By Jo Finzi
As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, it’s time to look forward to those nice presents - including the sexy undies. But what if your skin surface is more like an orange than a peach?
Oh no! It’s the curse of the dreaded cellulite! Luckily, help is at hand to banish those unwanted dimples.
First look at your diet
Here’s a list of the cellulite busting foods:
* Fibre speeds up the digestion and prevents toxin build-up. Add more brown rice, oats, veggies and fruit.
* Fats aren’t all bad. Get rid of saturated and trans fats. Up the intake of essential fats such as cold pressed hemp, linseed or walnut.
* Fruit such as grapefruit is great for an empty stomach. It cleanses the system and helps detox the liver. Berries are a great source of anti-oxidants (especially goji berries).
* Greens are great. They are packed with phytochemicals to support the liver. Up your intake of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and watercress. Try this old fashioned remedy - it works. Boil a couple of spoons of cabbage every day in unsalted water and drink the water after eating the cabbage.
* Lethicin repairs skin cells, and is found in soya, green veg, seaweed, lettuce and apples.
Then give it a rest
Treat yourself to a detox day, with fresh fruit such as apples and vegetable juices. This will help cleanse your system while giving your gut a well-deserved rest.
Cut out or cut down on alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, sugar, fatty meat, refined carbs, dairy and salt.
Don’t mix protein and carbs at the same meal.
Ditch the S words...smoking, sunbathing and stress.
Next the action plan
Get a skin brush and do it every day. This stimulates the lymph, which drains the toxins (see this article on skin brushing).
Take at least 30 minute vigorous exercise a day.
Finally, some lifestyle changes
Drink plenty of water to flush out the system (one to two litres a day)
Get plenty of sleep. It’s a proven fact that sleep deprived people are much more likely to put on the flab.
Try supplements such as gotu kola for improved lymph and circulation, algae, spirulina and milk thistle for the liver, and agnus castus for balancing female hormones.