CELLULITE – WHAT TO DO?
Cellulite is caused by weakened connective tissue below the surface of the skin.
An accumulation of toxins in the body, water retention and body fat composition can contribute to the appearance of cellulite.
Cellulite affects more women than men. 9 times more. This is partly because women have more underlying body fat as well a different skin structure.
If you are prone to getting cellulite, it is best you avoid foods that are refined carbohydrates, saturated fats or contain high level of salt. Alcohol and coffee intake can put an added stain of the liver, this then impairs its ability to properly detoxify your body.
Foods to help rid the body of excess toxins are complex carbohydrates: brown rice, lentils, beans and pulses. These foods increase elimination of toxins making fat deposit less likely, as well they boost your rate of metabolism. Drinking plenty of water, and adding omega oils to your diet in the form of nuts and seeds will nourish your cells. Drinking teas that support the liver, such as dandelion and milk thistle will encourage the elimination of toxins from the body.
Some lifestyle choices you can make are: massage to improve microcirculation and lymph drainage, as well skin brushing with a soft bristle brush. When skin brushing, best to use sweeping movement starting at your feet towards the heart. This increases overall circulation. Juniper and fennel oil are natural diuretics and highly beneficial with body massage. Including a combination of weight bearing and cardiovascular exercises will tone your body. Cellulite is less common among female athletes, who tend to have very low body fat. If you need to manage your weight, best to lose weight gradually, because rapid weight loss can make the appearance of cellulite more apparent.
If cellulite is an issue, making some of the above listed choices will help you achieve better toned skin.