While cellulite is partly genetic, the cottage cheese appearance of cellulite can be the result of hormonal problems, diet, lifestyle choices, and toxins. Even some people with relatively no fat have cellulite lurking on their thighs or hips. While you could spend hundreds of dollars on the last topic as a chemical solution that may or may not do any good, you can also improve the condition of your skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite naturally, with food and home remedies.

7 natural remedies to reduce cellulite

It is estimated that 85% of adult women have cellulite, and despite its prevalence, we still have much to learn about the aesthetic issue. Cellulite is fat stored just under the surface of the skin.

It has a unique appearance, like the dimpled surface of an orange peel or cottage cheese. It is more common in women and usually appears after puberty. For many people, it is a source of extreme embarrassment.

What are some of the most common causes of cellulite

1 . Pregnancy due to the hormonal changes mentioned above.

2. Aging decreases your energy needs, that is, the amount of dietary energy necessary to balance energy expenditure to maintain body size, body composition. This can result in higher fat stores, especially if your intake is greater than what your body needs.

3. Being overweight produces excess fat deposited in the fat compartments. This improves the appearance of cellulite.

4. Poor circulation means that the collagen fibers do not get enough blood. Blood carries oxygen, healthy nutrients, and frees all cells in the body of toxic waste. Without adequate blood flow, the fibers contract, thicken, and leave an uneven appearance.

5. Lack of activity means that you are living a sedentary lifestyle. This leads to poor circulation and less blood reaching the body’s fibers, tissues, vessels, and organs.

Try some of these natural solutions to at least minimize the appearance.

1. Eliminate toxins

Your body is bombarded with toxins. The build-up of toxins comes from decades of exposure to packaged foods, refined sugars, chemicals, pesticides, pollutants inside and outside your home, the pharmaceutical industry (and the list goes on).

It goes without saying that most people have a need for a cleansing or elimination of toxins from the body. But what does this have to do with cellulite?

The body stores toxins in fat to help minimize the amount of toxicity that vital organs are exposed to. Cellulite dimples are also full of toxins.

The accumulated toxicity in the body over the years will register in cellulite (and a host of other unpleasant symptoms).

So what should you do to reduce cellulite? Simple: remove toxins and prevent further accumulation of toxins.

2. Tomatoes and tomato paste

Tomatoes are extremely rich in lycopene, which can prevent the breakdown of collagen in the skin. Tomato paste is very rich in lycopene. However, if you opt for pasta, make a homemade one yourself in a glass container to avoid toxic BPA.

Here you can find an easy and very healthy recipe to make your homemade tomato paste .

3. Coconut oil and dry brushing

A very popular combination among home remedies for cellulite is brushing dry skin while moisturizing it with extra virgin coconut oil. To brush dry skin properly, start in the lymph node areas such as the armpits / groin, then move to the outer regions.

Always move towards the heart, except when brushing the dry skin of the gluteal area. Brushing dry skin is so effective because it strengthens the epidermis and helps break down the toxic material that makes up cellulite.

4. Drink more water for cellulite reduction

Hydration is critical to overall health, from digestion to healthy-looking skin and texture. Being fully hydrated the body can smooth the surface of the skin.

Try to eat foods with higher water content, such as melons, cucumbers, watermelons, and green leafy vegetables. Not only are these foods high in water content, but they’re also low in calories – helping you lose weight and control fat retention. Here you can see a shake for hydration of the body.

5. Apple cider vinegar

Mix the apple cider vinegar with 2 parts of water and a little honey and rub in the necessary areas, then rinse with warm water. You may not be able to get rid of cellulite forever, but this should help reduce the appearance.

Also, try doing a body wrap: Mix equal parts water, then rub into the area. Next, wrap the areas in plastic wrap and a hot towel for 1 hour, then rinse. In addition to being used for cellulite reduction, the benefits of apple cider vinegar are overwhelming – don’t skip this potential solution!

6. Ginkgo Biloba

This plant has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. One of the many health benefits of Ginkgo Biloba is to promote good circulation.

Good circulation means healthier skin and a more even skin texture. Improving circulation will allow more efficient transfer of stored cellulite fat into muscle tissue, allowing it to be burned and used for energy.

7. Green Tea

Green tea can speed up your metabolism and help burn fat. However, the catechins found in green and black tea can also reduce insulin resistance.

Drinking three cups a day can boost energy and help you burn an extra 80 calories in the next 24 hours. It is advisable to try tea in the morning instead of coffee.

8. Massage

If you can’t afford one, do it yourself. Massage increases blood flow to the area. Although it does not reduce cellulite, it brings new blood flow, removes toxins in the area, and improves the appearance of the dimple.

Giving yourself a leg massage after getting out of the shower works wonders and feels great. Coconut oil hydrates and has a gentle gliding effect on the skin.

Cellulite can make anyone feel self-conscious , or consider going big, but you know you don’t have to. The above solutions cost very little money and come with a myriad of health benefits. Don’t spend on more expensive and “harmful” creams before trying some of these solutions.

And of course, with any health problem, always eat plenty of healthy foods, avoid / reduce stress, and exercise regularly. This will also help reduce cellulite and improve your overall health. 

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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