Last week I wrote about my theory that shrimp stock is a key ingredient in the elusive anti-cellulite diet.
As we learned in this month’s Cellulite BOTM, The Cellulite Solution by Dr. Howard Murad, cellulite can be treated by returning moisture to the connective tissue in the skin (aka the dermis). The dermis is the body’s primary water reservoir. If it is dehydrated, the entire body will suffer. Since the dermis is built from glucosamine, it makes sense that adding glucosamine-rich foods to the diet will help the body rebuild the dermis and maintain proper hydration.
Dr. Murad recommends glucosamine supplements to treat cellulite in his patients, but I decided to try shrimp stock since it is in line with my “real food” philosophy. Not only is it the richest source of glucosamine I could find, but homemade stock also contains other nutrients the body uses to build connective tissue –including ones we probably haven’t named yet.
I attempted my first batch of homemade shrimp stock last weekend. I used a simple recipe but the end product was something to marvel –a savory broth, light and satisfying at the same time. I used the broth as a base for a quick seafood bisque and inhaled three bowls that very evening. The next day I restrained myself to two.
I planned to incorporate a cup of seafood stock into my diet each day as an alternative to glucosamine supplements. But by the third day, I noticed two unexpected side effects: acne and water retention. The acne was concentrated along the sides of my chin, neck, and along my temples (the same areas I break out from the fluoroderma). The water retention was pronounced and distinctly contained in my upper abdomen. Strangely enough, these were the same two side effects I experienced when I started taking iodine supplements. That’s when I realized these side effects shouldn’t have been much of a surprise since shrimp stock is likely high in iodine.
So my adventures in shrimp stock are on hold until I can research iodine more thoroughly. The remaining stock went straight into the freezer and I immediately ordered Dr. Brownstein’s book on iodine therapy. It will be next month’s Cellulite Book-of-the-Month (BOTM), so expect a full review soon.
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