Secret Detox Drink Recipe

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  1. Lynn says:

    I’m trying this. What should I expect? If I drink this mixture do I have to be aware of anything like…STAY CLOSE TO A TOILET or any such advice? Or is it more like a boost to my system?
    Thanks for all your health tips!
    Lynn

    • Megan says:

      No, you will not have to stay close to a toilet. Your pee might smell a little bit, but no worries that is just the bad stuff being cleansed from your body.
      I always add a little honey to the mixture because it is very good for your throat and vocal cords.
      Another option is to drink it without the water, like a shot. It might burn a little going down, but it’s quick and does the job.

    • Nechamy says:

      Just wondering if one should stay away from apple cider vinegar if they have systemic candida, due to it being fermented. (Chronic Nuerological lyme, systemic candida, and other opportunistic infections). While i probably need this drink most, in general fermented foods gives me a candida flare up. Yet, i heard of people drinking ACV w/ candida. Just wondering if it is contraindicated for me…or should b good. Thanks.

      • Dr. Josh Axe says:

        Most people do fine with it but listen to your body. If you notice flare ups when consuming it, then don’t. Also check this out: http://draxe.com/candida-cures/

      • Cheri says:

        In response to Nechamy and questions regarding candida and apple cider vinegar. In my own experience, I suffered with candida for 10 years and for the last 5 of the 10, I wasn’t even able to eat a cookie or piece of cake at a family party. I had no sugar be it fruit or otherwise for 5 years. I spent thousands of dollars on all of the “candida” fighting supplements and my diet was perfect. I too had been told Apple Cider Vinegar would help with candida and for me it only exacerbated the symptoms and made everything worse. Then about 6 months ago I found a product called CANDIDA CLEANSER. It has been life changing. The candida is all gone and for the first time in 5 years, I was able to
        celebrate Christmas with my family and eat cheesecake. and chocolate chip cookies. I used to feel hopeless sometimes but I always knew God would bring me through somehow. The great thing about the Candida Cleanser is you only have to take one bottle and that’s it. I now take apple cider vinegar everyday for healthy looking skin and hair. Just wanted to share my experience and let you know there is hope for ridding your body of candida.

      • Sorilea says:

        Cheri – that candida cleanse stuff is over $100 per bottle! Sounds like a scam to me……

      • SuperHealthy says:

        Nechamy, the best solution to get rid of your candida is to consume pure, virgin, organic coconut oil. Take one teaspoon per day for a week, increase to two spoons the next week, one in the morn, one in the eve. If it makes you feel terrible at first, it is because it is removing the candida, so just take the one teaspoon full of coconut oil at night, but keep doing it. Take this regimen for two months and your intestines will be cleared of the candida overgrowth.

    • Transport and Harbours Department says:

      I have low blood pressure, would this take it lower?

    • Lisa Heikoop says:

      In my experience, Apple Cider Vinegar has always helped to relieve my candida symptoms. This is the first drink I’ve come across where I can drink it without gagging. I’ll also soak in an apple cider vinegar bath when symptoms get unbearable for me. Make sure you use Apple Cider Vinegar “with the mother” like Bragg’s and don’t put it in the fridge.
      I think ‘staying away from fermented foods’ is old information. I finally have gotten rid of Candida when I introduced fermented foods to my diet, especially kefir. You don’t only want to kill the Candida, but if you flood your gut with good pro and pre-biotics, it will eventually keep your candida under control.

  2. DD says:

    I’d like to know exactly what Lynn asked…do I need to stay close to a potty or will it just make me a fat burning, detoxified beast??

  3. mary says:

    I just made this and it’s delicious! When is the best time to drink it and how often? Thanks.

    • Joyce Snyder says:

      Where can I purchase Ceylon cinnamon?

      • melissa johnson says:

        you can buy Ceylon cinnamon at vitacost.com

      • Dr. Josh Axe says:

        I would think so but I personally get mine from amazon here: http://amzn.to/1nbkJdm

      • Helen Harnage Blount says:

        I buy the Ceylon cinnamon at our local Health Food Store…and then grind it up in my coffee grinder to a fine powder…good stuff !

      • Richard Harper says:

        I order my pure, ground cinnamon from Ceylon. On researching when I started taken honey and cinnamon every morning, I found that Indonesian cinnamon has elements that are harmful over time. Ceylon Cinnamon does not have these problems. It is fairly inexpensive ($32 for a 1 lb. jar), but will last, probably a year, using 1 tbsp. per day. I get a brand directly from Ceylon with the brand name of DRUERA. It takes about a week to get delivered to the U.S., as I remember.

        When I first started taking it, the site recommended making a tea out of the mixture, but you will find that cinnamon does not dissolve well, at all. So I just mix the cinnamon and honey (I buy mine at Whole Foods because it comes from the state in which I live – if you have a Whole Foods nearby, you might want to check to see if it comes from a local producer, if not seek another source for you area honey). It is best to get honey locally, if possible, because the plants from which the bees get their pollen to make honey, protect you from any allergies to any of those plants the bees use – also, their honey is raw. DO NOT USE PROCESSED HONEY – MANY OF ITS PROPERTIES ARE KILLED FROM PROCESSING.

      • Melissa says:

        Go watch his video.This will answer your question.
        http://thesecretdetox.com/3-detox-drink

    • Margarita Jackline says:

      For how long should you recommend to drink this for?

    • lisa says:

      The article says, “I recommend consuming this drink 3x daily 20 minutes before meals for 2 weeks then consuming it 1x daily before breakfast or lunch.”

      • Maria says:

        I do this drink but I use fresh ginger root/ not cayenne peper and honey instea of sweetness .
        This drink is delicious, and stop my cravings .
        Do this since last Tuesday will weigth myself on Sunday to see how many weigth I lost after all chocolates I ate on Xmas lol.

  4. Christina Oliver says:

    I made it with green tea instead of just water, so its warm. But overall it doesn’t taste bad at all, just spicy in a good way.

