The title of this article has probably earned it's self many readers. This is with good reason, cellulite is suffered by approximately 8 out of 10 women! Cellulite isn't very pleasing to the eye, often being described as ‘orange peel’ type skin, creating insecurities and self consciousness for many.
This method of cellulite loss was first brought to light to me by ifbb pro bodybuilder and world renowned coach, John Meadows, in his article ‘liver let die’. From there I went on to research the work of Ann Gittleman (the fat flush plan) and Roberta Foss-Morgan (what your doctor won't tell you about weight loss). All three of these authors have agreed on at least one thing – cranberry juice can significantly reduce visual cellulite.
After reading the literature, realising that this hasn't actually been scientifically proven yet, I was still skeptical to say the least, however after reading the logicality about this theory, and reading how others have benefitted in this way, I took it upon myself to advise the people who wanted to get rid of stubborn cellulite to try the method of pure cranberry juice consumption. After a while those very people came back to me reporting to be very happy with their results. Cranberry juice had worked for them!
When I say cranberry juice, I don’t mean the garbage in many supermarkets and stores that’s full of added sugar, sweeteners, from concentrate etc. For any results, the cranberry juice must be 100% pure juice, not from concentrate, nothing added. I get mine in little glass bottles from my local health food store, although they are available online. I haven't yet seen any good quality cranberry juice in supermarkets but that doesn't mean there isn't any, maybe I just missed it. Please, though, don't buy the ones that have extra ingredients added like the ones I just mentioned, because in doing this, you could cause more harm than good.
The science behind it, is that cranberry juice can help to cleanse the body’s lymphatic system, this can help to get rid of stubborn fat.
Cellulite forms when fat cells accumulate between connective tissue that bonds skin to the muscle that lays under it. When these fat cells develop between the skin and muscle, they will push up against the skin, whilst the connective chords pull back down towards the muscle. This creates am uneven surface on the skin – cellulite!
In short, the theory of this method is as follows, due to cranberry juice helping to keep the lymphatic system clear, the lymphatic system is then enabled to efficiently emulsify fat and carry toxins away from the body’s cells and tissues (such as stubborn cellulite and fat). It also helps to keep the detoxification pathways clear which could cause secondary fat loss, due to, leaving the whole detoxification process less clogged up with toxins, pollutants, trans-fatty acids, refined sugars, artificial preservatives, etc. In John Meadow’s words ‘it helps take out the trash’. The flavonoids in cranberries will improve the integrity of your body’s connective tissue.
Research suggests that about 100ml of cranberry juice daily is enough to help clear the body’s detoxification pathways. If these pathways are kept clear (or clearer) the body can process toxins more easily which would in theory, make it easier for the body to process fat more efficiently.
Due to the pure cranberry juice tasting extremely tart, I suggest diluting to the extent that it is significantly weakened. Mixing with water doesn’t affect its effectiveness, if anything, the added water will help with the general detoxification process. 100ml – 200ml daily would be adequate to receive maximum benefits. I actually like the taste of the cranberry juice and do not dilute, however I did at first, until I got used to the taste. I mixed roughly 125ml pure cranberry juice with around 900ml water added and I drink it throughout the morning. It makes a nice tasting cordial with none of the additives that cordial can sometimes contain!
If you are not yet sold with cranberry’s effectiveness there are other benefits; cranberries contain a large amount of antioxidants. So the cranberry juice would not only help to get rid of the toxins, it would also help to fight off the harmful free radicals (free radicals cause damage to your body and age you, for further reading on them, Google shouldn't disappoint) caused by the toxins and the detoxification process – two birds with one stone!
Now, if I STILL haven't persuaded you to add cranberry juice into your diet, here’s a few more interesting effects it can have on you, these include (but aren’t limited to); prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections (more commonly known as water or bladder infection) – I literally cured hundreds of water infections for people by advising that they try this and in many cases it prevents the need for antibiotics; increased cardiovascular health ( partly due to its ability to increase ‘good’ cholesterol and decrease ‘bad’ cholesterol’ in the body, this leads to better blood flow and a healthier heart), healthier gums (again, this is due to cranberry’s ability to inhibit bacteria growth, similar to how it helps with the prevention of a water infection), and finally, another very interesting benefit provided by cranberry juice is that it has shown to work as a cancer preventative in some cases. This is down to the proanthocyanidins (in the cranberry) that seems to have an excellent ability to prevent the growth of cancer cells and even kill off human cancer cells within hours!
I am sure that if you weren't sold by the cellulite, that last one will help to make up your mind. Being afraid to wear micro shorts in the gym will be a thing of the past.
Although this is a totally naturally remedy, Consult a doctor before use, avoid cranberry juice if you are currently on warfarin.
Yours in health,
Tom Waterworth, BSc