Combating Cellulite With Food

By Dr. Erin Gilbert, MD, PhD

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Put Out the Flame

Inflammation is a source of many diseases, including heart disease, and reducing it can have benefits on cellulite as well. Bromelain, a complex mixture of enzymes found in pineapple, is anti-inflammatory. This is found in highest concentrations in the pineapple stem, but is also present in the fruit. You can buy stem cell bromelain extract over-the-counter at health food stores. Bromelain can also promote fat cell metabolism, which is an extra perk! Be careful not to choose high-sugar sources for bromelain (like pineapple juice). This will spike your insulin levels and leave you hungry and tired later.

Hydration Nation

Foods with higher water content will improve skin hydration. Drinking water is an obvious but often neglected habit! Fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly melons, cucumbers and leafy greens, are high in water content and low in calories which will aid in weigh control and, thus, fat stores. A simple way for you to check your hydration level is with skin "turgor." Simply pinching your skin together (for example, on the back of your hand) and observing the time it takes to return to normal is a quick-and-dirty measure of hydration. Skin with normal turgor snaps back rapidly. Skin with decreased turgor remains elevated and returns slowly to its normal position. Although considered a late sign of dehydration, skin turgor demonstrates the profound effect water has on the skin.

Buyer Beware

Numerous devices have been introduced into the marketplace for the treatment of cellulite. Invariably, women run out and spend a lot of money to have a physical or mechanical treatment for their cellulite. Whether it is laser or ultrasound, within a few years the device is on longer "en vogue." Why? In my experience, it is because the results often didn’t live up to the expectations. Although device-based treatments are very promising – and one day could very well be the cure we all want – there is no contemporary device that guarantees the eradication of cellulite.

Conclusion: Even if cellulite impacts your quality of life, at least you know that you’re not alone and can try out some of these simple tips at home!

Dr. Erin Gilbert, MD, PhD

Article written by Dr. Erin Gilbert, MD, PhD