What is a Detox Smoothie: Explanation, You Can Lose Weight + Juice Health Program19 min estimated reading time

juicing health weight lossWhat is a Detox Smoothie: Explanation, You Can Lose Weight + Juice Health Program

 

With a detox, you can purify the body of harmful and unwanted substances.

Your body naturally has built-in mechanisms to clean itself. Just think about your liver and your kidneys. Is it useful to do a detox at all?

To this question (and more) we will give you an answer in this article. What else you will learn in this article:

  • How you can do a detox for improving your health
  • What you should take into account as a novice ‘detoxer’
  • When you are not allowed to do a detox
  • A detox juice cure program to put detoxing into practice

What is a detox?

Detoxification is the cleaning of your body. There is also talk about drainage although in this context it is meant the draining detox foodof body fluids.

Detoxing is usually done with a period of fasting followed by a period of drinking fruit and vegetable juices in combinations with herbal tea and/or supplements.

In the regular medical world, little is done with detox and only limited scientific research has been done into this phenomenon.

Would you like detoxing under supervision then you will, therefore, have to look for it in the corner of naturopathy. Nothing wrong with that of course, the regular medical world is often behind the facts.

What do you want to achieve with a detox?

A detox can be done in different ways, depending on objectives, wishes and preferences.

For most people, improving health will be the goal. For example, during a detox cure, a lot of fruit and vegetable juice is drunk to provide the body with healthy nutrients.

Another goal may be losing weight (source).

During a detox, the organs get rest by fasting. This way the liver is stimulated to remove toxic substances. The body is also stimulated to remove toxic substances through the stool, urine and sweat.

You can do a detox to relieve various health problems. Think of: (source)

  • Digestive problems
  • A bloated feeling
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Allergies
  • Inflammation and obesity

Although the body can get rid of contamination through the liver and the kidneys, the idea behind a detox is to help the body. This help is necessary because the body can no longer adequately drain a large amount of pollution (which we now have to deal with).

 

Pollution

Pollution that we face in our modern society:

  • Pesticides on (non-organic) vegetables and fruit
  • Antibiotics and hormones from (non-organic) meat, poultry and farmed fish
  • Certain unnatural substances in our diet (E-numbers)
  • Medicines
  • Alcohol
  • Heavy metals
  • Antibiotics
  • Cosmetics
  • Deodorant
  • Detergents
  • Air pollution, exhaust fumes and cigarette smoke
  • Amalgam Fillings
  • Cleaning productsE numbers in food

In the last 70 years, 80,000 new chemicals have entered the market. These are processed in our food, cleaning products, pesticides, cosmetics, clothing, upholstery and medicines. Only a few hundred of these substances have been tested for safety.

Compare that with the contamination that we had to deal with as a prehistoric man. They only suffered from inhaling soot (from the campfire) and perhaps some heavy metals in the water if they lived in the wrong place.prehistoric man mcdonalds

The contrast with the amount of junk we receive today is of course huge. And the capacity of the liver may be large, but it is not designed to remove this kind of contaminants. And certainly not for the enormous amounts to which our bodies are exposed.

The fact that we are dealing with a lot of pollution will be clear to everyone, but the mechanism on how a detox removes this contamination from the body is not entirely clear.

We know that the liver can dispose of and dispose of many harmful substances, even without detoxification (source, source, source, source).liver

The liver does have difficulty with certain forms of contamination such as chemicals, persistent organic contamination and heavy metals (source, source, source, source, source).

These forms of contamination can remain stored in the body for years. The place where the body stores contamination, which it can not drain, is the adipose tissue or in the blood. Pollution can be stored here for years (source, source, source).

Forms of detox

There are several ways you can do a detox. The most applied form is to make with a detox cure through adjustments in your diet.

A common detox cure looks like this:

  • 1 to 3 days of fasting. During this period you do not eat anything and you only drink water and/or herbal tea
  • A period (from a few days to a maximum of 2 weeks) in which you only drink water, vegetable juice, fruit smoothies and herbal tea.

detox herbsIt is also customary to use herbal herbs in the form of herbal teas or supplements during the detox treatment.

During a detox cure, you can not drink alcohol or coffee and do not smoke. Also added sugars are not allowed.

Solid nutrition is also allowed in some detox treatments, although this is only at a later stage. It is then necessary to opt for organic food that does not contain allergens.

Optional is the use of laxatives and/or enemas to clean the intestines. The usefulness of this type of resource is not entirely clear. It is certain that many people feel better after a detox cure, even if they have not used these kinds of drugs.

During a detox cure, it is also good to exercise regularly so that waste can be disposed of properly.green detox smoothie

There are many forms of detox cures. One stricter and heavier than the other. With some, you have to fast and you can only drink while in other forms (certain) solid food is allowed.

