Secret Detox Drink – Transform Your Kitchen-Ep. #36

Dr. Axe’s secret detox drink recipe not only tastes great, it will help you burn fat, lose weight, balance blood sugar levels, and get your body healthy!

1 glass of water (12-16 oz.)
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 dash cayenne pepper (optional)
1 packet stevia

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99 comments so far - add yours!

  1. Karla Fears says:

    You did not specify how much water you had in the cup.

  2. Cara Binkley says:

    I noticed the same thing as Karla but I just guessed that it was 8 ounces of water.

    • Diane Harris says:

      It looked a little larger to me. Maybe 12 oz? Hard to tell.Normally he has the reciped written down at the end, and he didn’t this time.

  3. Karen Foster says:

    how much water do you use?

  4. Flo says:

    When I was a little girl I used to watch my Great Grandmother take vinegar & lemon juice in a cup of hot water every morning —- amazing now that I do roughly the same thing! I usually add mine into a cup of green tea. Will have to try adding the cinn!

  5. Janet says:

    Is it okay to prepare this drink a day before or will anything be lost if not taken when prepared?

  6. Dr. Axe says:

    Hi guys,
    Sorry for the lack of recipe. I will get that added for sure.
    As far as the water, it really doesn’t matter how much you use. Try more or less depending on how strong you find the apple cider vinegar. 12 oz. is about what I used in the video.

  7. Diane says:

    Is this good to drink hot instead of coffee, as I’m trying to get off the caffeine in the mornings.

  8. Donna Clemons says:

    I just made this drink using 10 ounces of water. Afterwards, it has made me feel kind of sick at my stomach. Is this normal? Maybe it just shows how bad of shape my system’s in?

  9. Lorraine says:

    I am obese and have diabetes should I do this before each meal

  10. and for how long should we do it as detox?

  11. tim mcgee says:

    how many 8-10 oz drinks should you drink per day? if you mix a day ahead of time, do you need to refrigrate?

  12. Robert says:

    I was really surprised at how much I liked this drink. But I have a question about the stevia you used. Every brand of stevia I have tried has other ingredients in them. Is the stevia you use in this video 100% stevia? What brand do you recommend that doesn’t have maltodextrin, etc. added? and where do you get it?

    • Diane says:

      As far as I can tell from the video, he uses the brand NuNaturals. You can buy it at Whole Foods. I use SweetLeaf. I buy it at Whole Foods or Kroger. Sweetleaf only has 2 ingredients. Inulin soluble fiber and SweetLeaf Sweetner (Stevia). So I’m hoping it’s ok.

    • barbara says:

      SWEET Leaf@ any health food store. It has no maltrodextrin. It’s great._

    • Daniel S. says:

      I too have problems with stevia: I used to use a powdered version from walmart but the 1st ingredient was maltodextrin, which as I soon learned is related to MSG, which gave me chest pains. Stopped maltodextrin, stopped chest pains. Was using a blended stevia leaf product (expensive, weedy smell, green! goes good in matcha smoothies, but nothing else!), but on some forum, they suggested using liquid stevia. That’s been my go-to sweetener ever since (Thanks Trader Joe’s ;) ). But they (TJ’s) did have a powdered version that didn’t list anything but stevia as it’s ingredients…yes, it too gave me chest pains, sticking to liquid stevia for my sweet tooth, forevermore.

  13. Michele Maosn says:

    I am on a couple of antibiotics for infection. Would this detox be good to start when I am done with the antibiotics?

  14. Yna Floren says:

    I love YOU! It such a blessing to have someone in this area doing what you do! Hope to visit your shop soon, blessings, Miss Yna

  15. kristen says:

    is this safe for pregnant women?

  16. Gwen says:

    With the cayanne this drink kind-of tastes like a red hot candy. If you use warm water it helps dissolve the cinnamon making it much easier to swallow.

  17. Joy says:

    If you do this as a detox, then should it replace meals?

  18. This was delicious! It was a like a sweet kombucha and SO much cheaper. I am going to experiment with adding other spices or flavors in there. SO GOOD! Thanks for all your video advice I love how simple and easy everything you suggest is.

  19. Michael says:

    Can you do this cleanse/detox as a substitute for the master’s cleanse. Can I do the cleanse for multiple days and only consume the drink without worrying about being to acidic for my stomach lining.

  20. Robert says:

    What brands of stevia do you recommend because there are a lot of them?

