Banish the Cellulite in Preparation for Summer | My Baba

Many women can empathise with the appearance of dimpled skin known as cellulite. Linked to the hormone oestrogen, cellulite only really affects areas of fatty tissue such as the buttocks, thighs and hips. The appearance of dimples is due to the presence of little fat cells located in the subcutaneous layer of the skin (below the surface).

Men may rejoice in the knowledge that cellulite remains predominant in females however, being overweight, inactive and consuming a diet high in sugar and processed foods is not going to do either sexes any favours (so we suggest all those male readers read on!).

Unfortunately, there isn’t a quick fix for banishing cellulite. But there are a few things you can do to help support your body in moderating the factors that cause cellulite to form and stay. The lymphatic system plays a critical role in the development of cellulite. When sluggish, the lymphatic fluid that should carry away waste becomes trapped and the fats and toxins aren’t removed because of the poor circulation. Healthy, well-functioning lymphatic system is key to helping the cellulite cycle.

Here are a few suggestions to keep your lymphatic system tip top:

  • Limit Exposure to Chemicals, Additives, Sugar and Salt

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When the body is overburdened, the liver struggles to keep up and the lymph has to work harder too. Preservatives, chemicals, additives, alcohol and caffeine all test your lymph system so cut back on them as much as possible.

  • Eat a Clean, Alkaline, Unprocessed Diet

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Consume alkaline forming foods – such as fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, vegetarian sources of protein such as beans, nuts and grains and avoid excess animal products. Some people might find a short 3-day juice cleanse appealing.

  • Hormonal Balance

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Hormones play a role in healthy skin; especially oestrogen which helps retain the skin’s elasticity and tone. When your hormones are out of balance, the skin can suffer. If you are concerned about hormonal imbalance, talk to Gabriela about her Balance Me supplement range.

  • Manage Your Stress

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When our bodies are stressed, blood is directed away from the skin, affecting circulation and decreasing the nutrients being delivered to our skin. Increased cortisol tells the body to store fat which contributes to cellulite. Deep breathing helps lymphatic flow – and it helps you relax. Make sure you take 5-10 minutes a day to relax.

  • Consider a High-­quality Multivitamin

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It is difficult to get the nutrients we need from the foods we eat. Farming and processing practices have reduced the nutritional values of foods. A daily multivitamin is an easy way to close the gap between what we the body needs and what we are able to take in on a daily basis.

  • Exercise Regularly

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Regular exercise helps increase muscle tone and burn fat. Both help to reduce the appearance of cellulite and eliminate toxins.

  • Skin Brushing and Moisturising

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By using a dry bristle brush, sweep your skin from toes towards your heart. The massage effect stimulates circulation and helps drain and move lymph fluid through your nodes and vessels. Nourish your skin with moisturising natural oils and creams such as coconut oil, olive oil or a luxurious organic moisturiser.

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About The Author

Gabriela Peacock
Family Nutritional Therapist

Gabriela Peacock completed BSc (Hons) in Health Science (Nutritional Therapy) from the University of Westminster and Nutritional Therapy Diploma from The College of Naturopathic Medicine, London. Gabriela is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), adheres to the strict BANT Code of Ethics and Practice. A background in fashion modeling enlightened her to the importance of a nutritious diet and its impact on maintaining a youthful body image. Through the application of Nutritional Science, Gabriela looks to identify biochemical imbalances which may prevent optimal health. Guidance is tailored to complement medical treatment and promote health through the provision of nutrient rich food choices and supplement protocols. Gabriela's approach is patient-centred and evidence-based: she recognizes that each person is an individual, with unique requirements and differing health goals. Patients can expect tailor- made support based on comprehensive health screens, dietary assessment, laboratory testing and ongoing nutritional management. Amongst other diagnostic tools, Gabriela offers wide range of tests to identify systemic imbalances. These tests include: Comprehensive Digestive Health Analysis Food Intolerances and Allergies Cardiovascular Testing Assessment of Hormonal Imbalances Nutritional Health Screening As well as addressing individual diagnosis, Gabriela has developed programme themes on the basis of concerns she has most commonly encountered in her London-based patients, and reflecting her specialist research interests. These include: Weight Management Detoxification & Liver Cleanse Immune Support Healthy Skin & Ageing

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