Cellulite is not a disease condition, per se, but a term used to describe the dimple appearance of skin caused by fat deposits under the skin’s surface. It appears in various parts of the body, especially the thighs, knees, buttocks, stomach, and arms. It usually appears after puberty and occurs more frequently in women than in men as they have particular types of fat and connective tissue. It is not weight related and can affect all body types. It has been said that 80% of women over the age of 20 have cellulite.
Cellulite is classified in three grades:
Grade 1 classification has no clinical symptoms, but examination under a microscope shows underlying anatomical changes in the cells.
Grade 2 cellulite is where, in addition to the above, the skin show pastiness, is a cooler temperature, and has decreased elasticity.
Grade 3 cellulite, in addition to signs of grade 1 and 2, has orange peel like roughness of the skin and is obviously visible.
Cellulite is due to an increased ratio of fat cells to lean body mass. In order to reverse it, reducing body fat content and building up muscle mass is important. Cellulite is formed by fibroid masses of protein that have accumulated in the spaces between the cells due to faulty elimination of waste by-products through the lymphatic system, your body’s filtration system.
Being a woman makes you more likely to develop cellulite due to differing hormones. Hormones play a dominant role in the formation of cellulite. Estrogen may be the important hormone to initiate and aggravate cellulite. Genes also play an important role, so if other women in your family have cellulite, there’s a good chance you will too. Other influencing factors are:
- Poor diet
- Fad dieting
- Slow metabolism
- Lack of physical activity
- Hormone changes
- Total body fat
- The thickness and colour of your skin
As with all conditions this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
- Self-massage the affected area regularly to increase functioning of lymphatic system.
- Start dry skin brushing. Use a natural bristle brush to gently scrub the skin in gentle circular motions to encourage removal of dead skin, stimulates the lymph system and increases blood circulation in underlying organs and tissues. It leads to better elimination of fat deposits such as cellulite and general enhanced skin function. It leaves skin soft and glowing. It should be performed daily for at least 5 minutes and ideally be followed by a bath in which essential oils are used.
- Coffee sugar scrub – mentioned by Dr. Mehmet Oz from the “Dr. Oz Show,” this scrub reduces cellulite’s appearance by enhancing fat metabolism and zapping fat and liquid from your skin. Mix the scrub with 1/2 cup coffee grounds and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Rub olive oil into the treatment areas and then massage the scrub over it using circular motions. Finish by rinsing off the solution.
Eat a whole foods diet with less complex carbohydrates and sugars than is usually recommended for the average person.
Drink large amounts of filtered water and make 3 glasses a day of freshly squeezed lemons in 1 cup water with a pinch of cayenne to melt cellulite away.
Decrease your total fat intake to below 20 percent of your total diet. Avoid processed fats, and do not eat protein at night since unused protein in the body puts a greater load on the lymphatic system.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Cut down your alcohol intake.
- Stop smoking or cut down significantly.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day .
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement, omega 3s are known to reduce cellulite:
- Apple cider vinegar contains components that some believe reduces the appearance of cellulite. Drink 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 ounces water each morning.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
“In order to understand how stress contributes to cellulite we must first understand what happens to us when we are stressed,” says women’s health expert Dr. Delia Simu. “When we are stressed the hormone Cortisol is secreted by the adrenal glands in response to physical, psychological or environmental stress. This newly secreted cortisol causes an elevation of estrogen in the body. As mentioned earlier, these higher levels of circulating estrogen drive fat into the fat cells within the subcutaneous layer of the skin, setting off a reaction that creates the undesirable ‘orange peel’ texture of the skin, in the affected areas.”
Here are some things you can do to combat stress:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis – Find out more by clicking here.
– Find out more by clicking here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.
You may wish to research or discuss the following Ayurveda remedies:
Ayurvedic self-massage known as Abhyanga. Abhyanga is usually performed in the morning using a warm oil, such as sesame, combined with herbal essences.
Gotu kola, dandelion, milk thistle, parsley, iodine and ginger – all effective for flushing out toxins, improving circulation and repairing cells.
Adopting a kapha decreasing diet by avoiding olive oil, cheese, butter, fried foods, cold food, cold drinks and sweets.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
In Chinese medicine, many disease processes are contributed to Qi stagnation; this is when the vital energy in your body is not moving and causes pain or disease. Toxic build up in body tissue is a common cause of Qi stagnation. TCM remedies would focus on reducing cellulite by removing cellular toxins and disepelling Qi stagnation. To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.
You may wish to discuss the following with your practitioner:
Cupping – a common remedy in TCM for detoxification and circulatory problems.
