Hey it’s bikini season and there is nothing worse than the look of cellulite. Did you know that 90 percent of women suffer from this unsightly problem. It is more noticeable as you age which made me think that maybe it has something to do with lifestyle choices, first I thought only fat overweight people suffer from it but that is not the case although it is more apparent and common in overweight individuals. Another thing that is most likely obvious to everyone is the fact that it more common in women, this is due to the fat structure in women compared to men.
There are many ways to remove cellulite but what I am going to be focusing on in this post is just nutrition. From my online research I have found that people with more acidic body’s tend to have more cellulite. Acidic body’ also cause many other health problems; it makes your body ideal breeding ground for pathogens (bacteria, fungus , viruses etc.) also your energy levels will be lower, your joints will not mend as well just to name a few of the health hazards of having a very alkaline body.
Alkalize Your Body
The main culprits to stay away from are refined sugar, alcohol, coffee and diary.
The main things to get more of are green leafy vegetables, lemons and fresh fruit.
I have included a chart below to help;
For the oils they could have added coconut oil (raw) or hemp seed oil. As you can see there is not any meat that will make your body alkaline, so making your diet consist mainly of fresh whole fruits and vegetables is the best place to start. An easy way to know your body is too acidic is if you are having problems with candida or acid reflux, there are many others but these are the most common.
Up Your Antioxidants
Next you want to improve your intake of antioxidants. Some foods are more potent than others but as a general rule of thumb you want to stick to fresh whole fruits and vegetables, that is going to be a common theme not only in this post but in this entire blog, repetition is the key.
For the foods most rich in antioxidants you want to look for the foods with the brightest colors – the colors that will stain your clothing the worst. (Put it in your mouth not on your shirt :P)
Beetroot, Berries, Carrots, Oranges, Green leafy vegetables etc. Also some more notable foods include Cacao (not cocoa) Chia seeds and Maqui berries. There are many other ways to remove cellulite but your diet is an excellent place to start, as an added bonus you will also improve your health overall!
Drinking water is included in every healthy regimen, even in losing weight. According to Brooke Alpert R.D. water consumption doesn’t affect weight loss straight but it is linked to weight loss. According to her water does not magically burn fat but it can supplement weight-loss procedures.
Results from a recent research by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that increased water consumption among dieters made their weight loss efforts more effective.
Being hydrated stops you from binge eating. We often confuse thirst as a need for food. It is best to drink a glass of water every time you feel hungry; it is only ‘real’ hunger if it persists after thirty minutes. Drinking water means you are not drinking empty calories from sugary beverages. Water also fills up the stomach leaving the body a feeling of fullness, thereby reducing your calorie consumption.
Water aids in digestion and boosts metabolism, both are essential processes for weight loss.
How to Increase water Intake
Drink water every couple of hour.
This will hydrate you throughout the day and flushes unneeded water weight. Drinking only when you are thirsty will deplete you essential fluids which make the body hold on to water weight. You should see to it that your urine remains light-colored; it is an indication that you are getting enough fluids. Dark colored urine is a warning that you need to increase your water intake.
Add a Twist Your Water.
Water doesn’t satisfy the palates because it is tasteless. However, be wary of fake sugars which claim to have zero calories. Instead of losing weight, these artificial sweeteners do the opposite.
Enhance the flavor of water instead through herbs or fruits. Add few slices of produce of your choice. Let the fruits completely fuse with the water by letting it stand overnight. It won’t only solve your hydration problems; you will also get minerals and vitamins from the produce.
Sparkling water is a great alternative if you want the satisfaction from soda, minus the calories. It is important however to watch the sodium content of sparkling water since most of the products are loaded with sodium to cope up with its zero sugar content. It is also not recommended for someone who has Irritable Bowel Syndrome. If you have the condition, stick to pure water.
Go for Green Tea
Green tea is a superhero when it comes to flavonoids and antioxidants. These ingredients are known to be metabolism boosters. Do not add sweetener to your tea, it will sabotage your weight loss efforts. You can have your green tea hot or cold. Cold green tea has an added benefit because cold drinks have shown positive effects on metabolism.
