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Healthy Living: Cranberry Cleanse

Cranberry CleanseDid you overindulge during the holidays on fatty foods and festive drinks? It might be time to help your liver cleanse itself of some of the toxins you might be putting into it!

Your liver, the largest organ in your body, performs over 400 functions per day, including storing vitamins, iron, glucose and fats so your body can use them later, and metabolizing food into nutrients that benefit your body. The liver also eliminates toxins, medications and harmful substances from your bloodstream.

When the liver gets “clogged,” so to speak, it functions less efficiently.

Cranberry juice can help rid your liver of the build-up of toxins. As always, consult with your doctor if you want to try a cranberry cleanse.

A cranberry cleanse can help by protecting  the liver from chemical toxins, stimulating bile production and supplying  the liver with the nutrients it needs, such as antioxidants for detoxification. This works because cranberry juice (the unsweetened, organic variety, not the “cocktail” popular in many stores) is rich in vitamin C, which thins and decongests bile, allowing your liver to metabolize fats more efficiently. Vitamin C also helps produce glutathione, the antioxidant needed during both stages of its detoxification process. Glutathione is an effective chelating agent, which means it binds to toxic drugs and metals to make it easier for your liver and body to remove them. Finally, vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it helps to protect the liver from free radicals that damage cells and tissues.

The cleanse is pretty simple, really. Combine one cup of purified water with a half cup of pure, organic cranberry juice (unsweetened). Add one tablespoon of organic, pure apple cider vinegar and the juice from one lemon. Drink on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning. Some prefer drinking it over ice. I just chug it.

I noticed a difference in a week, feeling more energetic and lively! I hope it helps you, too.

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