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7 Home Remedies for Cellulite Reduction

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAby Mike Barrett

Although everyone should learn to love and appreciate their bodies, there is a reason the word ‘cellulite’ makes some people cringe. While it is partly genetic, the cottage cheese cellulite appearance could be the result of hormonal issues, diet, other lifestyle choices, and less talked about – toxins. Even some people with relatively no fat on them have cellulite lurking on their thighs or hips. While you could spend hundreds on the latest chemical-topical solution that may or may not do any good, you could also improve the condition of your skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite naturally, with food. And while reducing cellulite may not be super easy to achieve (especially in today’s ‘perfect body’ society), home remedies for cellulite reduction do exist.

An estimated 85% of adult women have cellulite, and despite it’s prevalence, we still have much to learn about the cosmetic issue. Cellulite is fat stored just under the skin’s surface. It has a unique appearance, like the dimpled surface of an orange peel or cottage cheese. It is most common in women and usually appears after puberty. For many people, it’s a source of extreme embarrassment.

Try some of these natural solutions to at least minimize the appearance.

 

1. Home Remedies for Cellulite Reduction – Remove Toxins

Your body is bombarded with toxins. Toxins accumulation comes from decades of exposure to packaged foods, refined sugars, chemicals, pesticides, pollutants inside and outside your home, pharmaceuticals – the list goes on. Needless to say, most people are in desperate need of a body-cleanse or toxin removal. But what does this have to do with cellulite?

The body stores toxins in fat to help minimize how much toxicity your vital organs are exposed to. The dimples and pockets of cellulite are also full of toxins. Toxicity accumulated in your body over the years will show in your cellulite (and a myriad of other unpleasant symptoms).

So what should you do for cellulite reduction? Simple: remove the toxins and prevent further build up of toxins. Here are 4 methods for how to cleanse your body. Search “detox” in the NaturalSociety search bar for many more simple tips.

2. Tomatoes and Tomato Paste

Tomatoes are extremely high in lycopene, which can prevent the breakdown of collagen in the skin. Dr. Oz reports that tomato paste is particularly rich in lycopene. But, if you opt for paste, look for one in a glass container or make your own to avoid the toxic BPA.

3. Coconut Oil and Dry Brushing

A very popular combination among home remedies for cellulite, dry skin brushing while moisturizing with (and ingesting) extra virgin coconut oil is a widely used solution. To dry skin brush correctly, start higher lymph node areas like the armpits/groin, then move to the outer regions. Always move towards the heart. except when dry skin brushing the buttocks area. Dry skin brushing is so effective because it tightens the epidermis and helps to breakup the toxic material cellulite is composed of.

One individual on EarthClinic shares her positive experience using coconut oil and dry skin brushing:

“Organic coconut oil and dry brushing which is very popular in Europe for circulation and for eliminating cellulite…My massuese mentioned to me you always brush in the direction of the lymphatic system so that it can circulate it out of the system quickly also increase you water intake before beginning the dry brush massage this help the system elminate toxin. For problem areas I used to spend at least ten minutes total and followed by a hot shower and I step out of the hot shower and while my pores are still open I put coconut oil all over my body and have noticed a dramatic decrease very close to eliminating all the cellulite. So it does work.”

 

4. Drink More Water for Cellulite Reduction

Hydration is crucial for overall health—from digestion to your skin’s healthy glow and texture. Being fully hydrated can smooth your skin’s surface. Try consuming foods with higher water content like melons, cucumbers, watermelon and leafy greens. Not only are these foods high in water content, but they are also low in calories – helping you to lose weight and control fat stores.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water and a bit of honey and rub on the areas needed, then rinse with warm water. It may not get rid of cellulite for good, but it should help reduce the appearance. Additionally, try making a body wrap: mix ACV and water in equal parts, and then rub it on the area. Afterward, wrap the areas in plastic wrap and a warm towel for 1 hour, then rinse. Other than being used for cellulite reduction, the benefits of apple cider vinegar are overwhelming – don’t skip this potential solution!

6. Ginkgo Biloba

This plant has been used medicinally for centuries. One of green tea’s many health benefits is in encouraging good circulation. Good circulation means healthier skin and a more uniform skin texture. Improving circulation will allow for a more effective transfer of stored fat from cellulite to muscle tissue, enabling it to be burned and used as energy.

7. Green Tea

Green tea can speed your metabolism and help you burn fat by stopping the production of fat-absorbing enzymes. But, catechins found in green and white teas can also reduce insulin resistance. Drinking three cups a day could increase energy expenditure and help you to burn an extra 80 calories in the next 24 hours. Try tea in the morning in place of coffee.

Cellulite can make anyone feel self-conscious and burn through their wallets, but know that you don’t have to. The above solutions cost very little money and are accompanied by a countless other health benefits. Don’t give another dollar for expensive and questionable creams before trying some of the solutions.

And of course with any health problem, always consume plenty of healthful foods, avoid/reduce stress, and exercise regularly. This will also help with cellulite reduction while improving your overall health. Check back later for more home remedies for cellulite.

About the Author

Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.

The Positive Health Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing

By Kyla Miller

Everybody has five major paths of elimination; the colon, kidneys, liver, lungs, and skin. Of these, our skin is the largest elimination organ, which is sometimes referred to as the “third kidney” (the second being our lungs). In fact, up to a third of all body impurities are excreted through the skin. It releases a pound of waste each day and will be the first organ to show symptoms of imbalance or toxicity. If your skin cannot efficiently release toxins, you may experience rashes, acne, hives, itchiness, body odour, or even eczema and psoriasis.

