Natural Remedies For Cellulite

Many people over time form cellulite, which is where fibrous tissue builds up in our adipose (fat) tissue, especially around the butt, pelvis, and legs.  This shows up as a kind of dimpling on the skin, and happens to most women after puberty, though is rare for men.  A lot of people find it unsightly, breaking up the smoothness and clarity of the skin, and many women have spent a lot of time and money trying to clear it up!  Well here in this article we will give you several methods for preventing and treating cellulite!

 

What Causes Cellulite?

  • Hormonal factors play a large role in the formation of cellulite, which is part of why it’s predominantly a women’s condition.  It is believed that it may be largely due to estrogen that cellulite forms, but there hasn’t been any reliably conclusive evidence to prove it, and others such as insulin, catecholamines adrenaline, thyroid hormones, and some others.  We don’t know enough about how hormones cause cellulite as yet to help the condition, however.
  • There does appear to be an element of cellulite based on a genetic predisposition involved.
  • There are several lifestyle variables that we have found, however, that can cause and therefore help prevent cellulite when avoided.  If you live a high stress life you have an increased level of catecholamines, one of those hormones we mentioned above which can cause cellulite.  Decreasing body fat percentage can also help reduce the chances and amount of cellulite.

How Can I Stop Cellulite?

  • The first step is of course to try to lower stress and body fat!  Unfortunately for now the hormonal side of things, beyond lowering fat content (body fat actually contributes to higher estrogen levels) and stress.
  • -Gelatin is an important chemical for many tissues in our body, from joints, hair, our nails, and the skin.  It has many other health benefits, but for the skin it may help maintain the elasticity in our skin and it is believed that it may help with cellulite.  The collagen compound is too large to be absorbed through the skin so needs to be eaten to contribute!
  • Our bodies have many layers of fascial webbing around organs, around our muscles, and under our skin.  Myofascia is like a sheath for the different parts of our bodies and the layer right under our skin contains fat cells that can form adhesions (scar tissue) and may lead to cellulite.  A specific type of massage can help release these adhesions.  Foam rollers with proper technique have also been known to help break up these adhesions.
  • Many people have used coffee scrubs on their cellulite, which exfoliates the skin, stimulates blood and lymph flow, and the caffeine in the coffee has a tightening effect on the skin.  Mix ¼ cup of coffee grounds with 3 tablespoons of white or brown sugar, and then mix these into 2-3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil.  Massage this mixture into your skin for several minutes with a firm pressure and then wash.  Repeat a few times a week, and note that it may take a few weeks for results.
  • Exercise!  Keeping your body fat levels down, keeping your muscles toned (especially in the lower body where cellulite forms), and increasing blood flow is very important!  Check out kettelbell workouts in particular, which are very effective at getting the glutes and lower body.
  • There is one theory that having a bad balance of omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids are one contributing factor for cellulite.  Supplementing your diet with a good omega 3 source (like fish oil, krill oil, fatty fish, flax, hemp and chia seed oils, among others) may help your cellulite appearances, and some evidence does support this.  Even if it does not help your cellulite, proper omega 3 intake is vital for good health!
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