MILLIONS of women in Britain and America have the pitting, bulging and deformation of the skin known as cellulite, which isn’t just a problem that is associated with weight. It is thought that cellulite is caused by poor circulation and poor lymphatic drainage allowing toxins to build up in the surface layers of the skin.
This leads to a breakdown of the dermis, the layer under the surface of the skin, and swelling of the fat cells underneath which then push their way to the surface. The fat cells directly under- neath the top layer of skin give the “orange peel” look of cellulite. Due to the structural differences in the skin and fat cells of men and women, women are nine times more likely to have cellulite, although many athletic women have little or no cellulite.
Exercise, gentle massage, healthy diet and supplements can all play a part in reducing cellulite. You should try and eat more lean proteins such as organic poultry or fish and lots of organic fruits and vegetables. Good cellulite- fighting foods include: kelp, fennel, rosemary, ginger, garlic, whole grains and raw fruits and vegetables including apples, oranges and pomegranates.
Supplements that may also be supportive are:
Essential fatty acids
Omega 3 as these will help balance cholesterol levels and promote good circulation.
Gotu Kola Centella asiatica extracts may also be useful as studies have demonstrated impressive results in several studies on the treatment of cellulite. This herb is thought to enhance connective tissue integrity, improve lymphatic drainage and improve lower leg circulation.
L- Carnitine may also be useful. This important amino is vital in fat metabolism, speeding up fat breakdown and helping the body to remove toxic ketone bodies, left over from fat metabolism.
Horse Chesnut The anti-infl ammatory and anti-swelling properties of Horse Chesnut, make this herb a useful ajunct in the treatment of cellulite.