By Megan Crozier
Fun fact: cellulite only affects women. We just can’t catch a break, can we? Despite popular belief, it’s not actually a result of being overweight or having excess fat. Have you noticed really skinny women who have cellulite? Or larger women who are completely toned without a wrinkle in sight? This is because cellulite is an issue of the integrity with the skin, not being overweight. So, whether or not you’re at your goal weight, you can still take steps to reduce cellulite.
What Causes It?
Like most of the symptoms that go on with our body, cellulite is a sign that there is an imbalance. Headaches, allergies, skin issues, poor sleep, low energy, not able to lose weight – these are all the complaints I hear that could be due to a build up of toxins in your body.
Cellulite can be an indication that your lymphatic system is having a hard time getting rid of these toxins. If your lymph and liver get overloaded, toxins move into fat cells rather than get released from the body. Collagen degeneration also contributes to cellulite. This protein is responsible for the skin’s “tone” look and firmness, and also contributes to the health of our hair and nails. Since collagen degeneration is caused by nutrient deficiencies, toxic overload, and cellular dehydration, addressing these factors along with a clogged lymphatic system will help you get smoother, firmer, healthy looking skin.
How Can You Reduce It?
So now that we know that weight loss doesn’t necessarily fix cellulite, what can we do right now to reduce it? These are suggestions to cleanse the liver, stimulate the lymphatic system, and regenerate cells that you can implement right away.
- Stay hydrated. Drink water with minerals for a healthy liver and lymph support. Add a pinch of real sea salt, ConcenTrace minerals drop, or coconut water to make sure you’re getting the minerals that are taken out through the filtering process.
- Dry skin brushing. This not only feels great but also stimulates blood and lymph flow, ultimately getting rid of toxic build up in your skin. There’s anecdotal evidence that it results in tighter, more glowing skin. Find a natural bristled brush like this one and brush towards the heart. Do it daily before you shower for best results.
- Exercise. This is an easy way to stimulate the lymphatic system, increase blood flow, and build muscle.
- Limit toxins – Try to control both environmental (lotions, shampoo, laundry detergent, soaps) and internal toxins (processed foods, artificial sweeteners, food allergens). Try to DIY your own skincare products and buy foods with the least amount of ingredients. For a list of specific brands to look for at the grocery store with approved ingredients, you can request my Shopping Guide with recommended brands here and I’ll email you a copy!
- Drink and supplement with herbs to cleanse the liver. A few of my favorites are lemon squeezed into water, milk thistle, dandelion root tea, and camu camu powder. Beet juice is also a great liver cleanser that you can buy or make yourself.
- Collagen peptides. Collagen and gelatin (the cooked form of gelatin) are found in the connective tissues and tendons of animals. But, since we usually don’t eat these parts, you can supplement with a good quality powdered form. I only recommend Vital Proteins or Great lakes, which you can dissolve into water, mix into a smoothie, or just sprinkle on top of your food. Bonus: collagen also helps with digestion, hair and nail growth, fat loss, and a healthy metabolism.
- Balance hormones. Estrogen and progesterone play a role in skin structure, so addressing imbalances can help with cellulite formation. If you have cellulite especially on the front of your thighs this is a sign of estrogen dominance. With the proper foods in your diet, stress management, and a detox program, you can start to rebalance your hormones for good.
Of course, as when addressing most unwanted symptoms of the body, none of these methods will be as effective if you’re not eating a whole foods diet rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s important to make sure you’re getting enough omega 3 fatty acids, healthy fats in general (no canola or vegetable oils), quality protein free of hormones and antibiotics, and vitamin rich greens and vegetables. Pick a few of the 7 steps above to implement consistently for the next 2 weeks.
What do you think? Do have cellulite? What have you done to try to reduce it?