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More than 90% of women suffer from it, and most would much rather they didn’t have it – cellulite – the dimpled appearance of skin usually around the thighs, hips and buttocks that drive women crazy. Treatments to help reduce the appearance of cellulite are among the most popular of beauty therapies but ideally the goal is to try and stop it developing altogether. Despite cellulite being largely the result of the natural way females store fat beneath their skin, there are some dietary measures you can take to not only reduce the development of cellulite but also to improve its appearance if you already have it.
The most significant factor influencing the development of cellulite is how much fat is being stored in the body. More fat means that fat stores expand, compressing them underneath the skin and increasing the appearance of cellulite. For this reason, a diet that contains a lot of added sugars, fats and salts will exaggerate the appearance of cellulite if it is already present, and increase the chance it will develop together. For this reason, sugary processed foods including confectionery, juices, iced tea, soft drink and fried foods and pastry should be avoided altogether.
When it comes to the appearance of cellulite, increasing circulation and reducing fluid retention are both areas to target through our daily diet. Increasing our intake of anti-inflammatory foods such as oily fish and a daily fish oil supplement, along with regular serves of nuts and seeds and brightly coloured fresh fruits and vegetables is crucial. Antioxidant supplements such as Co Q10 may too offer a benefit as they help to protect the cells from damage and ageing. In particular, juices made from brightly coloured vegetables including beetroot, kale, spinach and carrot will also help to reduce fluid levels in the body. Green tea is another powerful antioxidant and as such including at least 2-3 cups in your diet each day will be of benefit. Other antioxidant rich foods including berries, sweet potato, red capsicum, broccoli, kale and olive oil.
As we get older, naturally our metabolic rate drops over time. As such our cells become more sluggish and less efficient at processing waste, which can impact the look and appearance of our cells. Foods that can naturally increase metabolic rate include peppers, turmeric, chilli and concentrated green and matcha teas. Including these foods in the diet regularly via both our choice of cuisines and via supplementary forms may be another natural way to improve the health of our cells.
Finally but perhaps most importantly the easiest way to look and feel better each and every day is to drink more water. Not only can dehydration cause issues with our energy levels and concentration on a daily basis but from a
cellular perspective cells that are dehydrated are less efficient at flushing our wastes and toxins and will increase the appearance of cellulite. For this reason drinking at least 2L of water each day is crucial for good health and to improve the look and feel of our skin.
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