Cellulite

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Cellulite – the bain of many women’s lives, and often a pain in the ass….. (Couldnt help the pun!)

 

So what is it and how can you stop, or remove it?!

As always, it’s going to come down to dietary, but also hormonal changes.

 

Cellulite is nothing special, but the way most cosmetic companies go on about it you’d think it was some evil condition sent to disfigure your body! You’ve probably seen and read enough conflicting articles about this ‘condition’ to leave you utterly confused and depressed about how to shift that stubborn ‘cottage cheese’ look! Well, let me put you straight, once and for all…

Cellulite is simply body fat that sits close to the skin’s surface – there is nothing special about it.

Running through this visible fat are bands of firmer, more fibrous ‘connective tissue’ that the fat bulges against, creating a dimpled effect on the skin’s surface. Whether or not you suffer from cellulite will depend mainly on how these bands of connective tissue are arranged, and how thick your skin is. If you have cellulite you can partially blame your genes, but more importantly, your lifestyle.

Cellulite is often a reflection of your lifestyle and what you do to counterbalance your daily habits and choices.

Cellulite is aggravated by “toxic wastes” that your body has failed to eliminate, due to poor dietary choices, a lack of water consumption and irregular exercise, all of which are needed to help your body flush out its fat cells.

When all is working well in the system, waste products are removed from the body and smooth skin results. However, when fats, fluids and toxins are trapped deep in the skin, the connective tissue thickens and hardens, leading to the dreaded dimple effect. Poor circulation and hormonal changes can also add to the problem, making it difficult to shift cellulite over time.

Medication can also disturb the body’s natural processes and lead to toxic build up. Diet pills, sleeping pills and diuretics can all lead to cellulite. Oral contraceptives increase the body’s oestrogen levels, causing your fat cells to enlarge, leading to water retention. Retaining water further inhibits the body from flushing the system of toxins, leading to the formation of cellulite.

Only 2 things will help you to tame the orange peel you might find on your thighs, bottom and legs; EXERCISE and GOOD DIET. Changes to other lifestyle factors found in my tips list will help your situation, but any other ‘miracle cure’ is simply going to be a waste of money. It’s often the dietary and lifestyle choices that have caused it, so trying to mask the cause with creams etc is a waste of time.

Forget expensive creams, body wraps, scrubs, pills, potions, chemically treated tights, herbal dietary supplements, gels, seaweed, mud, soap, massagers, homeopathic injections, aromatherapy, skin patches, liposuction and laser surgery. All ‘so-called’ cellulite creams do is improve the texture by smoothing the skin, but the lumpiness does not go away.

TIPS FOR BEATING CELLULITE

Drink plenty of water. Water helps your waste system operate, flushing toxins from your body. Insufficient water intake will inhibit this process and leave you with a build up of toxins in the body, aggravating the appearance of cellulite. Ideally go for filtered, or bottle water as tap water can effect your bodies estrogen hormone levels, therefore making cellulite worse……

Get your diet right. Poor eating habits contribute to the formation of cellulite because the toxins they produce get trapped in the fatty tissue. The biggest culprits are alcohol, junk/procesed food and spicy foods. All Trans Fats help build cellulite. They block your arteries and get trapped in the body’s tissue as well, preventing sufficient waste and toxin elimination. Aim for more protein and vegetables and fruits, limiting alcohol, sugars, and fake/processed food.

Take your daily fish oil and sprinkle flaxseeds on your breakfast. Essential fats (Omega 3’s) prevent water loss from the body.Look to consume a minimum of 6g omega 3.

Vitamin C – not only a great antioxidant but is an anti inflammatory, and helps with skin/cell condition. Aim for 1g 2-3 times a day

Get enough protein in your diet. Protein from meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy are vital for repairing and strengthening your body’s tissues, which will leave the skin stronger, thicker and more taut.

Eat foods high in Lecithin. Lecithin is an element that repairs your body’s tissues, by filling in and rebuilding cell walls, while hydrating them, leaving your skin smoother. Find this element in the food that you eat; eggs, cauliflower, peanut butter, oranges, tomatoes, spinach and lettuce, or take as an additional supplement format.

Take a daily glucosamine supplement. Over time, your skin starts to lose its elasticity, leading to wrinkles and cellulite. Look to take 1500mg a day, and in a combined format if possible with chondroitin.

Zinc Citrate supplement – Zinc can help offset excess estrogens in the body, but can also help with stretch marks and cellulite. Look to take 50-90mg a day

 

Don’t forget all of the above like many other supplements or health options are only any good when taken regularly and alongside eating natural foods (meats, eggs, fish, veg, salads, fruits etc) 85+% of the time – if you’re basic, fundamental diet is too erratic, you’d be wasting money and time.

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