7 Tips to Reduce Cellulite

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 Cellulite. You have it. I have it. It’s one of life’s little pleasures.

Not.

Unfortunately, women are more prone to it than men (lucky us!).

First, I don’t want you to beat yourself up if you have cellulite. Most women have it and I certainly don’t want you to feel embarrassed or ashamed of it, like I did for years.

That said, there are some things you can do to improve the appearance of your legs that are safe, and even fun.

But before I get into my tips, let’s talk about what causes those pesky dimples.

Generally, cellulite forms where fat is stored: mostly the butt and thigh area.

It’s been said that cellulite comes from the inability for your body to detox properly. Additionally, it can be caused by tight fascia (the body’s connective tissue), which forms a grid below the skin. When fat pushes through the fascia, you see dimples, or cellulite. So you not only want to support your body in removing toxins, but also loosen and smooth out the fascia for smoother looking skin.

Now, you might be thinking: “I eat super healthy and I’m thin–why do I have cellulite?” Look, sometimes, no matter how healthy you eat or how often you exercise, you can still be prone to cellulite.

Your body may not be detoxing properly and there are several reasons for this. One being, you are positive for the MTHFR gene mutation (like myself). Read more about that HERE and HERE. Another reason may be that you’re eating  foods that cause inflammation and create a sluggish liver (which makes it more difficult for your body to release toxins). Some foods that cause inflammation are sugar, gluten, dairy, processed foods and anything with hydrogenated oils. So take a look in your fridge and pantry and be mindful of what you eat on a daily basis.

But if you need more help, I have the perfect 10-day program to guide you in quitting sugar, gluten and dairy–with tons of delicious recipes, meal and snack ideas. Grab it HERE before the summer starts!

Of course, there are a zillion creams and lotions on the market that promise cellulite reduction. Personally, I haven’t tried any. But over the years, I’ve found a few tips and tricks to reduce it’s appearance. Here they are:

1) Dry brush your skin to stimulate blood flow. Starting from your feet, work your way up to your heart, using upward strokes. Use the brush lightly at first, especially if you have sensitive skin. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll love how soft your skin feels.

2) Self massage with a mixture of coconut oil and grapefruit essential oil. In an upward motion, take some coconut oil, add a few drops of grapefruit essential oil and rub between your hands to warm. Firmly massage your skin after you’ve dry brushed. You can also ingest coconut oil via cooking and baking. I like to add 1 tsp of virgin coconut oil (has a nice coconut flavor) to my morning mug of decaf coffee or tea.

3) Soak in an Epsom salt bath. Epsom salt contains magnesium–which is great for stress relief, moving toxins out of your body, alleviate sore muscles and to reduce swelling. I recommend two times per week.

4) Eat foods that promote detox. Leafy greens, cruciferous veggies (kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, artichokes), beets, garlic, ginger, lemons, decaf green tea, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and turmeric are some of my favorites.

5) Drink lemon water. Instead of reaching for coffee or caffeinated beverages, drink more filtered water with fresh squeezed lemon juice. If you like to throw the lemon wedge in your water, make sure you buy organic lemons to reduce pesticide exposure. You might also want to try this detox tea, which I love.

6) Move your body! One of my favorite ways to move my body is through rebounding, or jumping on a trampoline. THIS is the mini trampoline I use and love. Additionally, body toning exercises, such as Pilates, weight lifting, jump-roping and HIIT (high intensity interval training) are very beneficial. If you’re also trying to lose some fat, add cardio (power walking, swimming, hiking, jogging) a few times per week as well.

7) Add collagen to your meals. Collagen not only helps improve elasticity of skin, but it helps strengthen joints, improve muscle tone, clear up skin, improve hair and nails. It’s kind of a little miracle worker and I highly recommend the cold water soluble powder to add to smoothies, baked goods, or even coffee.
BONUS: Get a tan! No, please don’t go running to a tanning salon. Go the safer route with a self tanner, like THIS.

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-Claudia xo
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