You don’t have to accept the existence of cellulite. Get rid of that unsightly skin with a few of these tips!
What Is It?
Cellulite is an uncomfortable topic for most of us. We avoid thinking about it and try to ignore that it’s even there, but it isn’t going away by pretending it doesn’t exist. The cottage cheese effect and dimples on our thighs, butts, and stomach is simply fat stores that press against connective tissue and distort skin. Cellulite is pretty common in women, but men aren’t free of the lumps either.
What Causes It?
Cellulite is caused by genetics, diet, lifestyle, age, and hormones, but there is one big culprit that lurks behind all of this, toxins. Toxins are everywhere in our modern world. We breathe them in, we pick them up from our food, we come in contact with them through recipes and money, our homes are full of them, and we even produce them when we’re stressed. Our bodies do an amazing job of getting rid of these toxins in small amounts, but what happens when toxins get too concentrated to handle?
When our kidneys and livers can’t keep up with the flood of toxins, our body starts shoving them into fat cells where they can’t do any more damage. Fat serves like little bars, sealing the toxins in. Unfortunately, this means more fat storage than the body needs and the cells that accept these toxins don’t always function correctly either. This contributes heavily to cellulite. Luckily, there are things you can do to minimize the problem.
1. Eat Well
This is the go-to answer for many health issues and for good reason. Toxins create cellulite and modern junk foods are full of them. Avoid refined sugars, too much salt, and anything that has been highly processed. Fresh organic fruits and vegetables will help your body get the nutrients it needs without the pesticides and chemicals found in almost everything else we eat.
2. Drink Water
Pure, clean water will help you flush out toxins and keep your skin and tissues hydrated and healthy so it looks and feels better.
3. Use Natural Salt
Switch from the processed salt to a natural sea salt or Himalayan sea salt. These have minerals that aid in hydration and metabolism.
Regular exercise builds and tightens muscles, burns fat, and helps remove toxins through sweat and increased circulation. Part of the appearance of cellulite also comes from muscle atrophy, where the muscles shrink away from connective tissue, fat, and skin, so exercise can reduce cellulite and improve the look of cellulite riddled skin in many ways. Even just walking each day can help. Yoga is a good choice too.
5. Lose Weight
This is easier said than done, but still one of the best ways to improve/reduce your cellulite issues. Fat stores are largely to blame and getting rid of some of those fat stores will definitely help. Starvation dieting isn’t the way to go though. Combine modestly cutting your calories, eating better foods, and exercising for real results.
6. Lose the Stress
Stress creates toxins. It burns through valuable hormones and neurotransmitters and then causes free radicals and slower metabolism. Chronic stress is the enemy of health and contributes to fat stores, premature aging, and a host of other issues. Dump it as fast as possible. Practice meditation, breathing techniques, yoga, tai chi, or get into a hobby that relaxes you. Stress is one of the worst things about our modern world and you should strive to eradicate it as often as humanly possible.
7. Change Your Lifestyle
If something about your life isn’t healthy, work on fixing it or getting yourself out of the environment that encourages it. Smoking, high stress, toxins, negativity, and overeating all add to your toxic load and your cellulite, but, perhaps more importantly, they also contribute to other diseases and health risks. Get away from them. Some lifestyle changes will be easier and some will be extremely difficult. If you sit all day at work, get up and move around more often. If you stand all day, take some breaks and sit down. If you have more difficult addictions to remove from your life, find help and take the steps you can now to get you moving in the right direction.
8. Reduce Inflammation
Chronic inflammation is the root of many of our health problems. It slows things down, damages tissues, and even helps build up toxins that create more cellulite. Coconut oil, ginger, and turmeric are three of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatories you can find. Use them and the many others out there to keep inflammation and pain at bay.
Both massage and dry brushing stimulate and increase blood flow to and from the skin. Massage and/or brush the areas affected each day to help remove toxins, excess fat, and excess water in these areas for more dimple-free skin.
10. Coffee Scrub
The health boosting power of coffee internally is often debated back and forth, but the external use of coffee has a ton of benefits. The granules and caffeine increase circulation of both blood and lymphatic fluid to pull out toxins and repair tissue. Simply take the grinds into the shower with you, make a paste with warm water, rub it in, and then rinse it off a few minutes later.
11. Lemon and Cayenne
Lemon juice and cayenne make a good team to detox, alkalize, boost metabolism, and speed circulation. Mix a little of each in water and drink it three times a day. You will begin to see a difference in how you feel within days and how your skin looks a few weeks after that.
12. Juniper Oil and Olive Oil
Juniper oil sinks into skin to firm up connective tissue. Many people have seen very good results with these oils. Put 10 to 15 drops of juniper oil in ¼ cup olive oil and massage it into your trouble areas. Fennel oil is also supposed to work well.
13. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is another remedy that seems to work very well. Coconut oil reduces inflammation, hydrates, aids in detox, and boosts metabolism. Massage it in using your hands or a brush. Take it internally too. A couple teaspoons a day will do wonders for your energy levels and help you burn fat. Your body needs fats to help remove toxins, build cells, and create many of the hormones we rely on, but it wants good fats like coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado, not the overheated fry oils and fats created from over consuming sugars.
14. Apple Cider Vinegar
What can’t this liquid do? Add a little to a bath and soak away the cellulite. It helps detox the body, encourage healing, and even kill many harmful bacteria.
15. Sea Salt or Epsom Salt
These help pull toxins from the skin while also softening, conditioning, and mineralizing skin. Add them to a bath and soak. Your skin will thank you by being much less cottage cheesy.
16. Bentonite Clay
This healing clay is often used as a face mask that pulls out oily grime and toxins from pores. You can use it on your cellulite areas the same way. Mix it with a little apple cider vinegar to make a paste, apply it, let it dry (you will feel it tighten), and then soak away the cellulite mask in a warm bath.
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