Lemon Ginger Detox Drink

There’s nothing more refreshing than a cool drink mixed with a few tasty ingredients that delight the taste buds. But you don’t need to drive to your local coffee shop for an iced, sugary beverage filled with excess sugar and calories. And you don’t need to spend hours steeping tea or muddling fruit. Try our Lemon Ginger Detox Drink for a cooling beverage that offers the additional bonus of providing your body with a cleanse that flushes the fat away. Its two main ingredients are the perfect powerhouses for a great detox that will have you feeling as light as this drink tastes!

Ginger is a powerful detox ingredient that helps to kick start your metabolism. Sipping a ginger infused beverage will have your metabolism on the rise throughout the day, allowing you to flush fat even as you take in your daily meals, and will burn extra calories as you workout. Lemons are a natural detoxifier. And with their diuretic effect, your body will more easily shed unwanted toxins.

Simply add the juice of a half of a lemon to a glass of water, and then grate your ginger into the glass. It’s an easy prep way to detox and flush the fat away, and it’s a great way to hydrate while enjoying some vibrant, natural flavor!

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Lemon Ginger Detox Drink

Yields: 1 serving | Serving Size: 1 drink/full recipe | Calories: 11 | Total Fat: 0 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 2 mg | Carbohydrates: 0 g | Dietary Fiber: 0 g | Sugars: 1 g | Protein: 0 g | SmartPoints: 0 |

Ingredients

  • 1 12-ounce glass water, at room temperature
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2-inch knob of ginger root

Directions

Add the lemon juice to the glass of water. Finely grate the ginger by using a zester, add to the glass of water. This drink is a perfect way to start your day!

NOTE: Lemon Ginger Detox Drink can be incorporated into the 3 Day Cleanse & Detox or simply enjoy first thing in the morning.

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111 Comments on "Lemon Ginger Detox Drink"

  1. Laurie  December 27, 2012

    I stopped drinking ALL pop-soda before Labor day…it was hard at first since I was drinking two bottles of Pepsi a day at work=6-8 bottles a week …so knowing I have done that helps me know I do have some WillPower! so I say its itime for another challenge…No added suger….not on cereal or in coffe is easy to NOT do but what other things should I look for that might trick-me up?__Is chocolate allowed?_

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    • Skinny Ms.  December 28, 2012

      Laurie, Only 100% pure chocolate…which doesn’t taste so good.

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    • Jen  April 19, 2013

      I've been on a sugar-free diet for medical reasons for 2 months now (4 more to go!). It's so hard! Sugar is in EVERYTHING! It's possible, but extremely limited. Very few cereals have 0g sugar and those without it usually have a sugar substitute; I finally found one in the organic aisle. Good luck!

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    • Melissa  June 7, 2013

      I have been on a sugar free diet for eleven years, with absolutely no cheats that entire time. You are right that it is in almost all packaged, processed food. I found that cooking in advance in large quantities and then freezing meal sized portions which are portable (in a lunchbox), allows me to have healthy "fast food" always on hand. I am an international flight attendant gone from home 21 days a month, so it is possible to eat this way even if you are constantly on the run. A word of warning…stay totally away from artificial sweeteners. They make you crave the real stuff. If you do this, you will find that it gets MUCH EASIER with time. Good luck!

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    • nontobeko  December 30, 2015

      can my 8 year daughter also drink this??

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      • Gale Compton  December 30, 2015

        Since your daughter is only 8 years, please check with her doctor before
        changing her diet in anyway. Children have different dietary needs than do adults,
        and only her doctor can advise you about
        changes in diet, especially regarding detox drinks. Thanks! :)

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  2. Leslie  December 30, 2012

    My friend and I are about to do your Three Day Cleanse and i have a question about the ginger. It says to zest/finely grate the ginger in water. do you do the entire 1/2 inch piece of ginger per glass? Do you have any other tips or suggestions for us about to begin Cleanse? Thanks So much!

