Unfortunately, medical science has yet to create a singular pill that will combat the unpleasant effects of cellulite on our bodies. However, understanding the makeup of cellulite and learning how different natural substances affect that makeup will arm you with the information you need to deal with the root of the damage naturally.
Technically, cellulite is the disturbance of the subcutaneous tissue (layer of fat beneath the skin), because of the weakening of the of the cell chambers or the connective tissues. Such deterioration of the chambers leads to the enlargement and subsequent movement of the fat cells into the area between the skin and the subcutaneous tissue, the giving away of the weakened walls of the fat cell chambers due to the excessive enlargement, the leakage of fluid, and the restricted blood flow or circulation as the area becomes more and more congested and misshapen. All of these contribute to produce the effect of unsightly fat ripples on your skin.
Since it is primarily the weakening of the fat cell chambers due to the lack of circulation that cellulite stems from, it stands to reason then that in order to reduce the appearance of cellulite we must strive towards regaining the strength of the weakened connective tissues and getting them back into shape. We do this first by improving the circulation of blood to the affected areas through the proper diet and regular exercise. By doing so, we convert this previously immovable fat into fat that can be taken away and used for energy. To do this, it is key to jump start your metabolism. Here are several nutrients and herbs that can help achieve this purpose:
It acts as a blood vessel relaxer, and as such, it helps keep the arteries open wide for smooth blood flow. It also helps improve the transport of oxygen and brings sufficient nourishment to the skin tissues.
This peculiar sounding herb contains Aescin, which is useful in decreasing the number and the size of small pores on the capillary walls. As such, it helps reduce inflammation and buildup, resulting in better blood circulation for your body.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed provides dual-action for your body, since it supports the connective tissue by reinforcing the cross-linking structure of collagen and helps maintain the elasticity of the blood vessels for a healthy circulation.
Since kelp is high in Iodine, it is instrumental in boosting the metabolism, since iodine is used to stimulate the thyroid gland, which is THE gland responsible for increasing the metabolic rate.
The herb Gotu Kola is ideal in treating cellulite because it strengthens the connective tissues by stimulating the body’s production of the ground substance that keeps collagen fibers locked in place. It enhances the structure of the connective tissue surrounding the fat chambers and because of this it helps stimulate the circulation of blood.
Evening Primrose and Fish Oils
Both of these are known as essential fatty acids. They support the cellular membrane structure and increase the metabolic rate. They also work to detoxify the body and bring nourishment to the skin, for a more supple and smooth effect.
Of course, as with everything, no one herb will do the trick. Intake of these herbs must be constantly supplemented with the proper diet (low-fat, high fiber) and exercise. Regular massage of the affected area can also help.