Eat Your Water
Fruits and vegetables are loaded with fluids. According to the College of Agriculture of University of Kentucky, watermelon contains 92 percent liquid goodness. A fruit loaded diet increases your water intake without much effort.
Include soup in your daily Meals
Soups also enhance your water intake. Soup is a great meal starter because it will give you a satisfaction feeling without loads of calories. Make sure to keep the sodium of your soup to a minimum level.
Diet has a huge impact on one’s appearance. Everything you eat will definitely show in your skin. Skin doctor Elliott Weiss, M.D. said that new research suggests that food intake may play a role in aggravating acne. Other clinical trials and researches also prove the relationship between diet and acne. Diet alone won’t leave your skin acne free and flawless. But if you want to have the perfect complexion, you certainly have to mind what you eat. Listed below are foods you must indulge with and foods you must avoid if you want to avoid or cure acne.
What to Eat:
Juicy vegetables like cucumber
The water content from the veggies helps in getting rid of toxins responsible for clogged pores. Cucumber is also known for its cooling property which reduces the inflammation linked with pimples.
Orange fruits and vegetables
Carrots, sweet potatoes and the like are filled with Vitamin A which is responsible for skin’s detoxification. They are also rich in beta-carotene which fights inflammation and reduce skin oil. The orange delights can be prepared in variety of ways. They can be mixed in salad, steamed or juiced. The best way is to eat them raw, as a raw food diet
Oyster and Fish
Oyster is not only good as an aphrodisiac; it is also an acne fighting delicacy. It has zinc which fights pimples and helps the body absorb Vitamin A. It is best eaten fresh and raw to maximize the benefits. Fish is rich in Omega-3 which is a skin’s friend.
Yogurt is loaded with probiotics. These good bacteria stop bad bacteria from starting acne. Fruits can be combined to the yogurt to rip its full potential.
Though other kinds of chocolates must be avoided, this dark goodness contains antioxidants. Antioxidants serve as the skin’s soldiers in fighting damage due to free radicals. These radicals are the culprits of uneven skin tone and pimple break-out.
Drinking enough water is repeated in every diet regimen. You know pretty well that water is good for you. But are you faithfully following the advice daily? The benefits of getting enough water are countless. Make sure to have your body hydrated from sun up to sun down. Add herbs to your water for a twist in taste.
Studies prove that green tea is effective in treating acne. Green tea contains the EGCG antioxidants which reduce the size of sebaceous glands, over activity of these glands pave the way for acne.
What to Avoid:
Alcohol worsens acne breakouts because it causes dehydration and adds up to the heat source.
High sugar treats must be avoided if you are dreaming of a flawless face. Sweets start and aggravate acne break-outs. You don’t need to totally deprive yourself but you must limit intake for every given period.
Except for yogurt, you should ditch all dairy products. A study specifically found a relationship between dairy milk and pimples. Milk leads to a rise in blood glucose which leads to inflammation. It also results to increased insulin which initiates secretion of skin oils. Milk products also block pores, a condition favorable for acne growth.
Most of the processed foods have high glycemic index. These kinds of foods causes insulin spikes which often leads to inflammation and hormonal instabilities. Both of these conditions yield to acne. Junk foods and fast food are both included I this category.
Too much Spices
All the strong spices including pepper and capsicum intensify acne. Opt for gentler herb counterparts like thyme and mint.
There are several things associated with acne; diet is just a single factor. You must remember to have good skin hygiene while modifying your diet to achieve desired results. Visit a dermatologist if all your efforts do not pay off.
A raw foods diet is the process of consuming foods that are unprocessed, whole plant based and organic grown. Three-quarters of the foods consumed should be raw and uncooked. It is as simple as eating foods in their natural state the way we were meant to eat.
Raw food benefits can be an increase in energy, emotional balance, mental clarity, better skin and hair, weight management and increased healing of ailments. The nutrients are delivered through the blood to the cells and the result is cleaner blood and healthier cells.
A better nutrition will return your cells to a more youthful state because these foods are easy to digest; our bodies will have more energy for healing and cleansing. It also enhances your body’s ability to fight and prevent diseases because raw and living foods contain essential food enzymes that are killed if the food is heated.
