Most women (a few men too) have some cellulite and the fact is only a small percentage of women are immune to it. It doesn’t matter if you are super fit, overweight or slim it’s formation has much to do with hormones and toxins in the body, and the breakdown of collagen fibres ( Vitamin C is essential for the formation of Collagen). The lymphatic system has a pretty big impact on the formation of cellulite, so it is important to do daily lymphatic drainage to increase the circulation and keep the toxins moving.
Some of the methods to decrease cellulite are lymphatic drainage, massage, cleansing- cleansing herbs for the lymphs like nettle, dry brushing (*with a natural boar bristle brush), coffee scrubs (caffeine helps reduce cellulite), myofascial release massage- you can use a rolling pin or foam roller and do it yourself, a balanced plant based CLEAN diet of whole foods, vitamins and essential minerals like silica which strengthens connective tissue, hair, bones, skin, alkaline water, slow training, sauna, yoga, power walking, rebounding, juice fasting, hormone balance and reprogramming the cells – yes that’s right, you can communicate with your cells and tell them to regenerate. 🙂 I’ve been doing this for years and people are always blown away when I share my chronological age- of course lifestyle plays a major roll in my youth-ing/anti ageing- but my belief that ageing is not part of my reality might override everything else I do.
Recently, I decided to start dry brushing again as part of my regular self care and find it so invigorating that I have made a commitment to stick with it daily…if nothing else but for the feeling. It really gets the circulation going in the morning and added benefits are new born baby skin, and of course lymphatic drainage. The other new addition to my protocol is rolling pin and foam roller. I just love the fact that I can use a rolling pin to get deep into the tissues releasing trigger points and tight muscles. It is exceptional for post training to release the lactic acid build up, creating better circulation and less soreness and its easy, free (a wooden rolling pin costs about $10 in Canada) and enjoyable. Its also great for my neck where I have trigger points and for getting into the piriformis, a deep muscle in the butt that can cause all kinds of imbalance- irritating the sciatic nerve, weakening the lower back to the hamstring if it is too tight. It’s brilliant! Massage is expensive and with this you can do it everyday keeping your muscles and body in top shape, preventing injury and the formation of cellulite or breaking down existing cellulite.
My experience with cellulite. I’ve never had much because I grew up an athlete and have always maintained my fitness, never sat at a desk job or been sedentary…but it is definitely something that can happen if I don’t take excellent care of my body. There was a span of about 4 years where I had the luxury of daily deep tissue massage as part of my post training and I can say that I had no cellulite on my legs…just lean mean muscle ( the other time I noticed zero cellulite was during my 40 day Juice Fast in 2010). This past year I noticed a little forming and couldn’t understand why this was happening seeing my diet is so clean and I am active. My activity level is a bit less than it once was- training 6 days a week 2-4 hours a day! These days I am training about 4-6 days per week with maybe 3 of those days being intense training. What changed that could be contributing to cellulite was 1) my daily sunrise 60 min power walking/interval training (cardio, in specific, walking or running is important for cellulite because it stimulates lymphs to drain) and 2) daily massage. Why is this relevant? Because the daily massage played a major role in lymphatic drainage, breaking down of any fat deposits under the skin and increasing circulation to the skin. This is where self massage with the rolling pin and/or foam roller and dry brushing comes to the rescue! I have read other peoples experience with reducing cellulite with these methods along with healthy living. Regardless of cellulite the rolling pin is Golden for athletes or anyone who trains a lot.
The reduction of or prevention of cellulite is a combination of many factors from activity level (Cardio and muscle building), clean diet, saunas or hot yoga, cleansing/juice fasting, balancing the hormones, dry brushing and excellent self care. Treat your body like the temple it is…. you only have one and it needs to take you through this journey effortlessly!
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