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A natural approach to cellulite
Death, taxes and cellulite… the great equalisers. Cellulite does not discriminate, most women of all ages and sizes have at least a few embarrassing orange-peel patches of skin.
Death, taxes and cellulite…the great equalisers. Cellulite does not discriminate, most women of all ages and sizes (yes, even skinny supermodels) have at least a few embarrassing orange-peel patches of skin.
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In this series of articles, we take a look at what you can do or take to prevent, alleviate or cure common ailments naturally. As many complementary and alternative medicine therapies haven't undergone rigorous testing, we base the recommendations here on the amount of evidence that is currently available (indicated with asterisks): Natural Steps for Cellulite (check the Evidence rating) *** Good Evidence of a health benefit. ** Some Evidence of a health benefit. * Traditionally used with only anecdotal evidence. Lifestyle Improve these factors in your lifestyle ** • • • • Stress management Change your diet Cut down on the toxins Start exercising
Nutrition Cut down on the toxins: • Refined and processed foods.
health24. most women of all ages and sizes (yes. Add to this the fact that when you get older. There are hundreds of theories as to what causes cellulite and even more "miracle" products to combat it. taxes and cellulite…the great equalisers. This causes increased pressure on the skin that squeezes fat.A natural approach to cellulite | Health24 Page 2 of 5 • Artificial foods that contain sweeteners. This effect can be best described as when you flop onto a soft bed – you sink down into the middle of the bed.. your skin also gets thinner and the "bulges" become more visible. thighs and bottoms. 29-May-13 . hormonal changes and ageing. Ageing has also been labelled as a guilty party. Cellulite does not discriminate.com/Natural/Natural-approach/A-natural-approach-to. Hormones and ageing – partners in crime Oestrogen encourages the storage of excess fat around womens' hips. • Dairy and high fat products. diet. http://www. Some say that the female hormone oestrogen is the main culprit and the reason why men don't get the dreaded dimples. resulting in the unsightly bulges on the skin's surface that we call cellulite. • Sugar and high sugar products. but no one knows for sure what cellulite is caused by or what to do to prevent or treat it.. even skinny supermodels) have at least a few embarrassing orange-peel patches of skin. additives and chemicals. lack of exercise. Some experts believe that womens' bodies store excess toxins in and around these fat cells and that the build-up of these waste products exacerbates the appearance of cellulite. Death. Vitamin/Mineral These nutrients have been shown to help Cellulite: • • • • Vitamin C * Vitamin E * Selenium * Vitamin A * Herbal The following herbs are normally used for Cellulite: • Gotu Kola ** • Rooibos * • Milk thistle * • Fennel * • Dandelion * Alternative/Complementary Therapy The most commonly used Complementary Approaches to Cellulite are: • • • • • • • Aromatherapy* Acupuncture* Massage * Alexander Technique* Reflexology* Meditate* Herbal medicine * Please Note: This natural medicine guide does not replace the assessment and advice of your doctor. Many experts believe that cellulite is caused by a combination of factors including one's general lifestyle. shrink as one gets older. toxins and fluids outwards and around the skin fibres. and the mattress bulges out around you. as the fibres that tightly hold a young woman's skin together.
