Oh My Cellulite

Hello again dearies :) I was flipping over a magazine last night and came across an article on cellulite. Hmm Cellulite is those orange-peel dimples on thighs and butts that affects everyone.

                                                            image from the internet

Yes, EVERYONE at one point in life. they are not easy to be rid off. Apparently even slim women can get this nasty thing too.

Why is that, you might ask? Well, according to experts cellulite is not just about fats! It is also about the skin so even dedicated exercising do not always help. Goodness! When I read that line I could almost here the cricket sound in the background. Oh and personally I think our metabolism rate has something to so with that too.. I am guessing here.

So how do we tackle this problem of ridding ourselves of this orange-peel dimples? Are those gazillion products out there that promised to 'help' improve cellulite condition can do the trick?

After reading through the article and some other articles as well pertaining to the problem, here are some dimple busters that could help.. keeping in mind that exercising does not necessarily help..

  1. Strengthen your skin by eating foods that are rich in lecithin as well as essential fatty acids, antioxidants and amino acids. Experts believe that these nutrients help to increase blood and liquid circulation. Dairy protein called casein in dairy product may be a little hard to digest therefore can clog the lymph ducts that conduct waste out of your body, resulting in fluid build up in your fatty tissues making cells bulge.
  2. Drink lots of water in order to transport all the nutrients mentioned above so they could function properly. Caution: you must not drink big gulps water after 8pm as you might end up going for toilet trips in the middle of the night! The word is 'sip' water after 8pm. Do your drinking mostly during the day.
  3. Do exercise to burn excess fat and tone your muscles. For lazy bumps like me :D aerobics or 'Poco-poco' should suffice. 
I think anyone can do the first two bullets listed above if not all three as with the case of yours truly. Anyway since I am in the mood of listing things I might as well do this. Here are some facts on nutrients listed in point 1:

  • Amino Acids - Called the "legos" of your body. these building blocks form portend which grow and repair damage tissues to boost cell metabolism. You can find them in : Spinach, lettuce, red and white meat, carrots, onions, bell peppers (capsicum), celery and fruits.
  • Lecithin - Lecithin is a fatty substance found in your cell membranes that helps to bind fats and cholesterol to water so they pass through your body without building up (ahah!). You can find them in : Eggs, soy, cauliflower, tomatoes and beans.
  • Antioxidants - They protect your body cells against cell-dmaging free radicals, promote healthier skin and cells for better complexion (note to self hehehe). You can find them in : Berries, citrus, broccoli, teas ( be it white, green or black teas), whole grain bread and pasta.
  • Essential fatty acid - Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids manufacture and repair cell membranes and help cell absorb maximum nutrients. You can find them in : Fish (esp salmon and tuna), avocado, nuts and oat meals.

So there you have it your natural sources for those essential nutrients to help combat your cellulite issues. However, if you can not always prepare food at home that contains all the above.. fear not. In the words of my father, TAKE YOUR FOOD SUPPLEMENT DILIGENTLY. If you are like me who hates to take different supplements, opt for Spirulina.  I would say it is the almost the most complete food supplement with the addition of Vitamin C because Spirulina does not contain that. 

I hope this helps. Rummage through your refrigerator and see if you could whip up something healthy for your body and at the same time tackle cellulite issues if you have them. Till then stay beautiful inside out!


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