleanse Drink
You can take oxy-powder by itself, or as a part of the popular overnight colon cleanse drink. This simple recipe combines lemon juice, raw apple cider vinegar and oxy-powder to cleanse your colon when you sleep. See the complete recipe.
Gut Cleanse Supplements
Certain supplements are well known for their ability to support gut health, promote healthy gut flora growth and improve digestion. Below is a summary of the most common gut cleansing supplements.
Probiotics For Gut Cleanse
Duration: week 1-4.
The use of probiotic supplements to promote gut health and healthy gut flora (microbiota) is widely accepted by the scientific community. The research data suggests that probiotics can help to maintain normal function of the gut mucosa, protect the intestinal mucosa from injuries caused by toxins, allergens and pathogens, and help the immune system to fight future infections [3,4].
Good options of probiotics for gut cleanse are the top studied probiotic strains such as lactobacillus strains. It is very important that the probiotic supplement you use is free from common allergens, especially soy, dairy, gluten and wheat.
It is also important that the company who makes the probiotics also guarantees their stability and potency. One study that tested 15 different probiotic supplements found that only 4 out of the 15 products met their label .
Dr. Group Floratrex is good example of probiotics we use in our gut cleanse protocol. The formula combines the highly studied lactobacillus probiotic strains with inulin prebiotic.
Prebiotics serve as a food source for probiotics that supports the good bacteria growth in your gut. Taking prebiotics together with probiotics is a common best practice that according to research, can enhance the effectiveness of the probiotic supplements.[6,7].
Digestive Enzymes & Gut Cleanse
Duration: week 1-4 (optional).
Digestive enzymes can help your body to digest and improve nutrients absorption from the foods you eat. This is a very common natural practice for digestive issue such as bloating, excess gas, food sensitivities and others. Especially when you combine the enzymes with the gut cleanse diet.
VeganZyme is the enzymes complex we use for the gut cleanse protocols as well as in our other body cleanse protocols to help promote healthy digestion and gut health. The biggest advantage we see in VeganZyme has to do with its versatile formula. With a total of 20 plant based digestive and systemic enzymes, it can support the digestion of a wide variety of foods, which makes it ideal for many different diets, and cuisines. The addition of the systemic enzymes supports the body’s ability to break down allergens, excess yeast, candida, mucus and other toxins.
Gut Cleanse Diet
Duration: week 1-4.
The gut cleanse diet plays a key role in the gut cleanse; you want to avoid problematic foods known to cause digestive issues, gut inflammation and other problems and eat gut cleanse foods that can help to promote gut health.
Gut Cleanse Elimination Diet
The idea behind the gut cleanse elimination diet is very simple. You want to identify foods you may be sensitive to that. To do so, you eliminate the foods you suspect that caused issues for a few days, and see if eliminating them improved your symptoms.
A good place to start is common allergens and foods known to cause digestive issues. These includes: dairy, soy, gluten, and peanuts.
If you have a history of digestive issues, food sensitivities, or allergies, you may want to also eliminate eggs, grains, wheat and seafood as well.
Foods to avoid
In addition to common allergens, you may want to limit or avoid the following foods during the gut cleanse:
Refined oils and sugars.
Hard to digest foods such as beans and legumes.
Gut Cleanse Foods
Based on our experience, what works for most people during the gut cleanse is to eat a clean, whole food based diet that is rich in fresh raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds.
Raw Fruits And Vegetables
Raw fresh fruits, vegetables and leafy greens are high in fiber that helps to promote healthy digestion and bowel movements. The fiber also serves as a food source for the probiotics.
Notice that certain raw veggies may cause bloating and gas to some people. Common example are raw broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and other cruciferous vegetables. If you find that this is the case, do not eat them during the gut cleanse. You can also lightly steam them as this may help to improve their digestion (and taste).
Raw Nuts And Seeds
Fresh raw nuts and seeds make an excellent choice for the gut cleanse diet. Common good options of nuts include almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, and walnuts. Seeds options include hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds.
