Today I wanted to talk to you about a question I get all the time. How do I get rid of cellulite? Here are some of the other names cellulite goes by – Orange Peel, Cottage Cheese and Dimples. This is such a hot topic I needed to share my top tips with you.
First, lets really understand what cellulite is. We all know what it looks likes, dimples on the thighs, booty, abs and back of the arms. It can happen on women who are heavy and women who are thin. Cellulite has no enemies.
Cellulite has the ability to make us feel self-conscious and bring down our self-confidence. Well I say Oh Heck NO! No more. Let’s start banning cellulite today, no this very minute.
Cellulite is mainly due to a sluggish lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is your body’s natural detox system. I like to describe it similar to a fish net that covers your entire body and lies right underneath your skin.
The lymph system is the body’s secondary circulatory system and helps to get rid of toxic waste, bacteria and dead cells and fatty deposits.
Some reasons you might have Cellulite:
- Poor circulation
- Processed foods
- Sluggish or overloaded liver
- Hormonal imbalance
- Tight restrictive clothing
- Toxins from beauty care products
- Lack of exercise & skin stimulation
- Weak connective skin fibers
- Yo-Yo dieting
Don’t feel bad everyone, even super models have cellulite. There are things that we can do to help reduce the signs that don’t cost an arm and a leg and are natural.
Men have collagen fibers arranged in horizontal nets rather than vertical fibers in women’s skin. This single file vertical structuring is what allows dermal fat to push through the skin, and is accentuated by women who have thinner skin than men. This thinner skin lets the fat push up through the fibers appearing as dimpled skin.
RUN AWAY FROM CELLULITE REDUCING CREAMS – RUN FAST!
First I want to say if you have bought into the “Cellulite Reducing Creams” I want you to turn the product over and read the label. What are the ingredients? Most likely they are toxic chemicals that you are slathering on your cellulite and your skin and blood stream are absorbing them in 30 seconds or less.
The body is super smart and it knows that these chemicals are dangerous and it will do anything to protect your vital organs at any cost. It is going to take those chemicals and when you liver is too overloaded it is going to store them right in your fat cell. So please, please did I say please throw out those cellulite creams right now. I will wait while you go do that.
Ok, let’s move on to what we can do naturally to help reduce cellulite. Here is my list and we will go over each one.
Your Cellulite Reduction – TOOL BOX
DRY SKIN BRUSHING – This is a great way to stimulate the lymph system and skin to bring more oxygen to the areas that have cellulite. Learning how to dry skin brush is easy and effective. Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymph system your bodies natural built in detox system. It also works to tone and tighten your skin.
CUTTING OUT CARBONATED DRINKS –Some people notice a reduction in cellulite when they eliminate carbonated beverages from their diet. Remember everyone is different so experiment and see how your body reacts.
HEALTHY DIET & EXERCISE – Exercise brings more oxygen and blood flow to the body and stimulates the lymph system. Doing CARDIO and exercising with weights helps to exchange fat for muscle. A HOT AND HEALTHY diet of real natural organic foods is always the best. Cut out processed foods and cutting back or eliminating dairy and gluten can have good results too.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR – ACV is a great way to help balance the PH of your body. Disease can’t take hold in an alkalized body. Drinking my morning APPLE CIDER VINEGAR health drink is a great way to alkalize the body.
DETOX TEAS – Detoxing the body by drinking natural detox teas is a great addition to your cellulite reduction toolbox. Teas are loaded with antioxidants and can help to reduce inflammation. Some of my favorites are green tea, Matcha, Rose Hip Tea, Kombucha and Lemon Tea.
REBOUNDING – OMG! I absolutely love rebounding. It is a great way to gently stimulate your lymph system. The lymph system does not have a pump like the heart, so exercise it was moves the lymph system in your body. Rebounding works every muscle in your body at once. Another form of rebounding and an exercise that is super fun to do are KANGOO JUMPS.
