Cellulite is very unpleasant for millions of people, so how to reduce it?
1.Eat a clean, alkaline, unprocessed diet
In order to remove the toxins from your body, you must first draw them out from where they have accumulated in your cells, tissues and organs.
The way to do this is to consume alkaline forming foods (meaning they leave an alkaline ash in the body). All fresh fruits and vegetables are alkaline and should make up the largest part of your diet.
You might be thinking “can fresh fruits and vegetables really help me to reduce my cellulite?”
Yes, they can when combined with the other tips provided. This is how it works: the alkalinity of these fresh, life force rich foods magnetizes to the acidic toxic matter in your cells, drawing it out so it can be removed from your body.
The key is to gradually increase your fresh produce consumption (mostly vegetables) so that you don’t magnetize out more toxicity than the body can remove. Otherwise the toxins will just re-circulate and then re-settle. Baby steps and transition is vital, as is getting in tune with your own body and its signals so you know when to include more or when you are drawing out more toxicity than your body can handle.
2.Don't get sucked into trying lipo.
A lot of doctors still suggest it, but it doesn't work and can actually make skin look more dimpled by removing too much fat, Dr. Wanner says.
The bottom line is that the same things you would do to keep your body fit and healthy are your best weapons against cellulite. In the meantime, take it from me: Self-tanner, which can help camouflage the cottage cheese, is a lumpy butt's best friend.
Cellulite is basically fat that manages to bulge out through the epidermis, so cut down on extra pounds. Regular exercises like walking, jogging, swimming and yoga should help reduce the fat dimples. Experts suggest 40-minute exercise sessions (half cardio and half strength) three times a week for effective outcomes.
4.Avoid Too Much Salt and Sugar
By eating a healthy diet, you can help reduce cellulite. First, avoid too much sugar, which gets stored in fat cells and causes them to expand. Second, limit salt intake, since sodium causes fluid retention, making cellulite appear even worse. Consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar each day, and stay away from foods containing more than 200 mg of sodium.
5.True detoxification – getting the waste out
When you put clean, alkaline foods into the body as per the first three tips, the alkalinity of those foods starts to attract out old acidic waste matter deep within your body. This is brilliant and exactly what you want as once this stuff has come out your body will have a chance of showing less of the toxicity through your cellulite.
However if you are drawing this toxic waste out of the cells and tissues they still need to be removed from the body completely. This is where your elimination channels come in. They work to get this stuff OUT so it doesn’t just re-settle in your body.
But here’s the thing: this stuff is typically really gnarly and not easy to remove from the body. Most people already have compromised elimination channels, particularly the bowel, so relying on your body’s compromised channels is not necessarily going to get the waste effectively out of your body. You need to help it happen.
The best way of doing this is to get into some regular colon cleansing through professional colonics or at home enemas. Find a professional colon hydro-therapist in your area and talk to them about your needs. Or purchase an at home enema kit and get into a regular habit of using it.
6.Scale back and Make your skin stronger.
Getting to a healthy weight can help reduce cellulite. Yet just ditching pounds without firming up is not always the no-brainer cellulite-reduction move you would think it is. When you lose weight, "your skin may be more lax, pulling on the septae, and cellulite may become more visible," Dr. Wanner says. The younger you are and the better your skin elasticity is, the smoother the results. For the rest of us, strength training is the number-one way to keep things as taut as possible.
Want to do even more to de-lumpify your derriere? Topical treatments that may build collagen in the skin, like Retin-A or creams with retinol or vitamin C, couldn't hurt and may help, Dr. Sadick says.
Seaweed is a natural exfoliating agent, which promotes smoother blood circulation (which in turn reduces fat accumulation). It also boosts metabolism. The book Healing Foods by DK Publishing House notes, “Its high iodine content helps support healthy thyroid function, which in turn helps regulate the metabolism of cells and assists weight management.” Seaweed also enhances the texture of the skin and rids the body of toxins. When the body is flushed of toxins, the cellulite is brought down considerably. The book also hails seaweed of umpteen detox benefits, ‘A source of detoxifying chlorophyll and mucilaginous (gumlike) fibre hat helps maintain bowel regularity and removes toxins and fats from the body."
Grab a bowl, mix three to four tablespoons of ground seaweed with 50 ml of sea salt and extra-virgin olive oil or any essential oil. Massage the mixture on the affected area for 10 minutes before taking a shower. Massage the affected area daily for effective results.
Kelp contains fucoxanthin, a xanthophyll compound found in green plants with chlorophyll, which helps the body burn fat. Studies show that ingesting kelp can help facilitate a 5-10% loss in body weight, thus reducing the appearance of cellulite. Add kelp to your diet regimen. You can purchase dried kelp for about $7; try adding it to miso soup or crumble it into stir-frys and salads. Or, you can get your kelp in 300 mg capsule form (about $10 a bottle) at your vitamin store.
9.Limit the use of skin thinning creams
If you are currently using any chemicals or pharmaceuticals on your cellulite areas which thin your skin (such as steroids), your cellulite is going to be more obvious.
It makes logical sense that if your skin is thinner, the appearance of dimples beneath the skin will stand out more, right? Plus your skin will show age and imperfections more generally – I know, I used skin thinning steroids almost daily for over 25 years to manage my severe eczema.
The answer isn’t to just ditch the meds and creams cold turkey of course – this is something you need to discuss with your doctor or alternative health practitioner. However you may want to look at putting all these other tips in place as they will start to really improve your health overall, and then you may find that you can decrease the usage of these creams.
One of the most commonly used and the easiest ways to get rid of cellulite is dry brushing. It is said to improve your blood circulation and lymphatic draining, and eliminates toxic build up in your body which significantly promotes cellulite. The improved blood flow further revitalises the skin, and makes it look plump and radiant. Take a dry brush and gently brush the affected area and the rest of your body too. Make sure your skin and the brush both are dry. Brush for about five minutes, from left to right and then take a shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities. Do this daily for about a month to see immediate results and improved skin texture.
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Sources: www.mindbodygreen.com, www.fitnessmagazine.com, food.ndtv.com
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