For the best results, when you consume nuts or seeds:
To improve digestion use raw nuts or seeds, and soak in water for a few hours or overnight. Raw hemp seeds and macadamia nuts are easier to digest and do not require soaking or sprouting.
To avoid mold contamination, make sure to get the nuts and seeds that are fresh from a trusted source. It is common to see low quality nuts and seeds at stores. Even at premium health stores. For this reason, if they do not taste good, look or smell weird, chances are they are not fresh.
Gut Cleanse Recipes
We get many questions on how to make gut cleanse recipes that taste good and are also easy to make. Meals for gut health do not have to be complicated and can be done with only a few ingredients.
To help you with the process, we wrote an entire section of gut healthy meals and recipes you can easily make at home. All our recipes are vegan, gluten free and are based on whole natural foods, herbs and spices you can find in your local grocery store. We also took the time to explain the reasons we use each ingredient to help you experiment and create your own versions. Learn more.
The 3 day juice cleanse is designed to detox, cleanse, and eliminate toxins as well as nourishing your body with nutrients that can help the body to repair and regenerate. The 3 day juice cleanse also makes an excellent healthy option to jumpstart your weight loss plan.
The plan uses evidence based diy juices recipes you can easily make at home from natural whole foods and herbs that have a long history of safe traditional use backed up by science. We included the complete nutritional facts for each juice recipe.
As in all our cleansing and detox recipes, special consideration was given to both safety and effectiveness for the best results and benefits without side effects, a healing crisis or other discomforts.
Herbs: liver, kidneys, candida, parasites, heavy metals.
Benefits : benefits of juicing and liquid cleanse.
Benefits of Juicing
The idea of juice cleanse, juice fasting or liquid cleanses is simple. You replace meals with healthy juices. This gives your digestive system a break from having to process solid food, and at the same time nourishes your body with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals your body can easily digest and utilize.
When you make juices, you basically break down veggies and fruits into fiber and juice. You drink the juice & pulp without the fiber. This way, your body can digest and absorb the nutrients from the juice easier and quicker.
Another reason juice cleanses are so popular, is that juices usually taste better to most people, compared to eating whole veggies or fruits by themselves.
The Night Before: Overnight Colon Cleanse Juice
Main functions: cleanses, detoxes and flushes your digestive system. Minimize healing crises and side effects during the cleanse.
When: the night before the 3 day juice cleanse, and every day during the cleanse, right before bedtime.
The 3 day juice cleanse starts the night before with the overnight colon cleanse drink. This famous juice recipe is one of the most effective natural remedies you can do at home, to quickly and safely get rid of accumulated waste buildup from the colon while you sleep.
Drink before bedtime on an empty stomach away from any foods or other supplements.
Expect the next day to have a series of bowel movements. First time users usually report large amount of stored waste.
Most people already start to feel “lighter” as they eliminate this stored waste buildup.
Main functions: detoxes, cleanses & hydrates the body. When: morning and during the day.
The lemon juice cleanse drink is based on the famous ancient ayurvedic practice of drinking lemon juice in warm water on an empty stomach. This simple recipe can help to stimulate digestion and detox the body.
To make the lemon juice cleanse drink, squeeze the juice of ½ organic lemon into 16 ounces of warm spring or alkaline water. You can also add a few drops of stevia to sweeten the drink if needed.
Many people find it helpful to make more servings and drink more in the morning and throughout the day.
Lunch – 3 Day Juice Detox Recipe
Main functions: cleanses the colon, liver, and kidney, enegerzes & nourishes the body. When: at least one hour after you finished the morning drink.
This recipe is the core of the 3 day juice cleanse. It is packed with whole foods known to cleanse the liver, kidneys and colon. The nutritional profile is exceptional with high level of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, antioxidants and phytochemicals (see nutrition facts below the recipe).
For best results:
Wait at least one hour after the morning drink. Ideally, when you start to feel hunger.
This juice is very concentrated in nutrients. For this reason, it is best to drink it slowly over a 10 minutes to 2 hours time frame. Most people like to place the detox juice in a mason jar or a bottle and drink during lunch time.
Main functions: cleanses and removes toxins, energizes, hydrates, reduces inflammation.
