Bananas are a great energy source, and are high in skin-improving minerals like zinc. They’re also renowned for boosting blood flow because of the potassium they contain, which can help to prevent cellulite. Try chopping a large one into a fruit salad in the morning, or tucking in before exercise.
Bean sprouts are well known for their multiple health benefits. They are extremely low in calories, but contain a full set of vitamins (A, B, C, D, E and K), as well as essential folic acid, iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. These combined help stimulate blood circulation and aid liver functioning, as well as improving the health of the skin.
If you’re looking to improve your skin and slim down, low-cal spinach is a good leaf to get to know. It is high in vitamin A, which can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite because it aids the production of collagen – a protein that strengthens, smoothies and plumps out the skin. Swap it in for lettuce in a salad, or throw a handful into a hot meal at dinnertime.
Low in calories and high in fiber, apples are an excellent way to supplement your diet. They are full of toxin-battling antioxidants and pectin – a gel-forming fiber that helps to detoxify the digestive tract. Great for tackling cellulite!
A build-up of fluid in the body can also trigger the onset of cellulite, no matter what age or size you are. Eating diuretic foods, like cucumber, can help to relieve water tension and remove toxins…
…And as a diet food favorite celery…
…And cranberry juice. Just make sure you go for a brand that has no added sugars in it, as sugary foods are a cellulite trigger.
If you’re looking for a quick fix body detox, try adding a few capfuls of apple cider vinegar to your meals. It acts as a digestive tonic, helping to slay off harmful bacteria in the intestines, flush out toxins and relieve water retention around the thighs and stomach – all of which helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Taken in a tea, capsule or soup form, nettles are one of the most detoxifying dietary supplements out there. Not only are they packed full of antioxidants, but they also have an anti-inflammatory effect, calming skin complaints like eczema and acne, and aiding digestion. Meanwhile, their diuretic properties help to eliminate cellulite-triggering toxins from the body and prevent fluid retention.
Aside from aiding digestion, reducing swelling and helping to flush out excess fluids and toxins which can lead to cellulite, liquorice-y fennel also works wonders for the health of your skin and hair. Take it in tea form, or pick up a few roots for roasting from your local supermarket.
Lemons aid the restoration of the body’s acid-alkali balance, keeping your insides at a steady pH. This means that your body is better able to support healthy bacteria and assist the removal of toxins – which can lead to cellulite – in the body. Squeeze over a salad or drink with hot water to reap the benefits.
It might be a bit messy to prepare, but beetroot is well worth the effort if you want to smooth away cellulite. The purple root vegetable contains circulation-stimulating lycopene, which helps to reduce water retention, as well as potassium, vitamin E (which is essential for skin health), and collagen-boosting vitamin A. This makes it a powerful body cleanser, helping to eliminate toxins from the body and lower cholesterol at the same time.
Don’t overlook cabbage when you’re putting together your cellulite-busting diet plan. It’s a brilliant cleanser, and is naturally antiseptic, helping to flush out harmful toxins from the body. The potassium it contains can also relieve water retention.
Egg yolks might be high in cholesterol, but they’re also packed with detoxifying vitamins and minerals which can help to flush out excess waste from the body. The high levels of protein, too, assist proper cell function and aid repair. Just remember this mantra: boil or poach, but never fry.
Much like nettle, dandelion is often thought of as a liver tonic. It has diuretic properties, helping to rid the body of toxins and flush out excess fluids with a powerful cocktail of antioxidant vitamins and minerals (including vitamins A, C, D and D) as well as zinc, iron and potassium. You can take dandelion root as a supplement, or as a tea.
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