The longer we seem to be sheltering in place, the more things we are seemingly able to find wrong with ourselves. The longer we are sheltering in place, the more hours we are sitting and the less hours we are getting good circulation in our bodies. Not only does being sedentary cause depression, migraines, cardiovascular disease, and anxiety ....it also plays a huge role in the appearance of our skin.
The appearance of our skin is far more than skin deep (no pun intended). A lack in circulation causes a lack in production of elastin in our skin. Elastin is a protein that causes our skin to return to its normal texture & shape after being pinched, pressured, and the likes. We lose elastin as we age, and we also lose the effectiveness of elastin when we have poorer circulation (may I introduce you to cellulite on the backs of your legs). Not only is elastin part of the dermis, but it also is a key protein in the makeup of the arterial walls of the heart & other organ systems within the body.
Poor circulation reduces the body's natural gift of delivering nutrients to skin cells. This causes the skin to look less firm, appear to have lumps and bumps, and thus the unwanted terror: cellulite. Cellulite is caused by a lack in circulation as circulation (the movement of blood and oxygen) plays a crucial part in detoxing the body (your skin is one of your largest organs) & in transporting nutrients to the cells of the skin.
As we find ourselves sitting more and more at our desks, in front of the TV, and scrolling our phones we are quickly lowering our circulation & thus lowering our body's ability to deliver nutrients and to remove toxins. Exercise & proper nutrition are key factors in improving the appearance of skin & muscle tone, through exercise & proper nutrition & hydration the delivery of oxygen to the skin is optimal.
Here are some ways to help reduce the appearance of cellulite
Consume high antioxidant foods. Antioxidants are your number one defense against free radicals, which cause damage to skin cells and can contribute to cellulite formation. Free Radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons. They rob other cells of electrons, causing damage and contributing to many diseases (and cellulite). Some antioxidant foods include : berries, eggplant, grapes, mangoes, pumpkins, tomatoes, grapefruits, citrus fruits, pecans, walnuts.
Drinking green tea can help reduce the signs of cellulite. Green tea has been found to be effective for increasing energy expenditure and assisting with weight loss. It is also a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent free radical damage. Drink about three cups of green tea a day, but be sure to drink 2-4 liters of WATER per day as well.
Replace saturated fats with healthy omega-3 fats such as oily fish, flax seed and fish oils, and nuts. These help with blood circulation. Poor circulation reduces the body’s ability to deliver nutrients to skin cells, causing them to clump together, which can compound cellulite problems.
Regular exercise is vital. It burns calories to reduce fat, boosts circulation and can help disguise cellulite by increasing muscle tone under the skin. Exercise also improves lymphatic drainage, which carries toxins away from cells. If drainage is sluggish it will contribute to cellulite.
A build-up of toxins in the body can affect the dermis and contribute to cellulite formation.
Remove or limit toxins such as tobacco, alcohol, coffee and heavily processed foods containing high levels of sugar and chemical additives.
While COFFEE is actually great for your skin, the dairy & sugars that are so often put into coffees for flavor & froth ARE NOT good for you body or any of its natural processes.
Make sure you drink plenty of water. This cannot be emphasized enough! Most people do not drink enough water for their normal daily bodily processes. Most people live in an acidic & dehydrated state. An adult person should be consuming 2-4 liters of water PER DAY. That is plain water without anything added to it.
The take away here is this: cleaning your lifestyle up to a degree that improves the quality of nutrients that your cells are being fed, is the key to reducing and possibly eliminating cellulite. Cellulite can come and go; don't feel defeated if you have tried to reduce it and you haven't succeeded, or you managed to succeed and then you developed it again.
As with anything else that we wish to change about our health & our bodies, diet & lifestyle are the only ingredients... and if the current ingredients you are throwing into your body are not cooking how you'd like, it is time to step back and reevaluate you priorities, choices, wants, and desires. If you start to take care of your skin from within, you will start to take care of many other parts of your health at the same time.
The above image shows an example of loss of cellulite & inflammation. This was achieved through daily exercise (weight training & cardio), a clean diet high in protein & complex carbs, low in sugar & processed foods. 3-5 liters of water per day, no smoking, no alcohol.
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