Another staple of the 3 day juice cleanse is the vanilla cucumber pineapple juice. This is one of the most tasting refreshing juices recipes you can make at home, that is also full of nutrients (see nutrition facts below the recipe).
The exact recipe also makes a great option for a smoothie, which many of our members like to make on a daily basis.
Run the cucumbers, pineapple, lettuce and orange through a juicer.
Add vanilla extract and stevia to taste (optional). Adding a few ice cubes may improve taste as well.
Drink slowly and enjoy (5 min - 2 hour).
Why pineapple & cucumbers?
Besides their amazing taste, pleasant texture, and high nutrients, both pineapple and cucumbers offer unique properties in both juices and smoothies:
Bromelain, the enzyme found in pineapple, is well known for its natural ability to reduce swelling and inflammation. Multiple studies suggest that Bromelain may offer a safe and effective natural way to decrease inflammation in the body [1,2].
Cucumbers have a long history of medicinal use since ancient times. Due to their high water content, they make an excellent choice to hydrate the body and skin. The cleansing action of cucumbers can also help the body to remove accumulated pockets of old waste materials and chemical toxins .
Vanilla Cucumber Pineapple Juice – Nutrition Facts
Dinner – Vegetable Juice
Main function: cleanses and nourishes the body.
The dinner option for the 3 day juice cleanse is a vegetable juice. Despite the lack of sweet fruits, the flavor of this juice is very enjoyable. See below additional tips for different taste options.
1 large bell pepper.
2 medium carrots.
1 medium orange.
2 medium zucchini or cucumbers.
Stevia to taste (optional).
Sweet: The taste of the vegetable juice recipe is mild sweet. If you need to add more sweetness, you can add a few drops of stevia.
Savory – salty: for savory salty taste, add 2 stalks of celery, 1 medium tomato, and a dash of pink himalayan salt.
Healthy Coffee Alternatives & Energy During The Cleanse
If you are looking to cut down your coffee intake, naturally boost your energy without any stimulants, or help your body adapt to stress, certain herbs such as ginseng, maca (root) and ashwagandha can offer a safe natural and effective way.
We have had great results in many of our cleansing protocols with Dr. Group’s Ginseng Fuzion which includes active ginseng extracts complex, maca, and the anti stress (adaptogenic) herb ashwagandha.
To use: add 2 droppers to your juices or drinks just before drinking when needed, up to 3 times a day.
Ginseng is well known for its ability to naturally stimulate energy production in the muscles, improve fat metabolism, reduce appetite, and boost the immune system function [4,5,6] .
ashwagandha: Several studies found that ashwagandha can decrease body fat, increase lean muscle mass, support healthy body weight management and reduce stress and anxiety [7,8].
3 Day Juice Cleanse – Cleansing Herbs
There are a number of known cleansing herbs with unique properties that can help to detox, repair, regenerate and support specific organs.
Cleanse herbs or herbal cleanse treatment is the mother of modern medicine. The ancient habit to treat diseases with plants has evolved and reshaped many of the modern treatment options.
Due to their importance we wrote a complete review on the most effective and safe common cleanse herbs you can safely use to enhance the results of your juice cleanse. You can read the entire guide, or go directly to the specific group of herbs:
Choosing the right cleanse herbs can significantly enhance your cleanse results. Natural herbal cleanse, however, is not always safe.
To make sure you get the most out of your herbs and in order to avoid potential side effects, here is a quick checklist of the most important facts you should consider before you add cleanse herbs to your cleanse.
How To Choose Cleanse Herbs Checklist
Medication: Since herbs may interact with medication, always consult with your doctor before.
Use common herbs: The list of cleanse herbs include thousands of different herbs from different species. Not all herbs are safe or have enough evidence on their benefits. For this reason, always choose common herbs. These usually have a long history of safe traditional use, that is also supported by science. A good example is all the cleanse herbs that we include in this review.
Trusted source: The source of the herbs matter and can significantly impact both the effectiveness and side effects. The freshness, the time of the year and way the herbs were harvested can affect their potency. In addition, location, growing condition play a key role in the purity of the herbs. This is very important as you want to avoid additional toxins often found in poor quality herbs from heavily polluted areas.
