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Cellulite Body Treatment

In an article by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP we learn about how cellulite in women "is primarily about estrogen". Found in women primarily in the thighs and hips cellulite is caused by the same hormone which helps us to relax in pregnancy. This hormone decreases production of collagen which is the protein which keeps skin elastic and strong.
Marcelle Pick goes onto tell us "Cellulite is located in the subsurface – or subcutaneous layer of the skin. It is made of up of connective tissue and fat cells known as the septa. Cellulite forms when the structural support of the skin starts to collapse, and the fat cells push through it – that’s what causes the ‘dimpled’ look that so many women would like to do away with".
As a personal trainer and weight and lifestyle consultant I know there are more contributors to cellulite than just decrease in collagen. We need to address things like sitting too long, not enough or too much exercise, food choices, and erratic fluid intake to truly keep cellulite from forming and keep it away.

Well balanced hormones and a healthy lymph system also play a critical role in the development and appearance of cellulite. When hormones are out of balance from stress, pregnancy, or changes of life our lymph system can become compromised and toxins or fluids become trapped as waste in the body. 

Marcelle says "Our sweat glands, kidneys, liver and lymph system are all critical to ridding our bodies of toxins. Toxic build-up is the primary cause of the stagnant lymph, which is at the crux of cellulite. When your body is overburdened with chemicals, additives, and other toxins, these organs are unable to keep up".

In Ayurveda it is believed that your body’s systems are all connected, and the cellulite you see is a symptom of ama or improper digestion and waste accumulation in your body. It’s important to clear your body of toxins regularly, feed your body what it needs and be aware of ways to keep your hormones (stress) balanced.
To help diminish cellulite:

  • Decrease exposure to toxins: Preservatives, chemicals, additives, alcohol and caffeine. 
  • Eliminate sugar completely from your diet. Sugar interferes with Vitamin C metabolism and vitamin C is critical to the formation of elastin and collagen.
  • Consider an Ayurvedic detox food plan.
  • Breathe! Breathing helps lymphatic flow – and it helps you relax. Be mindful to breathe several times a day.
  • Eat organic and local fresh foods
  • Exercise regularly. Regular exercise helps increase muscle tone and burn fat. Both help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Manage your stress. When our bodies are stressed, blood is directed away from the skin, affecting circulation and decreasing the nutrients being delivered to our skin. Increased cortisol tells the body to store fat which contributes to cellulite.
  • Gently massage areas of cellulite with dry brushing , manual massage, or professional sculpting machine using infused balm with natural herbs that were formulated to will help smooth and eliminate dimpled appearence of cellulite by removing  toxins, improving lymph flow, and increase blood flow to the area.
full article found  is in Skin Care
by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP
womentowomen.com


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