Dry skin brushing is an important therapy you can add to your detox program. Daily dry friction brushing is far more cleansing and eliminates more waste material than any soap could, and of added benefit, the skin is not robbed of its natural oils needed to keep it from becoming too dry. Dry skin brushing tones the skin, improves circulation, and aids in relieving skin conditions.

 

How dry skin brushing will benefit you

  • Regulates and increases blood circulation and lymph flow
  • Revitalizes and increases your skins ability to eliminate toxins out of the system
  • Rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin
  • Contributes to healthier muscle tone and better distribution of fat deposits (yes, with continued use it can break down cellulite)
  • Gently removes dead layers of skin and other impurities (keeps pores open)
  • Stimulates the hormone and oil producing glands responsible for keeping your skin looking and feeling young, smooth and strong

How to choose your brush

Choose a dry skin brush that has natural fibre bristles and a long handle for reaching all of your back. The bristles may feel to firms at first, but your skin will adjust to this over time. If you have very sensitive skin, you may want to start with a softer brush or a dry towel.

How to “dry skin brush”

Dry skin brushing means brushing the skin without the use of water or soaps. Use a separate brush for face and body. With the face, start by brushing the forehead and work down over the eyes, along the nose, cheeks, chin, ears and finally neck, using a firm, brisk rotary motion. If your face is too sensitive to use a dry brush, use a loofah or a special facial brush instead. When dry brushing the body, brush the limbs with an upward movement. Every brush motion should be directed towards the heart. Start by brushing skin gently until it becomes conditioned. Avoid brushing the breasts entirely. Avoid brushing the parts of your body that are irritated, damaged or infected. The scalp should also be brushed. It can stimulate hair growth by increasing blood circulation and will keep the scalp clean from dandruff, stale oils, etc.

Cleaning your brush

Wash your dry skin brush with non-toxic soap every two weeks or so. Dry it in the sun or a warm place.

Consistency is key

Dry skin brushing stimulates and invigorates the whole body. If done consistently (3-5 minutes morning and night), it will drastically improve the look of your skin and overall feeling of wellbeing.

About the Author

Kyla is passionate about her health; she has overcome illness through dietary and lifestyle changes, and the art of practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is currently studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Reiki Master, with the hopes of sharing that knowledge and passion with the world.

 

 

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The Health Benefits of Skin Brushing

The blog is related to our last week entry on The Benefits of Saunas and Sweating

The skin is the largest elimination organ, it is known to be responsible for 10 to 15% of total body elimination, and is sometimes referred to as the third kidney.

Dry skin brushing is a swift and powerful way to enhance the detoxification process . It’s easy, pleasant and yields tremendous benefits!

Not only does it improve the appearance of your skin by eliminating dead cells and helping new skin to regenerate, it also stimulates blood circulation, the lymphatic system, and greatly enhances toxin elimination.

In addition, the massaging effect of the bristles is known to be highly beneficial for eliminating cellulite.

Brushing the skin gently stimulates the lymphatic system and is considered to be one of the best natural lymphatic cleansers available.

The lymphatic system is composed of lymph vessels, lymph nodes, and organs. Part of the body’s defense system, the lymph nodes remove microorganisms and other foreign substances. They act as a filtration system that keeps particulate matter, such as bacteria, from entering the bloodstream.

Stimulating the lymphatic system through skin brushing will activate all of the above functions as well as encourage blood circulation and cell regeneration. Both actions promote detoxification, weight loss and cellulite reduction, as well as improve body tone and skin radiance.

I have been regularly brushing my skin for the last 2 months, in addition to my Detox Bath, and am genuinely amazed at the benefits I am experiencing. Not to mention that I’m really flattered by the compliments I am receiving on how healthy and radiant I look! My normally dry skin seems a lot more supple, I am eliminating better, and the cellulite lumps on my thighs and hips are now less visible…

All you need is a NATURAL bristle brush with a long handle or a loofah…and 5 minutes.

I start with brushing my feet –including the soles- moving upwards to the tighs, in small circular motions.

For the upper body part, I put one arm up and brush down towards my armpit and then move to the other arm. When brushing my torso I brush towards the heart. Brushing over the top of the breast I insist on the armpit, where there’s a concentration of lymphatic nodes. I finish off with small circular brushing around the neck and shoulders, avoiding the face where the skin is sensitive.

I then brush my abdomen from the left side to the right, and go around in circles to gently massage the colon. I insist on the hips and thighs as skin brushing is an excellent treatment for cellulite.

As a general guide, it is more beneficial to brush from the extremities towards the core of the body.

Always brush gently, and especially over the sensitive areas. In time, and with practice, your skin will become more resilient and endure more vigorous brushing. It is important to avoid brushing over bruises, cuts or irritated areas.

Dry Skin Brushing benefits are numerous and include:

  • Accelerating toxin elimination
  • Stimulating blood flow and circulation
  • Reducing Cellulite
  • Enhancing lymphatic flow
  • Exfoliation and removal of dead skin cells
  • Anti-aging through cell regeneration
  • Stimulating both the sweat and sebaceous glands, thus contributing to the restoration of moist, supple skin.

Brushing your whole body will take around 3 to 5 minutes. Always brush the skin when it’s dry, and follow with a hot shower to wash off the dead cells.

To complete a PERFECT detox, finish up with a Sauna Sweat or Detox Bath

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Akilah M. El, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and certified Master Herbalist with a private practice in Atlanta Georgia and Berlin Germany. Join Dr Akilah El on Facebook and Twitter

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