Cleanse protocol with cleanse herbs: Cleanse herbs shine when they are combined with the proper cleansing protocol. In many cases this also means certain dietary changes.
Read the reviews, ask the questions: When it comes to any food, medicine, or cleanse herb, always read the reviews of other people. It is always best to learn from the wisdom of the crowd. If there are no reviews, it is safe to assume that there may be better options. That’s the beauty of modern times. Unlike past times where we had to follow what the guru or healer said, these days we have enough data to educate ourselves.
Cleanse Herbs – Summary Of Evidence
The list below summarizes the most common cleanse herbs that have a long history of safe traditional use that is also validated by science.
Most of the herbs below have additional health benefits in addition to their cleansing and detoxifying properties. To make this review useful, however, we focused on the benefits that are more related to body cleansing.
There are a number of known liver and gallbladder cleanse herbs with unique properties that can detox the liver and gallbladder and may also help to repair and regenerate the liver.
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum): Milk thistle has a long traditional use for diseases of the liver and biliary tract. According to the evidence, the active component in milk thistle may help to detox the liver, protect against liver injury, and support the natural repair and regeneration of the liver [1,2,3,4]. Due to these exceptional properties, most herbal cleanse formulas for the liver include milk thistle as one of the key ingredients.
Chanca piedra (Phyllanthus niruri): Chanca piedra is known as stonebreaker, due to its ability to dissolve and soften liver, kidneys and gallbladder stones (gallstones) .
Turmeric rhizome (Curcuma longa rhizome): Curcumin, the main active compound of turmeric, can help to protect the liver from oxidative stress which may promote better liver health .
Dandelion root and leaves (Taraxacum officinale): Dandelion can protect the liver from toxicity, and enhance the liver’s ability to naturally regenerate [7,8].
Yellow dock (Rumex patientia): Due to its antioxidant properties, yellow dock can help protect the liver from oxidative stress .
Chicory root (Cichorium intybus): Chicory root may support normal liver function, improve oxidative stress and protect the liver against injury in certain cases [10,11].
Chanca piedra (Phyllanthus niruri): In addition to its ability to dissolve and soften liver, kidneys and gallbladder stones (gallstones), chanca piedra can also help to prevent kidney stones. According to research, chanca piedra and its active components interfere with many stages of kidney stone formation, reduce the stone crystals aggregation and modify the kidney stone structure and composition [12,13].
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense): Horsetail is well known for its ability to safely detox and cleanse the kidneys. In addition, it has a natural and safe diuretic effect, that helps to increase urine flow .
Hydrangea root (Hydrangea paniculata): Hydrangea root is an excellent overall kidney cleanse herb, known for its ability to promote overall kidney, bladder, and the entire urinary tract health. In addition, it can also help to dissolve kidney stones .
Uva ursi (arctostaphylos, bearberry, bear’s grape): Uva ursi detoxes and cleanses the entire urinary tract and may also help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) .
Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis): Marshmallow root is a very popular kidney cleanse herb due to a combination of unique abilities to flush the kidneys on one hand, as well as to relieve and soothe inflammation in the urinary tract .
Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum officinale): Dandelion leaf is well known as a natural and safe diuretic, that can increase the frequency of urination .
There’s a good reason most natural parasite cleanse protocols include antiparasitic herbs. Some herbs have a natural ability to kill different types of parasites in the body and help to significantly reduce the parasitic load.
A single antiparasitic herb, however, is not going to work against all parasitic infections. Since different parasite cleanse herbs use different mechanism to kill parasites, it is common to include multiple herbs as a part of the parasite cleanse.
The most common parasite cleanse herbs and herbal cleanse combinations include:
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) with Black walnut (Juglans nigra): Most parasite herbal cleanse formulas combine both herbs, due to their ability to kill different types of worms , parasites, bacteria and fungus [19,20].
Clove (Syzygium aromaticum): Clove is well known for its ability to inhibit parasite eggs and larvae in the body, which is essential in order to disrupt the parasite life cycle. For this reason, you often see clove together with the wormwood and black walnut combination.
