Fighting Cellulite Through Diet
Unfortunately for many of us, cellulite is a fact of life. However, there are many ways that you can reduce the amounts and appearance of cellulite on your body. The best way to fight cellulite is through exercise, but what you eat can also play a crucial role.
What is cellulite?
In the medical and beauty industries, cellulite has a somewhat controversial profile, with debates raging on its definition and the methods to combat it. In appearance, cellulite is the puckered, bumpy flesh usually found on the backs of legs, buttocks, and upper arms.
According to most health professionals, there isn’t a mystery about the nature of cellulite. They say it is basically just bulging fat cells underneath your skin. However, for many, there still exists a debate as to why it is impossible to eliminate completely. Many believe that poor blood and lymph circulation causes the retention of fluids and toxins, which then leads to the swelling of fat cells underneath the skin. Other theories state that aging causes skin to weaken and lose elasticity, thus lowering its ability to form a smooth surface over fat.
Insulin is directly related to fat storage in the body. Higher levels of insulin in the blood can lead to an increase in the amount of fat your body stores. You may regulate your insulin levels by cutting down on simple carbohydrates like pastries, cookies, sodas, and other sugary foods. Instead, incorporate more complex carbohydrates into your diet, which are digested more slowly and thus provide a more stable form of energy, regulating your insulin levels and lowering the rate at which you store fat.
Collagen is an important connective tissue in your skin. Many experts think that the breakdown of collagen, which happens naturally as we age, can weaken the skin and lead to increased appearance of cellulite.
As most women know, estrogen is one of the main hormones guilty of causing cellulite. However, estrogen also plays a major role in collagen deterioration. Thus, it is recommended to eat foods that help slow the production of unnecessary estrogen in the body. Certain whole grains, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and some legumes cause specific enzymes in the liver to slow estrogen production. This will lower the breakdown of collagen and lead to stronger skin to more tightly contain fat cells.
You should drink at least two liters of water each day. Water is crucial to detoxifying the body and aiding in the elimination of waste matters, including the fat that can become cellulite.
Foods to avoid
In addition to sugary and generally unhealthy foods, there are a few more things you should avoid to reduce cellulite:
- Salt can heighten the appearance of cellulite as it may lead to fluid retention. Avoid salty foods and use salt sparingly when you dine.
- Caffeine not only dehydrates the body, inhibiting the excretion of toxins and fat, but also impairs circulation and lymph flow, all of which may influence cellulite.
Certain supplements may help fight cellulite. As with any herbal remedies, it is advised that you use them with caution:
- Blue Green Algae
- Gotu Kola
- Hydroxycitric acid (HCA)
- Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
- Gingko biloba improves circulation.
- Horse chestnut lowers water retention and increases circulation.
- Horsetail (along with gotu kola) strengthens connective tissue to help control the appearance of cellulite.
- Vitamin C and bioflavonoids contribute to the growth and protection of collagen.
- Acidophilus improves digestive function and thus the efficiency of waste excretion.