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    • Skinny Ms.  December 31, 2012

      Leslie, Yes, the entire 1/2″ per glass. I’ll be starting with you….today for me! You can juice or make smoothies for the drinks. I prefer smoothies because it keeps 100% of the nutrients. To avoid it getting too thick, add extra liquid…water is great!

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  3. Brenda  March 15, 2013

    I would like to start this cleanse but I would like to know how to drink this cleanse, like if that is all we are drinking or how often we have to drink it, what do we eat the rest of day or if we are even eating anything the rest of day.

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    • Skinny Ms.  March 15, 2013

      Brenda, I’m not sure what your question is. Do you mean, you prefer a liquid cleanse?

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      • Jan  June 27, 2013

        she wants to know if thats the only thing you drink all day or if you can drink something else too. how often should you drink it? Then she asks if you eat anything during the day???

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        • Skinny Ms.  June 28, 2013

          Jan, This is meant to be for once in the morning and that’s it. Always eat whole foods and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

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          • Ashley  August 26, 2013

            When you say whole foods, what do you mean?

          • kris  February 15, 2015

            whole foods are foods with one ingredient (carrot, celery, banana, chicken, fish, lean steak sweet potato). non-whole foods are processed, or have additives (like cereals, pop tarts, granola bars, breads, cold cuts, baked goods, pork fried rice, many packaged or frozen meals/foods). A good rule of thumb, is to shop the perimeter of the food store; mostly you will find fresh whole foods along the back and side walls of the grocery store (vegetables, fruit, meats, dairy). Best of luck to you! :)

  4. alice pousson  March 17, 2013

    Im starting this tomorrow. I am making my soup now.

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  5. Megan  March 24, 2013

    I'm starting tomorrow. This will be my first detox! I have a quick question, why lukewarm water?

    Reply
    • Skinny Ms.  March 25, 2013

      Megan, Lukewarm or room temperature is better for your digestive system than cold. Keep us posted!

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    • bear79  June 12, 2015

      plus i think it infuses the lemon and ginger a little more quicker than using cold water…

      Reply
  6. brittany  April 21, 2013

    i saw at the store in the organic section, fresh ginger root powder… would that be the same thing? (i bought the actual ginger root) but i was just wondering :)

    also on the shopping list I saw that there are spruts, well stores arnt carrying them anymore due to health hazards (i was told by the produce section employees) are there any substatutions?

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    • Skinny Ms.  April 21, 2013

      Brittany, I always recommend fresh ginger over the powder (processed). You can buy canned sprouts but instead, Bok choi, napa cabbage or green cabbage, thinly sliced can also stand in for the crunch of bean sprouts. Substitutes for Bean Sprouts… Bok choi, napa cabbage or green cabbage, thinly sliced can also stand in for the crunch of bean sprouts.

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  7. Sonjja  May 13, 2013

    Is this drink something you do everyday? If not how often should you drink it

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    • Skinny Ms.  May 15, 2013

      Sonjja, Sure, you certainly can. I drink this every morning, first thing.

      Reply
  8. Zen  June 2, 2013

    My Sweetheart and I are starting our 3-Day Cleanse as of today! We are very excited to take part on a healthier lifestyle that is going to have a beautiful and positive change to our overall well-being.
    Today is a New Beginning to a New Life for Him and I and we will all make it.

    Good Luck to everyone :)

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    • Skinny Ms.  June 2, 2013

      Zen, Thank you so much for the comment. This is inspiring and I hope other couples will begin a lifestyle of good health after reading your comment. :)

      Reply
  9. Sarah  June 19, 2013

    do you drink it hot in the morning? or just cold? do you prepare a huge pitcher full for the day? thanks

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    • Skinny Ms.  June 20, 2013

      Sarah, Luke warm.

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    • SkinnyMs  March 4, 2014

      Room temperature. A pitcher or thermos for the whole day is a good idea.

