Cellulite can happen to the best of us – no matter what our age. Even some teenagers have it. Although we may try to fight it with lotions and creams, those potions are rarely effective. What can be effective is making lifestyle changes, including regular exercise and focusing on eating a better diet.
While cellulite is caused by a number of different things, including hormones, the buildup of toxins in the body can also contribute to those bumpy fat deposits, which is why avoiding refined carbs, sugary and/or processed foods as well as alcohol and cigarettes can have a significant positive impact. Eliminating wheat from your diet can not only help reduce cellulite, it often helps to decrease belly fat and even the symptoms of chronic illness and disease.
Here is a look at foods and beverages to add to your diet that are known to be especially beneficial for eliminating that unsightly cellulite. Keep in mind that you should always choose organic to avoid introducing unwanted toxins into your system that could potentially defeat the purpose.
Green tea has been proven to be effective for boosting weight-loss; it has solid detox properties and is also effective in helping to battle cellulite. Green tea contains a compound known as theobromine, which helps to stimulate the release of stored fats in the body – when combined with caffeine (about one-third the amount a cup of coffee contains), green tea provides a double-whammy effect.
Snacking on raw veggies as often as you can is a great way to go, particularly broccoli. Broccoli is relatively low in calories and contains a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals, as do many other vegetables, but broccoli contains something that most other foods don’t: alpha lipoic acid. This is a naturally-occurring substance that prevents collagen in the body from hardening and causing cellulite.
Berries like blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are all packed with potent antioxidants that can aid your body in getting rid of toxins. Try adding them to a cup of plain organic Greek-style yogurt along with a tablespoon of hemp seeds for a perfect cellulite-busting morning meal, or add them to your favorite smoothie.
Hydration is important. Be sure to drink lots of water as well as hydrating fresh fruits and vegetables to help flush those toxins out. Just picture the effects of dehydration and you’ll understand why: shriveled, wrinkled and aged-looking skin, compared to a body that’s been nourished with lots of water: smooth, supple, young-looking skin.
Drink a glass of water first thing every morning and try to keep sipping throughout the day – add a squeeze of fresh lemon for a boost of flavor and nutrients.
While it might sound strange, consuming foods that contain healthy fats can actually help you get rid of those bumpy deposits. Oily fish like wild-caught salmon, nuts and seeds, coconut oil and avocado are all thought to be especially beneficial.
Always keep in mind that exercising regularly and achieving an ideal weight is also important for lessening cellulite, but it can still take time to achieve the body you want. Accepting yourself as you are while simultaneously working to positively transform your body through a healthy lifestyle is the best way to accomplish your goal.
-The Alternative Daily