  21. So can I make it by the gallon?

    1 gallon water
    16 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
    16 Tbsp. lemon juice
    8 tsp. cinnamon
    8 dash cayenne pepper (optional)
    8 packet stevia

  22. Tracey Hoehn says:

    Does it change the cinnamon if you put it in about one tablespoon of hot water? I have found it mixes better and is much easier to drink.

  23. Joanne says:

    Can you drink this while nursing? I know you can drink apple cider vinegar while pregnant and it helped with my heartburn but now I’m nursing and would like to drink this. I just want to make sure it will not cause the toxins to go into my milk.


    • Heather S says:

      I also would like to know if this is safe while breastfeeding. Seems like harmless ingredients, but just want to make sure. Thanks. :)

    • Donna Roy says:

      I was recently reading about detox using just whole foods and the comment was made that nursing mothers should not try to do any type of detox while breastfeeding. As the toxins release, they will exit the body in numerous ways, including the breast milk. So, do your research and do what you gut instinct tells you. If there is any potential harm, i would avoid it for now.

  24. Deanna says:

    Very excited to try this detox drink! Does it matter if I leave out the stevia and some of the cinnamon?

    • Dr. Axe says:

      Hey Deanna- Cinnamon has many health benefits, but it’s okay if you prefer it without. And Stevia is added for taste, so you’re good to leave it out too.

  25. Solange Ogle says:

    Dr. Johs,

    My daughter Francine, works in Nashville at NASBA. She attended a lunch and learn in which you were the guest speaker.
    Since then she has introduced us to your cookbook, CDs,and website. These references have changed our way of eating.

    My husband, daughter and I have started to do the Super Detoxify Drink.
    We found it to be time consuming to measure it all for each meal.
    So I figured out the measurements and came up with this method:

    1C. Organic non Pasteurized Vinegar
    ! C Organic non Pasteurized Lemon or Lime Juice
    1/4 c Cinnamon
    1/8 c Stevia
    1/8 tsp. Cayenne pepper {Optional}

    In a 16oz. mason jar add the dry ingredient first, then add 1 cup liquid and shake, then add the other cup of liquid and shake. Refrigerate.

    When I’m ready for my detox cocktail, I shake the liquid and add 1/8 c of that liquid into a glass of water.
    I also prepare a jar of the detox cocktail the night before for my husband to take to work the next day.
    At three times a day it should last 5 days plus 1/8 c

    One mess to clean per 5 days.
    Hope this is a good thing to do.
    We sure enjoy your Web-sight
    Your cookbook is wonderful, and it has become our Cooking bible.

    • Gail says:

      Ha! As I was reading through the comments, I was thinking to myself..”well, gee..what I would actually do is..” and then I came across your post next and there it was! I had the same thought as you – except you did all the calculations!
      THANK YOU so much!

    • Great idea to make a 5-day batch. I’m going to try this. Thanks Solange!

  26. Erin Adams says:

    Wow! I couldn’t believe how good this tasted! I used a handmixer to blend the drink and that seemed to work well. Also, I was looking for an alternative to the Bragg drink which is ACV and honey, and I added lemon to it which was good, but I didn’t want all the sugar. Thanks so much for sharing Dr. Josh! Keep ‘em comin!

  27. Barry Ash says:

    Does taking acetic acid that’s found in apple cider vinegar effect your PH level, since we don’t want our bodies to become acidic. Thanks for all you do. Great stuff.

    • Dr. Axe says:

      Hi Barry- Strangely enough, acidic fruits such as grapefruit, tomatoes, and in this case lemons don’t create acidity in the body. They do just the opposite and contribute to an alkaline environment.

  28. Joanne says:

    Thanks for your response! I guess I was asking about it being safe for nursing moms because I looked up the Master Cleanser and although the ingredients are totally safe for everyone, they strongly oppose nursing women doing the cleanse. Something about the toxins all go into the breast milk. Is this true?

  29. Robert Kimble says:

    I have been drinking this for three days. Today i think my gallbladder is strange. I have short bouts of mild pain under the right side of my rib cage.

    Any thoughts?

    • Robert Kimble says:

      Not sure if my pain was related to the drink? But I have not had the drink since lunch Friday and I have not experinced anymore pain. I am going to cut the measurements in half and try again.

  30. Sarah Boehm says:

    I was wondering if I can use just regular pasteurized apple cider vinegar until I get ‘the good stuff’ just to see what it’s like. Also does vinegar go bad or does it last forever? Thanks.

    I’ve been adding fresh lemon juice to my water and I’m looking forward to trying this.

