Sunday, August 17, 2008

Can Coffee Grounds Help You Get Rid of Cellulite?

You know, as I go along and research more and more ways to get rid of cellulite, I come across some fascinating ideas and methods for cellulite reduction that I honestly never would have even thought to put together. The more I study, the more I realize that there are several tools you can implement in your anti cellulite arsenal that at first glance may seem somewhat unconventional, but my mindset is that as long as it gets the job done, I’m all for it. Even though I haven’t intentionally tried to stay away from focusing on anti cellulite products such as cellulite creams or lotions, I have found myself leaning more towards organic or naturally-based solutions for cellulite reduction…pretty much anything with the holistic vibe is what I’ve ended up taking a liking to. So please forgive me if it seems as though I have neglected some of the more popular means to get rid of cellulite; I’m just traveling down the holistic road for the time being, but I have nothing against a possible change of course in the future.

One of these somewhat holistic methods to get rid of cellulite that has recently come to my attention is the use of coffee grounds to treat cellulite. I’m much more familiar with coffee in the form of a Grande Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks, so this was definitely news to me. Evidently, coffee is also quite useful as a means to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Let me emphasize that I have not personally attempted this method as of yet, and I haven’t done enough research to know whether or not there is clinical evidence to back up this claim, but there are several websites and places around the Web that endorse the whole coffee grounds method, so I felt that it would definitely be worth a mention on this blog. Now if you’re like me, you may have been thinking of the benefits of coffee only being maybe giving you a “boost” to do some anti cellulite exercises, but the coffee grinds themselves actually carry a benefit that’s somewhat unfamiliar to most people, but pretty cool in my opinion. The main reason why the coffee grinds are useful is not due to the grinds themselves (although there is an ancillary benefit to their granular nature), but rather what they contain: Caffeine, the wonder-drug.

Caffeine and Cellulite

Technically speaking, caffeine is a xanthine alkaloid that acts as a stimulant and diuretic (thanks, Wikipedia). Where caffeine and cellulite meet is the ability of caffeine to improve blood flow, which makes caffeine similar to aminophylline and other drugs that are used to treat conditions like bronchial asthma. Caffeine’s ability to facilitate better blood flow is basically another way to…guess what…improve circulation, which if you’re familiar with my past posts to any degree, you’ll know I’ve been preaching the “circulation gospel” for a long time, as far as where its effect on cellulite formation is concerned. The very nature of cellulite (can you say, stubborn?) makes it a candidate for inadequate blood supply, simply because it is stored fat. This is why caffeine can be such an effective substance to employ, because it can increase the blood flow and blood supply to those problem areas where cellulite has “dug its heels in”, and increase the vascularization of those regions, thereby chipping away (so to speak) at those stubborn fat pockets and minimizing their detrimental effects. At the end of the day, the power of caffeine is its ability to “get things moving”, so to speak, increase blood flow, which, as previously mentioned, is an essential step that improves circulation, which also facilitates better lymphatic drainage, which in turn makes it that much harder for cellulite to form. Wow, what a serious run-on sentence that was!

The Cellulite Coffee Scrub

I’m sure you may be asking, “How can I get caffeine to reduce my cellulite? Do I just drink coffee or something?” Actually, drinking your regular cup of Joe doesn’t aid in cellulite reduction; it hinders it due to the diuretic properties of caffeine. So what’s the catch? Using the actual coffee grounds is where the power is at. Basically, you can create somewhat of a “homemade” cellulite cream using any regular body lotion and coffee grounds. Before you try this, make sure that you are using caffeinated coffee grounds! Don’t pick a decaf coffee, because the “magic” is in the caffeine. Simply crush the coffee grinds into a fine powder (by any means necessary), and then mix them into the body lotion. With these two steps, you have basically created a makeshift coffee-based cellulite lotion that you can then apply to any problem areas. Spread it on the areas that are the “usual suspects” for cellulite development (legs, hips, thighs, buttocks, etc.), let it sit for about a minute, and then rinse it off while you’re in the shower. After repeated applications (and you have to do it consistently every day), you will begin to see your skin take on a more firm and smooth appearance…much better than the old “orange peel” look. This is all there really is to it…I’m just happy that I have discovered yet another potential weapon to use to get rid of cellulite.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Tips for Cellulite Reduction

