Did you know: Cellulite affects between 80-90% of women and 10% of men.
Many believe cellulite is caused by our genetics, and therefore believe they are doomed to live with cellulite forever. But no! In fact it’s often caused by poor lymphatic flow in the body.
The lymphatic system plays a huge role in the appearance of cellulite. It can be a sign of detoxification problems and a build-up of toxins in the body, that can result in cellulite.
As with most health problems, there’s often an underlying issue bubbling below the surface that results in the outward symptoms we see. For example, acne and other skin conditions can stem from gut issues, such as leaky gut.
Another fun fact: The majority of us don’t detox well. According to Marla Pietruszko HD BSc RHN;
Liver toxicity is experienced to some degree by almost every person today in our modern world.
Our poor bodies are working overtime trying to detox all of these toxins we come into contact with on a daily basis. A lot of these toxins end up stored in our fat cells, where they sit for long periods of time, because the body just isn’t able to remove them. While they reside there, they release toxins of their own, adding to the already hefty toxin load the body has to deal with.
It’s no wonder many of us don’t detox well…
Some of the other causes of cellulite include:
- Poor diet
- Fluid retention
- Poor circulation
- Weak collagen structure of skin
- Increased body fat (being overweight)
- Hormonal changes
- Living a sedentary lifestyle
Cellulite is caused from uneven deposits of fat under the skin, resulting in that dimpled appearance on areas such as the legs, butt, stomach and back of the arms.
How to Naturally Get Rid of Cellulite
One of the biggest things to address is detoxification. Dr. Mark Hyman recommends 5 key steps to achieving healthy detoxification in the body:
Identify and ret rid of toxins
Fix your gut – a source of toxic load for many
Get moving – to help your blood and lymphatic circulation do its job
Get your liver and detox system working
Detox your mind, heart and spirit
Marla Pietruszko HD BSc RHN has worked with hundreds of clients to help them with healing their liver, and achieving healthy detoxification within the body. So, if this is you, you can DM her on Instagram, or go to her website to inquire further on how you can help de-congest your liver and get your detox system working properly.
In the meantime, here are some natural remedies that may help in restoring the connective tissue/fat in the body, and also address many of the other possible causes of cellulite.
1. Dry Brushing
Dry brushing has many wonderful benefits, including encouraging healthy kidney function and digestion, stimulating lymph and blood flow, promoting cell regeneration and tighter skin, and assisting the lymphatic system in releasing toxins stored in the body.
How to dry brush: Begin at the feet and start by brushing the bottom of the feet and working up your legs in short, smooth strokes (spending about 2-3 minutes on each area). Always brush towards the heart/chest area where lymph drainage happens, never away. Stroking away from your heart can place extra pressure on veins and lymph vessels, potentially leading to ruptured vessels and varicose veins.
Repeat process for arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm towards the heart. When you reach the armpits and stomach, brush in clockwise circular motions OR continue with short, smooth strokes, moving towards the heart area. Repeat for the abdomen and back, brushing toward the centre of the chest.
How often: Dry brushing is something you can do daily as part of your morning routine. Your skin needs to be dry, so it’s best to do it before having a shower.
Selecting a Brush: I use this one, as it’s vegan, eco-friendly, natural, and non-toxic. When choosing a brush, what you want to keep in mind is the bristles should be natural, not synthetic (as this may irritate the skin), and preferably plant-derived. Also, look for one that has an attachable handle to help you get to those hard-to-reach places.
2. Detox Baths
These baths are great for promoting detoxification within the body, while you simply sit back and relax in the warm water.
3. Rebalancing Hormones
According to Dee Zibara, Nutritionist and PT,
Thyroid function needs a lot of zinc and a lot of iodine… The thyroid governs your metabolism.
The thyroid helps regulate many functions within the body, by constantly releasing a steady stream of hormones into the bloodstream. Ensuring you consume enough of these important minerals is vital to thyroid and, essentially, hormonal health. Furthermore, hormones can play a role in cellulite appearance (which is one of the reasons why it occurs more in women than in men).
4. Regular Exercise
Increasing blood flow to areas such as the stomach, thighs, and buttocks through exercise can help eliminate cellulite (as poor circulation plays a big role in the formation of cellulite). According to Dr. Josh Axe;
The most effective workouts for keeping cellulite at bay include high-intensity interval training (HIIT), resistance/weight training, and isometric training (like Pilates).
5. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration can play a role in the formation of cellulite in the body. According to Healthline, drinking plenty of water;
Helps encourage circulation and lymphatic flow
6. Coffee Scrub
The caffeine found in the coffee has a tightening and stimulating effect on skin, while exfoliating helps to stimulate blood and lymph flow (similar to dry brushing) which assists in removing toxins and excess fluid from the body.
Coffee scrub recipe:
- 1/2 cup organic, fair-trade coffee grounds
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar
- Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl to create a paste. Massage scrub into the skin for a few minutes, using firm pressure (not too hard), and then wash off using lukewarm water.
- Apply 2-3 times a week. Results should start to appear within a couple of weeks.
7. Eat More Collagen
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and is used to keep skin’s elasticity, youthful plumpness and strength.
Collagen is best consumed internally rather than applied onto skin in forms like skin creams, as it’s actually too big to be absorbed by the skin. You’re better off applying coconut oil as a moisturiser for skin.
Bone broth is an excellent source of collagen, as it contains the amino acids proline and glycine (that make up collagen).
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction to it.
What has worked for you in getting rid of cellulite? Share below in the comments.
Lots of love,
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