Bikini Body Foods – What Should We Choose? (Part 2) - Banish cellulite, Get a glow

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Worried about baring your body on the beach? Nutritionist Christine Bailey reveals how certain foods can help solve the problem.

Banish cellulite

Most of us have at least a few patches of that tell-tale orange peel skin. The dimpling effect to skin is thought to be caused partly by genetics and partly by changes in hormone levels, particularly ostrogen. While there are no miracle cures, improving circulation and elimination can help. Regular exercise is key, and also try daily dry skin brushing to improve lymph flow and get rid of dead skin cells, to help cell renewal and create smoother-looking skin.

·         Eat asparagus. Diuretic foods such as asparagus can help flush out excess fluid while supplying plenty of soluble fibre to improve elimination. Other good choices include cucumber, artichokes, beetroot, grapefruit, lemon, cranberries, parsley, apple cider vinegar and watercress.

·         Pass the salt. A salty diet increases the likelihood of developing water retention as your cells hold on to more water to balance sodium and potassium levels. Avoid processed foods, switch to herbal salt alternatives and include plenty of potassium-rich foods to help the kidneys excrete sodium. Potassium-rich foods include bananas, mangos, melons, papaya, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, and avocado.

·         Papaya power. Papaya is rich in potassium, which helps tackle water retention, and it provides skin-nourishing betacarotene and vitamin C, which may prevent tissue damage under the skin. Foods rich in vitamin C also help boost levels of collagen in the skin. This promotes elasticity and keeps your skin looking firm and taut.

Papaya is rich in potassium, which helps tackle water retention, and it provides skin-nourishing betacarotene and vitamin C, which may prevent tissue damage under the skin.

Papaya is rich in potassium, which helps tackle water retention, and it provides skin-nourishing betacarotene and vitamin C, which may prevent tissue damage under the skin.

·         Berry good. Berries are good sources of vitamin C and anthocyanins – potent antioxidants that can help strengthen capillaries and maintain the blood flow through the tiny vessels deep inside the skin. This can help improve circulation and give your skin a glow.

·         Ginger boost. One cause of cellulite is poor circulation. Ginger can help boot blood and lymph flow, reducing the toxic load that may contribute to the bumpy appearance of cellulite.

Get a glow

If your skin is lacking lustre, nourish it from the inside with foods rich in top skin nutrients. Include regular skin brushing and exercise regularly to stimulate your circulation too.

·         Favour oily fish. Want to keep your skin glowing and moisturised? Well, according to a study published in the Journal of Dermatological Science, eating more omega 3 fats is associated with a lower rate of sunlight-induced skin ageing. Omega-3 rich salmon also contains selenium, a mineral that protects your skin from sun damage. Walnuts, flaxseed, hemp and chia are other useful vegetarian sources of omega-3 fats.

·         Plump for pumpkin. Packed with zinc, a vital mineral for skin cell renewal and repair, these tasty seeds are also a great source of skin-friendly vitamin E and beneficial omega fats.

·         Very useful veggies. Sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots and orange and yellow peppers are all packed with beta carotene, an important antioxidant for protection against sun damage. Try to include a portion daily during the summer months.

·         Add avocado: Nourish your skin with the beneficial monounsaturated fats found in it. Avocado also provides vitamins C, E and carotenoids, all vital skin nutrients.

Nourish your skin with the beneficial monounsaturated fats found in it. Avocado also provides vitamins C, E and carotenoids, all vital skin nutrients.

Nourish your skin with the beneficial monounsaturated fats found in it. Avocado also provides vitamins C, E and carotenoids, all vital skin nutrients.

·         Gulp green tea: A great rejuvenating tonic, crammed with antioxidants to give your skin a glow, green tea also contains EGCG (or epigallocatechin gallate), which reduces UV light-induced oxidative damage.

A great rejuvenating tonic, crammed with antioxidants to give your skin a glow, green tea also contains EGCG (or epigallocatechin gallate), which reduces UV light-induced oxidative damage.

A great rejuvenating tonic, crammed with antioxidants to give your skin a glow, green tea also contains EGCG (or epigallocatechin gallate), which reduces UV light-induced oxidative damage.

 

 
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