Many people will feel better during a detox cure. They feel more energetic and more focused. It is not known whether this is due to the removal of toxic substances by the body or the healthy diet that is eaten (or drunk) during a cure (or by a combination of both).

In a detox cure, some people feel less well. Especially in the first days of a cure. In naturopathy, this is seen as evidence that the body carries away contamination.

The contamination is stored in, among other things, the body fat and is released by the detox. As a result, you get a peak of waste products in the bloodstream which makes you feel unwell.

In naturopathy, one speaks about detoxification phenomena that prove that there are a lot of toxic substances in the body come loose.


A plausible theory seems to me, I can only find no scientific evidence about it.


For most people, it will be the case that during a detox treatment it will first get worse before it gets better. Especially when it is the first time that you are doing a detox, many waste materials can be released.

Can you lose weight with a detox cure?smoothie running

With a detox cure, you can lose a lot. Logically, you have to fast after which you switch to a diet of vegetable juices that contain few calories.

A detox cure often has a lot in common with a crash diet; a diet with a large calorie restriction so that you lose a lot in a short time.

Much of the rapid weight loss in a detox cure will be moisture. Although you have to drink a lot during a detox, you will lose more fluid than you drink.

The loss of moisture is because your body will get little carbohydrate. After half a day, your glycogen stores (sugars stored in the muscles and liver) start to run out.

A property of glycogen is that it retains moisture. With the loss of glycogen, you will also lose a lot of fluid.

kidney-who-drinksBecause you will get a low amount of carbohydrates during a detox treatment, the insulin also drops. The main task of insulin is to absorb glucose from the blood. Another function of insulin is to ensure that the kidneys retain sodium.

Because the insulin values become lower, the kidneys will start to drain sodium. They do this via the urine so that you lose extra moisture.

It is quite normal that with a detox cure of a week you can lose a kilo or 3 to 4.

Remember that a large part comes from moisture loss and that after the detox cure you will quickly reach a few kilos again.

A group of overweight women did a lemon detox cure and were followed by researchers. They drank water with lemon juice and organic maple syrup.

You will not be surprised that these women lost a lot of weight. Their BMI and their waist-to-hip ratio went down. Also improved important health values such as inflammation and insulin resistance (source).


If your goal is only to lose weight, you can go for a diet that allows you to achieve lasting results. After a detox cure, you will gain quickly again, as after every crash diet is the case. A suitable diet for lasting results is the low-carbohydrate diet.


Do you doubt about doing a commercial detox treatment where people claim that you waste a lot? Remember that this is no more than disguised crash diets: you do not just lose weight in a responsible and sustainable way.

Dangers of a detox treatment

The market for detox supplements is not regulated. Anyone who wants to put a detox supplement on the market can do that detox drinksand the supplements are available for sale. You will, therefore, have to be vigilant and do research before you decide to use a particular supplement.

A detox supplement usually consists of one or more herbs that are available as tea, pills, elixirs or drops.

For example, the herbs that are used stimulate the liver and/or kidneys to dispose of waste. Herbs that are widely used are artichoke, dandelion and milk thistle.

A number of superfoods can also support you with a detox cure.

They are:

  • Turmeric; this is a strong antioxidant and supports the kidneys
  • Ginger; helps in the detoxification of the body and has anti-inflammation properties
  • Spirulina; helps the body to detoxify heavy metals
  • Chlorella; helps the body to detoxify heavy metals and dioxins

detox side effectsA detox can become dangerous if you combine multiple resources. If, for example, you also use an elixir and a herbal pill in addition to your herbal tea, there is a risk that your body will, for example, drain too much fluid. If you are lucky you will only feel weak but remember that this can have fatal consequences (source).

You might consider including activated charcoal in your detox diet.

In short, it comes down to the fact that active carbon has a very large internal surface. This in combination with a fine microstructure and fine pores can bind all kinds of substances.

For example, activated charcoal is used to treat poisonings and drug overdoses. Toxic substances and heavy metals such as cyanide and lithium attach to activated carbon.

When don’t do a detox?

pregnant woman and detoxIf you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is better not to do a detox. A shortage of proteins and fatty acids that are badly needed for the growth of the unborn child can occur in pregnant women.

If you are breastfeeding, the toxic substances that are released can be breastfeeding.

If you have problems controlling your blood glucose, first consult your doctor before you start a detox cure.

Juice cure program

beet smoothieFor everyone who wants to do a detox cure, we have put together a juice cure program. This program is quite mild and is also suitable for people who want to do a detox for the first time.

As mentioned, there are many different ways to detox. A juice cure as detox is the most common and has the advantage that you will provide the body with a huge amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Because you drink fruit and vegetables, like juices, your body gets a lot more vegetables and fruit than usual.

This juice treatment is meant to detoxify your body and does not aim for weight loss.