  5. Courtney says:

    You shouldn’t need to stay near a toilet apple cider vinegar works over time… according to earth clinic it should be “sipped on” all day long. Do not put apple cider vinegar in hot water as it kills the enzymes (microwaves especially!!). Also to avoid tooth issues (enamel brake down.. because of the acidity) use a straw and swish water in your mouth after drinking. (don’t brush teeth immediately after drinking as this will erode your teeth even more so!)

  6. Ronda says:

    Three times a day for life? Or how often when you have reached optimal health?

    I realize that these are all good and natural ingreedients, BUT in combinations, I still need to find comfort in asking if it is ok to drink while nursing.

    I cannot take the Maximized Living Detox because of nursing (according to my ML Doc) BUT I am 3 months into my ML advanced plan, have over come some mental obsticals of depression and anxiety, but think there is some deep detoxing I still need to do, and have 4 months of nursing I am trying to complete. Thanks so much!

  7. Kae says:

    I am wondering if I can make up a whole bath, like 2 quarts or so ahead of time to drink all day, ir if it would cause the cinnamon amount to be inconsistent…?

  8. andrena says:

    Can you use organic sugar instead of stevia powder for the detox drink?

  9. Susan says:

    How often do you take the detox drink?
    Can you replace Raw honey for Agave in the raw?

  10. Bea says:

    Seems like a lot of cinnamon. I would only use 1/4 tsp of it.

  11. Sarah says:

    Why is agave not a good option? I do not like honey at all, and always substitute agave for honey, thinking that if I use organic raw agave it is not harmful. Is there a health reason that I should not use this instead in this recipe? Thank you.

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      I don’t recommend using agave because it is highly processed thus lacking nutrients, can contain pesticides, void of natural enzymes, some contain HMF which can have carcinogenic effects, and others. Check out this article on honey to see the health benefits of consuming it, especially in place of agave: http://draxe.com/the-many-health-benefits-of-raw-honey/

      • trudy says:

        I have been reading about drinking Borax (1 tsp. dissolved in 1 quart of water and then adding 1 tsp of this solution diluted in one glass of water) to help with candida, hormone imbalance, etc. have you ever heard of this and do you think it would be helpful or dangerous?

      • Trudy says:

        Just thought I would add the web sites I found the information about drinking a borax solution on. Health-science-spirit.com and Growyouthful.com.

  12. Lucinda says:

    I’m curious as to the type of cinnamon you’d recommend using, as the recipe calls for 1 tsp per drink, and I read somewhere that one should have 2to3 drinks per day. I’ve been reading that the cinnamon typically widely available in the U. S. has high levels of coumarin. It is my understanding that coumarin in high levels can cause liver damage. Please specify what type of copinnamon is healthy ipat 3 teaspoons a day on a regular basis. Thank you.

  13. Lucinda says:

    What kind of cinnamon do you recommend – Ceylon or Saigon?

  14. Chelse says:

    I just tried this and “went” right away… Like almost immediately.. I used raw honey and did not experience any urgency or cramping. I just felt like I needed to go, but not in a hurry. I’m going hi drink it a few times a day on tomorrow.

  15. Ruth says:

    This is very similar to the detox drink that you have with turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon and ginger. Do you happen to have that recipe that I can share with my friends since I’ve been telling them about it. Even my husband takes it. I think it’s a keeper and I’d like my friends to benefit also.

  16. Betty says:

    I have psoriasis and have had terrible itching. I have tried several things but nothing has helped. What do you suggest?

  17. kathy says:

    Can you please tell me how long I should do this detox ?

    Thank You In Advance

  18. Reggie says:

    How long should one drink the detox mixture?

  19. Jeanna says:

    Is this safe for a nursing mother?

  20. Tina says:

    I have been drinking this for some time now. But I use local honey and “Wholesome Sweethers” Organic Molasses Unsulphered (blackstrap). I use the molasses to give me iron due to being extremely tired in the morning and all through the day. Is this ok? If not then what do you recommend I use? I don’t like nor want to be tired all day long any more. I have a 7 year old I homeschool so I need all the energy I can get. Thank you for your help. By the way, as far as exercising I am exercising just about every day. I am also 197 lbs. I used to weigh 210 lbs. Thank you for what ever help you can give. Have a blessed day and hope to hear back from you soon. :-)

  21. Margarita Jackline says:

    Do you recommend to drink it on and empty stomach?

  22. shawna says:

    Confused as recipe says stevia not honey and yet comments talk about honey and other sugar based sweetener. Also is it alright to use normal cinnamon?

  23. Israelle Wireman says:

    Can I make it ahead of time? Like the night before? Do all the ingredients have to be organic?

  24. tiffany patterson says:

    i used ground cinnamon is that ok??

  25. Renee says:

    What about subbing lemon and cinnamon oils in this? If so how much would you do? I just noticed how much the cinnamon does not want to “mix” in.

  26. Laura says:

    Instead of stevia I use pure local honey and I leave out the pepper.

  27. Caroline says:

    Can I make a large pitcher of this instead of one glass at a time? Not sure if it will change the affect any.

  28. Mary says:

    Why Not Honey as opposed to Stevia(expensive) ?

  29. Brittany says:

    I know you are to drink this 1-3x daily, but for how long (days,weeks,life) (with rest periods/cycles)? I am looking to detox from sugars and heard ACV is a way to go! So how long does this detox take to start seeing a difference?

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      This is something that you can incorporate for a time or as a lifestyle. I personally drink this every day because of the health benefits. It’s hard to say exactly when you will see results. It all depends on how much sugar was in your diet before, how much candida is present, if you have leaky gut, etc. I would start drinking this and take it one week at a time. Watch how your body feels, if symptoms are resolving, etc.

      • Sally says:

        How does this blend and the detox process affect leaky gut? Conversely how does leaky gut affect the detox process/benefits?

  30. Charell McGary says:

    I am trying this but I am not crazy about the grittiness from the cinnamon. I have read that you can use oils. I would like to know what kind of oil to use in place of powder cinnamon and cayenne?

