Although cellulite is not a pathological condition, it remains a matter of concern for many people, especially if we consider that it affects approximately 85-90% of women and very few men. Therefore, to eliminate cellulite development - preventively or after a treatment, women should follow certain tricks and tips related to their diet.
Vitamin Β6 (pyridoxine) is an essential part of any diet against cellulite. It plays an important role in the metabolism of proteins and helps strengthen and repair connective tissue. It also helps in maintaining the sodium and potassium balance, which can prevent toxins accumulation that may worsen the appearance of cellulite.
Vitamin Β6 can act as a natural diuretic, thus eliminating excess water and bloating that make cellulite more visible. Moreover, vitamin Β6 is essential for the proper absorption of zinc - an important trace element required for collagen production, among other things. Vitamin B6 is also present in milk, meat, fish, corn, plums, nuts, sweet potatoes, soya, and bananas.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, present in certain foods, such as the liver, egg yolks, fish and dairy products. However, most people meet their vitamin D needs through sunlight exposure. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with increased fat accumulation and obesity, something that is more evident during winter due to the reduced sunlight.
Vitamin C is undoubtedly one of the essential vitamins in the fight against cellulite. Studies have shown a direct relationship between low levels of Vitamin C in the blood and increased fat accumulation. Vitamin C is also essential for the production of carnitine, a compound that makes our bodies burn fat for energy instead of accumulating it in the body.
The trace element selenium, found in Brazil nuts, mushrooms, cod, and shrimps, helps to fight cellulite due to its antioxidant properties. To maximize the benefits of selenium, combine selenium-rich foods and foods with high vitamin E content, because selenium enhances the action of this antioxidant vitamin, which slows down the cellular aging process.
Potassium is one of the most valuable nutrients to reduce water retention and eliminate toxins that can contribute in the appearance of cellulite. Potassium is present in various foods, mainly vegetables with roots and beans.
Excess salt may lead to fluid retention, and worsen the appearance of cellulite. If you think that your food is tasteless, try using spices and herbs instead of more salt. In addition, you should always keep in mind that salt is also present in processed foods, such as canned vegetables, cereals, and frozen meals.
Iodine is essential for proper thyroid gland functioning, which regulates your basal metabolic rate (i.e. the rate at which your body consumes energy at resting state). Iodine insufficiency may lead to slow thyroid activity, which in turn can contribute to weight gain or prevent weight loss. In addition, iodine is considered useful for the drainage of toxins, such as heavy metals. Iodine-rich foods include seaweed, fish, yoghurt, milk, eggs, and strawberries.
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