  31. sharon good says:

    Do you just do the 3 times a day for a short period of time? How long? Do you drink the detox once a day long term? Thank you for the info. It tastes quite good.

  32. Victoria says:

    I currently drink 2 TBSP of ACV in water with 2 TBSP of honey. I will try your recipe but how do you feel about honey vs. stevia?

  33. Kathy says:

    I have been drinking your detox drink ever since you put up this video… and I love it!
    but when I make the drink, I slam it down.
    (I drink it fast)
    I just finished reading Patricia Bragg’s book on ACV and her detox drink is the ACV and honey and she says to drink it slowly.

    Is this ok to be “slamming” your detox drink down fast, or should I be drinking it slowly also??

    Thanks Dr. Axe for all your do!

  34. Molly MacIntyre says:

    I expected to hate it and I LOVE it!!!

  35. Judy Deierling says:

    Where do you stand on blood type? I have eaten this way for the last 25 years and it has serves me will.

    According to my type, O, I should do NO coconut products. No cinnamon, no vinegar (apple cider vinegar). Obviously the detox drink is not exactly great for me.

    What do you say?

    Thanks Judy Deierling

  36. sue says:

    can you take the vinegar pills instead of the detox drink. Are they as effective?

  37. Cindy says:

    Just watched the video. I am obese and have made THE mindset to change. i am go to the gym 4-5 times a week. Mostly in the mornings… Would this be beneficial to drink before the gym?

  38. Barbara Sansone says:

    I have doubled your recipe and added it to a quart of water. I love it so much I am drinking 2 quarts throughout the day. Is this OK? Thanks for your help.

  39. Elizabeth Tamminga says:

    Hello Dr. Axe,
    I have been drinking the detox drink whenever I “cheat” and have a sugary treat in order to balance my insulin levels. What I’m confused about is since sugar causes acidity in the body, and apple cider vinegar is also acidic, how is it that the two together wouldn’t be messing with my body’s pH levels?

  40. Inger says:

    I can’t wait to try this drink I actually take 1 TB of apple cider vinegar every morning, sometimes before each meal. This sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

  41. Inger says:

    This is a great tasting detox drink I just had it this morning. I would recommend using one of those blender bottles with the wire wisk in it so you can continually shake it up because as he states in the video the cinnamon doesn’t stay mixed to well. Other than that it is actually very refreshing!

  42. Cindy says:

    Does anyone else find this very tart? I added 2 stevias but still very tart. Is that something I will just get used to?

    • Amanda says:

      It is tart, but I am used to it now. I accidentally added two Stevias today and found it a bit too sweet. I would think two packets wouldn’t hurt anything, but maybe Dr. Axe would say otherwise.

  43. Marta says:

    My whole family just love it! I had a little piece of ginger in my drink.

  44. Amanda says:

    I have been drinking this detox drink for a couple of weeks & really feel great! I had come to a stalemate in my weight loss & it helped jumpstart it again. I sent the ingredients to my husband deployed to Afghanistan & he has been drinking it faithfully everyday. He usually drinks it when we’re on Skype so we can laugh at his funny faces as he chokes it down. I think it tastes good! Our son drank it a couple of times as well. Thanks, Dr. Axe!

  45. Greta Christian says:

    Instead of using stevia is it okay to use xylitol? That is what I use instead of sugar on a regular basis.

  46. cynthia says:

    I use agave nectar as my sweetner instead of stevia, is this ok? I don’t like the taste of the stevia.

    • Suzanne says:

      Agave is even worse than HFCS unless it is raw and organic (then only use it in a pinch).Sweet Leaf stevia or erythritol doesn’t taste bad at all.

  47. nick says:

    Hi Dr Axe,

    Do you see any problem drinking more than the 48oz’s you recommend. I have made this my primary drink and drink about a gallon a day. I also am using regular apple cider vinegar, not organic ( budget) also i have started adding ground ginger which makes a fantastic drink. What do you think ? I don’t add the cayenne

  48. Michael hayes says:

    Is it better to drink this in as part of a fast or drink while at the same time eating regular meals?
    LOve your site. Very helpful.

  49. Kevin Hairston says:

    What’s the name of the drink that has the lemon, apple cider & stevia?

  50. Fareha says:

    Does this not erode the teeth??

