Several months ago, we talked about the benefits of starting the day with a morning anti-cellulite drink of diluted apple cider vinegar and raw honey. Here’s another idea for a cellulite-busting beverage: cranberry juice.
Now, I’m not talking about your typical Ocean Spray. I’m talking about REAL cranberry juice without added sweeteners (no sugar OR high fructose corn syrup, of course) and organic, if possible. Cranberry water is a central component of The Fat Flush Plan, this month’s Cellulite BOTM by Ann Louise Gittleman. She recommends diluting a quality cranberry juice such as Knudsen’s or Trader Joe’s brand and drinking it throughout the day (1 part cranberry juice to seven parts water). You can even make your own cranberry juice by boiling cranberries until they “pop” and then straining the juice.
Ann Louise, a well-known nutritionist, explains that cranberry juice is a powerful diuretic because it contains an ingredient called arbutin which works to pull water out through the kidneys. Cranberries are also a good source of flavonoids which help to strengthen connective tissue and improve lymphatic health.
I first leafed through The Fat Flush Plan when browsing in a bookstore two years ago. The one point I came away with was the recommendation to drink cranberry water every day. I tried it for a few days and I remember noticing something strange: I developed a canker sore. The only time I get canker sores are when I’m stressed out and running on inadequate sleep (college finals were the worst!) or detoxing (as in, when I first started dry brushing).
I stopped my cran-water experiment when I figured out fluoride was causing my cystic acne –I cut out all bottled beverages until I could get the acne under control. Now that I have a better understanding of what foods/drinks contain fluoride, I’m excited to return to this simple cellulite treatment. It’s the latest addition to my Summer Anti-Cellulite Surge.
Has anyone else experimented with cranberry drinks? Any evidence to report?
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