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  10. Stephanie Bunch  July 22, 2013

    I want to make it now. Can I use ground ginger to start till I go shopping again. Just got home from the store. How much should I sub?

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 23, 2013

      Stephanie, 1/2 teaspoon will work.

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    • SkinnyMs  March 3, 2014

      If you use ground ginger, I would recommend using only 1/8 teaspoon and boiling it in the water. Then pour the boiled ginger tea over ice. Ginger powder won't dissolve correctly in cold water.

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  11. Skinny Ms.  August 2, 2013

    If you like.

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  12. wattyz  August 8, 2013

    is there anything I can use instead of ginger? I really can't the taste or smell ginger.

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 9, 2013

      Ginger and Lemon combined is what makes this a detox drink. You’ll get the benefits regardless if you can or can’t taste the ginger.

      Reply
  13. Chesy  August 13, 2013

    Need to do cardio during this 3day detox ?

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 13, 2013

      Chesy, You can. If you’re feeling weak it’s likely because your body is adjusting to the whole foods. It’s O.K. if you take a 3 day break from cardio.

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  14. christine  October 16, 2013

    Is this lemon/ginger drink ok to make ahead of time? Like, could I make a couple of days worth and leave it in the fridge for mornings?

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    • Skinny Ms.  October 17, 2013

      Christine, You could make it up to two days ahead of time. However, drinking it at room temperature is recommended.

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  15. Eve  October 21, 2013

    can you put all of this into a vitamix? Meaning throw the ginger root in and let the vitamix liquefy it instead of grating it?

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    • Skinny Ms.  October 22, 2013

      Eve, Do it all the time. I toss everything into the blender and pulse.

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  16. vregina  February 22, 2014

    does the drink elevate your blood pressure?

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    • SkinnyMs  February 27, 2014

      No, in fact, some studies have found that ginger may actually lower your blood pressure.

      Reply
  17. Sharon  March 20, 2014

    Can I substitute lemon juice for 1/2 lemon in the Sunrise Ginger Tea?

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    • SkinnyMs  March 25, 2014

      Yes.

      Reply
  18. Tiece  March 29, 2014

    I really dislike the taste of ginger. Is there something else I can substitute for ginger, or is there another type of drink I can make instead?

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    • SkinnyMs  April 2, 2014

      Either omit the ginger entirely with no substitution or add a very, very small sprinkling of cayenne pepper as a substitute.

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  19. Shelley  April 13, 2014

    Can this be drank at room temp throughout the day? Or only recommended once a day in the morning? I made it just now with hot water and really enjoy the taste.

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  April 14, 2014

      Yes, you can drink it throughout the day at any temp.

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  20. Ashley  April 24, 2014

    Just a suggestion/modification to make this a little more 'user-friendly' or to make big batches (or for those of us who may not want the actual pieces of ginger floating in the water – it's a texture thing) – you can always do an infused water. It may not give 100 percent of the benefits that this does, though I would imagine it would have to be close – and if nothing else it makes your water yummier so you're more inclined to drink it. You can simply slice your lemon and your ginger then either tie them in a piece of mesh or cheesecloth and drop them into the water or get an infuser pitcher (I got a plastic one at Target last summer for about $7).

    This works great for all kinds of flavors, too. One of my favorites that I kept my fridge stocked with last summer was Orange-Strawberry-Mint. Yummy!

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  21. Jill H-W  April 26, 2014

    I discovered this recipe (in a magazine) last summer. I made it in a large mason jar and took it to picnics, where I wanted something to drink but didn't want to drink soda or alcohol. (I kept it cold, rather than at room temperature.) I found it to be a nice alternative on a hot day. You can filter out the solids, although I like eating the ginger! BTW consider adding some of the lemon zest.

