Your Weapon Against Cellulite : A Healthy Liver
Everyday women ask, "How do I get rid of cellulite?!"
My answer? It's not easy! But......
If you are committed to the task of ridding your body of this strange life-form burrowing beneath your skin, and you have the perseverance to stick to a plan that could eliminate or diminish this most despised condition, then keep on reading.
How long will it take? That depends on how much damage has been done, and how committed you are to making some positive changes to your lifestyle.
On this page we will discuss:
- what it really is and how it is formed
- how we got it in the first place
- how the liver and lymph are involved
- high tech treatments
- and, the best choices that you can make to possibly eliminate, or at least diminish, your cellulite without the use of expensive creams, diet pills, or surgeries.
Cellulite, that orange-peel-like fat that seems to start on the thighs then continue to creep on to other parts of our bodies, is something that about 85% of women deal with everyday. Surprisingly, it does not discriminate (among women, that is). You may have noticed that it appears on thin and heavy women alike!
I see women younger than me, in better shape than me, who work out much harder than I do, and they still have cellulite!
Simply put, cellulite is fat.
All muscles in the body are covered with a padding of fat and connective tissues. It looks bumpy because the fat is pushing through the connective tissues that usually keep it distributed evenly beneath your skin.
The more of this stuff you have, the more toxins you may have built up in your body.
Why Was I Cursed With Cellulite?
The total amount of fat and toxins in your body; your age; your lifestyle; and even your genetic predisposition (or at least habits acquired from parents) all combine to determine whether or not you will be cursed with cellulite, or maybe I should say it determines how much you will be cursed with.
It often appears on teens as early as 14 years of age, but can actually happen at any age. It may make it's first appearance after pregnancy, or when you start taking birth control pills, because that is when the system is flooded with estrogen.
If the liver is unhealthy or overworked it may have a hard time dealing with all of that estrogen which makes matters even worse.
Anything that interferes with good circulation of blood or the lymphatic fluid can cause cellulite.
The following are some other factors that contribute to the accumulation of this fatty life form:
- Insufficient intake of water.
- Exercising very little or not at all.
- Unhealthy eating habits and eating fast foods.
- Constipation or other digestive problems.
- Too much stress and tension.
- Air pollution.
- Hormonal cycles.
- Poor breathing.
Your liver works around the clock to deal with toxins you breathe in, consume, or put on your skin. If the liver is overworked and can't handle it all, cellulite can be the result.
The lymphatic system also plays an important role in the development of this problem.
The lymph system is far more important than you may have been led to believe. Two important responsibilities of the lymphatic system are to aid in blood circulation and to carry toxins away from the tissues. This means that it is of utmost importance to keep the lymph flowing.
Remember that your lymph system does not have it's own pump. It's your body's responsibility to promote lymphatic flow, and it does that through movement!
Exercise, deep breathing, and massage are three important ways to stimulate the cleansing flow of the lymph. The exercises that target your lymph flow include the ones that require an up and down motion.
Skipping a jump rope or jumping on a trampoline even just five or ten minutes each day can help move the sludge build-up in your lymph.
If you don't have a trampoline in your back yard just purchase a mini trampoline. They are inexpensive and don't require alot of room.
Modern Remedies for Cellulite: Really?
Do cellulite creams sound too good to be true? If you answered yes, then we agree. When it comes to this bulging fat there is no instant fix or magic pill.
According to comments made on the Webmd.com website by Alan Kling, MD, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sanai School of Medicine in New York, cellulite creams do not work.
"Cellulite creams are pure hype," says this dermatologic surgeon. "People need to remember that the beauty industry can make claims based on anecdotal evidence that have no scientific or medical backing whatsoever."
There is research to back Dr. Kling's claim. A double-blind study published in the September 1999 issue of the British Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery put the creams to the test. After 12 weeks, only 3 of the 17 women in the study reported even the slightest improvement.
Now if you really want to get serious about cellulite removal you may want to check out these high-tech procedures:
- Plastic surgery in the form of liposuction. This is expensive and could lead to unsatisfactory results.
- Endermologie, available through dermatologists or plastic surgeons. In the USA, Endermologie is the first FDA approved treatment for the reduction of cellulite. Some say it works, some say it doesn't, but it is pricey and you must follow "home maintenance" instructions.
- Mesotherapy is one of the newer treatments. It's a little expensive in my opinion and involves injections of a fat-dissolving substance. Injections? Not for me!
- Lipo dissolve is regarded as the newest procedure in the world of cellulite removal today. It is similar to mesotherapy, but a different substance is injected. This is also quite expensive and the reviews are both good and bad.
Once again women are getting the message that beauty problems should be helped from the outside in. That is so wrong!
Even if any of the above "cures" work, the cellulite will always return if you don't commit to a change in lifestyle.
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and true beauty happens when you have excellent health. You enjoy more energy, you feel better, your skin glows, your eyes sparkle.....you're beautiful inside and out!
Your Cellulite Battle Plan
Excessive indulgences in our diet and lifestyle can cause problems with our liver and other organs of elimination.
This leads to cellulite along with other health issues.
