Cellulite refers to the dimpled appearance of the skin (usually around the hips, thighs and stomach.) More commonly seen in women, this dimpled appearance is caused by fat deposits that push up and put pressure on the connective tissue beneath the skin. Cellulite generally appears where there is less circulation (such as the hips, thighs,) and as we age (due to hormonal imbalances and collagen breakdown).
To help ward off cellulite, start by eating clean! High fiber, plant proteins (soy, nuts & seeds) and antioxidant rich foods (berries, cruciferous vegetables, fruits,) are a good start. Also, there are certain foods/herbs that may help to promote circulation such as capsicum, green tea, turmeric, omega 3 fatty acids, cinnamon, seaweed and garlic!
A healthy diet and exercise remain your best bet, but if you are seeking additional ways to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, here are some tips below;
- Hydrate! – dehydration can slow down blood flow and circulation, which may increase the appearance of cellulite
- Have a epsom salt bath – the salts will help draw out any water retention
- Use a dry skin brush daily – before you shower, brush those targeted areas until skin is slightly pink. This will help improve circulation and help to remove water retention.
- In addition to daily aerobic activity, add resistance training to your routine; stronger muscles underneath fat deposits can help smooth out the area overall.
- The new age in “spot reduction” products – Although I am skeptical of any product touting “spot reduction”, there are some nutraceutical and topical products hitting the market and getting great results. One impressive nutraceutical seaweed extract for example, has shown in clinical studies that their extract not only promotes a healthy metabolism, but also helps to break down those stubborn fat stores we know as cellulite. Topical cellulite creams – generally contain Methylxanthines: (a group of chemicals aminophylline, caffeine and theophyilline). You will see these in the ingredient list in many cellulite creams because of their known ability to break down fat stores.
Detoxifying body wraps and sophisticated body contouring treatments are quickly gaining momentum too. The most successful programs I have seen are those that incorporate an at home and lifestyle component to their program (usually including nutritional and supplemental protocols to support the effects of the treatments).
Yours in Health & Beauty,