A practical guide for nutritional and traditional health care.
The appearance on the surface of the skin of unseemly bulges which are puckered and have a mattress-like feel is the first sign of cellulite, the upper thighs, the regions of the buttocks and the upper arms are the areas in the body that tend to be affected by cellulite deposits. If the skin is pinched or gripped it feels tender and tight, and the bulges can be felt by passing the hand over the affected area. Cellulitis, which is an infection of the skin's connective tissue, should not be confused with cellulite.
A failure in or an improper removal of toxins is the reason cellulite buildup begins in the body, this is more so in the lymphatic system, as the area around the nodes is the first place cellulite appears. The causes of cellulite is often due to a poor fluid intake, which is also the result of an insufficient diet and is finally related to chronic constipation. The adipose tissue which contains fat cells, and which lies near the surface of the skin, is the tissue that cellulite affects. Individual physiques plays a big role in the onset and development of cellulite, this is because the distribution of fat within the body is dissimilar among women and is different in the two sexes. The best preventive measure that one can take against the appearance of cellulite is to reduce and burn body fat, through regular exercises and a proper diet; since it is a sudden weight gain which causes cellulite to appear as bulges under the skin.
Supplements and herbs
Supplements and herbs help the body in detoxification and immune function, a combination of apple cider vinegar and the sea weed kelp or if apple cider vinegar is unavailable, kelp and concentrated liquid whey is efficient in reducing body weight if it is used regularly . To prevent the conversion of blood sugar, and to regulate it inside the body, the mineral chromium should also be used and added to the mixture, as it performs this function.
The proper functioning of the pancreas is important as it is this organ functioning which influences the metabolization of fat within the body. To stimulate the pancreas and improve the appearance of cellulite bulges on the skin, use can be made of many natural ingredients in tincture form, these can be massaged into the skin.
Acting on the enzymes that are active in the break down of fat cells, supplements and extracts from algae, plankton, and seaweed can stimulate the lymphatic systems and circulatory to flush out trapped fat and fluid in the body. To tighten and improve the tone of the skin the herbs, witch hazel and horsetail can be used. The spongy looking bulges that appear during the onset of cellulite can be reduced by utilizing red vine birch leaves, and butcher's broom which draw water from cells and reduce cellular volume. For the detoxification of the body, the fresh juices of the herbs dandelion, birch, horsetail, parsley, nettle, and yarrow are very effective. These should be taken diluted in doses of two table spoons of herbal juice in a glass of water thrice a day. Consumed as diluted tinctures or teas, these herbs can be equally effective. Increasing the circulation to the affected area by applying poultices or hot ivy compresses twice or thrice a day helps to dissolve the fat cells and to effectively flushes away excess fat and toxins from the body. By soaking a cotton cloth in an fresh ivy leaves infusion which are boiled for 15 minutes in a quarter of water, a hot compress can be prepared and instead of ivy leaves, crushed seeds of fenugreek in a poultice can also act as an effective substitute. The formation of excess fat deposits in the body, can be prevented by ingesting fenugreek seeds.
The essential oils that are used in aromatherapy for cellulite are those that possess diuretic properties for lessening the water withholding by the body; appetite suppressing attributes to work in the manner of a catalyst to regulate the cravings for food of an individual; and those having detoxifying properties and can get rid of the toxic substances and waste products by means of stimulating lymphatic circulation further. Some of the essential oils that are commonly used in aromatherapy for cellulite are mentioned briefly below.
The essential oil extracted from juniper (scientific name Juniperus communis) is a useful diuretic that helps to reduce fluid retention by the body. This particular essential oil is also known to be an exceptional detoxifying agent and helps in eliminating toxic substances from our system.
Rosemary (scientific name Rosmarinus officinalis) essential oil is also an excellent diuretic option. This type of essential oil is excellent for eliminating toxins and promoting lymphatic circulation and effective for treating conditions associated with cellulite.
The essential oil of cypress (botanical name Cupressus sempervirens) is also well known owing to its ability to encourage vasoconstriction, which is ideal for healing varicose veins. In addition, this essential oil is also effective as a diuretic.
