You may have heard about doing a cleanse to help with weight loss and overall health. A cleanse is reputed to remove toxins from your body, which is why a cleanse is sometimes called a “detox” or a “detoxification cleanse.” Many cleanses involve herbs, juices, and/or supplements that can aid in the process. Advocates of a cleansing claim that it promotes overall health and increases energy levels and makes digestion more efficient. But what does that have to do with cellulite?
Cellulite itself is not necessarily a sign of poor health. It may result simply from heredity or hormonal influence. It can indicate poor health, though, if the cellulite is the result of poor diet and exercise habits, or from other environmental factors. This is where a cleanse may be applicable in cases of cellulite.
Some theorize that cellulite results from a build-up of toxins in the body. The fat cells are storage cells – they store fat – and many toxins, such as pesticides and other synthetic chemicals, tend to be fat soluble. That means they may end up being stored in the body’s fat cells, possibly making those cells unhealthy in appearance and performance. A detoxifying cleanse may have a positive effect on the fat cells themselves, releasing the toxins and flushing out excess fat.
Another way in which a cleanse may help cellulite is by increasing energy levels. When you feel more energetic, embarking on an exercise program seems a lot easier. And exercise may play a key role in getting rid of cellulite’s dimpled appearance.
A detox is also reputed to enhance digestion. If you subscribe to the toxin theory as a cause of cellulite, then it makes sense that healthy digestion would help reduce cellulite. After all, efficient digestion is important for moving poisons and waste products out of the body. During the cleanse itself, you eat and drink only certain things, giving your digestive system a rest.
Cleanses are said to reduce body fat as well, which may help get rid of cellulite if its cause is excess weight.
Proponents of cleanses claim that they enhance skin tone. This makes sense, as overall health is supposed to be increased with a cleanse. Some cleanses that are specifically for treating cellulite, though, involve specific applications to the skin, either in the form of wraps, scrubs, or creams that are reputed to “draw out” toxins through the skin. Tighter, more supple skin tone is an important factor in diminishing cellulite.