By Jessica Sepel

Bumpy, dimpled skin – something most women contend with at some point in their lives. While cellulite is simply normal fat beneath the skin, it appears the way it does because it’s pushing against connective tissue. While cellulite not a sign that you’re unhealthy or overweight, it’s a condition most would prefer to get rid of.

Good news? You CAN reduce cellulite with your diet.

DITCH THE SALT – My #1 tip. Just recently I noticed a few little bumps on my thighs, something I have not had in a long time.  Hmm. I decided to cut out salt for a week (using herbs and spices instead) and I have noticed the bumps have significantly reduced. Give it a go! Salt dehydrates the cells in the body, which can form the appearance of cellulite.

EAT ALKALINE – Enjoy your fresh fruit and veggies. Alkaline foods help combat acidity and toxic build up in the body that often accumulates and can form cellulite. Increase your greens! Greens at every meal is my golden rule.

DITCH THE SUGAR – Keep your blood sugar levels stable. Eat regularly and ensure your meals and snacks are protein-rich. Avoid all processed sugar, and reduce fruit to 2 portions/day. Berries + citrus fruits are fab! It’s the blood sugar roller coaster that lead to fat storage…hello, cellulite.

GET YOUR BLOOD FLOWING – Use a dry body brush each day in the shower. Exercise daily. Do a coffee scrub! Treat yourself to a massage regularly.

DRINK A GREEN JUICE DAILY – Or use a green wholefood powder. This will help you increase your antioxidant profile, which helps to reduce damage to skin cells.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER – Obviously! Water helps to flush the toxins out of the body. Add some lemon juice for that extra metabolism boost.

DETOX – Toxic build up can increase cellulite. Keep your liver healthy. Your liver is your largest fat burning organ, remember. Cut out the toxins – alcohol, refined sugar, refined carbs, trans fats (processed foods!), and takeout foods. Sweat it out – exercise and saunas! Swap coffee for green tea – 1 coffee/day max. Keep alcohol to the weekends – red wine is the best option, in my opinion.

FINALLY, REDUCE STRESS – I believe stress is responsible for most of our body woes. Breathe deeply. Practice yoga. Rest every day.

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