Disease is a lack of health. Most people think that having one bowel movement a day is normal. But what waste does not get eliminated from your body through a bowel movement gets stored in your cells as a toxic residue. Our body’s digestive system doesn’t recognize cooked and processes foods, it surrounds the waste it cannot eliminate with water and then stores these toxins until it finds a way to remove it.
This waste causes excess weight in your body and the process of cells storing these toxins is called disease. Arthritis is a disease that is caused when around our joints become too toxic; we call the disease colds, flu, pneumonia, bronchitis or asthma when around our lungs becomes too toxic; around the stomach, we call the disease indigestion or heartburn; in parts of the body these toxins have been eating away at, we call the disease cancer.
Our cells are not able to function properly and diseases develop. If we eat mostly raw plant foods we can help our cells function correctly. By flushing out the toxins and replacing them with nutrients we can keep our cells clean and healthy.
A raw food diet can help you lose weight because most foods are low in calories, fat, and sodium and are high in fiber. Raw foods are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals. You can expect to lose weight quickly, consistently and be able to keep off the extra pounds by replacing cooked and processed foods with more raw foods. The weight loss will be mostly water at first, but if you combine your new diet with exercise you will start to see a loss in fat as well.
A variation of raw food diet is the juicing fast as seen in the documentary ‘Fat Sick And Nearly Dead‘, a short explanation of this is to consume nothing but raw juiced fruit and vegetables for a fixed amount of time. This will obviously result in rapid loss of weight whilst simultaneously revitalizing your body with nutrients and cleansing your body of toxins, this is something you want to do with caution…
The quality of your skin is dependent on what you put into your body, not on it. When you begin to eat more quality foods and less toxic junk you will notice your skin becomes softer, more firm and your pores will be smaller. You might notice your eyes will be brighter, hair shinier and nails stronger. The nutrients the brain needs are provided by raw food. You will feel more alert and have the mental stamina and concentration you need to complete tasks. A raw food diet creates a clean body which contributes to a clear mind. Positive thinking is increased and your emotional state of health is enhanced. This creates a more open-mind and optimistic view of life. Mood swings may decrease; stress calms and emotional ups and downs are balanced out.
The chemicals added to modern foods cause our body’s mild stress, pollute our mind and cause havoc inside the body. Imagine what all the hormones, pesticides and antibiotics in our food can do to the body after consumed on a long term basis. Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) is a hormone that increases the amount of milk dairy cows produce. It has been suggested that although rBGH alone appears to be safe, it increases the quantity of other chemicals in the body that can cause cancer.
No one really knows if the amount of hormones in a hamburger can be harmful to your health. The added hormones do show up in the beef and milk from cows and studies have shown that this makes the estrogen and testosterone levels higher than normal. But no one knows if that can cause increased risk in humans. In response to the lack of certainty, the European Union has banned all hormones in beef. Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the EU have banned rBGH.
The United States does not have any studies under way to prove the safety of hormones in milk or beef. Pesticides have been used by many farmers on conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. The EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) sets a limit on how much pesticide residue can remain on fruits and vegetables. It’s a complicated process that is difficult to understand, including variables such as the toxicity of the pesticide and how much of the produce people usually eat.
Each of the 9,700 pesticides used receives a number called a, tolerance. These chemicals are very toxic and have not been studied directly in people for their safety. Conventional foods that have the highest pesticide residue are; spinach, peaches, strawberries, apples, lettuce, pears, celery and sweet bell peppers. You can reduce your pesticide exposure by buying these foods organic or growing them yourself without using pesticides. Farmers feed antibiotics in low doses to livestock to cause them to gain weight.
Researchers suspect this practice is causing more antibiotic resistant bacteria, which poses an extremely dangerous threat to our health. Companies are not obligated to provide the information to the consumers or label their products that were treated with antibiotics. The best way to limit your exposure is to buy organic products or buy locally raised.
Eating a diet of mostly raw foods will drastically improve your health and quality of life. You will save money on junk foods, processed foods, medical bills and medications. The benefits of a raw food diet are good for the planet as well because fruits and vegetables feed more than grain or meat based products. It cost less to grow fruits and vegetables and there is no slaughtering involved. You will have more free time because you do not have to spend it cooking and scrubbing pans. You can spend your extra time having fun with the increased energy you gain from eating a raw foods diet.