  51. Laura says:

    The drink is great and seems to be helping me lose weight, has decreased my appetite and slowly but surely helping to clean out my bowels – yeah! Thank you for the recipe. I do have a question about making and storing the drink in advance. I made enough for eight days, put it in a jar and refrigerated it. The only thing I didn’t add was the stevia and water. The second day of storage I got it out to use and as I poured a huge glob had formed – it was similar to the limy moss that collects in a river – I had to pinch it off. I blended it but it still collects too easily in my glass while I’m trying to drink it – it just makes it rather difficult. Should I not be preparing it in advance? I’m disappointed now, because that vinegar is not cheap – quite pricey and there went five days worth that I’m just not sure I could choke down! Thanks for any ideas or help you can offer!

  52. Amy Frese says:

    Can I add this detox drink to my fresh juice that I express from my juicer or would they counteract each other?

  53. Kristina says:

    Hi Dr. Axe,

    What is your opinion regarding consuming apple cider vinegar if a person has fungal overgrowth?

    Thank you,

  54. Amy Frese says:

    I’ve been doing your detox drink for 2 days and I feel amazing!! So much energy and hardly any hunger all day! I feel like a million bucks!! Thank you for this recipe! Even my 11 yr old son loves it!

  55. Donna Roy says:

    I’ve heard that stevia will lower blood pressure. Will it have the same effect in everyone? I have adrenal and thyroid issues and have very low blood pressure. When i use stevia i feel dizzy….could it be it is lowing my blood pressure even more? What would be a good substitute for stevia in this detox drink? Thanks!

  56. Britt says:

    Are the effects of this detox negated if you drink it AFTER a meal. Sometimes I forget to take it before, so I was wondering if I could/should still drink it afterward?


  57. water2soul says:

    I first watched the youtube video on my ipad, and didn’t notice the glass of water, only focusing on the ingredients. My first two drinks were from concentrate, no water added, like a super shot! Immediate burst of energy and a little burn in the belly, comfortable though. Any harm doing this?

    • water2soul says:

      2nd day on detox drink. using a shaker cup with 4 oz of water to shake all ingredients together. i’m really feeling an amazing burst of energy, and my hunger is definitely subsided. I also feel leaner or lighter, actually my stomach feels like it is already shrinking.

  58. Kyra says:

    Is the detox a substitute for Kombucha?

  59. Ginny says:

    Dr. Axe,
    Is it important to use Ceylon cinnamon instead of the other cinnamons on the market? I had read at some point that other cinnamons were not actually effective? maybe even toxic? I have the big thing of Saigon cinnamon from Sam’s. Have bought and used Ceylon before and I’m worried that using non-Ceylon is counter-productive or un-productive.

  60. Randy says:

    I’m about a month off from a series of gout flairs (my first). Doc also thinks I have reactive arthritis. This diagnosis by educated guess work and the the process of elimination. For two weeks I’ve been 98% non-sprouted grain free. I do eat Ezekiel bread and like products.
    Will the vinegar in this cause a rise in uric acid? I spoke to one individual that felt that the product in the video was a trigger for gout for her.

  61. Melodie says:

    what are some of the side effects? I tried this after a weekend of crappy eating and was ravenously hungry all day, that was yesterday. Today I have a huge headache, not sure if this is related but curious.

  62. Lauren says:

    I’ve been looking for a good all natural homemade detox. Can’t wait to try this! Thanks!

  63. Jerrie says:

    Can you use lemon essential oil in place of the lemon juice … how much . Also can you use cayenne extract for the cayenne? how much ?

  64. Rebecca Mueller says:

    I found out that the regular cinnamon in the grocery store is not that good for you. The one with all the health benefits is the Ceylon Cinnamon which is harder to find.
    I was taking large doses of the other one and it thinned out my blood so much that I almost passed out in my exercise class.

  65. So I’ve done the master cleanse about 3 times. Each time I haven’t been able to successfully ween myself off the cleanse. But I did get results…So my question is, for this cleanse that can last for 1-40 days, can you drink solely this drink for 1-40 days? Because with the master cleanse, there is a glucose source which allows for one to continue to workout safely. Steevia is a sweetner, but there is no caloric intake…Thoughts?

  66. Beth says:

    About 6 months ago I started using 1 tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water and a packet of Stevia. About a month later my hands began to ache – arthritis, I think. Is it possible that the drink caused the pain to appear, or is it just coincidence? I quit the regimen. (Hands still hurt.) An acupuncturist/ Chinese medicine practitioner friend said that some people have reactions to apple cider vinegar. Your thoughts?

  67. cynthia says:

    this question has already been answered by Dr Axe, yes all the ingredients are safe during pregnancy

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