You will lose weight from this treatment but see it more like a (pleasant) side effect.blueberry smoothie


If your goal is only to lose weight, you are better off following a diet, such as the low-carbohydrate diet.

You might lose weight less quickly, but your results are better to hold.

The juice treatment program that we have put together for you is for 3 days. 3 days you can keep as a minimum to detoxify your body.

If you feel good about it, you can, if you like, continue with this juice cure longer. Many people do a detox for up to a week.


I would advise you to no longer do it like 2 weeks, you will lose too much muscle mass because of the lack of proteins which is unfavorable for your resting metabolism.


spinach parsley smoothieTo detox, for longer than 3 days you can simply repeat the juice recipes from day 1,2 and 3. If you want you can also indicate your own twist here by adding ingredients. Check first if your ingredients are detox-friendly. For example, milk is not detox-friendly; foods with an animal origin do not belong in a detox cure.

Since the purpose of a detox is to detoxify your body, it is of course important that you only use organic vegetables and fruit. Also, rinse organic fruit and vegetables with water before you use it.

If you have already followed a detox program before, you can fasting 2 days before you start the juices. During these days you only drink water (possibly with lemon juice) and detox herbal tea.

If you are currently living on a diet consisting of fast food, the switch to a detox juice cure is rather intense. You do well to first eat healthy for a week, in preparation, before you start the juice cure.
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I would advise you to use the day before you really start detoxing as a preparation day. For example, body and mind can already prepare a bit for the detox and the transition to juices is less intense and you have less chance of side effects such as headaches.

You eat solid food on the preparation day. You keep it with exclusively unprocessed food and you do not eat (heavily) processed foods such as biscuits, sweets, meats, sausages and ready-to-eat meals.

On your preparation day, opt for vegetable milk replacements instead of dairy and preferably eat vegetarian.
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For this juice treatment program, you use 5 different juices. Below is the program. Under the program, you will find the recipes for the juices.

You can drink several glasses of juice at a time. It is not the intention that you starve yourself and remember that vegetable juice contains hardly any calories. So drink a lot of it.

Listen to your body during a detox. It is normal that you get hungry at times, this automatically disappears.

If you suffer from headaches, a feeling of light in your head and you are shaky, it is perhaps better to break down or interrupt the detox. Especially when this is not less and does not improve after drinking a lot of water. With a bowl of savory soup or some carbohydrate-rich food, you will soon feel better again.

During a detox, it is very important that you drink a lot, even outside the juices. Drink only green tea, herbal tea, water or juices. If you have dark colored urine then that is a sign that you drink too little.

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Schedule your detox, for example in a long weekend in which you have no social obligations.

Day 1

  • When you get up you take a detox herbal tea (brand of your own preference)
  • 9 o’clock: juice # 1: Beetroot and celery
  • 12 o’clock: juice # 1: Beetroot and celery
  • 15 o’clock: juice # 2: beetroot and pineapple
  • 18 o’clock: juice # 3: spinach and parsley

In between, you only drink water and a few glass detox herbal tea.

Day 2

  • When you get up you take a detox herbal tea (brand of your own preference)
  • 9 o’clock: juice # 4: Pineapple with blueberries
  • 12 o’clock: juice # 5: Cucumber with celery
  • 15 o’clock: juice # 2: beetroot and pineapple
  • 18 o’clock: juice # 3: spinach and parsley

Day 3

  • When you get up you take a detox herbal tea (brand of your own preference)
  • 9 o’clock: juice # 1: Beetroot and celery
  • 12 o’clock: juice # 1: Red beet and pineapple
  • 15 o’clock: juice # 3: spinach and parsley
  • 18 o’clock: juice # 5: Cucumber and celery

Recipe juice # 1: Beetroot and celery

Beetroot and celery

This recipe is not only delicious, but it is also full of nutrients and electrolytes.

Red beets contain anthocyanins (dyes that belong to the flavonoids) which has anti-inflammatory properties and acts as an antioxidant.

Red beets are good at a detox because it contains the substance betaine. This substance is good for detoxifying the liver cells. The type of fibers in beets (pectin) help the body to be able to dispose of waste materials through the faeces.

This juice recipe also contains ginger. Ginger has a lot of proven health benefits, including anti-inflammation properties and it helps with weight loss.

A big advantage of ginger is that it helps well against nausea. This makes you feel less nauseous when you get hungry. This helps to keep the detox better.

Celery is an ingredient used in many detox treatments, because of the moisture drifting properties.

