Thursday, December 27, 2012

Fight Against Cellulite

Being in your 20s has a lot of perks but one downfall that you may have noticed is…cellulite.  But don’t think that you are the only one with a few dimples because 85% of women have cellulite somewhere on their body.  And just because you have cellulite it does NOT mean you are overweight or fat.  While there is no known cure for cellulite there are a few tips and tricks that can help decrease its appearance.  Remember, everyone is different so one approach that works for someone else may not work for you.

Tomato paste and ketchup both contain high amounts of lycopene (even more than you would get from eating a garden-fresh tomato!).  Lycopene helps prevent the breakdown of collagen and when you preserve collagen, you are keeping a healthy top layer of skin overlying your fat layer (everyone has a fat layer), which then reduces the appearance of cellulite.

Bromelain is a complex mixture of enzymes that is found in pineapple and other fruits and is an anti-inflammatory.  In addition to bromelain being an anti-inflammatory it also promotes fat cell metabolism!  You can purchase bromelain extract at health food stores.

Here’s one more reason to drink water and eat your fruits and veggies; hydrated skin reduces the appearance of cellulite! Fresh fruits and veggies that are high in water content like leafy greens, cucumbers, and melons are low in calories which aid in controlling your weight and fighting against cellulite.

There isn’t a proven cure for banishing cellulite, so do NOT waste your money on expensive lotions, devices, and treatments.  The best way to fight against your cellulite is through a healthy diet, exercise, and proper hydration.

Not only will an extra cup of coffee or tea help give you an energy boost it will also perk up your skin cells.  In other words, caffeine also helps reduce the visibility of cellulite.  Please note that if you are adding sugar, cream, and milk into your coffee or tea you are reducing the cellulite-fighting benefits.


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