March 5, 2004
Getting Rid of Cellulite
Excerpted from The Lark Letter
October 2003, Vol. 10 No. 10
Like anything in medicine,
prevention is the best medicine. And cellulite is no exception.
Slender women and female athletes have far less cellulite than their
heavier and less active counterparts.
If you already have some cellulite, I would recommend working to
reduce the size of the fat cells, improve circulation in the affected
areas, and increase the integrity of your connective tissues. I
have found that exercise, diet, massage, and certain nutrients can
go a long way in helping you get rid of cellulite.
Diet and Exercise
If you need to lose 20 or more pounds, be sure to do so slowly and
gradually. Rapid weight loss can make the appearance of cellulite
To accomplish this goal, I recommend eating a diet that is high
in complex carbohydrates and lean protein, and low in saturated
fat. You’ll also want to reduce your intake of fluid retainers such
as salt and caffeine, and increase the amount of water you drink.
This will help to flush fats and toxins from your system.
If you are not already exercising regularly, you should include
30 minutes of aerobic activity at least 5 days a week. I personally
walk nearly every day, often with a weighted vest, and have found
that consistent, regular exercise is one of the best ways to keep
cellulite to a minimum.
Studies have shown that massage and/or dry brushing helps to remove
toxins and improve circulation in the affected area. One of the
best remedies I’ve seen for using massage to treat cellulite involves
coffee grounds and plastic wrap. And since you are reducing your
caffeine intakeyou should have plenty of extra grounds on
hand! The grounds not only work themselves into the dimples and
pockets commonly associated with cellulite, but the caffeine helps
to tighten your skin and tissues by constricting your superficial
First, warm about 1/2 cup of coffee grounds. You can do this by
heating them up in a microwave or running them through your automatic
drip coffee maker. Next, massage the warm coffee grounds into the
affected area, then secure with plastic wrap. After 1015 minutes,
simply rinse the grounds off.
There are three nutrients that are particularly effective for reducing
the appearance of cellulite by working to increase the integrity
of your connective tissues by strengthening the collagen fibers
in the subcutaneous layer. They are gotu kola, glucosamine sulfate,
and grape seed extract.
One study from as far back as 1975 found that 58 percent of patients
who took gotu kola every day for three months reported very good
results in their cellulite reduction, while another 20 percent said
they were satisfied with their results. If you are interested
in using gotu kola, I recommend taking 500-1,000 mg twice a day
in capsule form.
Glucosamine sulfate and grape seed extract also work to strengthen
the collagen fibers. Grape seed extract offers the added benefit
of improving circulation. I recommend taking 1,0001,500
mg of glucosamine sulfate a day, in two to three divided doses,
as well as 50 mg of grape seed extract twice a day. Gotu kola,
glucosamine, and grape seed extract are available in most health
food stores and Whole Foods Markets.
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