Feeling healthy and energised is all about feeling confident in your body. Confident in how it feels, and of course in how it looks.
And cellulite is one of those things that really affects how confident many people feel about the look of their body.
And it’s strange…so many people have this belief that cellulite is not reversible and I don’t know why.
It is totally reversible. And in this guide I want to give you the eleven best practices I have found for speeding the process of smoothing away cellulite.
Eleven Ways to Get Rid of Cellulite Naturally
1. Eat Cellulite Melting Foods
Cellulite-fighting foods help to:
1) eliminate toxins: cellulite is often caused by toxins that reduce skin elasticity – antioxidants and detoxifying foods which help the body to shed toxins/acidity
2) strengthen the skin: skin elasticity and strength reduces the visible signs of cellulite
3) remove excess fluids: fluid build up contributes to cellulite formation)
4) repair and boost liver function: when the liver is overworked or unhealthy, it cannot properly deal with the female estrogen and other toxins that are understood to increase the production of cellulite.
By incorporating foods known for their capacity to do all of these things, you’re going to both remove the cellulite and reduce the visibility of it while the removal is happening!
A great place to start is with my Smooth Away Cellulite Juice – this will incorporate these foods into your diet every day.
And I also recommend the advice from the awesome Dr Josh Axe who lists the following foods as those to try to incorporate and reduce:
Top Foods for Cellulite:
High fiber foods like vegetables, nuts, seeds, and berries – Help cleanse the colon, support metabolism and balance hormones. Berries are also beneficial because of their high antioxidant content.
Clean protein sources – High quality, organic protein like grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, pastured eggs, wild caught fish, and organic protein powder can increase metabolism and aid in cellulite reduction. Aim to consume at least 4 oz per meal.
Potassium rich foods – Flush excess fluids and waste out of cells which can reduce cellulite. Green leafy vegetables, avocados, bananas, coconut water and cultured dairy are high in potassium.
EFA’s and MCFA’s – Coconut and wild caught fish contain fatty acids that promote healthy tissue. Consume 1 tbsp daily of extra virgin coconut oil and 1 serving of wild caught fish or 1,000mg of fish oil daily.
Foods that Cause Cellulite
Sugar – Causes fluid retention, inflammation, and storage of body fat all of which can increase cellulite appearance.
Sodium Chloride (table salt) – Increases fluid retention which is a major factor in the build up of cellulite.
Refined flour and refined grain products – break down quickly into sugar and are high in calories that can be stored as fat.
Food Allergens – Foods like gluten, A1 casein, shellfish, and peanuts can cause inflammation and decrease circulation.
Trans and hydrogenated fats – Promote inflammation and storage of body fat.
I’d agree with all of those while also adding antioxidant, alkaline-rich foods into your diet such as capsicum, pumpkin, spinach, broccoli, grapefruit, tomatoes, leeks, eggplant and so on.
You can get my Complete Acid / Alkaline Food Charthere, totally free too. This is a great place to start.
2 . Skin Brushing
Skin brushing is a wonderfully energising practice to get into the habit of. It takes almost no time, it’s enjoyable and it makes a big difference and not just to cellulite.
Dr Mercola lists seven specific benefits to this quick daily habit:
1. Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
3. Increase Circulation
4. Reduce Cellulite
5. Stress Relief
6. Improve Digestion and Kidney Function
7. It’s Invigorating
I recommend checking out his full article on it here, as he goes into a lot of depth on this and also makes a few extra diet and lifestyle tips for cellulite, energy and skin there too.
And to show you exactly how to do it, here’s a quick demonstration video from a long-term buddy of Live Energized, Joy McCarthy:
3. Balancing Your Hormones
Your hormones play a large role in cellulite formation. Hormones are manufactured in our fatty tissues.
While large amounts of upper body fat produces more male hormones, which can increase insulin resistance and the risk of type 2 diabetes and cause androgenisation (excess facial and body hair, acne and menstrual irregularity), lower body fat produces female hormones, which if excessive can cause cellulite in the stomach, thighs and buttocks.
Hormones are manufactured in our glands – such as the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, testicles and ovaries, and we need these hormones to be balanced if we want to achieve radiant health, and most certainly if we want to get rid of cellulite.
WellnessMama.com has nine excellent suggestions on how to balance your hormones naturally.
This will help with cellulite massively, but will also have so many other benefits too – it’s well worth checking out.
4. Take a Detox Bath
As mentioned above, cellulite is quickened by an accumulation of toxins. This is why juicing, having antioxidant, alkaline-rich foods, foods that encourage the body’s detoxification organs and looking after your liver – are so important.
This is also why skin brushing is great, because it aids the lymphatic system which is another of your body’s organs of detoxification.
Detox baths are another great way to help your body to eliminate the toxins that result in increased cellulite.
At FitLife.tv, they have 11 fantastic detox bath recipes for you to try, including liver detox, skin rejuvenating and hormonal balancing – all of which will help with cellulite!
I particularly like the Skin Rejuvenating Bath of:
2 cups baking soda
5 drops myrrh essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops melaleuca/tea-tree essential oil
¼ cup vitamin E oil
This is fragrant, really relaxing and leaves your skin feeling soft and refreshed.
