Cellulite occurs when the skin has underlying fat deposits that push against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker or dimple, especially around the buttocks and thighs. Carrying around extra pounds will most certainly exacerbate cellulite, but it's not always a matter of weight. In fact, supermodels have it too! And while cellulite is tied to so many factors, including genetics, there are ways to minimize its appearance. Here are three tried-and-true tips for how to get rid of cellulite.
Cellulite is linked to poor diet, a slow metabolism, a lack of physical activity, hormonal changes, dehydration, total body fat, and the thickness and color of your skin. If you are overweight or obese, losing weight will lessen the appearance of cellulite, but if you are not overweight, subtle lifestyle choices will make the difference.
How to Get Rid of Cellulite Naturally
1. Hydrate and Flush
Imagine skin that is dehydrated - it's rough and dry and looks overall lifeless. This doesn't help your cellulite woes! Drink lots of water to flush out toxins from your body, especially those stored in fat.
2. Nix the Refined Salt and Eat Alkaline Foods
Refined salt is acidic and leaches minerals from the body. It also dehydrates you! Opt for a mineral-rich sea salt and use it less. You will lose a taste for salt if you keep it to a minimum and your buns will thank you!
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Meanwhile, stick to a diet of high-alkaline foods in order to keep acidic levels in the body at bay. Alkaline foods tend to be high-water containing and will keep your body hydrated.
3. Massage and Skin Brush
Your lymphatic system is just under the surface of your skin and it is responsible for shepherding toxins that build up in your blood out of your body. Its function is essential to immunity and keeping your body toxin free and in good circulation. Stimulate your lymphatic system with a dry bristle skin brush or massage. Take a dry bristle skin brush and, standing naked and dry in the shower, begin with your legs and move upwards in small, clock-wise circles in the direction or your heart. Go over your skin area twice, emphasizing cellulite-ridden areas. This improves circulation and elimination channels, so fat under the skin doesn't sit lifeless and cellulite doesn't go unchanged. Massages that stimulate lymphatic flow are also beneficial. Repeat regularly!
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