Similarly, geranium essential oil (Pelargonium graveolens ) too is useful as a diuretic, since it has the aptitude to encourage improved lymphatic circulation and, at the same time, getting rid of toxic and waste substances from the body. In addition, geranium forms an excellent ingredient of skincare products as it has the ability to sustain a balance, which aids in regulating sebum production.
The essential oil obtained from lemon (scientific name Citrus limon) is effective for encouraging the feeling of olfaction (the act of smelling). In addition, when used in combination with cypress, in aromatherapy, this essential oil is effective for treating varicose veins.
Grapefruit (scientific name Citrus paradisi) essential oil obtained from the natural source is wonderful for opening up the blocked skin pores. This essential oil also regulates skin oil production. In aromatherapy, grapefruit essential oil works as a stimulant for integument (skin or protective layer) as well as other tissues. In addition, it is also an excellent option for treating cellulite.
Those practicing aromatherapy also recommend using patchouli or cedar wood oils for treating cellulite. A number of other essential oils, including clove, chamomile, cinnamon and sandalwood, are also effective in treating cellulite. In addition, pure coconut oil has also been found to be an effective remedy for cellulite.
Apart from aromatherapy, massages with essential oils are also useful in treating cellulite. The pressure applied to the place that is massaged is useful in augmenting blood as well as lymph fluid circulation. Essentials oils utilized in massage go through the dermal layer of the skin disintegrating the accumulation of cellulite and subsequently eliminating it from the body.
Additional things you may do
It is very important to get consistent exercise which should include aerobic and isometric exercises concentrating on the areas of the stomach, the hips and the thighs, these exercises should preferably be done outdoors and for at least twenty minutes daily, about 5 days a week in exercises is time well spent. The burning off of subcutaneous fat is very important and therefore the aerobic exercises should be performed at medium to low intensity to burn fat in an efficient manner. The application of algal creams before the exercise begins, can greatly enhance the fruits of exercising, these algal creams can be used in the body and then covered in wrappings of plastic, to enable them to retain the heat produced in active exercise which will greatly aid in melting down the excess fat in the body. To increase the effectiveness of these wrappings, herbs should be added to them, in these regard tissue and fatty deposits can be removed by strong affusions which also help to stimulate circulation and in dislodging fatty tissue. The other effective physical method to burn fat is the sauna bath.
Coffee grinds are one of the best and effective home remedies for cellulite. It is advisable that you try this home remedy to get rid of cellulite and its discomforting symptoms. In order to try this remedy you need to remove all the coffee grinds from your everyday morning cup of coffee and rub them against your skin while you are taking a shower. Subsequently, you need to massage your body using vitamin E, collagen lotion, or cocoa butter lotion. This particular home remedy is becoming increasingly popular for treating cellulite. Rubbing coffee grinds onto your skin is helpful in getting rid of cellulite, because it contains caffeine, which has a positive effect on your skin.
Keeping your legs in an elevated position while you are sitting and reading or watching television or lying down like when you sleep is another effective home remedy for cellulite. It is believed that keeping your legs raised facilitates the ingested foods as well as nutriments to get to the skin, thereby reducing cellulite and making the skin healthier.
You may also put roughly two cups (500 ml) of sea salt in your tepid bathwater and soak yourself in it for no less than 20 minutes. In a number of instances, this has proved to be an effective means to reduce cellulite. Another excellent home remedy for cellulite is massaging a combination of dehydrated thyme, corn oil and grapefruit juice onto the affected body areas. This helps to reduce cellulite considerably.
Ingesting a combination of lemon and honey also helps to reduce cellulite. In fact, this home remedy facilitates the body to eliminate the accumulation of ama and kapha. It is also advised that people suffering from problems related to cellulite build-up in their body should daily drink at least three full glasses of lemon juice squeezed freshly.
In addition to the home remedies discussed above, making specific changes in one’s lifestyle habits also contributes significantly in eliminating cellulite from the body. For instance, avoid taking salt if you want the appearance of cellulite to improve, because there are some negative effects of ingesting too much salt on the skin. Salt also affects the body tissues negatively.
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