Diatomaceous earth (food-grade): Diatomaceous earth is a commonly used home remedy shown effective against different types of parasitic worms .
Epazote (Dysphania ambrosioides): Epazote has a long traditional use in latin america for intestinal parasites, that is also validated by modern research. A few studies found that epazote has antiamoebic activity against Entamoeba histolytica, a parasitic infection of the colon .
Mediterranean oregano oil (Oreganum vulgare): Multiple studies found that carvacrol, the major active component in oregano oil, have antiparasitic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties [23,24, 25].
The main reasons natural candida cleanse herbs and natural antifungals are so common, are due to:
High occurrences of candida and yeast infections: According to the medical literature, vaginal yeast infections (vulvovaginal candidiasis) and candida issues affect 3 out of 4 women. More than 40% of affected women will have 2 or more episodes. Men can have candida and yeast infections as well .
Resistance to antifungal drugs: Resistance to antifungal drugs is common and therefore, many studies look for new natural antifungal ingredients to help address candida issues .
Pau D’Arco, Red lapacho (Tabebuia impetiginosa): Pau D’Arco is a well known traditional remedy for fungal, vaginal yeast infections and candida issues (candidiasis), that is also validated by multiple studies [28,29,30].
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra): The major licorice compounds showed potent antifungal activity against Candida albicans in multiple studies, with the ability to inhibit the growth of C. albicans and the candida biofilm formation [31,32].
Jatoba (Hymenaea courbaril): Jatoba showed potential against fungal infections and different candida species in multiple studies [33,34].
Anise seeds (Pimpinella anisum): Anise seeds demonstrated antifungal activity against Candida albicans and other candida species such as C. parapsilosis, C. tropicalis, C. pseudotropicalis, and C. krusei .
Beta Glucanase, Hemicellulase enzymes: Both systemic enzymes are commonly used as a natural alternative to break down candida cell wall and biofilm .
To learn more, see our candida cleanse and yeast infection protocol.
Certain lung cleanse herbs are well known for their ability to detox and support the natural repair and regeneration process of the lungs. Traditional medicine use and modern research data indicate that these herbs may have the potential to relieve respiratory discomfort, reduce airway inflammation, clear and flush excess mucus, phlegm, and toxins from the lungs.
Peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita): A few studies suggest that peppermint essential oil can improve respiratory function, increase brain oxygen concentration, and may also help to relax the airway and bronchial smooth muscle tonicity [37,38].
Plantain leaf (Plantago major): Research data suggests that plantain leaf may have an effective anti-inflammatory effect against different upper respiratory tract infections [39,40].
Chaparral, Greasewood, Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata): A few studies found that nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA), the main metabolite of chaparral, has the ability to protect the lungs, and even suppress lung cancer cell growth .
Lovage (Levisticum officinale): According to research, eucalyptol, the active chemical compound in lovage and eucalyptus oil may help to dissolve mucus and has anti inflammatory effect in bronchial asthma patients .
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus): Eucalyptus has been shown to have anti inflammatory, antiseptic and decongestant properties, and is traditionally used to treat asthma, nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, sore throat and sinusitis .
More and more studies suggest the health risks of exposure to toxic heavy metals. According to the research data, some natural ingredients may have promising chelation properties that can bind to toxic heavy metals and safely remove them from the body .
Cilantro, chinese parsley, coriander leaf (Coriandrum sativum): Cilantro is well known for its ability to accelerate the excretion of toxic heavy metals from the body through the urine .
Selenium: According to research, selenium helps to increase mercury excretion and decrease oxidative stress caused by exposure to mercury .
Iodine: According to some evidence, iodine can detoxify and remove the toxic heavy metals fluoride and bromide through the urine .
Zeolite (clinoptilolite): Zeolites are naturally occurring minerals, typically found in rocks and clay. For centuries, many of the uses of zeolites were due to their ability to bind to different metals. Several studies found that clinoptilolite, a naturally occurring zeolite, has the ability to remove toxic heavy metals from the body through increased urinary excretion [48,49,50].