  31. Tina says:

    I just made this without sweetener an it was fine. Does the sweetener provide any benefits other than for taste? Is it okay not to add any or does that change the action of the detox?

  32. Wanda says:

    I suffered with terrible Reflux and H,hernia for 25 years. I have recent took my self off of the meds, after a terrible flare up. I have started bragg ACV and Kefir (sm.amount a day). I’m mixing 1 tablespoon of ACV in about a 1/4 cup of light apple juice with crushed ice 3 times a day. I have been doing this for about 11/2 weeks, and I seem to be doing better. is it ok to use the apple juice instead water?

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      I wouldn’t recommend it because apple juice is typically very processed, high in sugar and without any of the fiber. Coconut water would be a better option or adding in raw honey.

      • Amber says:

        I also have terrible acid reflux and as soon as I start drinking it my stomach stars hurting along with my chest. Will this subside with continued use?

      • Dr. Josh Axe says:

        Try drinking a much smaller amount and then slowly increasing as your body gets used to the acidity of the drink

  33. Mary Baker says:

    Does the water need to be at room temperature or can I use cold water?
    THANKS!

  34. Marley says:

    Is this safe to drink while pregnant?

  35. Marley says:

    Hi. I love this drink and am just wondering if it’s safe to drink while pregnant? Thanks.

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      Apple cider vinegar and lemon juice should be fine when taken in small amounts because they are real food. However, I would also consult with your physician.

      • Helen Harnage Blount says:

        I have tried this before and loved it , but it aggravated my hiatle hernia so bad I had to stop taking it…I think it must be the acid in the lemon juice ….what are your thoughts on this…maybe the vinegar …just not sure. thanks for your reply..

      • Dr. Josh Axe says:

        Definitely could have been the acidity. I would try it again but only use a teaspoon of the ACV and a much smaller amount of lemon juice with it. Slowly let your body get used to the acidity and gradually increase the amount. Glad you enjoyed it!

  36. Loraine says:

    I want to try this recipe but don’t have lemons. Are limes a good substitute?

  37. Laura Harvey says:

    3x a day 20 min meal in your instruciton. You mean 20 min before meal?

  38. MattC says:

    I use Ameo clinical grade essential oils. Can I use the Lemon oil immolate of lemon juice?

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      I don’t recommend consuming that brand of oils internally. There are only a few companies that after much studying and research, I would feel comfortable doing that with. I would still recommend using the lemon juice over the oil in this situation.

  39. MattC says:

    Meant…in place of . Lol

  40. Kim Duane says:

    My stomach doesn’t tolerate acid very well. I get a horribly painful stomach ache. Any suggestions for how to consume these detox drinks without the terrible side effect.

    As a side note, I don’t have a gallbladder.

  41. Jade Jaggars says:

    Can I drink this while pregnant? It doesn’t seem like it’d be harmful, but I thought Id ask anyway.

  42. John says:

    Can you use cinnamon essential oil instead of cinnamon?

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      You can! The health benefits are not identical but there are still benefits. It may be hard to mix in with the drink as oil and water does not mix easily but definitely give it a try!

  43. Lynx says:

    I just tried this and it’s delicious. I used organic maple syrup in place of the honey or stevia. ;)

  44. Jaylalita says:

    Sorry, could anyone let me know what is ACV and CPTG.
    Apreciated.

  45. Jonathan says:

    I honestly take Buffered C every morning and evening as a maintenance. I also use it as a “FLUSH” every so often. Perque makes the purest.

  46. Kathryn says:

    I make a spinach, coconut milk, banana and flaxseed drink every morning. Would this have the same affect if I add this to my drink?

  47. Michele says:

    Do you have to drink this before a meal? Can you drink between meals or in the evening?

  48. Maria (from Sweden) says:

    I’ve just read through all the comments and I applaud your patience Dr. Josh!

  49. Kristen says:

    I personally drink a spicy lemonade every morning and it is such a great way to start the day! I also do the master cleanse about 3-4 times per year which has helped me on so many levels because it allows the digestive system to rest and the body to heal and detox itself while the brain and body gets plenty of glucose. Very powerful and spiritual experience that changes the body’s chemistry for the better. The Complete Master Cleanse book explains it in detail since it has to be done correctly and one has to be prepared for it. Then can also add in things like enzymes, bentonite, psyllium, etc. Definitely need to use fresh squeezed room temp organic lemon juice for the most enzyme content.
    2 tbsp fresh organic lemon juice
    2 tbsp organic grade B maple syrup
    1/8 tsp cayenne
    1 cup filtered water
    My body craves it now :-)
    Much love!

  50. Ginette says:

    Very curious to try this but I’m allergic to citrus and have a very low blood pressure. Will it still be beneficial and edible without the lemon and cayenne?

  51. Andrea says:

    Would this drink help with H. Pylori? If not could you suggest something natural that would? I’m not a fan of being on 4 antibiotics plus antacids. Looking for alternatives if possible. Thanks!

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      Apple cider vinegar has been shown to be very effective against H. Pylori so I think this would be a great option!

    • Phebe says:

      You should look into Mastic Gum for healing and treatment of H. Pylori. As for the antacids: look into DGL and peppermint oil capsules to treat symptoms. These can all be purchased at the Vitamin shoppe and yield amazing results!

  52. William Prickett says:

    In the article it states drink 3 time then it say 20 minutes 1-2 b4 meals. 1st is it as a meal replacement. Then b4 meals? Im just a layman. ..lol. way over weight.

  53. Forward Living says:

    We grind our own cinnamon using a $14 coffee grinder and cinnamon sticks from the Mexican store. Very cost effective and no “saw dust”.

  54. Deb Hyde says:

    The drink burns my thoart so bad it is hard to drink, it also makes my stomach upset. Any suggestions?

  55. TD says:

    I am trying to loose weight for my wedding at the end of October, will this help or me a waste of time.

