When you’ve spent all winter covered up in as many layers as possible, the prospect of summer and bikinis is daunting AF.
Suddenly the legs you haven’t seen properly for 6 months come out of hibernation in all their dry and pasty glory, but let’s face it; dry skin can be moisturised and pasty skin can be fake tanned. The real bug bear, is the build-up of cellulite which clings onto the legs of 80% of women (and some men) like that weird guy at a party who no one invited and just won’t leave.
Cellulite, Be Gone!
The fact is, cellulite affects many of us for lots of reasons. Some people have a genetic predisposition for cellulite, but it can also be caused by hormonal issues, environmental pollution, smoking and a build-up of toxins in the body.
One of the most common reasons for the cause of cellulite is a poor or unbalanced diet, which you can easily rectify by eating more of these foods and eating less refined sugar, coffee, dairy and fried food.
What To Eat To Combat Cellulite
Drinking a minimum of 2 litres of water a day will help your body to flush out toxins and toxin build up that cause cellulite. Not getting enough water often results in toxic buildup in the fat cells which harden into the bead-like lumps that contribute to the ‘cottage cheese’ texture of cellulite. If you’re dehydrated, this also leads to thinner skin with decreased elasticity, so drink up babe!
Cooking with coconut oil can help to reduce cellulite as it’s a medium chain fatty acid, which means your body uses it for energy rather than storing it as fat. You can also use coconut oil in a cellulite massage treatment, as massage exfoliates the epidermis and stimulates blood flow to problem areas.
Matcha Green Tea
Matcha green tea is a powerful thermogenic, which means it accelerates your metabolism and the metabolism of fat cells for energy. Matcha is also rich catechins and the powerful antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which not only help to flush toxin build up that cause cellulite, but also aid your weight loss efforts.
Flax seed is full of essential fatty acids (EFAs) that improve skin elasticity. Flax seeds contain compounds that help to correct hormone imbalances which can lead to the formation of cellulite and also increase skin health and thickness, helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Dark Leafy Vegetables
We particularly love spinach, chard and kale as not only do they contain an abundance of water to help your body flush out toxins, they are also rich in fibre, antioxidants, and minerals that promote healthier skin, faster cell regeneration and improved circulation to target cellulite.
At the end of the day, cellulite, like stretch marks is very normal and we’d hate for our TeaMates to lose self-confidence over it. You might think its unsightly, but lots of people don’t really notice it – we promise!
Eating better and drinking more water is great anyway and of course, drinking matcha is wonderful for your health. If making these small, positive changes to your diet and habits have the happy side effect of reducing cellulite too then #winning!
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