HEALING YOUR GUT – Your gut is your SECOND BRAIN. If your gut health is not in tiptop shape you most likely are going to have a sluggish liver and a sluggish liver leads to overload in the body.
INFRARED SAUNA – Want to make your skin glow? Then the sauna is for you. The benefits of a INFRARED SAUNA are many. The sauna heats up your body to help it release toxins by sweating them out. It also hydrates and moisturizes your skin. Plus it helps to burn calories. Did you know when you raise your bodies’ temperature, it creates an “artificial fever”, which stimulates the bodies immune system to kill viruses in the body.
LED LIGHT THERAPY – LED Light Therapy can be an effective way to tone skin, reduce the appearance of pore size, smooth texture and increase elasticity to your skin. The light is emits UV-free, beneficial light rays that energize cells and stimulate the body’s natural process to build new proteins and regenerate cells. It can also help to increase collagen and elastin production.
HYDRATION – Hydrating the body with good clean water like alkalized or filtered water is key in helping the body flush away toxins. Disease cannot take hold in an ALKALIZED BODY. Water will also plump up the skin to fill it out and give it a smoother look.
ESSENTIAL OILS – I love, love, love essential oils and have been using them for years. The citrus oils such as lemon, orange and lime are a great way to help the fat cells detox. Add some essential oil drops to coconut oil and then use a dry skin brush to stimulate the skin in a circular motion. The oils help to break down the fat and petro-chemicals that are stored in the fat cells. Plus they smell great! I love these essential oils.
MASSAGE, CUPPING & FOAM ROLLING – These are all great ways to simulate the skin, increasing the microcirculation underneath the skin. The unique suction action of the cupping tool targets tissue and circulation within the layers of the skin (which is not targeted by conventional circulation and fat reduction techniques). Massage will help to stimulate the lymph system to detox the body and foam rolling will help to smooth out the fascia and increase blood flow to the skin.
WEIGHT TRAINING – The appearance of cellulite and the “dimple” effect is largely caused by under-used muscle tissue. The dimples will appear more visible when light is reflected off the skin, giving the dimpled area a type of hill and valley look, such as when you are in a lighted dressing room.
Weight training works to build the underlying muscle tissue and press the tissue up against the skin to reduce the dimpled affect. Squats, lunges, leg presses and “booty work” are going to be your best BFF to reduce the visible signs of cellulite.
WHAT THE HECK IS FASCIA?
Myofascia (or fascia) is a thin, dense and highly flexible tissue that surrounds and covers all of your muscles. Without fascia you would not have anything to hold your muscles and organs in place. It’s the life force next to blood. It is similar to a fine fishnet covering your muscles and it is sensitive to every hormone in your system. When your fascia gets tight it starts to pull your skin down and this is what gives the appearance of cellulite.
FASCIA AND EXERCISE
When you are exercising fascia is what shortens and lengthens as you move. It can become tight due to repetition and overuse or even underuse. You know that feeling when you have a “Knot”, such as in your shoulders. When the fascia on your “cellulite areas” appear it is because the fascia is not tight and flat, it is being pulled down into the body, giving you the appearance of dimples and cellulite.
Exercise and lack of flexibility training aren’t the only things that causes fascia to become damaged and tight. Poor posture, prolonged sitting or standing, accidents that cause muscle trauma like a fall or car accident, and chronic stress can all contribute to uncomfortable, tight and knotted fascia.
NOTE TO SELF – YOU ARE NOT YOUR CELLULITE
Just like with diet and exercise you need to be consistent and persistent when it comes to reducing cellulite. It won’t happen over night, but with your new “TOOL BOX” you have what you need to get to work.
***The most IMPORTANT thing I want you to understand is that you are NOT your cellulite. You are a beautiful woman and will always be that beautiful woman with or without cellulite. Your friends and family love you for you so make sure you are loving your gorgeous self back each and every day.