What Is The Best Treatment For Cellulite?

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What Is The Best Home Treatment Plan For Cellulite?

Nearly 95 percent of women suffer from cellulite - that is, the appearance of orange-peel skin on their thighs, buttocks and/or tummy. While your cellulite is not likely to disappear 100 percent, by following our program for 4 to 6 weeks you should see a major improvement.

Cellulite Home Treatment Plan

YOUR DIET

Foods And Habits To Avoid

1. Exclude fatty sugary foods like candy, chocolates and cakes because they clog up your lymphatic system and lead to more cellulite.
2. Avoid foods high in salt such as pre-made entrees, tinned foods and takeouts. Salt causes you to retain fluid which means you are storing more toxins.
3. Avoid artificial additives including pesticides (wash all fruit and vegetables carefully), colorings and artificial sweeteners.
4. Reduce alcohol as much as possible or opt for organic wine.
5. Never yo-yo diet, it encourages your body to lose weight above your waist and store it below. It also makes the appearance of cellulite worse.
6. Investigate any food allergies or food intolerances you may have.

Foods To Eat

1. Feast on high-fiber fruit and vegetables. These are fibrous and aid faster elimination of toxins.
2. Eat plenty of complex carbohydrates (vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils and brown rice) to keep your blood sugar balanced.
3. Choose fresh, nutritious, preferably organic food; processed foods have lost many nutrients.
4. Eat one organic apple a day. The pectin in the apple helps to eliminate toxins.
5. Eat little and often; never skip meals - it forces your body to store fat.
6. Drink at least 2 liters (3 to 4 pints) of still, pure, room-temperature water daily to flush your system.

HERBAL REMEDIES AND SUPPLEMENTS

1. Take a vitamin C and vitamin E supplement (or a multivitamin containing both). Cellulite researcher Dr Karen Burke, from New York, recommends 1 to 6g of vitamin C daily and 400 iu of natural vitamin E in capsule form.
2. The herb gotu kola is the best researched herb for cellulite. It needs to be taken orally (500mg), 3 times a day for 2 to 3 months for best results.

OTHER TIPS

1. Moisturize your body with horse chestnut cream, gel or lotion. It helps to strengthen the connective tissue in the skin which is damaged by cellulite.
2. Brush your skin - one of the cheapest and most effective ways of budging cellulite. Ideally brush a detox body oil into your skin at the same time (rosemary, juniper, fennel or grapefruit).
3. Try stretching exercises like yoga or pilates, which stretch and tone rather than body-build; alternatively swimming is a great all-rounder or a brisk daily walk.
4. Don't take diuretics: they ultimately cause more water retention. Diet pills also cause fatigue and irritability.
5. If cellulite won't budge and you are taking prescribed hormones, investigate natural hormone alternatives.
6. Try massage - but beware of big claims; massage that is too violent may damage the lymph system and cause more problems. Experts recommend manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) massage or gentle self-massage with anti-cellulite oil.
7. Most cellulite busting products do improve skin appearance, but any reduction may be short-lived.

Professional Cellulite Solutions

IONITHERMIE
A salon treatment combining plant and mineral preparation with a gentle electric current; good for tone and texture and may be useful in combination with a basic home treatment program.
MESOTHERAPY
An expensive medical therapy where minute quantities of pharmacological drugs are injected into the cellulite deposits to boost circulation, stimulate drainage and digest hard-lump tissues around cells. Still needs to be combined with a basic home treatment program.
CELLULOLPOLYSIS
Invasive medical technique where electrodes encased in long needles are inserted into the cellulite. In a small unpublished study by a leading British cosmetic surgeon, only half of the patients said they saw any improvement.
SURGERY
No surgical intervention, including liposuction, liposculpture or ultrasonic liposuction, has been shown to remove cellulite - and may even damage circulation and the lymph system.

BEWARE!
Clinics promising miracle cellulite cures spring up like mushrooms everywhere. Regimes are expensive, clients may be asked to pay up front and results seldom seem to match promises.

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