You are not alone if you want to know ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Moving regularly and sitting without crossing your legs are two ways you can help reduce the look of cellulite as they help to increase the circulation in your body. Your diet is a third factor which plays an important role and here are the top foods which can help wave farewell to the appearance of cellulite:
1. The Berries
Berries contain lots of water especially strawberries which hydrate your skin cells reducing the appearance of cellulite. Berries are also rich in antioxidants which reduces the inflammation linked to cellulite formation. Vitamin C present in berries is an essential part in creating collagen, promoting youthful skin and new skin tissue growth.
2. Dark Chocolate
Aim for at least 70% coco solids as it is the cocoa which contains the antioxidants and other important nutrients to help blood flow like magnesium and iron.
3. Healthy Fats
All fat is not the enemy and healthy fats found in nuts, monounsaturated fat found in avocado and omega-3 fat found in fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna help reduce inflammation in your skin. On top of this the fibre in avocado and nuts help your body to maintain stable blood sugar levels. Stable blood sugar means healthier looking skin.
4. The green leafy vegetables
Leafy greens like spinach and kale help boost the appearance of your skin and provides a sun kissed glow thanks to vitamin A. Vitamin A is also vital to help reduce damage to your skin and provides a source of hydration to your skin cells.
A delicious summer fruit made up of 92% water also helps reduce the appearance of cellulite due to the phytochemical called lycopene. Lycopene helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite over time and can help improve your circulation.
Promoters of Cellulite
Foods which are ultra-processed with high amounts of added sugar and salt and minimal fibre and healthy fat are the 'feeders' of cellulite. Foods which send your blood sugars into a rollercoaster ride or give your body too much salt at once can cause your body to store more fluid which increases the appearance of cellulite. These include foods like canned or instant soups and noodles, soft drinks, sauces and refined grains like white bread and cereals.
Take home message: the saying 'one moment on your lips and forever on your hips' may be true for cellulite. Knowledge is power and aim for your diet to be largely based on whole foods rather than ultra-processed and cellulite may show as much in your effected areas.
By Ashleigh Feltham (MNutrDiet)
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