What Do 90% of Women Have, But Only 10% of Men?
- Posted on: Aug 14 2019
It’s still summer, so cellulite is still on the minds of many women (and some men!) With that in mind, I thought I’d write a blog post about how to holistically treat this common issue. Surveys reveal that nearly 90% of women and 10% of men have cellulite.
So what exactly is cellulite?
Put simply, cellulite is a combination of dimpling, loose skin, and swollen fat pockets that most commonly occur on the thighs and buttocks. Although genetics can contribute to the presence of cellulite, lifestyle factors can impact it as well, including what a person eats. Yes, the food you eat can affect how much cellulite you have.
SOME FOODS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO CELLULITE:
White Carbohydrates: White carbohydrates are refined grains, where basically the fiber and other nutrients are stripped away. This causes them to be digested very quickly, resulting in blood sugar spikes. Chronic spikes in blood sugar damage the collagen in our skin by creating inflammation. This can worsen cellulite.
Margarine and Butter: One study found that people who ate lots of butter and margarine had worse skin than those who ate less. This is because eating large amounts of saturated fats causes inflammation.
Potato chips, French fries: We can’t ignore what the salt in these foods does to us. Consuming large amounts of salt causes our body to retain water and the fatty pockets of cellulite to expand, worsening dimpling.
SOME FOODS THAT REDUCE CELLULITE:
Green Tea: Green tea is packed with anti-oxidants, the body’s prime mechanism in fighting cellulite-worsening inflammation. Ideally you want to consider drinking 2-3 cups of green tea every day, but be aware that it contains caffeine.
Salmon: Oily fish like salmon are chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, which act as protectors to the skin, causing it to be smooth, moisturized, and healthy. They also have general anti-inflammatory effects.
Water: Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day is the best way to flush out free radicals and other toxins that contribute to the damaged skin and bloating of cellulite.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR CELLULITE
Dry Brushing: This is a favorite among the holistic crowd, and a great way to exfoliate the skin of your body and (modestly) improve cellulite. Basically, you take a massaging brush with organic bristles and brush your skin towards your heart. So you brush from your fingers to your elbows to your shoulders. And do the same for your legs and torso. Then take a nice, warm shower. Your skin will feel softer and smoother afterwards.
Fascia Blaster: This is a popular treatment that many people swear by. Unfortunately, it hurts like hell! I think there are easier ways to improve cellulite without putting yourself through this.
Body FX: This in-office treatment combines radiofrequency heating with deep tissue massage to effectively smooth cellulite. After ten treatments the results can last upwards of six months.
EndoPharm: There is an injectable treatment for cellulite currently in the FDA approval pipeline. I’m excited about this one and will let you know when it gets approved!
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