The detox juice diet has become very popular in recent years as an easier way to consume lots of nutrients without having to eat lots of whole fruits and vegetables.
I first learned about juicing in the 2010 documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, which brought about a lot of awareness of the health benefits of juicing. It follows an Australian man on a juice only diet for 60 days and he ended up losing OVER 100 POUNDS! (1)
Experts recommend you eat at least 6 to 8 servings of vegetables per day, which many people (myself included) have difficulty achieving. That’s where juicing can help fill the void.
So if you struggle to get enough greens and fruits in your diet, keep reading to find out how a juicing detox can help you lose weight, eat more vegetables, and help detox your body.
What is Detox Juice?
Detox juice is the nutritious juice that is extracted from fruits and vegetables using different methods, including by hand or with an electric juicer.
With a 3 day detox juice cleanse, you drink only juice and water for a period of time, usually for 3 days, to give your liver and digestive system time to detox. During the cleanse, aim to drink every 2 – 2 ½ hours and try to be consistent. Skipping a juice may disrupt your blood sugar levels and cause you to go off the juice detox.
Key Point: Detox juice is the nutritious extracted juices of fruits and vegetables. It’s drank for certain periods to provide your body time to detox itself and lose weight.
Benefits of Detox Juicing
For a lot of people, it can be difficult to get your recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Detox juice provides that extra nutrition you’re lacking in your diet.
Here are the top benefits of juicing:
- Helps you lose weight quickly.
- Improves nutrient absorption.
- Feeds good bacteria in your gut.
- Helps lower cholesterol.
- Helps detox your liver.
- Lowers blood sugar levels.
- Improves your skin.
- Broadens the range of vegetables you eat.
- Improves athletic performance.
Since juice doesn’t have fiber, it doesn’t have the same digestion needs as regular food. Nutrients are more easily absorbed by your body.
Fresh juices don’t burden your body with digestion needs, and gives your body time to eliminate toxins and detox itself.
Key Point: Detox juice contains many beneficial nutrients due to its healthy raw ingredients. It can be used to help easily increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Detox Juice for Weight Loss
There are two main ways you can use detox juice for fast weight loss: A total juice fast, where you consume nothing but juice for a period of time, or balanced meal replacement with juice.
Option #1 – Total Juice Fast
The first way to lose weight with juicing is to do a juice-only fast without eating any solid food. This is what Joe Cross did in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead for 60 days and which resulted in him losing over 100 pounds.
This juicing diet plan requires a lot of discipline and preparation, and can actually be dangerous if not done right. Don’t do a total juice fast without consulting your doctor first.
You don’t have to do a 60 day fast like Joe Cross did, that is an extreme example. 7 days is the longest I’d recommend you do a total juice fast.
You can get a lot of health benefits with a 3 day detox cleanse as well.
Option #2 – Use as a Balanced Meal Replacement
The other way to lose weight with detox juice is to incorporate it into your daily lifestyle and replace 1-2 unhealthy meals a day with a serving of detox juice.
Use it to replace high carbohydrate foods like rice, bread, pasta, soda, bottled juice, and fried / processed foods. This is by far the healthier way to go for long term weight loss. (2)
It’s important to mainly use the juice from vegetables and only use some fruit as a sweetener. Vegetable juice is lower in calories and usually has more beneficial nutrients, like antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Key Point: Detox juice can be used for weight loss, either by drinking only detox juice for a period of time, or by using it to replace unhealthy meals. It’s important to use minimal fruit when trying to lose weight with detox juice.
How to Make Detox Juice
The most basic method of juicing is to squeeze a fruit or vegetable by hand, but for most people you’ll want to use an electric juicer.
With an electric juicer, you just add the ingredients and process into juice.
Each detox juice recipe below is made the same way:
Step 1 – Wash all ingredients well and pat dry.
Step 2 – Cut fruit and vegetables into 1-2 inch chunks. Remove any peels.
Step 3 – Place all ingredients in a juicer.
Step 4 – Process into juice according to manufacturer’s directions.
Top 10 Detox Juice Recipes
Here are some of the most popular detox juicing recipes we found to give you some ideas for a homemade juice cleanse. Always feel free to experiment with new ingredients, and you’ll never be bored with detox juice.
Always use organic ingredients whenever possible to reduce the risk of toxins. Each recipe makes 2 servings.
#1. The Ultimate Green Detox Juice
This delicious green detox juice recipe is one of the most popular recipes available. It has the perfect balance of fruits and vegetables. It makes a perfect blend for detoxing your body after the holidays or a party.
Apple are full of nutrition. In addition to being a good source of Vitamin C, apples also contain polyphenols, which can have numerous health benefits. (3)
Add or subtract the apples servings to make it more or less sweet according to your taste.
