The word “cellulite” sounds like some type of medical condition; however, it is nothing but an invented “disease.” Before this term was first used in “Vogue” magazine in 1968, it was simply known as fat, and was considered normal.
Although cellulite is not harmful to your health, it is almost every woman’s dream to have a smooth, dimple-free skin, especially as we’re approaching the beach season.
The good news is that it’s possible to significantly reduce cellulite, if not get rid of it completely. It doesn’t require any expensive procedures, complex exercise programs or skin care products. In fact, some procedures might damage your collagen fibers in the skin, most anti-cellulite creams are filled with harmful chemicals, and many of the exercise programs are ineffective, as the muscle is buried under the layer of fat.
When it comes to reducing the sneaky cellulite, there’s no magic pill or potion. It all comes down to:
- losing overall body fat,
- relieving water retention, which makes the dimples more pronounced,
- stimulating blood and lymph circulation,
- getting rid of the toxins stored in the fat tissue, and
- making your skin tighter by stimulating collagen – a protein that gives skin its structure – production.
So here are the tried and tested all-natural ways to have smooth thighs for the summer:
1. Hydrate Your Cells
One of the reasons why cellulite becomes apparent is water retention, and women often tend to store fluid around the hip and thigh area. Ironically, this happens when we get dehydrated.
In order to relieve the condition, you need to keep your tissues and lymphatic system well hydrated. But drinking tap or bottled water is not always enough, as it lacks the electrolytes that are essential for proper cell hydration. In order to add electrolytes and make water more accessible to your cells, squeeze some lime or lemon juice to your water. It will not only taste better but will also support your digestive system and help with weight loss.
Eating lots of raw fruit and vegetables is also an excellent way to stay hydrated, since they’re over 90% water. Also don’t forget coconut water as it’s naturally rich in electrolytes.
2. Increase Intake of Leafy Greens
Leafy greens and other green vegetables are full of alkaline minerals which help maintain a healthy pH (acid-alkaline) balance and detoxify your body. A healthy pH balance is vital if you want to get rid of acidic waste and water retention in your tissues, which, in turn, keeps the signs of cellulite at bay.
Antioxidants, bioflavonoids and other nutrients found in green veggies also help regenerate the cells and support the health of your skin. Tighter skin means less cellulite! As an added bonus, you’ll have more energy and your face will get a natural glow.
In order to get your daily intake of greens, make yourself a green juice, green smoothie or a salad. Aim for at least 4-5 cups of leafy greens a day.
3. Reduce Processed Foods and Salt Consumption
Salt, preservatives, and chemicals present in processed food makes us retain water, making dimples and lumps even more visible.
On top of that, these foods are usually high in calories, refined sugar and low quality oils, which makes you gain weight. Since cellulite is fat, excess pounds can contribute to it.
Cleaning up your diet and eating lots of whole plant-based foods will not only minimize the look of dimpling on your thighs, but will also strengthen your immune system, increase energy, and prevent diseases.
4. Sweat It Out
Sweating helps get rid of the toxins that are trapped in the fatty tissue and relieves fluid retention.
Cardio exercise, hot yoga, and sauna are great ways to break a sweat. Exercise also burns calories which reduces body fat and the appearance of cellulite.
5. Pump the Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials. It plays a crucial role in getting rid of cellulite.
Unlike the blood circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have an organ (like the heart) that would pump the lymph. Therefore you need to move your body to pump it! Running, jumping, dancing and rebounding are great ways to do it.
6. Get a Massage
Massage helps stimulate the lymphatic system, removes the build-up of toxins from the cells, and improves blood circulation.
Try dry brushing, cupping, deep tissue, or lymphatic drainage massage.
If you can’t afford salon treatments and massages, you can do a self-massage! Once you learn the technique, it’s as effective as you would get from a professional.
7. Load on Vitamin C and Antioxidants
Antioxidants protect the cells, and vitamin C is essential for collagen production, which makes your skin look smoother, tighter, and softer.
Oranges, grapefruits, lemon, lime, kiwi fruit, cabbage, bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, and mangoes are great sources of vitamin C, while all berries, plums, dark chocolate, kidney beans, grapes, sweet potatoes, and artichokes are packed with antioxidants.
These tips are easy to implement, do not require huge investment, and are incredibly effective. Stay hydrated, clean up your diet, move your body and get regular massages, and you’ll be ready for the bikini season in no time.
Now if you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments down below! I’d love to help you out!