You can make cranberry water and use it for a gentle, daily detoxification. Your cran-water will provide four organic acids that act as digestive enzymes, according to nationally known nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman, “Fast Track Detox Diet” author. The enzymes help your body rid itself of small fatty deposits that get stuck in the lymphatic system. Your cran-water also supports liver function. Liver function is key to detoxification, as the liver is your body’s filter and cannot do its job correctly when it is overloaded with toxins.
Choose 100 percent organic cranberry juice, Gittleman advises. Ensure that it is not a “100 percent juice” variety that’s mixed with other juices such as apple or grape, and that there’s no sugar, corn syrup or other ingredients in the juice. Also ensure that you have a supply of filtered water.
Mix a day’s supply of cran-water in the morning. Combine 8 oz. cranberry juice and 56 oz. water. Alternately, use 3 tbsp. juice concentrate in 60 oz. water. Cranberry juice will aid in flushing toxic fluids from the body, Gittleman advises, which can cause up to 15 pounds of water weight that’s trapped in your body’s tissues. Cranberries also have polyphenolic compounds and flavonoides, both of which help prevent low density lipoprotein, or “bad,” cholesterol oxidation. LDL cholesterol becomes dangerous to your body once is oxidized, advises Gittleman.
Drink one cup of the cran water at a time, finishing the day’s supply by bedtime. Cranberry boosts liver activity via several vitamins and minerals. These include magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, calcium, chromium, iron, copper, boron, folic acid and other B vitamins, and vitamins A, C and E, according to Gittleman.
- Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD; Certified Nutrition Specialist; Hayden, Idaho
- “The Fast Track Detox diet;” Ann Louise Gittleman; 2005
- “The Fat Flush Foods;” Ann Louise Gittleman; 2004