- Exercise & Fitness
Cellulite Be Gone!
OMG! Why do I have cellulite? I'm under 50 and exercise regularly!! It's so embarrassing that I rarely wear dresses or shorts anymore. Unfortunately, I play tennis so my legs do come out twice a week. Ugh. So embarrassing...
As I look at others and compare, trying to see why I am plagued by this horrible condition, I've come up with a couple of observations:
- It's a white problem. The extra melanin in the skin is obviously a protector.
- Young people get it too. In fact, our diet is causing the younger people to develop the dimples.
- It's a woman problem. Like we don't have enough to deal with!!
- Nothing over the counter works. If you have an extra $2000+ then you can get rid of it.
- Good luck ever getting rid of it.
- Skinny people get it too.
So if you're the unlucky person like me, who has the ugly dimples, keep reading. This story has a happy ending.
What remedy have you tried? I've read about the miraculous effects of caffeine, scrubs, lotions, exercises, etc. Nothing works! There's a whole industry laser-focused on us desperate women who want to proudly show our legs again.
What is Cellulite?
Breaking it Down
If you're savvy, you've read the blogs, the WebMD articles, and you know the basics of cellulite. It's fat beneath your skin that becomes dimpled. The generic advice says exercise will help. Weight loss might even help some people. But, there are those of us that this advice will NEVER help because our problem is different.
So I was out working one day, I look for distressed and vacant homes to buy. The neighbor happened to be outside of this vacant home so I walked up, hoping she knew how to contact the owner. As our conversation grew, this woman relayed her trials. Her grown daughter is struggling with a condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS.) It's a degenerative connective tissue condition. The more we talked about it, the more curious I became.
Later that day, I researched the symptoms of the condition. See, connective tissue is the glue that holds us together in all areas of our body. Throughout my life, I have had several connective tissue issues: spontaneous detached retina, joints that over extend, joints come out of socket easily, stretch marks, varicose veins, poor muscle tone, cellulite. As I dug further into the research of this condition, I realized that I don't have the severe form of this horrible disease like this poor woman's daughter, thankfully. But, I don have some issues. One thing that helps in dealing with this condition: COLLAGEN.
Now I've tried taking collagen before...I purchased some capsules over the counter and noticed no changes. So this time, I asked my alternative doctor for a recommendation. I tried a collagen powder from Dr. Axe. The result...
Within a week, I lost a half inch off of my middle! As I work out, I can feel the muscle tone improve all over my body--finally. Little by little, the cellulite is decreasing. As the muscle tone increases, the dimples decrease. They are not completely gone but it is moving in the right direction!
Bottom line, our bodies are deficient in a nutrient. Apparently our bodies do not produce enough collagen and that is why we have cellulite and possibly other problems as well.
Benefits of collagen:
- helps digestion
- thicker, fuller hair
- younger skin
- stronger nails
- increased muscle tone
- joint health
Amazon does not have the product that I tried but a similar one. The product I use is at this link, directly from the Dr. Axe site. It's called Multi Collagen Protein and contains several types of collagen. It claims to help strengthen all connective tissues in the body. Apparently our bodies slow down the collagen production in our 20s. It's the building block for our joint, ligaments, skin, hair and nails. Please note, I do not work for them and get no benefit.
Below is a link to Amazon for a collagen with bone broth added. Bone broth is really good for overall health.