Cranberry Juice as a Cellulite Treatment

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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Elizabeth Walling says:

I like this one. I've always been a huge fan of cranberries. Maybe my body is telling me something? Our local Publix sells a 100% organic cranberry juice–meaning absolutely 100% without any other juices involved (a lot of cranberry juices have pear or apple or grape juice added, I guess to mellow out the flavor). It's pretty expensive ($8/32oz bottle) but since it's so pure I imagine you could dilute it quite a bit and still get the desired effect. Hmm, maybe I'll add this to my grocery list…


Yes, you could probably stretch that 32oz a long way. I've heard Trader Joe's has organic cranberry juice for only $4, so I'm going to check that out. I just hope they don't use fluoridated water! Because of my fluoroerma, I usually stay away from bottled beverages made in the States, but I'm going to make an exception in this case and see how it goes.

Allison @ Alli ‘n Son says:

I had no idea that this worked. What a great, natural solution. Thanks for sharing!


It won't cure cellulite completely, but it does have an effect on the lymphatic system. It's a cornerstone of Gittleman's Fat Flush Plan which many women swear by.

Tracy says:

I am looking how to make this from the article above but can’t seem to find the link that tells me the “parts” needed. Any help would be much appreciated. “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”.


Oops, I must have lost that one when I transferred from blogger to wordpress. The drink is simple. First, heat a mug’s worth of water to a warm, drinkable temperature. Then add a couple glugs of ACV and a spoonful of raw honey. Stir and enjoy! It might take a few times to get the proportion to your liking. ACV can be pretty strong for some people’s taste. I think it tastes like apple cider. I hope you like it!


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