Cellulite is the dimpled wavy flesh that some people have on the thighs, hips, buttocks, and belly. Cellulite occurs when fat cells squish through the connective tissue under the skin. Here are five ways to reduce the effects of this unsightly condition.
1. Lose Toxic Fat
Since fat is coming through or squishing through the connective tissue a common approach is to lose body fat. Body fat loss usually has a modest effect on cellulite appearance unless you can get to under 25% body fat (for women). Some people just can lose body fat. Customized fat loss assessments and programs are available at Flourish.
Part of our successful fat loss assessment includes a test to evaluate toxin overload. Too many toxins will make it very difficult to get below the 25% body fat necessary to minimize cellulite.
2. Get regular massages.
Massage strengthens the connective tissue. Connective tissue below the skin is like any other part of the body and can get stronger with use or exercise. Daily massage challenges the connective tissue so that it will increase collagen to make it stronger. Many spa treatments for cellulite include treatments that strengthen the connective tissues. You and/or your partner can do daily massage to strengthen the connective tissue.
3. Increase Your Protein Intake
Protein is required to make collagen that strengthens your connective tissue. It’s believed that 80% of the skin covering the body is made of collagen. Most women should be consuming a minimum of 50 grams of protein each day. If you do physical labor or exercise strenuously, you will need more than just 50 grams of protein each day. Protein doesn’t have to be just meat and eggs but can include plant sources and protein powders. My favorite protein powder is Bullet Proof Collagen Protein. We have free samples of Bulletproof Collagen Powder for you to try at Flourish.
4. Take Supplements with Hydroxyapatite
Research shows hydroxyapatite strengthens connective tissue and reduces cellulite dimples. Hydroxyapatite provides calcium and phosphorous that is identical to what the human body needs. Vital Bone Cal/Mag/D3 has hydroxyapatite. Collagen types 1 and 2 are available in supplements and are exact copies of what the connective tissues need. Verisol Collagen Peptides in Collagen Replenish were found to improve the appearance of cellulite in overweight women in a 6-month study.
5. Schedule a Nutrition Physical & Natural Assessment at Flourish
If for some 1 – 4 is not enough, you may need an in-depth nutritional physical. If it’s hard for you to lose toxic fat and reduce cellulite, a Nutrition Physical will help us pinpoint the areas in your diet that could be stalling your ability to build up elasticity in the connective tissue. During the physical, we can determine what plan is best for your body. If you need a Nutrition Physical call us today to schedule your appointment.
All of the above steps support collagen production for the connective tissue. After my nutrition physical and natural assessment appointments, I often recommend:
Vital Bone Cal/Mag/D3
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information in the Feel Better blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your health program.