Cellulite is the appearance of orange peel or cottage cheese skin predominantly on the legs, butt, stomach, and back of the arms. Cellulite is caused by 4 things including; fluid retention, lack of circulation, weak collagen structure and increased body fat.Some other factors may increase cellulite include: hormonal imbalances, medical conditions, genetics, poor diet and toxicity.
Top Foods for Cellulite
High fiber foods like vegetables, nuts, seeds, and berries – Help cleanse the colon, support metabolism and balance hormones. Berries are also beneficial because of their high antioxidant content.
Clean protein sources – High quality, organic protein like grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, pastured eggs, wild caught fish, and organic protein powder can increase metabolism and aid in cellulite reduction. Aim to consume at least 4 oz per meal.
Potassium rich foods – Flush excess fluids and waste out of cells which can reduce cellulite. Green leafy vegetables, avocados, bananas, coconut water and cultured dairy are high in potassium.
Bone Broth – Contains the amino acids proline and glycine that make up collagen. The collagen in bone broth can strengthen your tissues and heal the cause of cellulite.
EFA’s and MCFA’s – Coconut and wild caught fish contain fatty acids that promote healthy tissue. Consume 1 tbsp daily of extra virgin coconut oil and 1 serving of wild caught fish or 1,000mg of fish oil daily.
Foods that Cause Cellulite
Sugar – Causes fluid retention, inflammation, and storage of body fat all of which can increase cellulite appearance.
Sodium – Increases fluid retention which is a major factor in the build up of cellulite.
Refined flour and refined grain products – break down quickly into sugar and are high in calories that can be stored as fat.
Food Allergens – Foods like gluten, A1 casein, shellfish, and peanuts can cause inflammation and decrease circulation.
Trans and hydrogenated fats – Promote inflammation and storage of body fat.
Top 5 Natural Remedies For Cellulite
#1 Gotu Kola (30mg 3x daily)
Helps increase formation of new collagen, improves circulation, and reduces fluid retention.
#2 Dandelion (take as directed or as tea 3x a day)
This diuretic herb works well because it also contains potassium to keep electrolytes balanced.
#3 Ginkgo Biloba (170 mg daily or as cream)
Increases rate of blood flow by around 57 percent according to one German study.
#4 Grapefruit Essential Oil Rub
For a cellulite rub to reduce the appearance of cellulite mix grapefruit essential oil with coconut oil and massage into area 1-2x daily.
#5 Herbs Parsley and Cayenne (2-6g daily)
Together these herbs can increase circulation and reduce fluid retention.
Exercises for Cellulite
(Interval, HIIT, Tabata) Burst training exercise maximizes fat burning and increases circulation so can decrease cellulite. Weight training and adaptive exercises like barre and pilates can also be beneficial.