Reducing cellulite, as we know, is not just down to applying an oil or cream every day. It’s also about what you eat and some food is better at helping to reduce – or not contribute to – cellulite than others.
The best cellulite-busting foods are those that help the body drain excess fluid. Along with water – which you should drink at least a litre of daily to dilute and support your lymph – good fluid-releasing food to incorporate into your diet are proteins of the lean, white type, dark leafy veg, rich in antioxidants, and spring greens. As the weather gets warmer, these foods come into their own as healthy salad recipes. We suggest choosing from the following to mix a delicious salad recipe:
Dark, leafy greens
It’s not just Popeye who can benefit from a diet that includes spinach and other dark, leafy greens like kale and cabbage. The presence of an antioxidant called lutein makes these greens fantastic anti-cellulite foods. Plus, just like asparagus, dark, leafy greens can also help to boost your circulation.
Asparagus is a vegetable that’s rich in folic acid, which has been shown to reduce stress levels and help improve your mood. Being exposed to prolonged levels of stress can increase fat storage in the body (as well as impact your overall wellbeing), so the benefits of enjoying these tasty green spears are obvious. Asparagus also has circulation-boosting properties that can help to keep cellulite at bay.
As you age, your skin tends to become thinner and less elastic, which emphasises the appearance of cellulite. So, one key feature of many cellulite reducing foods is having a high level of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). These keep skin strong, soft and stretchy and you’ll find that, along with vitamins and minerals, avocados are packed with EFAs. They’re rich in fibre too, which helps the body balance glucose levels and flush out cellulite-forming toxins.
Eating ginger is another excellent way to boost the flow of blood around your body and improve the appearance of cellulite. Ginger also plays an important role in destroying toxins and making the lymphatic system stronger and more efficient. Saffron is another helpful spice for cellulite because it contains anti-inflammatory ingredients that discourage fat cell expansion, which in turn, increases circulation between tissues, enhances muscle tone under the skin and eliminates valleys on the surface.
The health benefits of eating oily fish like sardines, mackerel and salmon are many, and the high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids is great for keeping skin strong and supple (dare we say it, perhaps the best way to help get rid of cellulite). They also act to fight inflammation, help the circulation and strengthen the lymphatic system too. Lean white protein makes a great addition to salad; perhaps consider a chicken salad recipe?
There you have it – the perfect meal to help with cellulite reduction. Not only is this salad undeniably healthy for your overall health and wellbeing, but it’s also delicious too.