The following is a plan that may help you eliminate or diminish your cellulite. It will also strengthen and cleanse your liver which, in turn, will help with removing more fat and cellulite!
- Let's start with some changes in your diet. Since your liver is key to to this whole process, let's begin with a liver cleansing diet. High fiber, high water content foods are what you need to consume most.
Click on the liver cleansing diet link to get information on the plan.
If you don't have any blood sugar issues or health problems you may want to start with a three day liver detoxification, and then convert to the liver cleansing diet. You should follow the liver cleansing diet for a minimum of eight weeks, preferably twelve.
But, you need to realize that it doesn't end there. Take the healthy eating habits you will develop over the next eight to twelve weeks and incorporate them into your daily diet.
The Mediterranean diet and the Asian diet both offer wonderful examples of healthy eating, once you've completed the liver cleanse.
If you follow the information in the Diet and Detox section of Liverguru.com you will be armed with the information you need to keep fighting cellulite.
- Stay hydrated. Fluids are vital. During your eight to twelve week cleansing diet pure water, and water with lemon (or lime, if you don't like lemons), should be your main beverage.
The benefits of fresh lemon juice are many and fascinating, but the benefits we are focusing on here are the weight loss, blood purifying, and the high vitamin and mineral content.
Green tea is a fine choice, too. It's rich in antioxidants and good for your liver.
- Exercise regularly. You must find time to include some form of exercise into your weekly routine. This will help burn excess fat and increase muscle tone, both of which will reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Exercise improves liver function and stimulates the lymph system. When you work out those muscles you exert a pump-like force that pushes lymph forward on down the line to remove waste and toxins.
Resistance exercises will help tone muscle which will make those lumpy bulges less obvious.
Whatever work out you choose to get that system pumping, whether it's jumping on a trampoline, jumping rope, biking, hiking, swimming, or even yoga or pilates; working your muscles is the best thing you can do to increase blood and lymph flow, burn fat, and help reduce that pressure on your skin.
- Breathing. Actually deep breathing. This not only helps us relax, but it also increases blood and lymphatic fluid circulation to help remove toxins and nurture your skin cells with nutrients and oxygen.
Quick lesson: To try deep breathing you must draw air into the lungs while expanding the stomach rather than your chest.
Sit or lie down somewhere quiet and get comfortable. To be able to feel the difference between your regular breathing and deep breathing you can place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest. This will let you feel when you are breathing correctly.
Take breaths that are long and slow. This gives the body the ability to absorb more of the inhaled oxygen. Breathe in through your nose, nice and slow. Exhale through pursed lips just as slowly. As you breathe feel the motion of your stomach. If your rib cage is expanding, keep trying and focus on breathing with your diaphragm.
Keep practicing until it becomes a habit. Deep breathing actually has many health benefits including stress relief.
- Reduce stress. When stressed, your body focuses on defending itself instead of circulation and cleansing toxins.
And, in addition to the physical problems it creates, we also tend to go for those unhealthy foods when feeling tension and anxiety. This leads to more toxicity, increased fat storage, and then......more cellulite!
Healthy food choices, exercise, deep breathing, and massage are all excellent ways to deal with stress. Also if you can find time to yourself, meditation is a wonderful way to deal with the stress in your life.
- Massage and dry skin brushing. If you have a massage therapist that you visit on occasion, that's great!
Treat yourself to a lymph massage to help drain and increase the flow of lymphatic fluid in your body.
If massage is not an option (or even if it is) you should consider dry skin brushing. Use a large, quality body brush with fairly stiff bristles and brush in the direction of the lymph flow. Start at the ankles and work up to the thighs and beyond the booty if necessary.
Then you may want to brush up the arms, across the shoulders, down the back, and then softly across the tummy.
Remember that lymph drainage requires very light pressure, so brush gently.
If you practice this daily before your bath or shower it will become a habit. It should improve the texture and appearance of your skin by removing dead skin layers and stimulating circulation of the blood and the lymph.
- Supplementation. Take a high-quality multivitamin to ensure your body has all the nutrition it needs.
You may find it interesting that the same supplements that support the liver are also recommended to fight cellulite. Consider adding milk thistle, artichoke extract, grape seed extract, and gotu kola to your supplement regimen.
- Avoid or limit the following:
- Alcohol, sodas, and energy drinks
- Coffee (try to limit it to one or two cups daily)
- Crash dieting
- High fat dairy products
- Trans fats (aka hydrogenated oils) and fried foods
- Over-the-counter medications and diuretics
All of those will cause more toxic build-up in the body which means more cellulite to fight. Friends, the battle against cellulite is a never-ending one. For many women it takes a complete lifestyle change, but this change just may improve your life in ways you don't expect. Don't wait to get started. Go for it now!
If you get off track for a day or two, no problem, just get right back on and don't let anything stand in your way!
Keep in mind that a healthy liver is needed to ensure that nutrients reach your body's cells and free the blood of toxins. When the liver fails to function properly it leads to a host of health issues including the build up of cellulite.
Keep exploring all the areas of Liverguru.com to find ways to improve your liver health. A healthy liver is going to improve all areas of your life, not just fat removal.
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