Morning Detox Drink

I’ve received quite a few questions about this simple little habit – my morning detox drink.

Morning detox drink with turmeric and apple cider vinegar

What is it?

Why do you drink it?

What are the measurements?

What are the benefits?

Turmeric morning detox drink

This is my favorite morning drink: a hot mix of water, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, honey, turmeric and cayenne. I’ve been drinking it for years, and while I sometimes get out of the habit, I always come back to it. It’s going pretty strong right now. 😉 If I’m having this in the morning, it’s before anything else: coffee, fruit, or random bites while I make the girls’ breakfast.

Morning detox drink ingredients

Detox Drink Ingredient Benefits

Warm/hot water: can help to promote healing of the body, and decrease free radicals when combined with lemon. According to Ayurvedic medicine, we should drink warm or room temperature water instead of cold, as it can help to remove toxins (ama) from the body. Warm water can also promote healthy digestion, alleviate pain, improve blood circulation and delay premature aging, according to this site.

Apple cider vinegar: this one is helpful in reducing infection, as many germs can’t survive in the vinegar. ACV may help stabilize blood sugar and lower LDL (the bad kind of cholesterol) blood levels. It can also help to reduce weight and body fat by encouraging a healthy metabolism.

Lemon juice: lemons contain vitamin C and potassium. When you drink lemon juice first thing in the morning, it gives the body a chance to absorb these nutrients and provide an immune system boost. Lemon juice can also help with maintaining a healthy weight, proper digestion and energy levels.

Honey: honey is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal which makes it awesome for fighting any type of infection. It also contains flavonoids which can help reduce the risk of certain cancers and heart disease. Honey can also help to improve athletic performance and provides a dose of energy.

Turmeric: turmeric is well-known for it’s bold orange color and anti-inflammatory properties. It has a very mild flavor, so it’s easy to add to dishes and drinks. 

Cayenne: can positively affect digestion, relieve joint and nerve pain, includes vitamin A to reduce inflammation, and can boost metabolism

As you can see, there are a ton of benefits to drinking this, but here’s my favorite part:

I think it tastes really delicious.

Liv would beg to differ. When I even bring my mug near her, she asks me to “stop that smell.” She pretty much hates it. Even the other day Tom was like, “WHOA that’s some spicy coffee you’re drinking.”

Haters gonna hate.

Enjoying my morning detox drink

What Happens When I Drink My Morning Detox Drink

-I notice that I’m less likely to reach for sugar as an energy boost during the day. It gives me stable energy and dramatically reduces sugar cravings.

-I feel like it starts the morning on a more balanced note instead of chugging coffee and steamrolling into the day. Drinking this while I pack Liv’s lunch and feed the girls breakfast instantly makes me feel more present. I think it’s because it’s a little tangy and spicy; I can’t chug it the same way I do with coffee.

-It helps me fight colds and allergies. My allergies are a nightmare in San Diego – all that beautiful fresh ocean air gives me the sniffles. I know, right? – but I find that when I make this each morning, I’m not quite as red-eyed and sneezy. Whenever I have a cold, I make a super condensed “shot” version of this drink and will have it a few times during the day. I find that even though I get sick way more often right now (preschool petri dish strikes pretty hard over here), it doesn’t seem to last very long. 

What happens when I DON’T drink it

-I’m a bit of a sugar monster. I think that drinking this encourages me to start the day with a healthy mindset and I feel more encouraged to take time to chop a salad or eat some protein instead of diving into the chocolate chip bag. The other day I ate a lot of chocolate chips and was so annoyed that was the only sweet treat we had in the house haha, and still didn’t feel satisfied. I was trying to figure out why I felt “off”  and then I remembered that I forgot to sip this drink the am. I rushed out the door, skipped breakfast because we were late, and ended up craving sweets all day. 

Morning Detox Drink Recipe with Tumeric and Apple Cider Vinegar

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!


Morning Detox Drink


  • 10 oz hot/warm water (I just use water from the Keurig)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/21 teaspoon honey depending on how sweet you like it
  • 12 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (depending on how acidic you would like it)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (I usually add a little bit more)


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a mug and enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 1


That’s it!

Have you tried this drink or anything similar? What do your mornings usually look like? Ours usually look like this. 🙂

Have a wonderful morning! I’ll see ya later today on the Family page with a 9-month PDB post.



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  1. Nina on November 13, 2018 at 7:12 am

    Hey Gina,
    may Tumeric in combination with acid (Lemon, ACV) stain the teeth?
    I love drinking you Detox Drink, but was just wondering if staining might happen?

    • Fitnessista on November 13, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      i don’t think so! i just try not to brush my teeth 15 minutes before or after.. i wait until after i eat breakfast to brush my teeth and i think that helps

      • Nina on November 13, 2018 at 1:55 pm

        Thank you, Gina!

    • Mo on March 25, 2020 at 10:41 am

      I’ve heard Lemon and turmeric are meant to whiten teeth! 🙂
      Great post by the way! I also have this drink most days yay!:)

      • Daphney on May 12, 2020 at 7:21 pm

        I tried tumeric,lemon,ginger,cayenne peper and honey with water. Wow works wonders .no pain no stiffness i dont believe. Just want to share.

        From Daphney
        Cape Town ,SA

        • Faby Lozano on September 21, 2020 at 9:22 pm

          How often can you drink it?

  2. Rebecca on March 30, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    I get this drink at my local health food store. The only difference is that they add ginger as well. I’m going to try this at home on the weekend! I actually have cravings for this drink!

  3. Ronald Grande on June 8, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Can I make a couple of days worth of the detox to save time?

  4. Stephanie on June 15, 2020 at 9:56 am

    I was wondering the same thing, I’m going to try and make a big batch (for a week at a time) to warm in the morning on the stove & see if it helps. I will also add ginger to mine too. 🙂

  5. Billie McNeelly on July 17, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    How often can you take it

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2020 at 11:49 pm

      i take it daily!

  6. Billie McNeely on July 20, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Can I take it before bed also?

    • Lee on October 14, 2020 at 7:20 am

      Can I take it while breastfeeding?

      • Fitnessista on October 15, 2020 at 2:09 pm

        i’d check with your doctor to be sure, but i did

  7. Eliza on June 8, 2021 at 4:03 am

    I tried it. It really tastes really so delicious.

  8. Marnie on June 13, 2021 at 11:34 am

    I’m a little late, but I’m on my second day starting with this drink. I can’t say it taste great but I can stand it . Thanks for the recipe. My day shall begin everyday with this. I did notice yesterday I was moving a bit more seemed to have more energy. Not sure if it’s the drink or I’m just tired of feeling bad. Or both!

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