Chlorella (Parachlorella beijerinckii, Chlorella vulgaris) Multiple studies that evaluated cholera’s natural chelation properties, found that chlorella can enhance the elimination of toxic heavy metals from the body [51,52].
Heal with Knowledge
We hope you find this herbal cleanse guide useful and wish you a safe and effective cleansing.
The recipe below is one of the best tea detoxes for weight loss you can make at home.
Every ingredient in the weight loss detox tea cleanse recipe has a long history of traditional use that is also supported by modern science. For a natural, effective, safe and gentle cleanse using whole foods and herbs you can easily find at your local store.
Main benefits: the ingredients in the detox tea work together to boost metabolism, promote weight loss, increase energy, supress hunger, improve digestion as well as to detox and cleanse the body.
Use the detox tea hot or cold as a natural healthy way to detox and cleanse your body and support your weight loss plan.
Best Tea Detoxes For Weight Loss : Summary Of Evidence
Since we published the recipe, we have received many suggestions. See the different options and top tip from our members in the section below. You may want to adjust the detox tea recipe based on your personal preferences and needs.
Drink first thing in the morning and up to four times a day. Always drink on an empty stomach, one hour before or after other meals or drinks.
Boil the ginger in water for 5 minutes with the goji berries. If you like to use cayenne pepper powder, add a dash (no more than ¼ tsp).
Reduce the heat, cover and allow the to simmer for additional 5-10 minutes.
Strain the tea into your tea cup.
Add the green tea bag for 2-5 minutes.
Remove the tea bag. Squeeze the juice of ½ lemon (optional) into the tea.
Add a few drops of stevia / monkfruit.
Add the vanilla extract (optional).
Drink first thing in the morning and up to four times a day. Always drink on an empty stomach, one hour before or after other meals or drinks.
Weight Loss Detox Tea : Top Tips From Our Members
Weight Loss Detox Tea : Iced Tea Version
The detox tea also tastes great when it is cold. This can help to hydrate your body during summer, as well as a healthy alternative to sugary beverages and sodas.
A popular effective way to make the cold version of the detox tea:
Place the detox tea in a mason jar or other glass container.
Add 32 ounces (about 1 liter) of cool water.
Store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
If you have digestive issues such as bloating or gas, add 1 tablespoon of raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.
You may add 2-3 more bags of organic green tea. No need to heat again, just place the green tea bags in the container.
Apple cider vinegar on its raw unpasteurized form, is well known to naturally detox and cleanse the body. According to research, apple cider vinegar has the ability to regulate blood sugar levels, promote satiation after a meal, regulate lipid metabolism in the liver, and support healthy kidneys and liver function [1,2,3].
If you have never tried to drink apple cider vinegar before, start with 1 teaspoon first in this recipe.
To Boost Energy & Manage Stress
Many of our members like to add 1 dropper of Dr. Group’s Ginseng Fuzion just before they drink the tea, which includes the adaptogenic herbs ashwagandha and ginseng.
Ginseng is well known for its ability to naturally stimulate energy production in the muscles, improve fats metabolism, and reduce appetite [4,5] .
Several studies found that ashwagandha can decrease body fat, increase lean muscle mass, support healthy body weight management and reduce stress and anxiety [6,7].
Keto or Low Carb Diet : Coconut Oil
If you follow a low carb, paleo or keto diet, you may want to add 1 tablespoon of raw extra virgin coconut oil to the detox tea, just before you drink it. According to research, the body can quickly digest and use the coconut oil to produce energy. Taken before a workout, some evidence suggests that the MCT oils in coconut oil may also increase exercise performance .
If this is the first time you have coconut oil as a part of a drink, start with 1 teaspoon first in this recipe.
Detox Tea & Turmeric
While this may sound surprising, a lot of our members also like to add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder to the hot detox tea recipe.
Turmeric for weight loss?
Multiple studies found that Curcumin, the main active compound of turmeric can reduce inflammation in the body, detox and cleanse the liver and kidneys [9,10,11].
Due to curcumin’s potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, many researchers also believe it may indirectly influence weight management as well [12,13].