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    • SkinnyMs  April 28, 2014

      Thanks Jill. Those are good ideas, especially now that the weather is getting warmer:)

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  22. Kristen  April 30, 2014

    I came across this recipe today. I started on Monday just drinking iced lemon water. With fresh squeezed lemon slices. I haven't done any excising this week to go along with this. I have noticed that my stomach is slimming down. I have no ginger root here as I would love to try this recipe out. The only thing close to ginger that I have here is Ginger Powder used for baking. I do plan on adding exercising in with what I have been doing. I feel better and I have noticed I have been sleeping better at night as well. I have been drinking 1 24oz. a day sometimes two glasses.

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    • SkinnyMs  May 1, 2014

      If you heat the water with the ginger powder and pour it over ice you can use it. That's great that about the lemon water.

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  23. pam  June 8, 2014

    i have fresh ground ginger its like a paste can i use that and if so how much?

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    • SkinnyMs  June 11, 2014

      Pam, You can use 1/2 tablespoon per quart or 1/2 teaspoon per cup of the ground ginger paste.

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  24. Emma  June 22, 2014

    How many servings do each recipes make?

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  June 23, 2014

      Emma, It's almond meal. It's been fixed on the recipe. Thanks for asking!

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      • SkinnyMs  June 23, 2014

        Emma, This recipe is one serving.

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  25. Rachael  July 13, 2014

    I dont know if I made it right, the color is very whitish, murkyish, and the taste is VERY subtle, like little to no lemon, and no ginger.

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    • SkinnyMs  July 14, 2014

      Rachael, Use more ginger and lemon. Potency of lemon and ginger may vary.

      Reply
  26. Lainie  July 13, 2014

    Do you have to peel the skin off of the ginger before grating it or is the skin supposed to stay on?

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    • SkinnyMs  July 14, 2014

      Lainie, You don't have to peel the ginger as you are just squeezing the grated pieces for the juice.

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  27. richelle  July 25, 2014

    can I use lime instead of lemon?

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    • SkinnyMs  July 25, 2014

      Richelle, Yes, you can use lime instead of lemon.

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  28. carla  October 9, 2014

    hi this my third day do i stop drinking…

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    • SkinnyMs  October 9, 2014

      Carla, This drink is while you are doing one of our detoxes or following an eating plan. You can drink this for however long you would like a long with a healthy clean eating plan.

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  29. ROBY  October 27, 2014

    IAM GOING TO START NOW

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  30. Sue  January 13, 2015

    How long after drinking this should I wait before eating food?

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    • SkinnyMs  January 13, 2015

      Sue, 1 hour if you are only doing it once in awhile or you can have it everyday and eat right after.

      Reply
  31. Sheri  January 18, 2015

    If this should be drank at room temperature, is there any problem with preparing two days worth and leaving it out?

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    • SkinnyMs  January 19, 2015

      Sheri, There should be no problem doing that for two days. Room temperature is good, but if you prefer you can have this hot as a tea or cold.

      Reply
  32. kai  January 31, 2015

    hi, i'd like to know for exactly how much is 1 12-ounce glass water? I'm sorry but I don't have a concept about 1 12 ounce..

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    • SkinnyMs  February 2, 2015

      Kai, 12 ounces of plain water is equal to 1-1/2 cups in a liquid measuring cup. Hope that helps;).

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  33. Mari  May 11, 2015

    Can I boiled the water ginger and lemon together to make a tea?

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    • SkinnyMs  May 12, 2015

      Mari, Yes, you certainly can. Boiling the ginger brings out a lot of spicy ginger flavor and makes the drink stronger. Be aware that the white pith in the lemon might create a bitter flavor when cooked, though. You may want to squeeze in the lemon at the end.

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  34. Gloria  January 6, 2016

    hi
    can I grate or blend the ginger and then squeeze out the liquid before adding the lemon

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    • Melissa Florero  January 6, 2016

      Gloria, Yes, grating the ginger on a box (cheese) grater, on a ginger grater, or in the food processor and then squeezing the juice into the drink will work also.

