Update: Don’t know about you, but juicing is part of my daily weight loss & cellulite routine. One of the first steps to cellulite reduction (and prevention) is keeping hydrated and consuming nutrients that strengthen the collagen fibers under your skin.
When I began my weight loss journey I had purchased a cheap juicer from Walmart to get me started. After 5 months the thing decided to die on me, leaving me sad and juiceless. Since I was using my juicer almost daily, I decided to increase my budget this time around. I figured…if I use it I might as well spend a bit more.
There were certain things I was looking for:
- Priced under $200 and eligible for Amazon Prime
- It had to be easy to clean
- Customer reviews had to be strong
- The overall look had to fit my kitchen decor
- Had to be nice to look at because I keep it out on the counter
After reading what felt like a billion reviews I found the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor.
It seemed to fit all of my requirements and then some.
But the one downside in all centrifugal juicers is a loss of nutrients. It’s not enough of an issue for me to worry about, but if that’s something you care for take a look at amazon’s selection of masticating juicers. This type of juicer uses a different (and slower) technique when juicing that helps hang on to the nutrients.
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The short and long term health benefits of fresh juice and raw vegetable juice diets have been celebrated for many years. In addition to helping reduce cellulite, as part of an active and healthy lifestyle, health juices are brimming with natural vitamins and minerals that help keep us looking our best. We take a deeper look into the ways that cellulite affects us as women and discover the 6 most effective cellulite reduction drinks you can make at home. Want more recipes? Check out 4 of our favorites here.
What Is Cellulite?
Some damaging myths we often hear about cellulite include:
– only fat people have cellulite
– cellulite is not natural
– cellulite only occurs in old people
All three of the above misconceptions are 100% FALSE! Cellulite, or ‘orange peel skin’ as it is sometimes known, occurs when natural body fat tissues protrude closer to the skin’s surface, making the tissue outline visible which results in a ‘dimpling’ effect. The most common group of people affected by visible cellulite are women aged over 18 and the thighs and buttock regions are the easiest places to spot cellulite on those affected. Given its appearance in post-pubescent females, the hormone estrogen is thought to play a role in the production of cellulite. Environmental factors such as smoking, under-exercising, holding fixed positions for long periods (either sitting or standing) and eating fatty, salty and carbohydrate-heavy foods are also believed to play a role in the size and severity of visible cellulite skin puckering. Due to the link between diet and cellulite, symptoms can quickly reduce or subside completely with an improved lifestyle conditions, including the regular consumption of certain cellulite reduction drinks.
1. Adam’s Ale
Adam’s Ale or, to give it its street name, water is the most important cellulite reduction drink you can consume when fighting cellulite or a plethora of other health/beauty complaints. As most of us already know, our bodies comprise of around 70% water and we need several liters of fresh drinking water each day for healthy functioning. While drinking tea and coffee and carbonated beverages will go some way towards reaching your daily liquid quota, there’s no match for fresh, raw, natural water. Tap water in US homes is usually adequate, but some opt for water filters or bottled mineral water instead.
CELLULITE-FIGHTING TIP #1: Carry a bottle of water around with you during the day; regular sipping will help keep you stay hydrated and feeling fresh, helping to lessen the effects of cellulite over time.
2. Spinach and Banana Smoothie
A popular cellulite reduction drink and favorite breakfast choice, the spinach and banana smoothie is packed full of goodies like potassium and vitamins A and K. Spinach and banana smoothies are surprisingly sweet and tasty; you’d never know it was good for you from the taste! For cellulite sufferers that need to trim down, this smoothie is the ideal way to start each day, providing a naturally low in fat drink bursting with energy.
CELLULITE-FIGHTING TIP #2: Buy or borrow a blender and make smoothies in your own home. By only shelling out for ingredients, you can save $$$s on expensive pre-packaged juices. They taste better too!
3. The Friendly Fat Smoothie
Some people make the mistake of crash-dieting by taking extreme measures to lose weight, such as cutting out all carbohydrates (as the Atkins diet suggests) or never eating fats. The fact is, our bodies need a daily dose of fat in order to function properly. What we can do, however, to take charge of our cellulite, is eat the right kinds of fats. Namely, these ‘friendly fats’ are unsaturated vegetable fats, found in foods such as olive oil, and omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in fish oils. Add a scoop of peanut putter or cod liver oil to your next tasty cellulite reduction drink or smoothie to help boost your friendly fat levels and satisfy your fat cravings without reaching for cellulite-angering junk foods like potato chips and fried meats.
4. Super C Juice
Vitamin C is a wonderful thing. It has been shown to boost our immune systems, act as an anti-oxidant, help repair red blood cells and play an important role in collagen formation. Collagen, the major protein component in our skin, muscles and nerves, affects how our skin heals and keeps shape. For this reason, vitamin C has a major affect on both the aging process and cellulite control and many of the most effective cellulite reduction drinks will have vitamin C as a primary component. Most soft fruits like kiwis, oranges and strawberries are brimming with vitamin C. Vegetables are no stranger to the vitamin either; try throwing a handful of broccoli, kale or yellow bell peppers in your next vegetable juice mix.
5. Green Tea
Green tea can aid cellulite reduction in 2 ways: firstly, it has been known to speed up our metabolisms and facilitate faster weight loss and, secondly, green tea is a powerful antioxidant, helping to remove toxins from the body. Some people believe that cellulite is worsened by toxicity build-up over time (explaining why the condition usually gets more noticeable with age). A few warm cups of freshly brewed green tea each day are an excellent and calming addition to your new cellulite-banishing regime. Wherever possible, cut out additional toxins in your life, such as alcohol, tobacco and coffee for maximum benefits.
6. Ginkgo Juice
Ginkgo, or Ginkgo biloba, is a tree native to China that has been dated back over 270 million years. Scientific research has confirmed the profound affect ginkgo has on our blood flow and consuming extracts can help protect our cells from free radicals. In simple terms, getting blood flowing better around your body, especially in areas affected with cellulite, will help improve the condition of your skin. Many women with cellulite report cold skin patches in affected areas, an important indication of circulation problems. Dried ginkgo extract can easily be added to your anti-cellulite fruit or vegetable juice concoction for added benefits, helping your blood to pump more efficiently.
CELLULITE-FIGHTING TIP #3: Ginkgo is also available as a supplement; if you can’t find dried extract, look in your local health food store for the pill-form and add a couple (no more than the daily recommended allowance) to your morning drink.
By coupling these cellulite reduction drink ideas with a healthy exercise regime of regular fresh air and cardio workouts, you will soon see the cellulite on your body smoothing away.