Author: Linda Sinden Date Posted:18 March 2019
If you, a friend or loved one have the dimpling of cellulite on buttocks, lower limbs and abdomen you may wonder what causes it from an Ayurvedic perspective and what Ayurveda suggests you can do about it. Interested?
Modern science has identified
- There is a genetic factor - your mum or grandmother may have had a tendency for cellulite
- Your diet has an influence
- Your exercise habits have an influence
- Your stress level also plays a part
What does Ayurveda say?
Ayurveda sees cellulite as a social concern rather than a health problem per se. The dimples are caused by a deposit of fat in the innermost layer of the skin of the buttocks, lower limbs and abdomen. Why does this happen for some but not for others?
This question leads us to consider what constitution or mind-body type does cellulite occur in more often? The answer is Kapha types. Ayurveda explains that Kapha types have to be moderate in their intake of fats, sugars, meats and cheese or their Medha agni, the fire of digestion which is responsible for metabolism of fats, becomes low or overloaded. Then the body has to store the unprocessed fat somewhere as it is unable to digest or metabolise it. So let’s understand what can cause this low Medha agni.
Medha is the name for a layer of tissue in your body. It refers to your fat tissue, hormones, and carbohydrate metabolism. It is involved in regulating the metabolism of the entire body. The liver, fat tissue, pancreas, thyroid and brain all play especially important roles in Medha.
Balanced Medha helps to promote
- Balanced weight
- Healthy fat metabolism
- Reduction in cellulite production
- Even insulin levels
- Healthy cholesterol levels
- Low triglyceride levels
- Healthy body odour
- