If you’re familiar with my Fat Flush program, you know that it’s a concept dedicated first and foremost to supporting the liver in its daunting role as the body’s purifier. A liver clogged with poisons or excess fats cannot perform its fat-burning duties. Freeing up the liver to do its job may be the single most important step you ever take to reach your weight loss goals and improve your health.
The MVP in this essential cleansing process is my signature Fat Flush Cran-water beverage, a mixture of antioxidant/polyphenol-rich cranberry juice and water that keeps the liver’s detox pathways moving right along.
Cranberry juice is packed with flavonoids, enzymes, and organic acids, such as malic acid, citric acid, and quinic acid which have an emulsifying effect on stubborn fat deposits in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system – what I like to call the body’s “garbage collector”—transports all kinds of waste products not processed by the liver. With the help of these organic acid components, cranberry juice digests stagnated lymphatic wastes. This explains why so many Fat Flushers report that their cellulite disappears!
Even if you’re not following a specific diet or trying to lose weight, sip this tart and refreshing beverage daily to help flush out water weight, balance blood sugar, improve cellulite and keep your liver and lymph in optimum cleansing mode. It works so well that Fat Flushers have been known to lose as much as 6 to 7 lbs of backlogged water weight in the first day!
My Fat Flush Cran-water Recipe
Mix together 1 oz. 100% pure unsweetened cranberry juice with 7 oz. plain filtered water. To save time during the day, mix a full batch (64 oz.) in the morning – add 1 cup (8 oz.) cranberry juice to a half-gallon container and fill the rest with water.
Beyond its status as a Fat Flushing Superstar, there’s even more good news about cranberry. Since I first began researching this miracle fruit over 20 years ago, a whole host of new cran benefits have come to light:
- Cranberries were analyzed with other fruits for their antioxidant power by measuring their ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity). Cranberries register a 9,584 ORAC value compared to the second runner up (raspberries), which were only 4,882. So cranberries are powerful medicine in neutralizing harmful free radicals and preventing them from taking a foothold in the body.
- Cranberry juice may help raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or the “good” cholesterol, according to research presented at the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting in April 2004. A study was conducted suggesting that drinking three glasses of cranberry juice a day might reduce heart disease by 40 percent!
- Gum disease—the gateway to many other infections—also seems to respond well to the humble cranberry. Dental plaque is a breeding ground for bacteria and other micro-organisms that can serve as precursors to a wide range of diseases. Various forms of cranberry seem able to help clear bacteria from the mouths of experimental subjects.
- Among the most potent elements in cranberries are polyphenols, a kind of plant-based antioxidant that has powerful health-inducing effects. Laboratories have shown that 8 ounces of cranberry juice contain 567 milligrams of polyphenols—compared to .53 milligrams in apple juice and 400 milligrams in red wine. Just 2 ounces of fresh cranberries contain 373 milligrams of polyphenols, more than much larger servings of oranges, broccoli, blueberries, or strawberries.
So, here’s to your health…please join me in a cran-water toast!