Dr. Perricone Discusses: Fighting Cellulite
Aging does not just take place on the face. As we age, we commonly see changes in the body that include the loss of muscle tone in conjunction with the addition of body fat, particularly in the abdominal area, and on the legs and arms. This excess body fat is directly attributable to two factors. The first is the loss of insulin sensitivity, the second the elevation of cortisol (the death hormone) levels in conjunction with a decrease in the life or youth hormones such as testosterone, estrogen and human growth hormone.
This combination of loss of muscle tone and increased body fat results in a condition commonly known as cellulite — the dimpled appearance of skin caused by fat deposits just below the surface of the skin.
Combat Cellulite by Changing Your Diet
While cellulite is not entirely ‘curable’, there are several dietary changes that can minimize and improve the appearance of cellulite.
1. Make anti-inflammatory foods the basis of your daily diet. This will ensure low body fat, maintenance of muscle mass and radiant skin, and will help you avoid swings in blood sugar, which can cause the storage of fat and a breakdown of muscle tissue.
2. Drink plenty of pure, non-carbonated spring water throughout the day (6 to 8 glasses) with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Lemon is rich in bioflavonoids and vitamin C (anti-inflammatory antioxidants), and acts as a natural diuretic to help the body shed excess water.
3. Eat plenty of detoxifying fruit and vegetables. Lemons, asparagus, cranberries, fennel, celery, dandelion and ginger root are natural detoxifying agents, and many experts believe detoxifying the body helps eliminate the lumpy and bumpy appearance of cellulite. These fruits and vegetables also act as natural diuretics to help eliminate excess water build up.
4. Eat a diet rich in lignans, which will help lower estrogen levels. Estrogen can contribute to cellulite as it activates the production of fat cells and encourages fluid retention. Foods rich in lignans include chia seeds and sesame seeds.
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