The less fat in your body. Pears. broccoli. strawberries. The bioflavonoids present in these foods are packed with anti-ageing anthocyanidins. preservatives. thus reducing the appearance of cellulite. and the less visible your cellulite will be. Natural remedies What to do 1. sweat glands and lymphatic system supposed to get rid of them for you? The answer is simply that waste pockets exist because your body is being bombarded with more toxins than it can cope with and eliminate every day. Apples are not very acidic. eat loads of antioxidant-rich foods. This will kickstart your liver. 2. cherries and blackberries in your diet. Antioxidants get rid of free radicals. Exercise will burn off fat and improve your muscle tone. The solution? Get rid of this harmful excess toxicity by detoxing and cutting down on coffee. is a soluble type of fibre that assists in detoxifying the digestive tract by making you go to the toilet more often. Cut down on the toxins Where does the build-up of waste products in your body come from? Aren't your kidneys. blueberries. water. This will also help you lose weight. alcohol. Lemon twist. Drinking too much water can flush important electrolytes from your system. Eat more apples. dimple-free you. but don't overdo things. Let thirst be your guide. Eat organic food. Start the day off refreshed and revitalised by drinking a glass of hot water with a squeeze of lemon. Only once you adopt a healthy lifestyle will you really benefit from expensive anti-cellulite potions. chocolate and fizzy drinks) has a direct and negative effect on lymph flow and blood circulation.A natural approach to cellulite | Health24 Page 3 of 5 What we do know however. tomatoes and peas. Exercise Regular exercise is the key to unlocking a new. liver. Change your diet Cellulite looks worse when your skin's connective tissue is weak. http://www. To keep your connective tissue strong. Avoid excess sugar. because it causes small blood vessels to constrict. will take pressure off your lymphatic system. You must however realise that the fight against cellulite requires a personal revolution in how you live you life. fats and salt which all tax your body's toxin removal system. Feast on bioflavonoids. citrus fruits. which all contain vitamin C – a powerful vitamin when it comes to the restoration of skin structure. such as oranges. Stay sufficiently hydrated. These antioxidants feed your skin and work in conjunction with vitamin C to maintain the strength of the collagen and firm up the skin's overall structure. hormones and artificial flavourants that will reduce the number of toxins your body has to deal with. Not only does too much sugar pack on the pounds. Many experts believe that the stimulant caffeine (found in coffee. toxins are. This cuts down the amount of essential skin nutrients and oxygen that reach the tissues and hampers effective cell metabolism. Go for fresh food and raw fruit and veg. molecules that have been linked to cancer and premature ageing.health24.. interferes with the way our body metabolises vitamin C . carrots and cabbage all contain pectin. insecticides. Include lots of blue and red foods like red grapes. bananas. tea. foods with lots of chemical additives and over-processed foods.. but too much of it. They also cleanse the blood and lymph of toxins. 29-May-13 . because fat cells can protrude through the connective tissues into the layer of skin just beneath the surface. Exercise also improves blood circulation in the skin. resulting in a build-up of waste products. Onions and garlic contain sulphur compounds that will strengthen your immune system. the smaller the fat cells are and the smaller the fat cells are. Organic food is free of pesticides. Over-processed and refined foods are packed with additives.com/Natural/Natural-approach/A-natural-approach-to. 3. which in turn. The pectin in apples. you will get the maximum benefits from the vitamins that they contain. the less pressure there is on the connective tissue. lotions and machines. By eating fruit and vegetables raw. so apples tend to balance their pH. making connective tissue more elastic and stimulating lymph flow. is that simple lifestyle changes like doing more exercise and eating a healthy diet can make a difference in as little as six weeks. water.a vitamin that's essential for collagen and elastin formation. The result is that the body's toxin removal system is more effective and the appearance of cellulite is reduced. Water.
Smoking is a dangerous source of toxic chemicals. Relax! Stress causes the release of adrenaline. vitamin E-packed body cream afterwards. massage and the Alexander Technique. and therefore oxygen and nutrients. accompanied by a diet change and an exercise regime. realign your body and improve the overall functioning of your body. if you want to correct your posture. before a bath or a shower has long been known as one of the best ways to reduce cellulite. Tense muscles also stop the free flow of blood. step-up and lunge your way to less cellulite as these exercises are the best way to firm up cellulite-inflicted thighs and bottoms. dimpled thighs look better with a tan right? That may be the case. sweat and tears. This. not only makes you look slimmer. Blood.. Anything that restricts blood flow is a no-no when it comes to cellulite because you don't want to congest the flow of fluid and toxins. Damaged collagen and elastin fibres can contribute to cellulite. The cigarette toxins also put a heavy burden on your body's main detoxer. Practise some deep breathing. Using http://www. the liver. as the pollutants from traffic fumes and