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How To Drink Cranberry Juice to Detox

author image Brian Connolly
Based in the Appalachian Mountains, Brian Connolly is a certified nutritionist and has been writing professionally since 2000. He is a licensed yoga and martial arts instructor whose work regularly appears in “Metabolism,” “Verve” and publications throughout the East Coast. Connolly holds advanced degrees from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and the University of Virginia.
How To Drink Cranberry Juice to Detox
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The use of special diets and juice cleanses to detoxify certain organs of the body has become increasingly popular. According to a study reported in Science Daily, unsweetened cranberry juice has proven to be a significant reducer in urinary tract infections and might also be linked to a reduced risk of kidneys stones, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The cranberry juice detox, recommended by many alternative doctors and naturopaths alike, combines unsweetened cranberry juice and water to flush the kidneys, lymphatic system and intestines from toxins accumulated from environmental, dietary and other toxic influences, and can cause results in as little as a week.

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Step 1

Plan ahead for your cranberry juice detox by checking your calendar for any physically or mentally strenuous activities coming up in the next week. Reschedule any activities that might require more than the average amount of energy during the fasting period.

Step 2

Clean out your 64-ounce drinking container and add 8 to 12 oz. of undiluted unsweetened cranberry juice. Fill the rest of the container with filtered water.

Step 3

Begin the first day of your cranberry juice detox by drinking from your container in the place of meals. Align your consumption of the juice with your normal eating habits, such as eating five smaller meals than three larger ones. Drink at least half a container’s worth throughout the day, but drink no more than 64 oz. so you don't stress your kidneys.

Step 4

Repeat the fasting period for two to three days as desired, refilling your cranberry juice and water mixture each day and drinking during mealtimes. On the third day, you can begin to introduce organic fruits and whole grains during your breakfast period, but drink at least 4 oz. of your detox juice and water mixture and wait an hour before eating breakfast.

Step 5

Introduce whole foods into your diet beginning with the fourth day of your cranberry juice detox. Emphasize organic vegetables and produce along with whole grains and brown rice. Beans, fruits and nuts are also acceptable, so long as you avoid processed foods or foods with unnatural sugars. Avoid meat and meat products during this time, such as dairy, and drink your cranberry juice and water mixture before each meal.

Step 6

Continue the detox program until a week has passed, maintaining the whole food diet alongside regular consumption of unsweetened cranberry juice and water. If you wish, you can continue this diet two to three weeks.

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