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      I would drink it 20 minutes before each meal in addition to eating a clean diet full of organic meats, vegetables and probiotic rich foods. I would cut out all grains and sugar and also do some sort of burst exercise at least 3x each week.

  56. Ross Pool says:

    In the bottom of the glass, there is a lot of cinnamon residue, are we supposed to try and swallow all of that?

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      I would add a little water and try to get it to dissolve in the water and then swallow it. Otherwise don’t worry about it. Try continuing to mix the drink as you drink it.

  57. TS says:

    I use young living oils. Would they be ok in place of cinnamon and lemon?

  58. [email protected] says:

    I am in shock!!! I’ve tried ACV on and off for years but have NOT been able to stick with it because no matter how I doctor it up, it is still YUCKY. However, your recipe has made all the difference. It is very good, I’m a fan and will be consuming every day. Thank you SO much!!

  59. Mary Baker says:

    I have another question…and probably a dumb one-Do I need to blend this in my blender? Today I just stirred it and the cinnamon didn’t seem to “mix” in very well. THANKS!

  60. Maya says:

    I have a health food store and we recommend this drink to our customers. We replace the Stevia with honey though. Honey is an amazing super food and you will benefit from it if you add it to this drink!

  61. Toy says:

    Do I need to stay close to a toilet when consuming this?

  62. paulette fountain says:

    I have had problems with stomach ULCERS.. but I’ve been drinking this detox in the mornings.. I mix the cinnamon in with the HONEY first real good then add the liquids and stir real good. then add about 1/2 cup of water… will this make my ulcers any worse or HELP them…

  63. Terri says:

    Could I also add ginger to this 3 x daily with any added benefits?

  64. Natalie says:

    Dr Axe, I have wanted to try many “whole body” cleanses, such as the 9 day Isagenix or Purium Cleanse. Have you heard of these, and what are your thoughts? Do you have any programs like this? Would your “Secret Detox Drink” be similar? Thanks!

  65. Melissa says:

    Do I drink the whole 12-16 ounces before each meal or a little before each meal?

  66. Trish says:

    I have atrophic gastritis due to having pernicious anaemia….would this drink cause any problems with that due to the acidity of the lemon juice and ACV??

  67. Rebeca says:

    Hi, doc! Can I refrigerate this? Can I add turmeric? And… why not lime juice?

  68. Jenny says:

    Will it work without cinnamon? I am allergic to cinnamon.

  69. Gillian says:

    I have been taking ACV with hot water and found it to be effective, so was interested in the comment about hot water affecting how the ACV works. Is this true? Is cold water better than hot?

  70. Nyjai says:

    Hi, I wanted to use this recipe in order to loose weight. Will this help me loose a lot of weight and how many pounds will i start loosing per week?

  71. Ann says:

    I have gastritis that is being treated with omeprezole for over a year. I started drinking this detox today and I am finding this is aggravating my gastritis after the second one. Will this eventually get better or is it not recommended for people with gastritis?

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      I would try doing a smaller amount of the ACV and lemon juice, about 1 tsp and see how your body does with it. After time, you can slowly increase the amount you use as your body gets used to the acidity.

  72. Shannon Miller says:

    This sounds like the magic combination I have been looking for. Can I find these ingredients at my local grocery or whole foods store?

  73. Melissa says:

    Will this affect my thyroid medicine that I am on?

  74. Anita says:

    I read a post that said she use cinnamon and lemon essential oils. But not the amounts. What amounts would you recommend as I have them on hand and would like to try using them.

  75. paul says:

    Can you still eat while detoxing or does this replace meals

  76. Kelly says:

    I have only had this a few times(I drink it unsweetened), but now I am craving it, especially in the morning. Is it safe to drink it more than three times a day? I think it is specifically the vinegar that I am craving, but I wasn’t sure if it was ok to have it more than just before meals.

  77. Cat says:

    Dr. Axe, you’re Awesome!! Im looking forward to transforming my body after my first baby. Question, I’ve been drinking slimfast shakes as a meal replacement, A) is that something I should be consuming and B) if so, would the “20 minutes before meals” rule still apply? Thank you for your time :-)

  78. Sarah says:

    Would this be beneficial for someone with IBS. I’ve got a friend whose 10 yr old daughter was recently diagnosed. It’s been recommended to have her do the cleanse and restore for 3 months but I’m not sure if they would be able to afford this. Thank you!

  79. Regina says:

    I’m allergic to lemon, so can the lemon juice be substituted or can it be left out all together? Would you still benefit from the drink if you don’t use the lemon juice?

  80. Betty says:

    Could the apple cider vinegar be replaced with something else? I’m allergic to it. Or could I just mix the other ingredients together and drink that?

  81. Gabe says:

    20 minutes before each meal, got it but, should I drink it fast , within minutes or sip slowly? What is the most effective way you suggest?

  82. joyce says:

    Is there something else I could use instead of stevia

  83. Nicole says:

    hi there :)) wondering how far in advance I can make this (can I make a jug and pour a glass each morning) or does it have to be freshly made? :)) thanks heaps:)))

  84. Eliazar Aguilar says:

    I believe alot of people are confusing this daily detox to the 10 day master cleanse. The ingredient mixture is quite similar, but as you have clearly stated numerous times this is a daily detox drink, to be consumed as a part of a natural healthy diet. Do you ever get tired of answering the same question over and over again? If people would simply read the initial comments posted, then most their questions would be answered.

  85. mel says:

    Can this have an effect on birth control pills? I usually take mine at weird times to avoid being near when I take my vitamins. I’m guessin I should probably wait an extra hour at least before this?

  86. JWest says:

    Is this safe to drink while on Methimazole for an overactive thyroid? The meds have slowed my metabolism down and I am experiencing weight gain, so looking for methods to counteract this.

  87. Maria says:

    I’ve been adding Cellfood to this concoction and I have noticed changes to my hair, complexion, among other things. I love this and has become a part of my daily routine.