secondary cigarette smoke add to our body's toxin load. you're also more likely to indulge in toxin-forming substances. making cellulite more visible. Epsom salt makes you sweat out toxins. When you're stressed. Learning how to meditate or taking up yoga will help you to de-stress. Afraid of needles? You shouldn't be. but in the long run. Aromatherapy for your cellulite. Stub out that cigarette. Natural therapies Take up yoga. Reflexology. which will make your skin look smoother. compensate for lost elasticity by applying a rich. like alcohol. but will improve your circulation. Have a regular Epsom salts bath. At home. every now and again. hop into the sauna. so slather on that sun block. which redirects blood away from the skin to the muscles to prepare for "fight or flight". A cold shower first thing in the morning will boost your circulation and get your lymph moving. Other things to do Breathe in. will help eliminate toxins from congested systems. Also try to get some fresh air every day. After sweating it out in the gym. but will also improve your breathing. Brush up on skincare.A natural approach to cellulite | Health24 Page 4 of 5 Squat. while simultaneously relieving aching muscles. Too many excessively hot baths can damage your skin tone. Aromatherapy massage with essential oils like black pepper. Take a detoxifying soak in a sea salt or Epsom salts bath. Acupuncturists help the body to heal itself and restore balance. get out of the…bath. A good posture. while gradually eliminating toxins by channelling them to the blood. because acupuncture is a great way to unblock the body's energy and clear out any unwanted toxins. but will help detoxify your body by opening up your sweat pores thereby increasing the elimination of toxins. 5. Reflexology is said to stimulate the release of stored toxins into the blood circulation and the lymphatic system. Alternate with hot and cold water. sweat and lymph. from where it is then eliminated. Early morning wake up call. natural bristle brush. coffee and high-sugar foods and cigarettes. Dry-skin brushing with a hard. Cover up.. Try manual therapy or bodywork techniques like Rolfing. It will break down fatty tissues.com/Natural/Natural-approach/A-natural-approach-to. For an aromatherapy and salt bath: Add a cup full of Epsom salts to a bath with 10 drops of detoxifying rosemary or cypress essential oils. Don't wear tight clothes. If you can't stand the heat. breathe out. while sage and rosemary warm the skin. turn your bathroom into a steam room every few weeks. increasing circulation. which have first been diluted in 10ml of carrier oil. Boost energy flow to the rest of your body by having regular therapeutic reflexology sessions. the most well-known one being nicotine.health24. resulting in premature wrinkles and cellulite. it's a great way to stretch and tone your muscles. Stand up straight. 29-May-13 . skin damage caused by the sun will lead to premature ageing. These toxins contribute to the breakdown of collagen (supportive tissue). Fat. If you do indulge in a hot tub. Meditate. which results in better circulation. to the skin. this will not only relax you. by running a really hot bath or shower and shutting all windows and doors. 4. juniper berry and grapefruit are believed to encourage the elimination of toxins. It will not only relax aching muscles.
High-tech cellulite vacuums and strange machines that pass electric currents into your bottom may help increase circulation and tone muscles. while grape seed extract is used in a lot of anti-cellulite creams.Written by Dr Chase Webber. using small. . alcohol. milk thistle supplement and garlic. Dandelion tea is will help detoxify the liver. as they only add to the toxin overload in your body. You can also benefit from grape seed extract's powerful antioxidant content by taking it as a daily supplement.. brush. Try and avoid using painkillers. 2. only then might the magic creams start to work. up your body. Herbal help: Gotu Kola (centella asiatica) is believed to help strengthen the skin's connective tissue. updated February 2011) http://www. Beware of "miracle" cellulite cures. The best investment you can make is in adopting a healthy lifestyle. (Health24. Drink herbal teas instead of caffeinated tea or coffee. while Rooibos Tea is renonwed for its antiodxidant properties. The grittiness of the oatmeal will help to break down your cellulite.A natural approach to cellulite | Health24 Page 5 of 5 circular strokes. Even the more expensive lotions and potions are not necessarily effective. unless they are prescribed by your doctor. Other liver "tonics" include fennel tea. What to take 1. 29-May-13 .com/Natural/Natural-approach/A-natural-approach-to. Instead of tossing hundreds of rands down the drain. towards the heart..health24. these machines might not have the lasting effects of a healthy lifestyle. Supplements: Vitamin A. What not to do Don't go down electric avenue. 6. qualified and registered naturopath with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa. C and E contain antioxidants that fight the harmful free radicals found in amongst other things. Massage this into the skin. circular movements to stimulate blood and lymph flow. fried and smoked food and cigarette smoke. why not mix up your own natural cellulite potion by blending two tablespoons of sweet almond oil with one tablespoon of oatmeal. but brush in a circular direction on your bottom. When you do this. You can also find these nutrients in fruit and vegetables. but they are very expensive and at the end of the day.
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