Turmeric has a very distinct taste that not everyone likes. For this reason, if you are not a big fan of the way turmeric tastes, you may want to not include it as a part of this recipe.
If on the other hand, you like turmeric, you may want to also combine it with black pepper. According to research, piperine, the major active component in black pepper, can enhance the bioavailability of curcumin. This combination has a long traditional use that is also backed up by science. According to one study, piperine increased the bioavailability of curcumin by 2000%. .
Best Tea Detoxes For Weight Loss : Main Ingredients
Green Tea Weight Loss
Main benefits: promotes fat loss, suppresses appetite.
There’s a good reason why the best tea detoxes for weight loss usually contain green tea. Multiple studies found that green tea can increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation at rest and during exercise, promote weight loss and improve insulin sensitivity [15, 16].
According to research, green tea weight loss benefits are due to two components in green tea: catechins polyphenols, and caffeine. The researchers believe that both the catechins and caffeine in green tea work in synergy together to decrease body weight more effectively than each of these alone [17,18,19].
For this reason, for best weight loss benefits, we prefer unprocessed green tea with naturally occurring caffeine, over decaffeinated green tea.
Additional evidence also suggests that green tea may be able to suppress the hunger hormone, ghrelin. This can be very beneficial, since when ghrelin is high, then you are hungrier [20,21].
If you prefer to drink oolong tea instead of green tea, the research data also suggests you may still get some weight loss benefits . We recommend to stick with green tea though, as the number of evidence for its weight loss benefits is higher.
Multiple studies suggest that ginger and its major constituents have the ability to reduce body weight, supress hunger, and improve glucose levels and insulin sensitivity [23,24,25,26].
Another reason you may find ginger as a key ingredient in many detox teas, is that ginger is well known as a natural traditional remedy for digestive issues such as constipation, bloating, excess gas, indigestion, nausea and vomiting .
Furthermore, ginger may also help to naturally detox and cleanse the kidneys and liver. According to research, ginger has the ability to protect kidneys from different toxins, regulate liver enzymes, control liver inflammation and reduce the risk to develop nonalcoholic fatty liver disease [28,29,30].
Main benefits: stimulates digestion, detoxes and cleanses the body.
Drinking warm water with lemon juice in the morning is an ancient ayurvedic practice to stimulate digestion and detox the body. According to research, lemon juice may also support the liver and kidneys [31,32].
Some evidence suggests that lemon polyphenols can modulate lipid metabolism and therefore may help to suppress body weight gain . Most health experts and nutrition experts, however, do not consider lemon juice as an effective weight loss tool.
For this reason, the main reason we still recommend to include lemon juice as a part of the detox tea recipe, is due to its cleansing and detoxifying benefits.
Main benefits: boosts metabolism, suppresses appetite.
Multiple studies suggest that capsaicin, the active components responsible for the spiciness of cayenne pepper, has the potential to boost metabolism, increase thermogenesis and lipid oxidation, suppress appetite, and boost the metabolism [34,35,36,37].
In this detox tea recipe, however, we have cayenne pepper as an optional ingredient. The reason is that not everyone can tolerate cayenne pepper in a drink.
A lot of people do enjoy the cayenne kick flavor. Quite a few people, however, experience stomach pain after they add cayenne pepper to the detox tea. For this reason, if you want to try the cayenne pepper option, start with just a dash to see if you can tolerate the cayenne on an empty stomach.
Main benefits: detoxes and cleanse liver & kidneys, supports healthy weight loss and vision, anti-aging.
Goji berries or wolfberries (Lycium barbarum) are ones of the best known and admired berries in the traditional chinese medicine. According to the evidence, for more than 2000 years, goji berries have been used to detox and cleanse the liver and kidneys, control weight, support healthy vision and promote anti-aging .
Modern science found that the active polysaccharides in goji berries have promising potential health benefits including anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, anti-fatigue, anti-diabetic, antiviral and others. For this reason, you may see more and more studies that evaluate the therapeutic and health-promoting effects of goji berries .
In traditional chinese medicine, tea is one of the most preferred carriers of goji berries. In addition to their health benefits, in this detox tea, goji berries add natural sweetness despite being very low in sugar content.