  88. Stephanie says:

    I just happened to stumble onto this site and I am very happy I did. Please tell me, what is your recommendation regarding sweetners for this detox drink for those of us who are type 2 diabetics?

  89. sandra Infante says:

    I think this question was asked but I couldn’t find the reply. Can the Apple cider vinegar detox be pre made? Not in a large amount just 1 at a time like the night before.

  90. Ella says:

    This is terrible tasting. I was hoping this would be tolerable for me but it wasn’t. I made it exactly as directed. took a sip with a straw and it was horrible but I wanted to push forward and see if I could come to tolerate it since I had a similar thought when I first tried kale. I hated that too but now use it frequently and it doesn’t bother me anymore. However, after the first sip of this that almost made me gag, I waited about two mins and took another, a bigger sip but not anywhere near a mouthful and it was bad. I still pushed forward and after a few more minutes I took another drink but this time I gagged and almost puked. I ended up accidently spitting it out and then almost puking again. I wish I could drink this or even add something to it so it tastes even half better since I was wanting to see if this would have any benefits for me but I jus cant. Ive never even had medicine make me almost puke.

    • Iris says:

      I also don’t particularly like the taste. Do what I did as a child – hold my nose and drink it down, then drink 2 ounces water to wash down taste. Hope this helps.

  91. Dawn says:

    Hello I just started drinking the Bragg’s ACV, with lemon and honey before each meal, but today I am finding myself that the drink is filling me up and don’t want to eat; is this normal? any suggesstions?

  92. Judy says:

    You picture bottled lemon juice. Is that your recommendation? If so why would you recommend that instead of fresh lemon? Also the cinnamon pictured is the same one that I buy at whole foods but you recommend Ceylon how important is that recommendation? Thanks Judy

  93. Lauri Bollinger says:

    Hi Dr. Axe, is there any problem adding 1 tsp chlorella to this mixture?
    Or a drop or 2 of frankincense EO?

  94. Mary Crane says:

    I love to drink ACV with half of squeezed lemon but I have always done so in hot water. I am going to try this recipe but want to know if it is a problem to use hot water?

  95. Judy says:

    Thank you for your answer on the lemon. As a California girl I do have great access to fresh organic lemons.
    I have an additional question which you may have addressed. I am sorry if I missed it. Two tablespoons of honey a day seems like a lot of sugar. I understand the health benefits of this honey but blood sugar elevation is blood sugar elevation. Clearly you do not feel a concern. Could you explain. Thanks Judy

  96. jozy says:

    Quality oils? What does that mean? Can I get those at a local supermarkets? Can I opt out on the cayenne pepper? Can I use any artificial sweeteners?

  97. Donna Collins says:

    Dr Axe,
    I was reading one of your articles and the emphasis was put on eating fish. Can you recommend something else as I am allergic to fish. Thank you.

  98. Renee says:

    You stated to use Braggs ACV can regular ACV be used instead. The stores in my area do not carry the Braggs and we don’t have a health store here.

  99. Judy Wyant says:

    Hi Dr. Axe, I have 3 auto immune diseases, Sarcoidosis, Sjogrens and RA. From what I have read, I need something for inflammation. I have taken prednisone off and on for 14 years and I hate the way it changes my personality and also I’m sure this is why I am having so many other health problems, including cataracts, etc.. Would this recipe help with inflammation or is there something else you would recommend? I am currently taking Serrapeptase, but can’t really tell if it is working or not. Its very expensive and I’m not sure I can afford to continue taking it. The ACV does help with sinus drainage, which seems to be very bothersome for me. Thank you so much for your help.

  100. Steff says:

    Can I consume it 3 x daily before every meal instead of following this:
    “3x daily 20 minutes before meals for 2 weeks then consuming it 1x daily before breakfast or lunch.”

  101. Najmah says:

    Can diabetics drink this detox mixture? Will it interact with insulin or other meds?

  102. mhikl says:

    I would also add Cilantro which helps remove mercury from one’s system—especially for those with ‘silver’ mercury filings. I just got a bullet juicer just for this purpose.

    I also think home made Sauerkraut with yoghourt whey, kombucha and Kefir + a quality probiotic tossed in as the starter helps detox the body and cleans and feeds the digestive system. Has done amazing things for my whole system to elimination.
    Namaste and care,
    mhikl

  103. Gaby says:

    Will this drink make me loss weight?

  104. Vicky says:

    This was very good. I’m not a fan of honey at all but got organic raw honey and it’s so much better than the kind that comes in the bear. I can’t stand stevia. I made up 6 more mason jars and stuck them in the refrigerator.

    Is it harmful to drink too much of this?

  105. Kimberly says:

    Can I drink this as a shot. I can’t tolerate it with all the water. Will I get the same effects? I do drink lots of water just can’t tolerate it with this.

  106. Rhonda says:

    Can you use cinnamon essential oil instead of the powders and is there an essential oil to use instead of cayenne pepper?

  107. Joanne says:

    I found this formula (minus the cinnamon which I will now incorporate) elsewhere on the internet and began drinking it a week or so ago. I just found your site and am amazed at your patience and dedication to getting the correct info out to all who inquire. I’m going to be a regular visitor to this site. I am fortunate to have a great store nearby that carries healthy products and found organic, non gmo, not from concentrate lemon juice which is much easier than squeezing lemons :) and less expensive also. I also found this intense (was only using 1/4 C water) but now I get up in the morning thinking about it first thing and don’t mind the taste at all.
    I only have one question – I take Klonapin for anxiety and wondered if this drink could effect that. I resisted medication for years but at a point it became so bad and that was the only solution my doctor gave me – I wish I knew then about natural products to try first and now I’m addicted to this and dread trying to get off it. What is your professional opinion of SAMe? Oops thats two questions…..Thank you for all you offer to those who want to live a healthy and natural lifestyle. At 67 I’m just getting more serious about losing weight, exercise and improving my eating habits (which fortunately were fairly good until now). Thanks for taking the time to read this and for any suggestions you might have for me.

