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5 Natural Tips
for Reducing Cellulite

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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:


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Podcast 272:
How to Fix Your “Bathroom Woes”.

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Last week, I spent a day reading Natural Solutions for Digestive Health by Dr. Jillian Teta and was totally BLOWN AWAY by these 3 statistics:
 
#1. Americans spend roughly $725 million annually on laxatives. (O.M.G!)


#2. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects up to 15 percent of the U.S. population, a number that is likely way below current prevalence, as only about one quarter of people with IBS symptoms seek treatment.
 
#3. 48 percent of Americans are on at least one Rx drug, many of which have one or more digestive side effect.

Yikes!
 
One of the biggest issues we have with digestion is that no one likes to talk about it. 
 
But not me, I can talk about poop all day. :)
 
And that’s why Dr. Teta and I got together for mind-blowing episode on WHY digestive problems are on the rise and HOW to fix them.

Here are my notes!


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Podcast 271:
The Paleo Kitchen

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“Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly at first.”

Seldom does a day go by that I don’t remind myself of those wise words imparted by farmer Joel Salatin on our podcast in 2012.

Human beings have the tendency to expect greatness on their first attempt at something new.

Then, when faced with the reality of false, unmet expectations, we abandon everything we know about “trial and error” and “practice making perfect”.

Mr. Salatin’s words are applicable to every aspect of our lives — love, work, friendships, etc. — but the kitchen is where we tend to take our failures most personally.

I’m sure Julia Child burned her first cake, but that didn’t stop her from trying again.

And my first attempt at preparing pork belly didn’t turn out perfectly last week (learn more below), but last night’s attempt was about five-percent better.

I’ll keep trying, because learning how to cook my own delicious meals is certainly worth doing.

Last Thursday, George Bryant and Juli Bauer — co-authors of The Paleo Kitchen — stopped by the podcast to share why you don’t have to be born wearing over mitts to become an incredible cook.

Here are my notes!


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Podcast 270:
How to Create Lifelong Healthy Habits in Just 21 Days!

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Change doesn’t come easy.

Even the best intentions to alter the course of our diets and lifestyles can be thwarted by our internal auto-pilots taking the helm and navigating us back to more familiar trajectories.

Seemingly wired for sabotage, the human body (and mind) prefers steady and gradual over sudden and abrupt.

Thus your umpteenth attempt to “start on Monday”, only to find yourself in the throes of a donut binge by Friday afternoon.

Baby steps, my friend.

This week on Underground Wellness Radio, Samantha Gladish, author The Qualitarian Life: A 21-Day Solution to a Lighter, Happier, and Healthier You, outlined a more reality-rooted approach to locking in your health habits while keeping your auto-pilot asleep at the wheel.

Here are my notes!


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Podcast 267:
Ask the Thyroid Experts!

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The Thyroid Sessions are changing the world!

As of this writing, a whopping 105.5K people have registered to attend the event and over 2000 comments have been posted on the presentation pages.

Many of those comments have been questions for our experts.

To ensure that you get the answers you’re looking for, I’m hosting 3 LIVE Q&A sessions on the UW podcast. The first session went down last Thursday, when Reed Davis, Ben Greenfield, Christa Orecchio, and Andrea Nakayama joined me for the hour.

Here’s what our callers asked and our experts answered:

3:38 – My TSH is normal but my antibodies are sky high. AND I have nodules. What should I do?



8:32 – I’m extremely gluten sensitive. Can gluten antibodies attack the thyroid enough to cause nodules? And what kind of dietary modifications should I make if I’ve had my thyroid removed?

12:50 – I have Graves’ disease and have had my thyroid irradiated. But I’m still experiencing weight gain and mood symptoms. What can I do?

20:09 – I have major digestive problems and have gone gluten-free. My thyroid scores are abnormal. I was told to investigate my gut, liver, and possible LPS toxicity. And thoughts?

23:24 – I have alopecia, an autoimmune disorder. Is there a connection to thyroid problems?

25:55 – Is there any connection between the MTHFR genetic mutation and Hashimoto’s?

28:07 – I am hypothyroid and gluten sensitive and have been diagnosed with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. What can I do to go deeper? Should I try juicing or colon cleansing? I’d like to put the antibodies in remission.