Get Rid of Cellulite



Just about all women have it and whether it's caused by genetics, poor eating habits or lack of exercise...it's not the end of the world and there is hope! So what causes that dimply, orange-peel-looking flesh? Our lovely fat cells are to thank as they push up against our skin and the fibrous tissue that connects our skin to our muscle pulls down, we're left with that signature bumpy skin.

I remember watching a Dr. Oz episode and he compared the fat cells to marshmallows. The more fat you store or fatty foods you eat the bigger each marshmallow or fat cell gets. When you put it that way, I just may eat salads for the rest of my life! Just kidding! So in other words we want our skin to look like the picture on the left, not the right.



Here is an awesome life-changing technique I learned that will greatly reduce it's appearance and not just that but also help your body get rid of toxins. Check out this awesome body brushing how-to by author and nutritionist JJ Smith.




Some of the many benefits of body brushing include: 

●  Assist with whole body detoxification (when used daily)
●  Strengthens the Immune System/Eliminates Toxins
●  Stimulates Blood Flow/Improves Circulation
●  Stimulates Lymphatic Flow
●  Stimulates the Hormone and Oil Glands
●  Exfoliates the Skin and Encourages New Cell Growth
●  Helps to Smooth the Skin and Eliminate Cellulite
●  Helps to Tighten the Skin (even loose skin after losing weight or having a child)
●  Helps Digestion
●  Tones the Muscles
●  Decrease body odor


So what is the lymphatic system and what does it do?




Can I Use Any Brush?

NO! As JJ Mentioned no hairbrushes!!! You can use a brush like this one that can reach your back and adjust with a handle to hold. Here is what I use:

 Dry Body Brush



Which Way Should You Brush?

IMPORTANT:  Be aware that some people have certain health conditions that should not use dry skin brushing. People that have diabetes, high blood pressure, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, skin that is broken, non-healed wounds, or skin infections should avoid this skin and internal health care strategy. 

1. Start with the bottom of the foot, and move the brush in an upward motion towards heart with firm but gentle strokes. The goal is to stimulate the lymphatic system not cause pain or bruises!! Then move to the top of the foot and do the same.

2. Work all the way up until you get to your waist. To help smooth out the more difficult areas like buttocks and thigh, brush in a circular motion. Some people skip the buttocks area altogether.

3. Repeat on the other side.

4. After you are finished with the lower half, start at the fingertips of one arm and move up the arm (palms of hands, back of hands, forearm, bicep) and toward the heart. End at the shoulder blades.

5. Repeat on other arm.

6. Move to the back working your circular movements toward your stomach, starting and finishing with one side of the back and then the other.

7. When you get to your stomach, start at your lower abdomen and work your way up. Stroke across the abdomen in a clockwise motion toward the heart, and end at your chest in an upward stroke. Do not brush your breast area.

8. Move to the back of the neck and gently stroke downward toward the heart and finish at the front of the neck.

9. Ending at the chest, stroke sideways back-and-forth.

10. Shower as normal and apply an oil such as almond, olive or coconut oil to moisturize skin. Skin may appear red, but will disappear within minutes.



Come back and check for an update! I'll be sharing my pictures shortly as I complete my first month of body brushing!

In the meantime, take some before pictures of yourself and start a healthier you journal. Keep them in there with a date and jot down your body brushing experience or come back and share them with me! I love testimonials and sharing those on my blog. I may even put together a slideshow or video to share as an update! If you wish to be included send me an email at wifeontherun@gmail.com! Don't forget to share with your friends and give me a like on Facebook!


Resources:
http://www.bodiesinbalanceleth.ca/?page=22048
http://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/coping/side-effects-and-symptoms/lymphoedema/what-is-the-lymphatic-system.html
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Lymphatic_system
http://www.savons.com.au/a-step-by-step-guide-to-dry-skin-brushing/
http://www.articlesbase.com/wellness-articles/one-great-whole-body-detox-tip-dry-skin-brushing-1920463.html


Disclaimer: As always, my thoughts and opinions are all my own and through my own experience. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website.

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