  108. Kay says:

    Would this amount of cinnamon be alright if you have been diagnosed with advanced estrogen positive breast cancer?

  109. Linda says:

    Is it okay to just drink the apple cider vinegar with water.

  110. homayra says:

    is it okay to do a colon cleanse and this detox at the same time?
    are there any affects or do you have any kind of recommendation.
    im really trying to loose weight i just had my daughter about 3 months ago and
    i want this baby weight off any suggestions.

  111. Bailey says:

    Is it OK to prepare large quantities to take along for busy days or should it be prepared in small doses?

  112. Lisa says:

    1st drink, cinnamon seems stuck in my throat, could it affect this singer’s vocal cords?

  113. Naz says:

    i have gout and thyroid and currently on medication (Euthyrom 50mg daily), thought this drink will help me reduce weight, please advise if it is recommended given my health conditions.

  114. Jackie McKee says:

    Can you drink too much, Im addicted to this stuff ~lol~

  115. BETTY says:

    If I can only take your probiotics or your Green Super Food, which one would you recommend?
    Thanks

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      It depends on the person and what their diet is like. If they are eating lots of probiotic rich foods and drinking coffers and fermented beverages then I would do greens. If they are getting lots of diverse vegetables frequently in their diet but no probiotics, I would consider the greens. It also depends on health concerns as well…Both are great!

  116. Jane says:

    Thank you for information!

  117. John Whitaker says:

    Damn, I hit enter too quickly or something. Hope you are doing good bud. I randomly stumbleuponed your website.

    John

  118. John Whitaker says:

    What can I expect my BMs to be like? I enjoy being regular.

  119. Evan H says:

    My buddy and I are both getting headaches after drinking this stuff. Any suggestions?

  120. Alice says:

    This is very good advice. I did this for the last two years. A little different recipe but it gave me good health. Thank you Dr. Axe for all your healthy ideas and help. At the present I am doing Coconut oil pulling followed by my lemon, ginger and warm water drink. It helps my gut and my mouth. I am going to start my old recipe again. I think I quit it because of the acid in my mouth. I was worried it would hurt my teeth. But I felt so much better.

  121. Melinda Carver says:

    I tried the detox drink this morning using less water hoping I could get it down quickly without the taste lingering and immediately vomited it back up. Can you think of any reason why this would happen? I’m not sick and afterwards felt fine. Thank you.

  122. Miles says:

    Do you think it’s okay to add a dose of Spirulina to this recipe, or do you recommend that i take it afterwards? Thank you so much for your wonderful advice! I’m going to start on cleansing today.

  123. Len says:

    I am a busy single father working full time so I like a quick breakfast beverage to go. I normally do a blended Pu-Erh Tea with GF Butter, MCT oil, 100% Cacao, and Reishi mushroom and don’t actually consume food till lunch-ish. Would consuming this detox drink before my fatty tea interfere with any of the benefits I get with my tea or be a problem if not having a meal till about mid day? I don’t see any conflicts but wanted to get your expert opinion! Thanks so much in advance for your response!!

  124. Tara says:

    Hello Dr. Axe, Will the success be as effective with diluted ACV with 5% acidity and 100% lemon juice from concentrate? Or should I increase the amounts? Thank you for your help!

  125. Kacey Z says:

    I’m wondering if this drink would be effective without the cinnamon as I am allergic to it. Will I still get a benefit from drinking the rest of the ingredients? Thank you.

  126. Donna says:

    I have read through all the commentaries & ?. I have dealt with bronchitis/pneumonia for many years that has permanently affected my breathing rhythms only to be treated now for arythmia treated w/. Flecadine to control. Mixed up a batch today ACV, lemon, & cinnamon in spring water per recipe. Mixed in the individual bottles. Shook well & drank . The flavor was similar to wassail . Looking forward to increased health. Do you see any issues for me?

  127. Byanca says:

    Will this really help me lose weight? Any diet suggestions? Can I add honey?

  128. Newu says:

    I do IF fasting will this drink break my fasting state if i drink it in the morning.

  129. Zoe says:

    MUCH tastier when its hot if anyone is wondering! Also make sure to use ACV “with the mother” as it is much better for you!

  130. karen says:

    I have bought a Stevia from Walmart and I noticed that there are other ingredients besides Stevia are those other ingredients ok for you and is this some kind of refined Stevia should I even use it

  131. Kate says:

    Merry Christmas & have a Fantastic 2015, Dr. Axe! Thank you so much for all the information. I am eager to try this recipe (my 2015 resolution).

  132. Rica says:

    My son is diagnosed with autism spectrum dis order when he was injected withis MMR vaccine when he was just 2..Will this work for him as a detoxifier in removing the mercury that was injected from his system?

  133. lina says:

    Is it okay if i add chia seed and green tea minus the cinnamon to this drinks and drink it through out the day as and when, just like what we used to do to plain water and will it still produce the same benefit to the body.

  134. Jacquelyn says:

    Do you have to use Braggs ACV or can you use any brand? I also want to know would SUE BEE honey work?

  135. Lynette says:

    Can you please tell me what type of cayenne to use…ie… Oil, pepper if so just regular cayenne powder from grocery or a specific type….also what about using coconut oil? Thanks in advance…

  136. Zelka says:

    It is suggested to take this drink 20 minutes before meals. Can I still take enzymes?

    Thanks!

  137. jasmine says:

    hi dr, how much good bacteria or probotics is in a glass of acv with water? Im asking because no other website will tell me and im drinking it for the good bacterias. I love the stuff I drink it 3x everyday and follow the instructions on the bottle. thanks

  138. Mary says:

    Is it okay to substitute Manuka honey as a sweetener? Thanks!

    Oh, Zoe, I dunno but I think someone said not to enjoy it hot because it breakdowns SOMETHING (maybe in the vinegar?).

  139. Leigh says:

    I tried this detox, 2 x/day for 2 days. It gave me diarrhea. Is it supposed to do that? Or just at the beginning because I am detoxing? I eat fairly clean diet, but holiday’s killed me! I did it as a shot.

