Cellulite

What is Cellulite? 

Cellulite describes dimpling of skin, caused by the protrusion of subcutaneous fat into the dermis. It is caused by a loss of flexibility of the connective tissue and muscle surrounding the fat tissue. It is believed 85% and 98% of post-pubescent females display some degree of cellulite, predominantly around the hips, thighs and buttocks.

It is not always related to being overweight: average and underweight people also get cellulite.

What Causes & Triggers Cellulite to occur?

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Body composition (high fat percentage, low muscle mass)
  • Female, over 35
  • Hormonal changes (pregnancy, puberty, menopause)
  • Poor diet and dehydration
  • Lack of exercise

What can we do nutritionally to help Cellulite?

Low Carb/ Ketogenic or Paleo style diet works best.

Increase:

  • Essential fatty acids such as oily fish and nuts / seeds
  • Fruits & vegetables rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and bioflavonoids
  • Protein is essential for connective tissue support, and should be consumed regularly.
  • Foods that enhance peripheral circulation such as ginger, chili, garlic and onions may be useful.
  • Water

Reduce or Remove:

  • Pro-inflammatory foods including:
    • trans fats & deep fried foods
    • refined foods
    • carbohydrates (grains) / sugar
  • Caffeine
  • Smoking & Alcohol

What lifestyle changes do you recommend for Cellulite?

  • Exercise is essential to burn fat, build muscle and boost blood & lymphatic circulation
  • Daily dry body brushing can stimulate blood and lymphatic flow

Other considerations?

  • Is a detoxification program needed: Detoxing alkalizes the blood and urine, up-regulates kidney function, clears toxic metals, provides lymphatic & antioxidant support
  • Is the Liver functioning optimally: Stimulating bile flow and liver detoxification speeds the clearance of toxins stored in the tissues. Toxins stored in peripheral fat strongly contribute to the appearance of cellulite.
  • Is hypothyroidism a concern: Lower basal metabolic rate is strongly associated with cellulite formation? Stimulating thyroid function increases metabolic functions needed for reduction of cellulite.
  • Is there sluggish lymphatic flow: Stimulate lymphatic flow to clear cellulite.