“In the quest for the perfect body, cellulite has been the equalizing factor for women…”
Cellulite affects people based on three factors:
Listed below are a variety of natural, herbal remedies used to combat the hormone and lifestyle factors which are some of the factors which cause cellulite and it’s symptoms.
One of the leading causes for cellulite is imbalanced hormones. This is one of the primary reasons why the majority of men do not get cellulite. Women’s hormones are constantly shifting and changing. Depending on other factors like stress or illness, these hormones can be thrown out of balance. When hormones are out of sync, it can cause weight gain, sleep issues, infertility, and/or painful menstruation. Here are a few natural remedies that help to balance out these issues.
- Maca: This root vegetable grows in the Andes Mountains at altitudes above 13,000 feet. This hardy vegetable has many healing properties for both men and women. This includes increasing fertility, energy, and focus. The Red Maca plant specifically helps to balance out female hormones and other issues such as menopause and osteoporosis. Maca contains a wide variety of nutritional elements including almost all of the essential amino acids and free fatty acids. This vegetable also has high levels of vitamins such as vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, and C as well as iron, calcium, and magnesium. Similar to the herb ginseng, Maca is an adaptogen. This means that the root raises our resistance to diseases creating a positive physical and psychological effect. Maca comes in ground powder form or gelatin capsules.
- Raspberry Leaf Tea: This caffeine free tea comes from the leaves of the raspberry plant. It is reminiscent to that of a black tea when brewed. Raspberry leaf is beneficial to women at all stages of their life. The high levels of magnesium, potassium, iron, and b-vitamins combine together to create an effective solution that strengthens the female reproductive system. This also includes regulating hormones. When taken during pregnancy, the Raspberry leaf leads to shorter and easier labors.
- Flaxseed: This is the seed of the Linum usitatissimum plant. It has multiple uses including issues related to the intestinal tract and for disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Flaxseed adjusts the hormone estrogen to help balance out hormone levels. This herbal remedy helps to prevent and correct cellulite by modulating estrogen levels to prevent unnecessary weight gain as well as increase collagen production. Collagen is used in order to build and repair connective tissues. This in turns helps to build firmer thicker skin which minimizes the visual effects of cellulite. Use ground flaxseed powder in shakes or as a substitute for eggs in baking.
Since cellulite is the build up of large fat cells pushing against the skin and connective tissues, one of the best way to combat cellulite is to lose weight. While there are quite a few different herbs and spices that can help weight loss, ginger is used in India to help prevent cellulite.
Ginger is used to treat a variety of conditions. It can be used to treat nausea or as pain relief for arthritis or abdominal cramps. Ginger can even help to lower cholesterol. In India, it is believed that this root awakens the digestive fire and promotes circulation. Drink this as a tea daily to get the benefits of this root.
And, of course, the best way to lose weight is to focus on eating healthy foods and exercising. We recommend these lower body workouts to reduce cellulite in those areas.
Temporarily help to relieve the physical appearance of cellulite through a variety of topical skin treatments. Through the use of massage and exfoliating, blood is stimulated throughout the area. One great topical treatment for treating cellulite is a coffee scrub. Not only does it exfoliate your skin but the caffeine in the coffee tightens it as well. (This is good for temporary reduction, but not a longterm treatment.)
To create your own coffee scrub mix together ¼ cup of ground coffee, 3 tablespoons of sugar (brown or white), and 2 to 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Mix these ingredients until it creates a thick consistency. Store your coffee scrub in a glass jar. Massage the mixture into your skin 2 to 3 times a week. After massaging it into the skin, wash off the scrub in the shower.