In my quest to learn different methods of cellulite reduction, I have come across a deluge of information that can actually just become confusing after a while, if you don’t apply some type of “filter” to what’s being read or heard. There are a ton of different opinions out there, and one only needs to click on a different website to hear a different and even conflicting view about what it takes to get rid of cellulite. One thing is for certain: We know a whale of a lot about the causes of cellulite, as well as its characteristics (dimples, cottage cheese thighs, orange peel skin, etc.), but when it comes to discovering or implementing actual ways to reduce or remove cellulite, many times we find ourselves coming up short. It’s amazing how cellulite has shown itself to be such a “formidable foe”, so to speak. There’s not too many women who can claim that they are exempt from the effects of cellulite, from the fittest and trimmest of us all the way to those of us on the other end of the spectrum. So far with this blog I have covered all kinds of cellulite treatments, from the surgical and clinical (i.e., mesotherapy, ionithermie, endermologie, etc.) all the way down to the most natural and holistic methods of cellulite reduction (diminishing cellulite through nutrition and so forth). Although I have researched and reported on a veritable encyclopedia of cellulite information, I still feel like I’ve only just begun with this blog. I haven’t even started to research various products that can reduce cellulite, such as cellulite creams or lotions, and so forth. I don’t want to claim that I’m an expert in that area yet, because I just haven’t done enough research in those arenas to give an informed opinion. Truthfully, I’m no expert in any of these areas of cellulite reduction information, because I am learning as I go myself. One thing is certain: it’s been a blast doing this, because I’m the kind of person who loves to learn, so this is right up my alley.

One of the prerequisite tips that can be helpful in moving you closer to cellulite reduction is to understand the different types of cellulite that can be present in the body. There is hard cellulite, which often appears or occurs in women who lead active lifestyles, such as joggers, aerobics enthusiasts, or dancers. Although cellulite can be less frequent in women who engage in a consistent routine of physical exercise of some kind, when it does rear its ugly head, it is a much more stubborn version of cellulite to deal with. Although you can implement exercises to get rid of cellulite, you will be up for a more intense fight, so to speak. The reason why the hard cellulite is so…er…hard, to deal with is because it is the type of cellulite that has a direct attachment to the muscles. Soft cellulite, on the other hand, can occur in the larger muscle areas and hangs a bit more loosely from the body. It’s the kind that becomes plainly evident when the “backfield is in motion”, so to speak (LOL). So while one type of cellulite (soft) is easier to get rid of, it has more of a visual impact than the hard cellulite, and can be detected by the eyes a lot easier as well. Soft or hard, however, remember that poor circulation can definitely be a contributing factor to cellulite, and that’s why I have “preached” from the beginning that you need to engage in some kind of cardiovascular exercise to improve your overall blood flow, thus allowing toxins to be more easily flushed out of the body, as well as staving off water retention, which can contribute as well. All of these factors play a part in lymphatic drainage, which is an absolute key to maintaining healthy cells, including fat cells. If lymphatic drainage doesn’t happen in an efficient manner, the next thing you know, the body is trapping toxins that it should be releasing, and fat cells become enlarged, preparing the perfect environment (unfortunately) for cellulite development. To get technical about it, the connective tissue, when put under stress due to enlarged fat cells, passes into a hypertrophic state due to the pressure put on the tissue by the intrusive fat cells. So since we know all this to be true, and the bulk of it stems from a lack of proper circulation, it would behoove us to increase the activities that increase our circulation—i.e., exercise. Always consult your physician before beginning any kind of regular exercise regimen, but I can almost guarantee that most of you can take a simple walk. Taking a stroll is a good way to begin building up your stamina to handle a more structured and demanding exercise regimen. Once you have a couple of weeks under your belt of walking 3 or 4 times a week for 20 minutes at a time, you may want to switch to more of a walk/run routine, and then later take it to a complete all-out jogging session, all to build up more stamina and prepare for strength training. Take it easy, take it slow, and don’t expect too much in the line of “fantasies” regarding getting rid of cellulite in 1 day or anything like that. I know that by now I really sound repetitive, but exercise can help anyone get healthier, whether or not you’re dealing with cellulite. Consistent good diet and regular exercise may very well be the most effective cellulite remover after all. Don’t listen to the nay-sayers who slam diet and exercise and say that there’s no clinical proof that diet and exercise directly contribute to cellulite reduction. At the end of the day, your body will thank you regardless.