5. Natural Moisturising & Skin Care
So we know that an accumulation of toxins increases the risk of cellulite. And we know that putting the right foods INTO our body is an important way to reduce and remove cellulite…
But something that is often overlooked is the volume of toxins we put ONTO our body.
I whole-heartedly recommend using only chemical-free, natural skincare products. This is especially important with body butter/moisturisers which are going directly onto the areas of the body where cellulite is often apparent – the stomach, thighs, buttocks and calves.
Making your own moisturizer is really very easy and here are three wonderful recipes for you to try:
7. Getting Enough Healthy Fats
Healthy fats, such as omega 3 and medium-chain triglycerides (commonly from coconut oil) are incredibly important in the fight against excess body fat and cellulite.
Similar how there are foods to eat and avoid, there are also fats to eat and avoid.
I recommend consuming at least 1 dessert spoon of coconut oil per day and 3 tablespoons of omega 3 each day too.
BUT you also need to restrict the consumption of omega 6 and 9, trans fats, partially hydrogenated fats, vegetable oils such as corn, canola, sunflower etc. refined oils and heated oils.
Here is my important guide to saturated fats that I recommend you read:
And here are a selection of fat/oil supplements I love:
Udo’s Choice Omega Oil Blend / at Energise
8. Quick & Easy Workouts
Exercise is very important in the fight against cellulite. BUT you don’t have to spend hours at the gym or on the treadmill to get results. Short, high intensity bursts are extremely effective, lots of fun and take a heck of a lot less time.
According to Jeremy DuVall:
“If your goal is to burn fat, interval training should be part of your workout program. Interval training is a great way to hammer out a quick workout, and it’s extremely effective for transforming your physique.”
I love these three high-intensity workouts from MindBodyGreen (by Krista Stryka)
And also for those with a gym membership or some basic kit at home, Men’s Fitness have this Supercharged Fat Loss Circuit too
9. Coffee Scrubs
Coffee scrubs can be beneficial in reducing cellulite as well. The massage and exfoliation benefits skin by stimulating blood flow and lymph flow while the caffeine in the coffee has a tightening effect on the skin. It smells rather delicious too!
Not a regular source of my health information(!), Elle Magazine has a really great recipe for a home made, chemical-free Coffee Scrub here.
It’s definitely worth checking out. It’s fun to make and nice to use.
10. Reduce Inflammation
According to Natasha Turner MD, author of “The Hormone Diet”, many of her patience who were being treated by her (naturally) for inflammation, also saw a decrease in cellulite as the inflammation was brought under control.
“I had a patient who found an interesting side effect from the methods used to reduce inflammation after shoulder surgery: her cellulite diminished thanks to a high dose EPA 6:1 fish oil, Wobenzym, and arnica. An overall increase in inflammation can contribute to poor circulation and reduced lymphatic drainage making the appearance of cellulite much worse. The enlargement of fat cell chambers and shortening of fibrous tissue in the thighs is almost always accompanied by inflammation, water retention and swelling.
Bottom line: In addition to an anti-inflammatory diet, a daily dose of omega-3 oils reduce both inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity. They also aid fat loss, especially when combined with exercise.”
As I’ve explained before in my guides, I believe almost all degenerative conditions in the body are a result of a combination of acidity, inflammation and oxidation. So eating a diet that is alkaline, anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants is only going to be a good thing!
Here are some of my guides on this:
11. Super Hydration
Finally, and I’ve saved one of the best til last, to get rid of cellulite you HAVE to properly hydrate.
According to Casey McClusky of Vimergy.com:
“You need to drink enough pure, clean water and organic hydration from fresh fruits and vegetables to keep toxins flushing through you. Water is essential to life and it is also essential to reducing and preventing further cellulite.
Just think about the effects/look of dehydration: shrivelled, lumpy, aged. This doesn’t make a cellulite free body with smooth, supple skin.
Drink pure water every day as the first thing you consume. If you don’t like your water straight up, some lemon juice or lemon slices.
Herbal tea is also great but avoid coffee and tea as much as possible and if you do choose to include them drink extra water and fresh vegetable juice to help counter their dehydrating effects and acidity.”
Many women who experience cellulite do not get sufficient hydration. Poor hydration can prevent the body from effectively ridding itself of excess fat and other waste; in turn, this results in the body’s storage of fatty deposits beneath the skin.
How Much Water Should I Drink
The easy answer is 3-4 litres per day. I know this sounds a lot, but it isn’t really. And I also know that you might be thinking, that is too much for me, I’m only little, so the official calculator is:
1 litre of water per 40lbs (18k or 2.85stone) of body weight
For example, 12st = 4.2 litres per day
This, I have found, accurately works out to between 3-4 litres for most people each day. And if you stick to this, every day, I promise you there will be a massive increase in your health, energy, mental clarity and vitality.
But not any old water will do…which brings me onto:
What Should I Drink?
This guide will take you through every method of making pure, clean alkaline water – the pro’s and con’s and costs and ease of each so you can make an informed decision for yourself and your family.
This Is All Very Easy to Do!
When you break it down, getting rid of cellulite is really as simple as focusing on a few key areas:
- Getting toxins out of the body
- Not putting more toxins in or onto the body
- Reducing inflammation
That’s really it! Eat well, exercise well, get alkaline, reduce inflammation, juice, skin brush, drink lots of pure water and look after yourself!
If you have any tips or recipes, please do share them in the comments below!