Understanding more about cellulite helps us to understand why detoxification is the key to a successful cellulite diet.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite occurs just beneath the skin when fat cells thicken and form complex structures along with lymph and blood vessels. Looking like bubble wrap just beneath the skin, this jumbled mass attracts toxins that accumulate in the fat cells, causing a lumpy, dimpled effect on the thighs, buttocks and stomach.
Cellulite can appear any time after puberty, and is something about 90% of women may experience at some stage in their life. It can be classified into three different levels:
- Grade 1 cellulite is when anatomical changes take place beneath the skin which is only evident during a microscopic examination.
- Grade 2 cellulite involves skin pallor in the affected area, with decreased elasticity in the skin and lower temperature to the touch.
- Grade 3 is when cellulite is fully developed and visible to the eye. It produces a roughness to the skin's texture and the underlying tissue appears to be lumpy.
Unfortunately, weight loss and exercise do not reduce cellulite. You need to flush out the toxins in order to reduce cellulite. The best way to do this is with a detoxifying cellulite diet.
How can a Detox Cellulite Diet Help?
A detox cellulite diet will improve blood circulation and promote lymphatic drainage. This begins to eliminate toxins from the fat cells, gradually reducing and preventing further cellulite buildup. Drinking plenty of water (at least 8-10 glasses per day) and getting regular exercise will also help promote the detox process. Green tea should also be part of a cellulite diet as it contains antioxidant catechins to detox the body and support a healthy liver.
One of the best ways to reduce or prevent cellulite buildup is by eating healthy foods such as vegetables, fruit and fiber. Foods such as chlorella and spirulina are particularly good detox foods for a cellulite diet. The high levels of chlorophyll they contain siphon toxins from the bloodstream and eliminate them from the body.
Green leafy vegetables should be part of any cellulite diet, cleansing the liver which is the body's filtrations system for removing the toxins we ingest through foods, air and pollution. These foods help neutralize chemicals, heavy metals and pesticides that are common toxins in the body that cause cellulite. By eliminating toxins as part of a cellulite diet it makes sense that you will also reduce the cellulite they cause.