The consensus in the medical community is that there is no such thing as a cellulite cure, but having said that, there are many things we can do to reduce the appearance of cellulite substantially. Although the many cellulite creams and potions on the market do very little to reduce cellulite, there are a number of valuable cellulite reduction techniques that are "alternative" in nature and can be quite effective.
The holistic alternative approach to eradicating or reducing cellulite seems to make the most sense given that it centres on the concept of releasing the trapped fluids and toxins from the fat cells and eliminating them from the body. Natural methods to help reduce fluid retention, including toxins include:
If indeed trapped fluids and toxins in fat cells causes cellulite, eliminating these toxins through liver and lymphatic drainage detoxification makes the most sense. Steps you can take to help in the detoxification process are:
Doing an actual liver detox is the most effective way of clearing the liver and body of toxins and fluid retention. It involves the above points and more.
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Since cellulite is often the result of a sedentary lifestyle, obviously including exercise in your anti-cellulite regime is very important. Exercise in particular increases blood circulation, as well as stimulating the lymphatic system. The best types of exercise to do are aerobic exercise, especially brisk walking and swimming. Exercise also helps you to lose fat, which helps a bit with cellulite too. Also, Pilates is becoming popular as a cellulite cure because it stretches and strengthens muscles and helps to soften tightened fascia. (Fascia is a tissue that surrounds every muscle, organ and bone in the body. When it becomes taut and tight, it can contribute to cellulite by causing the connective tissue (septae) to tighten and cause dimpling. Because of this, there is a possibility that sufferers of fibromyalgia or myofascial pain who follow a myofascial release treatment plan may find an improvement in cellulite as the fascia softens and improves.)
All the strategies of the "Fatty Liver Detox" Program are anti-cellulite in nature. The basic idea is to eliminate all "bad" fats like trans-fats and hydrogenated fats, increase the "good" fats like Omega-3 and Omega-6, eliminate highly refined carbohydrates, and eat lots of fruits, vegetables, low GI carbohydrates and an adequate amount of protein. It is also important to drink at least 1 ½ to 2 litres of filtered water (preferably with a good reverse osmosis filter) in order to help the elimination of waste and toxins. As well, it is also helpful to drink herbal teas like dandelion tea that help to support the liver and promote detoxification.
Skin brushing with a natural bristle brush also increases blood circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system. This in turn promotes elimination of toxic wastes and toxins through the skin, thereby helping to release the trapped fluid and toxins that cause cellulite.
There are different types of massage that are very beneficial in helping to reduce cellulite. One is self-massage where you massage the afflicted areas using a mixture of carrier oils and essential oils. (See the next section on aromatherapy for a helpful massage oil mixture to use.) It is also helpful if you get a professional massage, including a deep tissue or lymphatic drainage massage at least once per week. (It is also important to drink lots of water (at least 2 – 3 litres) to help flush out the toxins that are released during the massage, otherwise you could feel a bit nauseous or develop a headache.)
The best essential oils to use are those that stimulate the lymphatic system and help the body to release toxins and waste materials (diuretics). The best method to administer these essential oils is either in a bath or in a massage oil mixture.
An effective mixture to add to your bath is 50 gm of Epsom salts mixed with 5
drops each of rosemary and grapefruit oil, and 10 drops each of geranium and
juniper berry. A helpful aromatherapy massage oil mixture to use is 25 ml of
apricot kernel and 25 ml of jojoba oil with 7 drops each of juniper berry and
geranium oil, 5 drops of rosemary oil and 10 drops of lemon oil.
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Years of poor diets as well as environmental toxins can overload your liver and cause many health problems, including weight gain, inflammation and water retention. Check out these programs to see which one is best for you ...
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