Most of us can't imagine starting our day without a cup of joe. But when it comes to coffee and cellulite, there are a number of conflicting opinions. Is it good or bad? Does it cause cellulite or help reduce it? Can it help or hinder this condition? Let's find out once and for all.
It may seem like coffee gets a bad rap, but in truth, it's actually a medicinal food, or even considered a superfood. This is because it has two main ways of improving the body's health: caffeine and antioxidants, both of which have anti aging and and health benefits. Caffeine has been shown to improve and reduce the risks of chronic illnesses while antioxidants help the body to repair cell damage caused by free radicals. It is believed that coffee can:
- Reduce heart disease by up to 25% in women
- Reduce diabetes by up to 60%
- Reduce colon cancer by up to 25%
- Reduce gallstones by almost 50%
- Reduce Parkinson's disease by up to 80%
- Provide headache relief
- Provide asthma relief
- Provide cavity protection
- Improve short term memory
On the other hand, it has been reported that excessive caffeine intake can lead to negative side effects. These can include:
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood sugar
- Upset stomach
- Irregular heart beat
The Blissful Truth
The study of coffee and cellulite has yielded some surprising results. It seems that the use of coffee grounds can be used to reduce the appearance of cellulite … provided that you don't drink it. This happens to be why caffeine is the first ingredient in many cellulite treatments. Because of it's antioxidant properties, coffee opens up blood and air passages to improve circulation. Hence, this enables the breakdown and suppression of fat deposits in the body. Topical application can additionally flush out excess water and remove toxins, and thereby lend the skin a more firm and toned appearance. It it important to note however, that the ingestion of coffee can actually enhance the look of cellulite. Consuming too much can dehydrate the cells in the affected area, which will make the orange peel skin look worse. And because there is no water to flush them out, the toxins that build up between the cells can multiply, again, making the problem look worse.
What is the final verdict for coffee and cellulite then? Well it is good and bad? Good when applied topically, bad when ingested. The same way that caffeine gets us moving in the morning, it also helps to get our fat cells moving. Who would've known that coffee could be such a fabulous beauty aid?