There are a few natural therapies that can be effective in preventing and treating cellulite, as long as they are carefully and consistently implemented. Let’s take a deeper look…
What causes cellulite?
Cellulite appears when the subcutaneous tissue, found directly below the skin, fills up with water, fat and different toxins. These elements build up for different reasons, which could either be genetic or hormonal, or linked to a lack of exercise, poor diet, stress-related issues or poor circulation, among others.
Types of cellulite
This type of cellulite can appear at any age; it is usually present in people who are overweight or have very bad eating habits.
This kind of cellulite appears in young people between approximately sixteen and twenty years old. It tends to be concentrated in the legs, buttocks, arms, shoulders and back. This type of cellulite also tends to be painful.
This particular kind of cellulite usually appears in athletes and dancers whose muscle tissue is very firm and toned. Additionally, it usually comes with stretch marks. You can see this kind of cellulite by pressing down on the skin. It is the result of poor eating habits and limited oxygen.
This type of cellulite is very common in sedentary people who don’t do any type of physical activity, or in people who tend to gain and lose weight very frequently. You can see this type of cellulite without touching the skin; when the person moves, the cellulite also visibly moves.
People of any age can be affected by this form of cellulite, although it tends to be more common in adolescents. Older women can also experience it as their legs become fatter. At a glance, it makes your skin look like an orange peel.
What should you avoid to prevent cellulite?
Any type of flour
Fruits: pineapples, watermelons, oranges and pears. Eat them daily.
Vegetables and leafy greens
Lots of water and low salt
Foods rich in omega-3
Treating cellulite with herbs
There are many medicinal plants that can be very effective when it comes to avoiding cellulite. These herbs have properties that help get rid of the cellulite that has already developed in your body.
The scientific name of this plant is hedera helix, and it can be used to drain your lymphatic and vascular systems. One component in this herb is a chemical called hederagenin, which improves circulation in your blood vessels.
The process for using the plant as a natural treatment is quite simple. First, mix one tablespoon of dried ivy leaves with one cup of olive oil. Let this mixture macerate for at least twelve hours, at which point you can apply it to any part of your body that has cellulite.
This plant has anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it has flavonoids, which makes it a very useful treatment for this condition.
Given its anti-inflammatory properties, we also recommend using centella to treat cellulitis.
This plant acts as a strong diuretic. Also, it has elements such as inulin and potassium, which are very effective in terms of avoiding water retention and thus aiding in cleansing your system of toxins. This plant is used to prepare a tea; mix 100 grams of dandelion leaves with a liter of water and boil the mixture for ten to fifteen minutes. Once it has cooled down, you can drink two to three cups per day.
Nettle is rich in magnesium, a mineral that is great for draining your lymphatic system. In order to reap the benefits of this plant, you should prepare a tea. Let it steep and drink just one cup per day.
This plant is a wonderful diuretic, meaning it will help you avoid water retention. In order to make a tea with this plant, follow the same steps we listed before: mix one tablespoon of horsetail leaves with one cup of boiling water and let it steep before drinking.
Try to avoid wearing very high heels during extended periods of time as well as tight clothing and, above all, laying out in the sun for a long time. In order to prevent cellulitis, you need to be properly hydrated and do physical activity on a regular basis. Even just walking for half an hour per day is enough to keep your blood circulating and thus avoid bothersome, anti-aesthetic conditions such as cellulite.