Ingredients:

  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 3 small red beets
  • 1 ripe pear
  • 2 cm of a ginger stalk
  • A lemon
  • A quarter of a cucumber
  • A piece of broccoli strain
  • 1 carrot
  • A half yellow pepper

Preparation:

  1. Clean the red beets and cut them into pieces.
  2. Peel the pear and cut it into pieces.
  3. Cut the celery into pieces.
  4. Take a piece of broccoli strain of about 6 to 7 cm and cut it into pieces.
  5. Take 1 large carrot, clean it and cut it into pieces.
  6. Cut a yellow pepper into pieces.
  7. Put these ingredients in the slowjuicer.
  8. Put the juice from the slowjuicer in a blender and add a piece of ginger of about 2 cm long (cleaned).
  9. Cut the lemon and squeeze out the juice above the blender.
  10. Put the blender on the highest setting for 2 minutes so that the ginger is finely ground.

Recipe juice # 2: Red beet and pineapple

Red beet and pineapple

This recipe contains another super herb: turmeric. This herb has really mind-blowing many health benefits. It is an extremely strong antioxidant, works anti-inflammatory, strengthens the immune system and supports the functioning of the kidneys which is important during a detox.

Pineapple contains bromelain (a group of proteolytic enzymes) which works as a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Pineapple also contains substances that have a positive effect on your mood. It is so nice for your environment, if you are not completely yourself the moment you get a hunger feeling.

Ingredients:

  • 2 red beets
  • 2 cucumber
  • 2 apples
  • Half a pineapple
  • Half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 2 liters of water

Preparation:

  1. Clean the red beets and cut them into pieces.
  2. Peel the cucumbers and apples and cut them into pieces.
  3. Clean the pineapple and cut it into pieces.
  4. Put these ingredients in the slowjuicer and make juice.
  5. Put the juice in a large glass jug and mix it with about 2 liters of water.
  6. Squeeze half a lemon above and add a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Just stirring and ready.

Recipe juice # 3: Spinach and parsley

Spinach and parsley

Spinach contains chlorophyll (leaf green) and gluthation, both of which have a detoxifying effect.

Parsley is a powerful herb and is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It stimulates the kidneys to remove toxins from the body.

The chlorella in this recipe provides extra chlorophyll, besides beta carotene, vitamin C and lutein.

Chlorella is praised for its detox properties. For example, chlorella reduces the concentrations of very harmful dioxins in the body (source).

In animals, researchers have shown that chlorella helps to remove heavy metals from the body (source, source, source).

Ingredients:

  • 200 grams of spinach
  • 1 hand full of fresh parsley
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cm fresh ginger root
  • 2 teaspoons of chlorella

Preparation:

  • Peel the apple and the cucumber and cut them into pieces.
  • Put the spinach, parsley, cucumber and apple in the slow juicer to make juice.
  • Put the juice in the blender.
  • Clean a piece of ginger root and put it in the blender with 2 teaspoons of chlorella.
  • Cut the lemon and squeeze the halves over the blender.
  • Set the blender to the highest setting for 2 minutes to finely grind the ginger.

Recipe juice # 4: Pineapple with blueberriesPineapple with blueberries

Also in this recipe, we use pineapple again because of its favorable properties for a detox.

Besides pineapple use blueberries in this smoothie. These are full of flavanoids and polyphenols that protect the body against free radicals.

The strawberries in this juice provide a good dose of vitamin C which works as an antioxidant.
Strawberries are also rich in potassium, which is important to maintain the moisture balance during the detox.

 

Ingredients:

  • Half a pineapple
  • 150 grams of blueberries
  • 150 grams of strawberries
  • 1 orange
  • 200 ml of organic coconut milk

Preparation:

  1. Clean the pineapple and orange and cut them into pieces.
  2. Put the coconut milk in the blender and add the pineapple pieces first and mix until you have a nice smooth whole.
  3. Add the remaining pieces of fruit and blend until you have a nice smoothie.
  4. Add some ice cubes to make a delicious cool smoothie.

Recipe juice # 5: Cucumber and celery

Cucumber and celery

Cucumber and celery are a good source of copper, manganese and vitamin A. Copper activates enzymes in your body cells and supports the immune system.

Manganese plays an important role in the synthesis of hormones and collagen production. And vitamin A is involved in the development of new body cells.

Ingredients:

  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 apple
  • 2 cm ginger root
  • Half a lemon

Preparation:

  1. Cut the celery, cucumber and apple into pieces and put them in the slowjuicer and make juice.
  2. Clean a piece of about 2 cm ginger root and put it in a blender. Add the juice of the slowjuicer and squeeze half a lemon over the juice. Mix for 2 minutes at the highest setting so that the ginger is finely ground.
  3. Add a handful of ice cubes, this will benefit the taste.

After this detox juice cure program, gradually bring solid food and animal proteins (dairy, meat, eggs, fish, cheese) into your diet.

Now that your body is completely purified again, you want to keep this as long as possible. This is also a good time to switch to healthy and unprocessed food in which organic and vegetable food predominate (if not yet the case).

Did you know that research shows that 1 in 3 just gains from a diet instead of losing weight? (source)

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