Ultimate Green Detox Juice Ingredients:
- 2 green apples, cut in half
- 3 stalks celery, no leaves
- 1 cucumber
- 8 leaves kale
- 1/2 lemon, peeled
- 1 piece fresh ginger
- Sprig of mint (optional)
#2. Tropical Carrot Apple Juice
This is a really delicious drink, and is full of beneficial nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Carrots are an great source of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. They are also an excellent source of B vitamins, vitamin K and potassium. (4)
The carrot juice is pleasantly sweet, and pairs well with the tartness of the apples. When buying apples, choose firm ones as they will produce a clearer juice.
Tropical Carrot Apple Juice Ingredients:
- 1 large apple, quartered
- 1/4 (15 ounce) can pineapple chunks
- 2 large carrots
- 2 pieces fresh ginger
#3. Zesty Lemon Apple Juice
This is a surprisingly light and tangy drink that makes a perfect juice for breakfast or early in the morning.
Besides all the antioxidants in the apples and lemons, the cucumbers have many health benefits as well, including vitamin K.
Here is a video on how to make the Zesty Lemon Apple Juice recipe:
Zesty Lemon Apple Juice Ingredients:
- 2 lemons, peeled and halved
- 4 apples, quartered
- 2 cucumbers, halved
- 1 cup water
#4. Kid Friendly Green Juice
If you’re looking for a detox juice recipe for kids they will love, this is a good one. The fruits do a good job of masking the taste of the vegetables, and this recipe tastes really good.
Spinach is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals. It contains high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron and calcium. (5)
Kid Friendly Green Juice Ingredients:
- 2 oranges, peeled
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 1 green apple, quartered
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 leaf kale
#5. Red Zinger Breakfast Juice
Here’s another great one to start your morning with. It’s got a great nutritional profile from the vegetables and fruits, and it tastes great, with a slight kick from the lemons.
The beets are a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as folate, potassium, manganese, iron and vitamin C. (6)
Red Zinger Breakfast Juice Ingredients:
- 2 lemons
- 2 carrots
- 2 apples
- 2 beets
#6. Green Spinach Lemonade
This popular detox drink gives you tons of energy, and is really good for you, too. You may want to add a little honey if you like it sweeter, but I would taste it first.
Kale is really high in nutrients and very low in calories, which makes it one of the most nutrient dense foods available. (7)
Green Spinach Lemonade Ingredients:
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 stalks celery
- 4 leaves kale
- 1 piece ginger
- 2 apples
- 1 lemon
#7. Allergy Fighting Green Detox Juice
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you should try this delicious detox juice recipe. It has allergy fighting vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables like pineapple, lemon and grapes.
Parsley is a good source of vitamin K and vitamin C as well as vitamin A, folate and iron.
Allergy Fighting Green Detox Juice Ingredients:
- 1 cucumber
- 1 cup pineapple
- 1 lemon
- 1 cup seedless grapes
- 1/2 cup parsley
- 1 apple
- 1 ming sprig (optional)
#8. Orange Dreamsicle Detox Juice
This detox juice is creamy and delicious, just like the old Orange Creamsicle® ice cream bars you remember eating when you were a kid. You can even freeze these in popsicle molds for a great frozen treat.
Pears are a good source of several essential nutrients, such as vitamin K, vitamin C, copper and potassium. (8)
Orange Dreamsicle Detox Juice Ingredients:
- 2 medium apples
- 3 stalks celery
- 1 orange (peeled)
- 2 medium pears
- 1 sweet potato – 5″ long
#9. Easy Start Detox Juice
This makes a good beginner detox juice recipe for those just starting out with juicing thanks to its simple ingredients and delicious flavors that aren’t overwhelming.
Carrots have a lot of health benefits. They are a weight loss friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health. (9)
Quick Start Detox Juice Ingredients:
- 2 medium apples
- 3 medium carrots
- 4 celery stalks
#10. Green Ginger Ale
This is my go to recipe, especially when I’m having tummy issues. The taste is amazing, and it’s full of nutrients thanks to the variety of ingredients.
Ginger is a wonderful spice. Just 1 – 1/2 grams of ginger can help prevent various types of nausea like sea sickness, chemotherapy nausea, nausea after surgery and morning sickness. (10)
Green Ginger Ale Ingredients:
- 3 medium apples
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cucumber
- 1 piece ginger root (1″ dia)
- 1 lime (peeled)
When it comes to detoxing your body and losing weight, a juice cleanse is one of the best methods available. The vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients provided in detox juice are immediately absorbed into your system, giving you a healthy boost right away.
By incorporating detox juices into a healthy diet along with exercise, you can lose weight fast and not feel like you’re missing out on anything.