  140. Ray faircloth says:

    I’m a 56year old male suffering from sarcoidosis of the lungs , not having much luck with predizone, would I benefit from your detox cocktail and would it be ok to drink this while on predizone?

  141. LT says:

    I was wondering if this is still effective in males and is it safe for teens of 14 and 16 to consume and is it healthy to consume cayenne pepper in pill from?

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      It should be fine in pill form but could be very potent. Because all the ingredients in this drink are real food, it should be fine for them to consume but I would consult with your physician.

  142. Nancy says:

    Can I use ACV in juicing, with fresh fruits and/or veggies?

  143. Joey says:

    Can I make a pitcher of this juice and refrigerate it?

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      Yes, just stir before each use

      • Kimme says:

        Stir before drinking, aye! I couldn’t get it to dissolve into the water. It was chunks of everything floating on top. So dummy me put it in the microwave just for thirty seconds in hopes it would dissolve. It did just a little then as I’m sipping on it I read that’s a no no! So how in the world does one get it to dissolve? Oh, btw, I have found you all so helpful with a chock full of info. Thanks a bunch!

  144. EMMA says:

    what happens if you take it after meals?

  145. Jean BARFIELD says:

    How many drops of lemon oil do I use? Can I have it warm? I Just started this morning and I don’t care for it in cold water. It is not bad tastings at all i just like warm drinks.

    Thanks
    Jean BARFIELD

  146. Juliet says:

    I notice that you made some modifications on your menu,,, is there a reason why you changed the ACV and Lemon juice from 2 TBSP to 1? I wanted to say thank you for this mission you have to share with us all!!! Grateful to know there’s individuals such as yourself who wants to keep us all healthy and aware…

  147. Kimberly says:

    I am allergic to lemon, lime, oranges. Is there something i can use instead in the detox drink. I am also allergic to cayenne and other peppers.

  148. Frances says:

    I have severe IBS due to Fibro and Lupus, have severe RA as well is this going to aggravate my conditions worse, I developed IBS after my gallbladder was removed. I tend to think about taking this in a small shot drinking then drinking water. Any ideas on the safety if this. I am on disability so is this going to cost me a fortune to use on a regular basis.

  149. Tracy says:

    Wow Dr. Josh, you really do have the patience of a saint! I cannot believe how many times you answered the exact same questions and posted the exact same links.
    You’re awesome!

  150. Cathy says:

    Can you make this drink with very hot water and drink it like a tea, or will the almost boiling water have a negative effect on the drink?

  151. Krista says:

    If this has been asked and answered, I apologize. I agree with Tracy, you are so patient with all of the repeated quesitons!
    Can you tell me how many drops of cinnamon oil would be used in this? I can’t seem to find a good answer anywhere on how much is too much per day.
    Thank you!

  152. kirsty says:

    Is this OK to drink if I suffer with symptoms of IBS due to stress? Also I have interstitial cystitis, will it cause either of these to flare up?

  153. Georges Geller says:

    What is the calory count for a serving of this drink? I want to try it.

  154. Audrey says:

    The cinnamon irritates my tough and throat. Is there an alternative?

  155. Kathleen says:

    Which recipe for your secret detox drink is most current? I’ve now seen 3 variations…
    Been using one with ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, lemon juice, Apple cider vinegar and water thinking it was the most updated version? But, have purchased 28 day detox and see coconut water version with no ginger or cinnamon. Please advise, want fastest results. Thank you!

  156. hailey says:

    Does this also help with weight loss?

  157. julio estrada says:

    How many times a day should one drink this? should it be first thing in the morning?

  158. Cecelia says:

    I’m on my eighth day of this detox. The first few days I had a headache after drinking it (which encouraged me because I knew the detox was working). But the past several days my throat started hurting. I kept drinking, but cut out the pepper to see if that helped. Then I cut the amount of ACV to one tbs. But this morning it hurts to swallow. The pain is in the tonsil area.

    And now to my question: Is it possible I am damaging or burning my tonsils with the detox drink?

    I must add that your website and the help you give to others is to be admired. I follow your advice in many things and it has only improved my life. So thank you for all that you are doing!

  159. Don B. says:

    Hi,

    Can you use your drink and yogi tea liver detox at the same time?

  160. Todd says:

    Enjoying this drink. Question on the photo with the ingredients for the detox shows pure organic brand cinnamon. That’s the same bottle I have but it doesn’t show anywhere I can see that it’s Ceylon…? Can you confirm this?

  161. Jubeda says:

    Hi I take glutamine 1st thing in the morning for leaky gut do u recommend the acv drink before taking the glutamine?

  162. Kathleen says:

    I take a thyroid (naturethroid) med first thing about 30 min before breakfast. Will this drink interfere with this med?

  163. Lynette says:

    I finally got all ingredients made it as a shot was actually pretty good seeing as how I’ve just been doing the acv by itself…kind of like a treat! Lol my question is I used the real lemon concentrate from grocery store and saw that there are dome additives….should I be using something else? Thx in advance….happy detoxing all…

  164. Kori says:

    Dr Axe,

    I have multiple questions. First, I have started Trim Healthy Mama and they state not to use Honey as it raises blood sugar levels and can interfere with glycemic levels? I had already ordered the Wedderspoon you recommended to use occasionally…I do not want to if it will interfere with weight loss, so I have been using it on my daughters acne for an overnight treatment?…Also since I have started the plan they have an E meal that is up to 45 g of healthy carbs, of brown rice, quinoa, ezekial bread, sweet potato, etc…how do you feel about this? I am afraid to put on weight as I have been low carb for quite awhile now. I thought I had read that you preferred to limit the bread to very sparingly? I use most of your products as far as supplements, protein powders, etc, but I am confused at the different point of views. I respect your opinion and do your burst training and i love it and your recipes, but I do want to be doing what is best for me and my health and I also have been extremely bloated and gassy..(sorry tmi) but it is embarrassing and uncomfortable…it is from my body changing the way I eat? maybe to much fiber?I want to loss weight not gain and there is so many conflicting opinions… I’m torn on my health and I desperately need your input. Do you feel switching my fuels as far as fats and carbs can be a great lifestyle plan and possible help me loose this 10 lbs I want to get rid of?
    All info you give me is MUCH appreciated and your time as well!

