Diet for cellulite prevention and treatment

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From the very beginning we must say that there is no universal anti-cellulite diet and that in fact it’s not about any diet, but rather a custom made anti-cellulite lifestyle.

Your skin, buttocks and thighs are soft, fluffy, cotton- like due to the damage of the deep subcutaneous fat tissue, which is under the epidermis and dermis. This tissue is composed mainly of connective fibers that surround the groups of fat cells organized in the shape of a cluster, forming fat panicles.

With no exercising, the subcutaneous tissue does not burn excess fat and does not eliminate water. So, more and more water, fat and toxins are accumulated, triggering an inflammatory process; adipocytes grow and deform until the skin becomes flaccid, with no elasticity – thus, cellulite signs appear.
On the other hand, with age the ability of the collagen to regenerate decreases (collagen provides elasticity and youthful skin aspect). And that’s the way cellulite will get worse!

Bye bye sweets!

Refined foods with high glycemic index and high glycemic loads that are eaten in excess provide a large amount of rapidly absorbed carbohydrates, which are partly transformed into energy and glycogen. Excess sugar is converted into fat that grows in the fatty tissue.

Industrial or domestic refined foods are poor in nutrients, micronutrients and non-nutrients, consequently modifying the quality and quantity of essential connective tissue that brings forth the architecture and supple skin.

Sedentary lifestyle makes things worse, as it prevents toxin elimination and liquid draining. Faulty breathing and its effects of hypoxia, oxygenation and detoxification only makes things worse.

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Water and its contribution to optimal digestion!

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Water is the vital fluid that has no calories; humans cannot last for more than 3 days without water. An adult who performs regular physical activity in normal thermal and moisture conditions needs 1.5-2 liters of drinking water per day. Typically, this amount can vary considerably depending on the climate (water requirement in the desert is 1 liter per hour), on physical and mental effort and on the diet type.

Water content in the human body depends on age, sex and personal degree of adiposity. A young person will have higher water content than an older one. Men have an average of 55% water content, while women have 50% water content due to the increased development of the adipose tissue.

Water is the only liquid that effectively hydrates the body and physiologically quenches thirst, while also ensuring intake of minerals. No fluid food can replace water on the long-term without causing metabolic disorders and without health to be affected. Daily water requirement is different depending on weight, age, climate and physical effort.

Note! Do not mistake thirst for hunger; when you are hungry you may in fact be thirsty! With age, the confusion gets worse and industrially refined foods contribute to the disruption of food behaviors.

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All you need to know about fresh or dried fruit

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The only 100% healthy sweets are raw, organic fruits that you may eat throughout their growing season. You should also know that home-made traditional dried fruits, such as apples, pears or plums are recommended during cold seasons. The traditional plum jam with no added sugar is a healthy, energizing, invigorating sweet, which can be eaten in moderation by diabetics as long as they respect the principle of excluding the equivalent amount of carbohydrates from other daily foods.

Home baked sweets using white flour, animal fat or vegetable oils and sugar are only recommended at great celebrations and in moderate quantities (apple pie, fruit tart, etc..). Industrial puddings are not healthy, since they have high glicemic index, many E numbers and artificial flavors.

A wholesome home baked sweet can be the ice-cream sorbet made from fresh fruit juices frozen on sticks.

Fresh fruit juices should be prepared in a blender to obtain a puree, without removing the skins and pulp. The puree is to be diluted with water and consumed immediately, on an empty stomach and not mixed with cereals or other ingredients.

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Use your diet and lifestyle to fight depression

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Overloading the body with toxins from food will strongly affect our mood states. With time, sadness, apathy, lack of energy and enthusiasm for life will take over our lives.

Natural, whole food meals and their correct association, together with food diversity will ease digestion and will stimulate detoxification (while also giving up the sedentary lifestyle).

Many foods provide an important amino acid called tryptophan. It is the precursor of serotonin, also called the hormone of happiness. Foods rich in tryptophan are yeast, fish, eggs, not refined grains, peanuts, cashew nuts, walnuts, unsalted and not roasted hazelnuts. Lupine (coffee) contains a large amount of tryptophan and a bitter toxic alkaloid which must be removed by soaking and boiling the seeds in salt water. You can buy it ready and packed from the supermarket. Coffee beans are nutritious vegetables and don’t have too many calories; you can have coffee beans for breakfast especially in winter, when depression can occur due to lack of light, which affects the epiphysis gland function. Also, prolonged work in areas devoid of natural light may induce depression.

Cashew nuts are wholesome antidepressants. A hundred grams cashew nuts contain about 0.3 to 0.4 g tritpofan; 30-50 g cashew nuts can be eaten per day, over a period of 15 days, especially during winter, preferably in the morning at breakfast, together with some natural honey or during the evening between 17-20 pm.

Excessive consumption of industrial foods, especially those based on meat, cheese, sugar and refined grains can cause metabolic acidosis. Metabolic acidosis is known to be a source of depression – foods rich in B vitamins fight against acidosis and depression. Here are some examples of food products that are rich in B vitamins: fresh wheat germ, food supplements that contain yeast, whole cereals, liver.

Raw plums, dried plums or traditional plum jam also have antidepressant effects.

Avoid excesses! A diet that is too restrictive, boring, severe and that consists of food with no biological value will have strong adverse effects on our health and mood, triggering strong depression.

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