Argh Cellulite. It’s such a dirty word. Nobody likes it. It’s a huge trigger of making women feel self-conscious, yet affects 90% of women over 30. So what can be done about the horrid “orange peel” or “cottage cheese” appearance on your thighs and butt?
Cellulite is uneven fat deposits under the skin. Cellulite is fat stores, and is caused by weakened connective tissues, which leads to cells filling with fat. Cellulite mostly occurs from the waist down commonly appearing on the thighs, buttocks and hips.
So here are the main reasons for why cellulite occurs and how you can diminish the appearance of cellulite – to help you feel confident and love the skin you’re in.
Toxins are the number one reason why cellulite occurs. Quite frankly, if you have an overburdened liver it won’t be able to do its job of breaking down the fats and keeping the blood clean. This means that toxins will circulate around your system and become stuck in areas, causing dimples. We are exposed to an enormous amount of toxins daily, and it’s little surprise that our liver is struggling to keep up.
Your body is constantly trying to eliminate toxins from cigarettes, alcohol, pollutions, that 3pm chocolate bar, hung over hot chips, processed foods …the list goes on. If you haven’t done a detox at some point in your life, your liver is most likely congested. The liver can also become overloaded with hormones, in particular estrogen. Higher levels of estrogen have been linked to excess weight and cellulite.
You don’t need to be overweight to have cellulite; every cell in our body is made up of fats. It’s the quality of the fats that make up your cells that is important. Our cell membranes need essential fatty acids (EFA’s) omega 3, 6 & 9. Essential means we need to obtain them through diet. Most fats nowadays start off as these healthy EFA’s (usually omega 6 & 9) but go through processing, heating up or hydrogenation, which changes their structure. This is extremely bad for the body; it literally cannot work the same with these damaged fats making up the cell membrane. Getting the damaged fats out of the system and upping the levels of good quality fats is what’s needed, particularly the much lacking omega 3.
The Lymphatic System plays the role in carrying toxins to the blood to be eliminated by the liver but it also carries nutrients and white blood cells to where we need them. Lymph is the fluid that circulates the lymphatic system but unlike the circulatory system (blood) the lymphatic system does not have a pump (heart), therefore it needs to be helped along with movement in the body. Stagnation in this area will add to fluid retention, a major culprit in the big dimples.
Collagen is a protein found in connective tissue that supports and connects all internal organs. The under layer of our skin is 95% collagen; cellulite is basically caused by a breakdown in collagen fibers in the skin. This allows fatty tissue to push upwards through the gaps into the upper layer of skin (the epidermis). We need to stop the collagen breaking down and keep giving the body the ingredients to make new collagen (Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Iron, Manganese, Copper, Zinc, Amino acids, Silica) by eating a well balanced diet. Using firming cellulite creams will not work and can actually add to the break down in collagen with ingredients such as parabens and mineral oils. These and other chemicals in creams absorb through to our bloodstream and can mimic hormones, playing havoc with our endocrine system and congesting our liver.
How to treat Cellulite
Collagen is an important protein used to make the connective tissue in your skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Structural changes in the skin’s tissues, including weakened collagen and elastin fibers, make cellulite more apparent because the skin becomes thinner and less able to conceal the irregularities below the surface. These changes can occur from hormonal imbalances, ageing and even dehydration.
As the lack and breakdown of collagen is a major cause into why cellulite appears, taking a daily (natural) collagen supplement such as Vida Glow will help to strengthen the collagen fibers under the skin. This will assist in smoothing out the skin and diminishing the appearance of cellulite. Vida Glow promotes your body to rebuild and repair the fibres that cause cellulite to appear.
Vida Glow stimulates the production of the protein molecules from which collagen is formed. It’s also helpful in tightening loose skin after weight loss, decreasing the inflammatory response, and promoting tissue healing. We recommend 2 sachets daily, to improve skin texture, and you’ll also get the added benefit of nail and hair growth.
Dynamic Yoga (Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow) is cellulite busting! It is renowned for its mental, emotional and spiritual benefits, however it literally firms, tones and sculpts every muscle in the body! Working directly on improving the cardiovascular and blood circulatory systems by using synchronization of deep forceful breaths with many forward bending, strength enhancing postures that aid digestion and toxin removal.
HERBAL TEA & WATER
Hydration is immensely important for the removal of toxins and keeping the skin healthy. Make sure you drink 2L filtered pure water a day. Nettle, Dandelion, Peppermint & Chamomile teas are good to include, and be sure to add a sachet of Vida Glow!
LIFESTYLE & EATING HABITS
Cutting out sugar and refined carbohydrates is important. Additionally by restoring any deficiencies and getting organs working optimally means you will not only see huge improvements physically in the body but also in energy and mental emotional wellbeing.
DRY SKIN BRUSHING
This is a hugely effective way to stimulate the lymphatic system and remove the acidic top layer of the skin through exfoliation. On dry skin using one drop of a stimulating (pure) essential oil in the palm of your hand (Rosemary, Cypress, Lavender or Eucalyptus), brush over the hand with a natural bristle brush then with long sweeping strokes work from the feet, up the legs, front and back torso, up the arms and down the neck, chest and upper back (always towards the heart).