Acupuncture – to improve blood circulation, reduce stress, and drain and detoxify the body.
Ginkgo biloba (120 mg of extract per day) to stimulate the circulation.
Petroselinum crispum (Parsley Leaf) A gentle diuretic able to aid in water metabolism.
Thallus Fuci-Bladderwack – A sea vegetable much like kelp, bladderwack aids in the balancing of the endocrine system, promotes detoxification, and aids in all metabolic and water regulating actions of the body.
The practice of qigong – to release stagnant qi and improve blood flow.
Juniper, rosemary, lavender, lemon, grapefruit, fennel and geranium essential oils are the most popular choices when it comes to cellulite. They can be blended with a carrier oil and rubbed into the affected areas or added to bath water.
10 drops cypress essential oil
– 10 drops geranium essential oil
– 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
– 5 drops juniper essential oil
– 5 drops fennel essential oil
– 4 ounces of carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil)
Combine and blend together add to the bath water and relax in the bath for at least 20 minutes.
Combine equal parts of horse chestnut bark and gotu kola tinctures and take 1/2 teaspoon three times a day.
Chá de bugre – energizes the metabolism while helping to lower food cravings, reduce hunger, and reduce cellulite.
Topically apply a compress made with white birch oil, morning and evening, or apply an ointment or lotion made from horse chestnut twice a day.
Aloe vera extract can also be applied topically to the affected areas.
Agnus castus (40 drops of tincture taken each morning) helps with balancing the hormones.
Drink fresh ginger tea to boost circulation.
Exercise to Reduce or Eliminate Cellulite
Since gravity is the primary force that creates cellulite, the following exercise is beneficial: First, gently jump on a mini-trampoline or rebounder (if available) to create pumping action in the lymph system. Then, using gravity to drain the lymph system, place your legs up against a wall or over a chair and massage, very lightly, the crease formed by the legs and the abdomen in order to open the deep inguinal lymph nodes, which is where all of the accumulation that forms the cellulite must pass to be eliminated from the body.
Bikram Yoga is a form of yoga that is done in a heated room. It has had raved reviews for reducing cellulite and weight loss. See video clip for more info.
The use of a slant board or an inversion table gives good results reducing the appearance of cellulite. By keeping your body inverted for a period of time you cause the lymph flow to be stimulated. The blood and lymph fluids circulate and bring nourishment to cells while at the same time removing toxins from the body. Doing this form of exercise reverses the chances of the building up fat in the body tissue.
Flower Essences: Crab Apple can help release feelings associated with negative body image. Add two drops into 4 ounces of pour water four times a day and continue until you reclaim your positive body image.
Juice Therapy: Beet and carrot juice combined together can help flush out toxins and stimulate the lymphatic system, helping to reduce cellulite deposits.
Is there a natural cure for cellulite www.drbriffa.com/2004/07/04/cellulite
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Dry skin brushing www.naturalcures.com/health-tips/898-dry-brush-your-skin-for-health
Health benefits of an inversion table www.livestrong.com/article/338311-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-inversion
Aromatherapy for cellulite www.aromatherapy-at-home.com/essentialoilsforcellulite.html
Applying coffee for cellulite www.fatburningfurnace.com/blog/1-hollywood-secret-destroys-cellulite-best-cellulite-tip-ever
Dry Skin Brushing www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANy_2xWLAo
Cellulite exercises www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeHSOuEW8l0
Cellulite: From Standing Fat Herniation to Hypodermal Stretch Marks journals.lww.com/amjdermatopathology/Abstract/2000/02000/Cellulite__From_Standing_Fat_Herniation_to.7.aspx
Cellulite’s aetiology: a review onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-3083.2012.04622.x/abstract;jsessionid=4463C5859DCC6CDE6E1D4BE95CA5C144.d04t04?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=false
Further Information (links and books)
Get rid of cellulite: Simple shortcuts to beautiful skin by Infinite Ideas
by Carol Vorderman, Anita Bean, Linda Bird and Sarah Williams (9 Dec 2004)
Carol Vorderman’s Eat To Beat Cellulite Recipes by Carol Vorderman and Anita Bean (8 Dec 2005)
Milady’s Guide to Lymph Drainage Massage by Ramona Moody French (25 Oct 2011)
Cellulite Massage: Solution at your Finger Tips [Kindle Edition] Dave Comparo
Chocolate Busters: Kick Your Habit Into Oblivion by Jason Vale
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Gotu kola tincture
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Dry Skin Brush, Yerba Prima
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Lymphatic Massage, Dr. Deb’s Lymphatic Drainage Tonic
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Lymphatic Drainage Cream, Keeping Abreast of It
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