It's the middle of summer and temperatures are rising (a little too high, but that's another discussion). We want to be out in our shorts and summer attire but sometimes that dreaded cellulite holds us back.
This time last year I discussed my number 1 external solution for cellulite. Check out the article here.
Did you know?
Cellulite is a medical condition, which then causes aesthetic problems. The appearance of the skin becomes bumpy, uneven, stretched, and even painful. Especially painful when this type of congestion leads to spider or varicose veins.
The suffix -itis is a medical term meaning inflammation. Therefore, cellulite is inflammation of your cells, specifically the adipose tissue cells. The adipose tissue, or fat cells, in question are those in the hypodermis level before the muscle. Inflammation occurs if the area has been damaged through impact, injury, repetitive strain, hormonal imbalances, surgery or even a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle. If this untreated for too long, we can see dimples begin to form, like the texture of an orange peel.
Luckily these things can be changed and so can the appearance of cellulite. As stated in my previous article and in my book, Connect: A Practical Guide to Fascia; cellulite is simply connective tissue and connective tissue is malleable! Therefore, shape able. The focus of the previous publications was on the benefits of massage therapy to help the connective tissue. Although diet and exercise were touched up upon, now we dive deeper into them, providing a complimentary solution from the inside- out!
Fight Cellulite from the Inside-Out
The 3 main ways to fight cellulite from the inside-out is through repair, rehydration and revitalizing the cells, the connective tissue and then the outermost layer, the skin.
Minor dietary changes, proper supplementation and some healthier lifestyle changes is an effective approach to healthy looking skin.
To repair cells and connective tissue make sure to include in your daily diet:
Essential fatty acids to repair cell walls; found in seeds, nuts, fish, fish-oil supplements, avocados, etc.
Amino Acids aka- protein! To repair connective tissue, make sure to have the 9 essential amino acids required to build collagen and elastin, found in lean protein sources such as chicken, tempeh, and especially eggs.
Vitamins and Minerals for rehydration and revitalization; found in leafy greens, colored vegetables, herbs, and spices.
Rehydration by drinking plenty of water, water with electrolytes, Aloe Vera extract or coconut water.
Finally, to protect and hydrate the outermost layer, which is our skin. Aloe Vera as a topical agent is also hydrating for the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties. Another powerful moisturizer you can use is hyaluronic acid, which provides high amounts of hydration to the skin cells.
Be sure to avoid inflammatory foods such as processed foods (don’t eat out of a box), fast food, desserts, sugary drinks, and alcohol. Another major factor to aid cellulite would be to avoid habits that cause inflammation such as smoking cigarettes and not getting enough sleep.
Try implementing these changes for 3 - 5 weeks for desired results.
After repairing and strengthening cell and connective tissue walls, the look of the skin becomes healthier, firm, and youthful.