I don't know whether you’ve noticed the chill in the air lately but Winter is well and truly here. What we don't want is to come to the end of the season and discover a ripple effect on our once smooth, dimple free, toned skin. That’s right, we are talking about the dreaded cellulite. The unsightly lumps of skin and fat that often deposit themselves on your upper thighs and butt.
It’s important to note here that cellulite is normal. Everyone gets it. Including stick thin models. But that doesn’t mean we want it. So here's a a few cellulite busters to help keep it at bay.
1. Up your herb/spice intake. Include these cellulite busters in your diet on a regular basis:
Cinnamon – perfect for blood sugar level control, meaning less sugar cravings
Turmeric – in an anti-inflammatory and blood circulation booster
Cayenne pepper – boosts metabolism and increases circulation
Raw apple cider vinegar – superfood for increasing digestion, boosting metabolism, cleansing the intestines, alkalising the gut and improving circulation
Ginger – another super anti-inflammatory and immune booster, especially good for the cooler months to keep that cold at bay
Detox-Cellulite busting drink for winter: Take a cup of boiled water and add: grated ginger, 1 tsp raw honey, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp turmeric or grated turmeric, dash of cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar, squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Drink before every meal to increase your metabolism and help eliminate toxins.
2. Boost your collagen. Collagen is the protein found in vertebrate animals, specifically in the their skin, bones, marrow, cartilage, tendons and ligaments (sorry if you’re eating breakfast). Cellulite comes from a lack of connective tissue, so if someone you know has smooth skin it’s generally due to high connective tissue amounts in their skin! Lucky buggers. Increase yours this winter by drinking homemade chicken soup (from real stock ,which means bones are used in the cooking process) or real bone broth which you can buy from quality butchers. Drink 1/2 a cup daily as soup or plain beverage to not only boost skin collagen and make you look younger, but to also support the immune system and reduce intestinal inflammation as the the broth is also super rich in minerals and amino acids. Add liver cleansing veggies like broccoli, onions, garlic and artichokes for a hearty winter meal...
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