Cellulite, the bumpy, dimpled fat, that woman everywhere find on their thighs, hips and abdomens, is a very common beauty ailment. Not only does it usually affect women due to the structure of our fat cells, but it also occurs in many of us who aren’t particularly overweight. Why? You may ask? What causes this and how do I get rid of it?
Well, when you look to modern medicine, it says its “genetic” and “untreatable”, but when we examine things holistically, three factors come into play for cellulite: poor digestion, lack of circulation and water-retention.
Poor Digestion: According to Ayurveda, cellulite is caused by undigested waste and toxins called ama in our fat tissue. So, an important thing to do is improve our digestion. This involves increasing our “agni” – which refers to out digestive fire. Herbs like ginger and trikatu (bend of peppers) help when taking them before meals. Also, making sure we don’t over-eat is key so we do not work over our digestive system, as well as we should eat at regular times so our bodies know when to be ready to process food and nutrients.
Lack of Circulation: A lack of circulation is another factor in cellulite. When our blood does not transport waste away and does not break up stagnation, the accumulation of honey-comb structured fat occurs. It is no surprise we acquire cellulite in the body parts in which circulation is low. Massage is one way to treat this, and you will see that many cellulite treatments on the market are simply machines or devices which massage and mobilize our fat tissue. To support this, I would recommend we use a body product that also increases circulation. Body oils containing mustard seed oil is excellent as it is heating and promotes blood flow. Other ingredients such as ginger root and caffeine also stimulate circulation. Caffeine is a very popular additive in commercial cellulite products, though for anyone like myself who are sensitive to caffeine, they can keep you up at night (this has actually happened to me before). Pure + Simple used to have a Ginger Root Anti-Cellulite Gel, which avoided this from happening, but now I use the Kapha Body Oil as it contains mustard seed oil – you can feel it warming!
Water-Retention: And lastly water-retention. Cellulite laden fat is full of boated fat cells contributing to its appearance – and two things contribute to water retention: poor circulation (above) and dehydration. When our bodies are dehydrated it holds onto water for fear of further dehydration. So, drinking ample water is important as well as is nourishing the skin and body topically. Products with algae are excellent because they increase our skin tissue’s hydration, as is oiling our bodies each day. The moisture plus the act of applying these products with massage (which encourages blood flow) help combat cellulite.