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      I think small amounts of healthy carbohydrates like those listed are fine in moderation. I would make sure you are getting adequate amounts of protein, consuming lots of vegetables and add in burst training 3-5 times each week.

  165. Patricia says:

    Dr. Axe., i started drinking this at least 2x daily and I notice that my #2 has a very strong odor., like real bad halitosis . Does this means my body is detoxifying? I also notice that i i do not take a shower righ after, i will get a bladder infection. I easily take care of bladder infections by drinking all natural coconut water. Please provide your comments. Thank you :)

  166. Tricia says:

    I’ve been drinking this every morning for a week and I’m having extreme acid reflux or indigestion. Could it be the brand of Cinnamon I’m using?

  167. kathrine says:

    what is the difference between sprouted chia seeds and organic chia seeds

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      Sprouted chia seeds have been soaked for a time to allow the phytic acid to die off. This unlocks the nutrients in the chia and allows the body to utilize them. I always recommend sprouted seeds if possible

  168. Ellen Sibley says:

    Should the ACV be unfiltered or do you get the same benefit if not ( it is cheaper and easier to find regular ACV)?
    Is it OK to keep taking a daily pro-biotic (Align) if I am having two of these drinks a day?

    If I replace the stevia with honey, should it be Raw honey?

  169. Alex Brown says:

    Hey I was just wondering, I am 14 years old and wondering if I could do this or if you have anything recommended that’s I could do to detox drink wise?

  170. Susie says:

    Can this drink be made in advance so it is easy to have on hand?

  171. Candis says:

    I don’t have Ceylon cinnamon right now so I used my Saigon cinnamon. Is there going to be a detriment to doing this until I get the ceylon? Also when I blended it, it was very foamy, is that normal. It was quite tasty, so I do want to continue if the cinnamon is ok to use for a week or so before I get the Ceylon.

  172. Dottie Clyatt says:

    In preparing the “Secret Detox Drink Recipe”, can I use Lemon Essential Oil instead of Lemon Juice. How many drops of Lemon Essential Oil equals one tablespoon? I have read 8 drops. Is that correct? If so, then I would have to add 16 drops of Lemon Oil. Thank you.

  173. Dave says:

    I drink this warm an its awesome

  174. Scott says:

    How do you get the cinnamon and pepper to mix in? I have tried mixing for 10 minutes but it never seems to really mix into the water. It just puddles at the top of the glass and makes it tough to drink. I have just gone to ACV, lemon juice and honey because it all mixes together smoothly. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  175. Jeremiah says:

    Is it 2 tablespoons of the vinegar and lemon? seems like alot and the drink on the braggs bottle says 2 teaspoons. Anyhow, I did do tablespoons…drinking now, looking to improve overall health, do a light detox and lose about 10-15 lbs. Thanks!

  176. Duran says:

    Hi Dr. Josh Axe

    Will this shrink uterine fibroids? Do you have other natural remedies for women who suffer with fibroids? I’m now determined to avoid surgery if possible because I want to have children in the near future. My GYN gave me the worst scenario of having surgery.

  177. Andrea says:

    Essential oils should not be consumed “mixed in water”. Remember – oil and water do not mix! At 1-2 drops, as Dr Axe suggests, you get a very concentrated dose!

  178. Ese says:

    This drink is DELICIOUS! I added cinnamon oil instead of cinnamon spice.

  179. Joel says:

    The apple cider seems to give me heartburn….any suggestions?

  180. Julie Arnold says:

    Where do you buy your cinnamon and what’s the brand? Thanks for your help Dr. Axe.

  181. Julie Arnold says:

    Hi! Dr. Axe, do you think you’ll ever sell a greens formula that’s decaffinated? I like your blog because you refer me to The Food Babe and I got a lot of knowledge from her.. thanks!

  182. mary says:

    WOW…..Before I even read this post I had made myself a warm lemon, ACV, honey drink for my sore throat this morning. With all the things I’ve always known about ACV….especially the antifungal properties, and that Lemon is very good for detoxifying the LIVER, etc. with all of this….I feel like I got a huge pat on the back.

    I’ve been doing the daily probiotic every morning for about 6 months now.

    I’ve finally decided to just drop all GRAINS…for me, it is a must. with a week of that I’ve already dropped two pounds.

    I’ll now use the ACV/LEMON drink daily. i had no idea it could help with weight loss!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  183. george walker says:

    I’m 71 . I have tried lemon water acv before but never really stuck to it. But this time iv been drinking it every day for the last 2n ahalf weeks experimentally speaking I have not taken my high blood pressure medication for 2 weeks and I won’t for at least another 2 weeks. After the 4th week I will tex my bp numbers

  184. Sheila says:

    Dr. Axe, I finished the 28-Day Secret Detox last month. I’m glad I did it and feel great. I still like to take the Secret Detox drink first thing in the morning. I noticed that the recipe in the 28-Day Secret Detox Plan is different from the one you published online. The Plan doesn’t add any cinnamon or Stevia. I just wanted to point it out or maybe somebody else has commented on the recipe differences. I like the Ceylon cinnamon and have added that in but I don’t add the Stevia. I must say by adding the cinnamon, it sure makes getting the drink down a whole lot nicer! Thank you for all that you do!

  185. Sarah says:

    Can I add it to Apple juice instead of water? Would it be as beneficial?

  186. Gloria says:

    What about heart medication? I am on a beta blocker and a ace inhibitor, will it affect the blood pressure too much??? Don’t want it to go to low…..

  187. zama says:

    I’m breastfeeding can still use this mixture?

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