by Samantha Gladish, RHN
Are you battling cellulite?
From topical creams, to liposuction and butt vibrators (yes, this actually exists!), there are many, and might I say, ineffective ways to reduce your cellulite.
Although these products and gadgets may seem like the way to go — the expensive way to go — they are temporary. Those cottage cheese thighs and orange peel skin will find a way to creep back up and potentially ruin your summer and your short-short shopping spree.
So can you get rid of cellulite?
That is the million-dollar question! Fortunately, you can dramatically reduce the appearance with some simple and effective tricks.
First off, what is cellulite?
Cellulite is simply fat deposits under the skin. The fat pushes up against connective tissue and causes a dimply-looking surface.
If you lose fat, and put on muscle mass, you can get rid of cellulite. Now I don’t expect every woman to run out to the gym and start prepping for a fitness show and training for a body building physique. But the truth of the matter is that women who have a lot of muscle mass and train regularly, have no cellulite.
This isn’t about building huge legs and a large butt, but changing your body composition. Tightening the skin and firming your “problem’ areas will get rid of cellulite. I encourage women to lift heavy weights and commit to hitting the gym regularly.
Being overweight doesn’t always imply that you have cellulite. Thin women have cellulite too! Diet, dehydration, lack of physical activity, hormonal changes; these can all influence how your skin looks, how much cellulite you will get and how visible it will be.
Aside from exercise and weight lifting, there are other ways to dramatically reducing the appearance of cellulite. Here’s my TOP 5 cellulite reducing tips:
1. Drink More Water – Your skin needs to remain hydrated. This will give your skin a beautiful glow and suppleness, but more importantly, it will help to flush waste and toxins from your body. Toxins can get stored in your fat cells, which will cause the cells to expand.
2. Dry Skin Brushing – Not only will you be brushing away dead skin cells which will help to give your skin a more youthful glow, but dry skin brushing helps to circulate your lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is composed of lymph nodes, lymph vessels and lymphocytes. Many toxins get stored within these lymph nodes and vessels and dry skin brushing is one of the most effective ways to get those stored toxins out of your system.
3. Cut Out The Sugar – I’m sure you’ve heard it before! Sugar will dull your skin, leech minerals from your body, and too much sugar intake will cause you to store sugar in your fat cells! Bigger fat cells mean more cellulite.
4. Cut Out The Sodium – Salt intake is important, but what’s more important is the quality of salt. Mountain salt, Himalayan sea salt, these all contain trace minerals and are unprocessed salts. Ditch the table salt and opt for a better quality salt and be cautious of how much salt you eat. Too high of an intake can cause fluid retention, which will dehydrate the skin and effect the appearance of cellulite.
5. Increase Collagen Production – Bone broth, vitamin C, and flaxseeds are all great ways to increase this incredible protein. Collagen aids in the growth of cells and gives skin that firmness. Who knew that sipping on some bone broth would decrease your cellulite and improve skin texture! Get sipping!
I promise, with just a few simple tweaks to your diet and a commitment to a healthier lifestyle, you can renew your skins texture, maintain that youthful glow and reduce cellulite for good!
Samantha Gladish is the brains and beauty of HolisticWellness.ca and author of The Qualitarian Life and The Qualitarian Cookbook. As a Holistic Nutritionist and Wellness Coach Samantha works with people all over the globe helping them to achieve a happier and healthier lifestyle through quality nutrition.