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  35. Nisha  January 16, 2016

    Tim how much time can u see the weight/inch loss results if I do it once a day?

    Also is there any after effect throughout the day like- loose motions or vomiting or stomach ache? Coz I’m planning to drink it in the morning and then go to office.

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  36. Charlotte  January 19, 2016

    Can you drink it anytime of the day or just in the morning

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    • SkinnyMs.  January 20, 2016

      Feel free to enjoy this at any time of day.

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  37. Jennifer  January 24, 2016

    Can you leave the drink overnight?

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    • Gale Compton  January 24, 2016

      Jennifer, It only takes a few minutes to make and taste much better fresh. :)

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      • Jennifer  January 25, 2016

        Okay thank you

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  38. Kathy  January 24, 2016

    Hi~Just started my 3 day detox today…..So far so good!

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    • Gale Compton  January 24, 2016

      Hey Kathy, YAH!!! Keep us posted. I think you’ll love it. :)

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  39. Sandi  February 8, 2016

    Are we using the just the juice from the grated ginger, or the actual ginger pieces?

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    • SkinnyMs.  February 9, 2016

      You can use all of the ginger. Just be sure to grate it finely.

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  40. Marshell  February 16, 2016

    is it ok if i boil ginger an lemom together to make an infused drink?

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    • SkinnyMs.  February 16, 2016

      Yes, Marshall. That would work, too!

      Reply
  41. Mary  March 10, 2016

    I have rallied 5 of my work collegues to start this 3 day detox program. Looking forward to it. Any suggestions to substitute banana.

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    • SkinnyMs.  March 10, 2016

      That’s great, Mary! This particular recipe doesn’t contain banana. Were you referring to one of our smoothie recipes?

      Reply
  42. Sophia  March 15, 2016

    Hi, In the morning should I drink this on an empty stomach? Thanks☺

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    • SkinnyMs.  March 16, 2016

      Drinking it on an empty stomach certainly wouldn’t hurt, but this drink can be enjoyed throughout they day. :)

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      • Sophia  March 16, 2016

        Thanks 😊 you answered the second question I was going to ask which was if I can drink it throughout the day.

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  43. Sherman  March 27, 2016

    I’m going to ask you a silly and I’m sorry for this. Does “1/2” mean 1 or 2, or half?

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    • Gale Compton  March 27, 2016

      Shermn, 1/2 means 1/2-inch of the root. Eye ball it and slice off approximately that amount.

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  44. Mary  March 30, 2016

    I just made this can i drank it now

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  45. kritika  April 6, 2016

    Can I use this for loosing belly fat in a week because I really have to loose by belly fat ASAP for an upcoming event next week

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  46. sarah  April 14, 2016

    Can i have this water while breastfeeding?

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    • SkinnyMs.  April 14, 2016

      We can’t think of any reason why this recipe would not be safe for breastfeeding moms, but it is always a good idea to check with your doctor before making any dietary changes while nursing.

      Reply
  47. Sara  April 16, 2016

    Hi
    Just wondering how much time can u see the weight/inch loss results if I do it once a day? As i have only started it yearerdy and quite like the taste really means i can have it everyday😬

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    • Gale Compton  April 16, 2016

      Sara, Hmmmm…that depends on many variables, for example, what and how much you eat the remainder of each day, your current size and weight, etc.. Eat clean, use portion control, and exercise on a regular basis, in addition to drinking this delicious Lemon Ginger Detox Drink and you should see a significant difference. Keep us posted! :)

      Reply
  48. Cindy Gage  April 17, 2016

    Hi can I include the lemon and fresh ginger in the Greens First mixer?

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  49. Cindy Gage  April 17, 2016

    Hi can I include the lemon and fresh ginger in the Greens First mixer? And will it have the same results or should be drank separate.

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    • Gale Compton  April 17, 2016

      Cindy, I would recommend this as a separate drink.

      Reply

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