Cellulite is the build up of adipose (fat) in the subcutaneous tissue causing dimpling of the skin, most prominent on the hips and thighs. Cellulite doesn’t only depend on your size, thin people are affected too.
The cause of cellulite is not exactly known, but all of these factors play a role: an imbalance of subcutaneous tissue, too much sitting or being stationary, clothing, hormonal imbalance and diet.
Why is it most prominent in women? Because of the hormone oestrogen. When oestrogen is released fluid builds up in the adipose (fatty) tissue. When hormones are imbalanced it also decreases the production of elasticity in the body.
Another thing to be aware of is that cellulite is a sign of blocked of lymphatics. Sitting too much and being stagnate for too long cause blockage because lymph and blood circulation is decreased. Essentially, fluid drainage cannot occur; therefore toxins accumulate in the area.
Cellulite is a sign of congested and toxic cells. One of the signs that you need a liver detox and lacking the mineral sodium sulphate (tissue salt no11) is cellulite– this mineral helps flush out toxins.
Things to keep in mind when you are trying to prevent or get rid of cellulite is that the lymphatic system and circulation system are the key organs involved; the endocrine system is also involved; remaining stagnant contributes to the build up of cellulite; toxic exposure and consumption increases your prevalence to cellulite.
HOW TO GET RID OF CELLULITE NATURALLY
- Dry brushing – use a brush with firm bristles to gently ‘brush’ the body. Use long strokes towards the heart.
- Massaging the area – I recommend using a natural base oil with essential oils that have a detoxing and circulation enhancing properties. You can do this twice a week
- Scrubs – make your own with 1 cup granulated sugar, ½ cup coconut / olive oil and essential oils OR 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup coffee grounds and 1 cup coconut oil to form a paste like consistency. Store in a glass jar. Massage onto the skin for a few minutes and wash off. You can do this twice a week.Coffee and coconut oil are rich in antioxidants and are said to make skin smooth and firm
- Move: practise moderate exercise, and do not sit for longer than an hour without getting up (I recommend standing and moderate movement for 5 minutes every hour.
- Avoid using creams with harsh chemicals – this is absorbed into your skin and clogs up the tissues even more
- Limit toxic exposure and consumption – smoking, junk food, etc all increase the free radical and toxic load in our bodies. This build up may cause stagnation in the lymphatic system.
- Legs up: sit with your legs horizontally, or above your heart
- Walk more
- Breath – this helps promote blood circulation
- Try rebounding – this helps with lymph circulation
- Manage your stress – when we are stressed, blood circulation is cut off from the skin tissue. The hormone associated with stress, cortisol, also signals our bodies to store fat.
- Loosen your clothes – clothes that are too tight block circulation and lymph drainage – make sure your underwear fits and aerates well; and that your pants are light and stretchy or loose and comfy
- Include omega 3 rich foods or supplements in your diet
- Tissue salts – Tissue salts: No1 (helps with elasticity), No 9 (helps with intercellular fluid balance and hormonal balance), No 11 (helps with detoxification – cellulite is a sign that the body needs this mineral)
- Have reflexology treatments – reflexology helps with circulation, lymph drainage, hormone balancing and detoxification – all things that cause cellulite build up.
Say goodbye to dimply thighs!
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 Roberts, M. Tissue Salts for Healthy Living. 2004. ABC Press: Cape Town. Page 84