By Paul Scicluna
Cellulite (also known as adiposis edematosa) has been a hot topic for a long time but all for the wrong reasons. It has been driving women crazy for centuries, trying to work out how to get rid of cellulite.
The word cellulite, from the French, from cellule meaning "a small cell" was first used around the 1920's in Europe by beauty and spa business owners to promote their products and services. It started appearing in English publications around the 1960's. It was to describe the shadowy, dimpled and bumpy appearance of skin in the lower body of those who suffer from it.
Those beauty spas wanted to make money from those with cellulite all those years ago and nothing has changed. And as many women will know, all these lotions, potions and miracle cures never seem to work. To get rid of cellulite there's no point in rubbing on creams, gels and lotions or go on a trip to the beauty spa. So save your money and stop using these products and services for a cellulite cure.
What if you could be causing cellulite or exacerbating the problem due to certain foods in your diet?
More and more people are consuming processed foods. I know it's convenient but I've said for years that when it comes to food, convenience kills.
Processed foods contain so many chemicals, flavorings, colorings, enhancers, preservatives and many other additives that should be avoided if you care about your health and beauty.
So many of these additives and chemicals can imbalance your hormones and negatively impact your overall health. Hormone balance is vital for good health and very important to keep your body fat in check. From a beauty perspective, hormones are also responsible for everything from skin texture and tone, through to shape and firmness.
Try and avoid as many additives and chemicals by eliminating processed foods as much as you can. This is the most important step. You can easily achieve this by choosing fresh and natural ingredients.
It's also good to know some of the harmful ingredients that you should avoid when you are buying processed and packaged food items.
Below are some ingredients that are added to many processed foods and should be avoided:
1 - MSG (monosodium glutamate)
2 - Acesulfame Potassium (Acesulfame K or Ace K. European Union: E950)
3 - Aspartame
4 - Sucralose
These additives have been show to do all sorts of thing to the human body from imbalance your hormones to tricking your body into storing more fat - not less.
When reading the ingredients list, if you see "emulsifier", "conditioner" as well as "stabilizer" on any ingredient label, then you might want to give that product a miss. You'll be surprised just how many food items they are in.
So if you avoid these food chemicals combined with a good workout routine, your hormones will benefit, resulting in less fat being stored on your body.
To great health,