We naturally associate the word detox with depriving ourselves of food and with the pangs of starvation that come with surviving on juice, solely, for days at a time. Don’t let your post detox stress disorder stand in the way of getting to know Dirty Lemon.
This new kind of detox doesn't require you to ditch meals (remember, it's not always healthy to forgo food altogether), and it's made with natural, raw ingredients, which, when combined, work to alkalize the body and cleanse the system of toxins the right way.
Dirty Lemon is made with fresh lemon juice, a known natural detoxifier, as well as activated charcoal derived from coconut shells, which absorbs toxins and soothes the stomach, cleansing from the inside out. (The charcoal gives the drink a black tint but don't be alarmed: It's perfectly safe to ingest.)
After swearing off any form of "cleanse" for good (following a near public fainting spell), I’ve been wary of substituting beverages in place of meals but after doing a bit of research on Dirty Lemon (I was attracted by the brand’s fun, provocative Instagram account), I figured this was the type of detox I could get down with—one that still allowed me to eat whatever I wanted—and I hopped online to place my order. I chose to try the six-day “detox” right before the holidays, so I’d be able to go into two straight weeks of overindulgence feeling my best. When the insulated box, complete with ice packs, arrived at my door, I felt like I’d received an early Christmas present: The packaging is super chic, so I knew I wouldn’t mind toting one of the sleek and portable silver and white bottles around with me.
So it came down to the taste. Surprisingly, the taste was slightly sweet, but not too much that I felt like I couldn't drink the whole bottle. It was seriously tasty and I didn't mind going back for more, which generally isn't the case with most products in the cleanse category. I can honestly say that after just one week of drinking it I felt clearer, my focus was enhanced, and I also felt lighter which was a welcome relief after eating (and drinking too much) over the winter months.
If you're looking for something that's fairly low maintenance, doesn't impact your diet too much, and tastes good, then give Dirty Lemon a try. Purchase the one-week detox below along with a few other essentials we love.
Have you ever detoxed? What was your experience?
This post was originally published on January 20, 2016, and has since been updated.