Feeling bloated, tired, and have no energy? It may be time to look at what you’re eating to discover the reason behind the symptoms. We all know that what you eat affects your weight, but the effects can have damaging health impacts as well; meaning eating healthy and clean isn’t just for vanity, it’s for optimal body function. To help kick start a healthy lifestyle, we’ve created a list of the best lemon detox drink recipes to fuel your body with vitamins and minerals.

If you’re looking to start a new health routine, detoxing by eating clean and nutritious foods is a great place to start. What is detox exactly? According to Dictionary.com: detox  (‘di:, toks) 1. treatment designed to rid the body of poisonous substances.

For our purposes, I like to think of detox as eating healthier foods and therefore removing unhealthier options from our bodies. NBC News recently ran an article on the power of detox (although stressing the importance of moderation) noting, “Not only does a healthy detox give your digestive system a break, but by eliminating added sugar, saturated fats, and alcohol, it also rids your diet of things that can exacerbate health issues.”

Lemon, Cucumber & Mint Refresher Recipe

Lemon, Cucumber & Mint Refresher in a glass pitcher

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Ingredients: 1. 1 Lemon 2. ½ Cucumber 3. Handful of mint leaves

Directions: Slice up the lemon and cucumber, throw in the mint leaves and place in a gallon of water. Let it sit overnight (or for 8 hours or so), and presto - tasty detoxifying water,  a la the Lemoncumbermint!

Lemon & Strawberry Smoothies Recipe

Lemon & Strawberry Smoothie

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Ingredients: 1. 1 cup of strawberries 2. ¼ of a lemon 3. ½ cup of cold water 4. 5 large ice cubes 5. 1 tablespoon of honey (optional) 6. 1 cup of strawberries 7. ¼ of a lemon 8. ½ cup of cold water 9. 5 large ice cubes 10. 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)

Directions: For this simple drink, combine the ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

Lemon Ginger-ade Recipe

Lemon Ginger-ade

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Ingredients: 1. ½ lemon 2. ½ ginger knob

Directions: Seems weird but this combination of lemon and ginger is divine! Simply mix 12 ounces of water with lemon and ginger for the perfect morning drink to provide energy and start your metabolism going. Squeeze the lemon juice into the water, then grate the ginger in as well. Mix and slurp up!

Lemon & Apple Cider Vinegar Detoxifier Recipe

Lemon & Apple Cider Vinegar Detoxifier

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Ingredients: 1. 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar 2. ½ a lemon 3. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 4. ½ tablespoon of honey 5. dash of cayenne pepper 6. 8 ounces of water

Directions: This last drink is a little more intense. If you’ve ever tried Apple Cider Vinegar you know it’s not the most pleasant thing to drink. The health benefits, however, are more than enough reasons to give it a shot. Apple Cider Vinegar helps maintain your weight, lower blood pressure and can even clear up acne prone skin. So, take one for the team (aka your body) and try this awesome detoxifying drink! Mix together all of the ingredients making sure the cinnamon has fully dissolved. Once it has, bottoms up!

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