Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Cellulite - How to Reduce Cellulite


 Dry Body Brushing - Stimulates the Lymphatic System to promote detoxification.

 Trapped Toxins

Ever wondered why dieting and exercise had  little or no effect on reducing cellulite? It is because cellulite is the result of your body protecting itself from trapped toxins. When our liver is overloaded and cannot cope with detoxifying the barrage of toxins we expose it to everyday, some of the toxins attach to our cells instead. These toxins are acidic so the body surrounds them with water in order to stop them burning or inflaming body tissue, this gives skin a lumpy, puffy look we call cellulite.

In order to remove these from our body we need to break them down. First we need to  detoxify our liver so it can work more efficiently. It’s important to eat good clean food without colours, preservatives or additives, organic if you can.   Part of detoxifying is alkalising the body and regenerating the liver this is the only way the body can rid itself of cellulite.

It is virtually impossible to remove all toxins from the body as we live in a very different world today. It is more feasible that we can reduce exposure to toxin within our control such as food, personal hygiene products and reduce our use of plastic that is not BPA free.

Another key factor to reducing cellulite is filtered water, drink, drink, drink!!! The ratio is 30ml per kilo or 2.2lb of body weight daily.

Also there has been research showing that Milk Thistle seed extract (Silymarin) is effective in supporting/regenerating your liver which in turn should help with the reduction of cellulite.

Dry Body Brushing

There are a few theories on how you develop cellulite. It is my belief that a combination of, poor circulation, body acidity and toxic build up that contribute to forming cellulite.

What can we do to release the toxins and reduce the appearance of cellulite?
Dry body brushing......

Dry skin brushing technique is used to aid in the skin's ability to release and remove toxins from your body.
Dry body brushing has been around for thousands of years. The Japanese and American Indians have been practicing dry brushing for centuries.
Understanding the functions of the skin helps when looking at the benefits of dry body brushing.
The skin is the body’s largest organ.
The outer or top layer of skin is called the epidermis it contains several layers. The epidermis cells are constantly dying off and renewing.
The second layer of skin, the dermis contains the following important structures.
  • Blood and Lymph vessels
  • Sweat and Sebaceous Oil Glands
  • Nerves
  • Collagen Fibres
  • Hair Follicles
The second layer of the skin is the most important when looking at the benefits of the dry brushing. If we focus on the blood vessels, our circulatory system which also carries the nutrients to feed our cells also the lymphatic vessels that filter waste and sweat glands that help in the removal of toxins and waste from the body. These structures are the most stimulated by dry brushing, creating better circulation, exfoliation and detoxification.
What is Dry Brushing Technique?
To brush the skin vigorously with a loofah to both clean the skin and promote healthy circulation.
What are the Benefits of Dry Brushing?
  • Exfoliate dead skin cells
  • Aids in stimulating circulation
  • Assists the lymphatic system in removing toxins from the body
  • Promotes healthy, glowing skin
  • Increase energy
  • Reduce Cellulite
  • Dry brushing the skin brings the oil to the surface, reducing dry skin and increasing the skin's softness and elasticity
  • Our bodies are constantly sweating, and the skin eliminates between 500mls- 800mls of waste through perspiration each day. Clearing away dead skin improves our ability to sweat out toxins more easily.

How to Dry Brush your Skin using the body brush technique?

  1. Stand or sit on a towel or in the shower/bath so any dead skin cells can be easily cleaned up.
  2. Use a natural bristle body brush
  3. Your skin needs to be completely dry so do this before showering or bathing.
  4. Always brush inward and towards the heart as this follows the normal flow of the blood and lymph (Above your heart brush downward and below the heart brush upwards)
  5. Use a quick swiping (long) motion, like brushing your hair, to stimulate and remove dead cells, not too hard. It should create a warm tingly sensation and not feel painful or irritate. You can use circular motions as longs as you are moving up or down towards the heart.  Remember harder is not better be gentle to start.
  6. Never brush broken skin, cuts, abrasions, sores or rashes. Avoid brushing those areas.
  7. If your skin is sensitive use a dry face cloth to start this will get your body use to the action of brushing and simulate and exfoliate more gently. You can progress to a brush in time.
  8. It should take between 3 to 5 minutes for the whole body
  9. Start with the soles of your feet then move to the top of your feet.
  10. Moving from the feet to your legs brushing up towards the heart
  11. Move to your hands starting at the fingertips and moving up the arms brushing towards the heart.
  12. Move to your stomach -remember to brush clockwise up from the right across transversely and down on the left across transversely and up as this is the direction of the colon same on the back.
  13. Move to rib and upper back brushing either up or down towards the heart
  14. Chest stoking either up or down toward the heart.
  15. Finally neck front and back brushing down towards the heart.
  16. Now you are finished step into a shower or bath
  17. Clean and dry your body brush

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