Get Rid of Cellulite Naturally:
Cellulite is one of the most unsightly things many individuals remark about their bodies. Research has indicated that hormones are the major player in the creation and elimination of cellulite. Evidence indicates that healthy lifestyle strategies can positively affect the hormone balance associated with cellulite.
Cosmetic surgery is at an all-time high with over 1.5 million procedures performed in 2011. This included over 205,000 liposuction procedures. Many of these surgeries have focused on eliminating cellulite. However, the surgeries are not only dangerous but they never address the hormone imbalance that causes cellulite to begin with.
Elevated Stress Hormones:
According to research published in the Journal of European Academy of Dermatology July 2000 found cellulite can be caused by increased levels of stress hormone (1). The researchers found that individuals who had chronically elevated cortisol levels were much more likely to have cellulite accumulation.
When the body senses it is in a state of chronic stress it will accumulate fat stores in preparation for times of famine that have accompanied times of stress throughout the history of mankind. This leads to the formation of cellulite. The key to removing cellulite naturally is to get rid of the causes of low-grade chronic stress in the body (2).
Minimize Stress to Balance Hormones:
There are three major stressors with our body’s natural hormone expression. The first major stress is mental/emotional and must be effectively addressed. Living in a state of fear is extremely destructive to human physiology. Fear drives stress hormones which utilize all the key resources in the body and increase fat storage.
To minimize mental/emotional stress spend more time reconnecting with your spiritual identity. Use the Earth’s rhythms by grounding yourself through walking barefoot, sitting or lying on grass, dirt or sand for as long as possible. Sunbathing is great for vitamin D3 synthesis and reconnecting with the Earth’s rhythms and calming stress hormones.
Chemical Stress Affects Fat Burning:
Chemical stress comes in the form of bad nutrition and environmental toxicity. A diet high in sugar, trans-fats and industrialized meat is highly inflammatory. These food sources create toxic cells and damage the gut lining and increase chronic stress in the body.
Follow an anti-inflammatory diet that is free of food allergens and is loaded with fermented foods to reestablish a healthy gut. This reduces stress hormone expression and turns on natural fat burning mechanisms.
The ideal diet should focus on good fats as the primary calorie source in the form of coconut, avocados, olive oil and sprouted nuts and seeds. Clean animal protein in the form of grass-fed beef & bison, wild fish and organic poultry should be consumed regularly. The nutrition plan should feature phytonutrient rich vegetables and herbs and low-glycemic fruit like lemons and berries.
Physical Stress Must Be Corrected:
When an individual experiences some form of trauma such as a car accident, fall or contact sports the spine and nervous system become damaged. Poor posture patterns will also cause muscle imbalances and spinal subluxation patterns.
A sedentary lifestyle is extremely damaging to the physical body as are poor biomechanics in lifting, bending and walking. The more these bad biomechanical patterns are used the more uneven wear and tear the body experiences and the more stress hormone is produced.
To effectively reduce physical stress it is essential to see a wellness based chiropractor to remove subluxations and restore good biomechanical and neurological patterns to the body. Rehabilitative exercises for the spine and extremities should be applied to restore balance and tone. A program of short-time period but high-intensity burst training and resistance training optimizes physical health and fat burning capabilities.
Tips For Getting Rid of Cellulite:
1. Low-Carb, Anti-Inflammatory Diet: A diet that is low in sugar and carbohydrates and rich in anti-inflammatory compounds and good fats is key for hormonal balance and cellulite control.
2. Use the Right Type of Salt: Proper sodium-potassium balance is key for getting rid of cellulite. Table salt throws off this balance. Use pink salt in your meals throughout the day. If you are on a moderate-high carbohydrate diet your body will retain sodium, however, if you are on a low carbohydrate, ketogenic-healing diet than you will excrete sodium. If you are on a low-carb diet you will need more salt and if you are on a high carb diet you need very little salt.
3. Dry Brushing: Using a soft bristled brush, just gently brush your skin from your extremities towards your heart. This enhances your circulation and your lymphatic drainage, moving extracellular fluid and keeping your skin firm and toned.
4. Consume More CLA: Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a natural formed trans-fat that is found in grass-fed animal products. Research has shown that CLA is effective at improving metabolism and ameliorating the signs of cellulite (3). My favorite natural foods that are rich in CLA include grass-fed butter/ghee, grass-fed cheese and grass-fed beef and/or bison.
5. Get More Gelatin: High quality gelatin is rich in the key amino acids glycine and proline, which many people don’t consume in adequate amounts as they are found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals and as a population. Most people only consume muscle meats and avoid these organ meats and joint tissue.
These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but for optimal immune function and weight regulation! Look to consume bone broth and organ meats throughout the week. If you are unable to get bone broth and organ meats, you can also use a high quality grass-fed beef gelatin or collagen protein here
6. Drink Water with Lemon: Lemon contains citrus bioflavonoids that help improve capillary permeability. This enhances circulation and liver detoxification and both of these things ameliorate the signs of cellulite. I recommend using a quarter to a half of a lemon with 8 oz of water throughout the day.
7. Get High Intensity Exercise: High intensity exercise improves circulation, lymphatic drainage and stimulates fat burning hormones. I recommend resistance training with large muscle group compound exercises for both the upper and lower body. I also recommend burst training throughout the week. Try doing 2 upper body strength training days and 1 lower body strength training day and 1 burst training day each week.
8. Good Sleep: If you sleep poorly you will have altered stress hormone levels and will have a tough time reducing cellulite. Prioritize good sleep and follow these strategies to help you.
9. Epsom Salt Baths: Baths using magnesium salts help to improve the skin tone and detoxify the body. I recommend using essential oils such as lavender or peppermint with your Epsom salt bathe to make it more relaxing and soothing.
10. Estrogen Detox: If you have cellulite it is a sign of estrogen dominance in your body. Along with following all of the above recommendations, I would use a specific estrogen detoxifying supplement to help you balance your hormones. I use Estro-Protect with my clients.