Friday, September 3, 2010

Getting Rid of Cellulite

Getting Rid of Cellulite

Do you want to get rid of cellulite -- also known as “cottage cheese thighs?” You’re not alone. Ninety percent of women have cellulite, according to Howard Murad, M.D., author of The Cellulite Solution: A Doctor's Program for Losing Lumps, Bumps, Dimples, and Stretch Marks (Compare Prices.)
What Is Cellulite? And Can I Really Get Rid of It?

Cellulite is fat cells that have bulged through cell walls into the skin's middle layer, where they pull on connective tissue to create an unattractive, dimpled skin surface.

The conventional medical wisdom is that nothing can be done to get rid of cellulite. But Dr. Murad, a board-certified dermatologist and associate clinical professor of dermatology at University of California, disagrees. He says cellulite progresses through four stages and the sooner you begin to treat it, the more success you will have.

Personally, I saw a great reduction in my cellulite when I made lifestyle changes like giving up smoking and excessive alcohol. I started movement training to better mobilize my muscles. As I improved my lifestyle, I minimized my cellulite. (When I gain weight, it comes back, though not nearly to the same degree.)

How Do I Get Rid Of Cellulite?

To repair cellulite, you need to strengthen and hydrate your body's cells and the connective tissue in your body. Here's what will help:

Go on a home detox diet. This means eating lots of fruits and leafy greens. Make them organic when possible.

Avoid junk food, diet soda, processed food and saturated fats such as butter and animal fats.

Avoid toxins like excessive alcohol and cigarettes.

Drink a lot of water to hydrate your body and flush out toxins. Eight to ten glasses a day are recommended.

Brush your skin daily, preferably before bathing. The best is a Tampico Skin Brush made with natural agave plant fiber. This simple technique stimulates blood and lymph flow, removes dead skin cells and encourages new cell growth. (Skin brushing is also inexpensive. You can get a good quality body brush for $6-$8.

Maintain your healthiest weight.

Finish your daily shower with a cold rinse to tone your skin.

Take Glucosamine supplements, which helps your body repair the dermis and connective tissue.

Find a spa that specializes in treating cellulite. Spa Montage in Laguna Beach, one of the best resort spas in the country , has treatments that address cellulite, including Algae Cellulite Massage, Clay Body Sculpting to improve the skin’s appearance, and Manual Lymph Drainage.

Bathe in a comfortable, warm (not too hot!) seaweed bath to re-mineralize and increase circulation, ideally three times a week.

When the cellulite is severe, avoid high-pressure massage so as not to damage lymphatic function and micro-circulation. Also avoid high-impact exercise.

Apply an essential oil blend designed to stimulate the circulatory and lymphatic systems to the back of your knees and at the top of your thighs near your bikini line. Naturopathica Deep Forest Bath and Body Oil is a good one.
While regular treatment cannot completely rid the body of cellulite, it can help prevent further deterioration of the tissues and reduce both pain and swelling.

What Won't Get Rid of Cellulite?

Wearing inflatable plastic shorts around the house.

Getting liposuction. In fact, it might make the problem more noticeable.

Slathering on topical creams and getting body wraps that promise to reduce the diameter of your thigh by one inch. They might help somewhat as long as you follow the lifestyle tips above, but they don't do much on their own.

Using detox foot pads. The moisture itself turns them dark, not toxins leaving your body.

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