If you are a woman, chances are you are concerned about cellulite. While there are many treatments that claim to rid your body of cellulite, most of them are time-consuming, expensive and not an option for many women; however, there are treatments you can do at home that take only minutes a day.
Brushing your body once a day using firm strokes encourages lymphatic drainage, which aids in the disappearance of cellulite (Reference 3). It stimulates blood and lymph flow, removes dead skin cells and encourages new cell growth. Skin can be wet or dry and the brush should have natural (not synthetic) bristles. Start at your feet and work your way up.
Intestinal Cleansing with Psyllium Husks
Psyllium husks are a fiber that can be added to water to help cleanse your digestive system. If you are feeling bloated (bloat can increase the appearance of cellulite), this intestinal cleansing is safe and natural. Do it for two weeks at a time, about every two to three months and follow the directions on the packet. Psyllium husks can generally be purchased at most health food stores.
Dr. Howard Murad states that “life is defined by water” and “aging and disease is defined by water loss.” Being dehydrated causes your body to retain water. When you are adequately hydrated, everything in your body functions better. Water allows your body to flush out toxins and fat.
Simply brushing your body, cleansing your intestines and drinking water won’t cure cellulite. All of these things help when accompanied by a healthy diet and exercise.
According to the book, “7 Ways to Beat Cellulite in 6 Weeks”, exercise stimulates circulation and boosts the lymph flow. Aerobic exercise and muscle-toning/building exercises are essential for reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Seaweed wraps help you eliminate excess water and give your skin a firmer appearance. Results are temporary and usually last only a couple of days, but they are great if you need to quickly improve the appearance of your skin for a special event.
Here is a recipe from “Secrets of the Spas: Pamper and Vitalize Yourself at Home” (Bardey, 1999):
8 ozs. of dried or powdered seaweed and enough water to make a paste, or approximately 3 ozs. of fresh seaweed, plastic sheet and a blanket.
Place the blanket at the bottom of the bathtub and then a plastic sheet on top. Sit on the sheet and cover yourself with the seaweed paste or the fresh seaweed, then wrap yourself in the plastic sheet and blanket. Close your eyes and relax for 20 minutes and then unwrap yourself. Remove the blanket and sheet from the bathtub. Fill the bath with warm water and relax for 10 more minutes. When finished, pat your skin gently with a towel and moisturize.
References and ResourcesBronwyn M. Hewitt. "The Ultimate Cellulite Treatment in a Book". iUniverse, Inc. 2007.
Dr. Howard Murad. "The Cellulite Solution: A Doctor's Program for Losing Lumps, Bumps, Dimples, and Stretch Marks". St. Martin's Griffin. 2005.
Mary-Ann Shearer. "Perfect Health: The Natural Way". Benbella Books; First Trade Paper Edition edition. 2007.
ResourcesHelen Foster. "7 Ways to Beat Cellulite in 6 Weeks". Hamlyn Illustrated Edition. 2006.
Catherine Bardey. "Secrets of the Spas". Black Dog & Levanthal. 1999.