Top Foods To Eat To Battle Cellulite

  • The appearance of cellulite can be minimized by eating foods that are rich in antioxidant and inflammatory ingredients.
  • Mixing saffron or blueberries in your dishes can enhance blood circulation and boost muscle tone thereby giving it a smoother look.
  • Water as well as water-based fruits like grapefruit and watermelon help keep the body hydrated and flush out toxins, which is a major cause of cellulite. 

Do you want to know how to get rid of cellulite? The secret lies in cellulite busting foods, and here are 9 that can fight it. 

1. Saffron

Saffron has anti-inflammatory properties that hinder fat cell expansion. As a result, blood circulation is boosted, improving muscle tone giving the skin a smoother appearance, explains Alan Roberts, PhD to Woman’s Day. 

Jenna Appel, MS, RD, of Appel Nutrition in Boca Raton recommends adding saffron to chicken, rice and roasted cauliflower dishes to give them a gourmet taste. A blend of saffron threads with water and ginger also makes a healthy and refreshing tea. 

2. Dark berries

Increasing your intake of antioxidant-rich berries such as blueberries and blackberries help support collagen production and enhance the growth of new skin tissue, resulting in improved skin tone, Lori L. Shemek, PhD. and certified nutritionist, tells Woman’s Day. 

Appel suggests adding a handful of blueberries into your oats, salad, smoothie or pancakes. These berries, she says, help prevent aging-related symptoms like dryness and wrinkles. 

3. Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is rich in magnesium and iron. The darker the chocolate the better because you get more cocoa, which is its primary ingredient, says registered dietitian and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson Ginger Hultin. She also added that some studies have discovered that cocoa protects the cardiovascular system, which is responsible for blood flow in the body.  

Hultin recommends blending your cocoa with healthy foods like yogurt, oats or coffee to get that naturally sweet flavor. 

4. Grapefruit

Any foods that contain anti-inflammatory nutrients and promote hydration will help tackle cellulite as well as promote blood circulation, according to Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN of Cleveland Clinic. 

A combination of grapefruit, avocado and salmon would make a flavorful and nutrient packed salad or you can also mix your grapefruit with plain Greek yogurt and almonds, suggests Rania Batayneh, MPH, and owner of Essential Nutrition For You.

5. Avocado

Get more avocados in your life by putting it on your toast, blending avocado smoothies or mashing avocados to make a dip. Avocados are rich in good fats and fiber, both of which balance glucose levels and rid the body of toxins. 

6. Water

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The toxins we inhale and consume are among the main causes of cellulite. To help support our body’s natural detox process, we need to drink plenty of water, explains Janet Brill,  PhD, RDN and author of Blood Pressure Down. “Keeping your skin cells hydrated equates to healthy cells.” 

She also encourages using the urine color test to see how much water you’re getting. Your urine should have a light straw color if you are drinking enough water. 

7. Salmon

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The high levels of omega-3 fatty acids (healthy fats) found in salmon, mackerel, tuna and trout lowers inflammation and improves the overall condition of your skin, Dr. Shemek told Woman’s Day. Salmon also contains vitamin D and niacinamide which can protect against skin cancer and skin dehydration.  Dr. Brill advises consuming at least three fatty fish meals each week. 

8. Leafy greens

If you’re looking to hydrate your skin and protect it from damage, nutritionist Chanel Kenner says eating more of your leafy greens like kale and spinach would help. 

Besides magnesium and fiber, these two leaves are also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, which encourages collagen production. These two can be mixed in salads, smoothies, omelets, soups, sandwiches and more. 

9. Watermelon

Watermelon gets its characteristic red color from a potent antioxidant called lycopene. Watermelon is low calorie and made up of 92 percent water. According to nutritionist Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, LDN, eating foods rich in water helps the body combat disease and promote skin hydration, hindering aging symptoms and minimizing the appearance of cellulite. 

Source: The Healthy

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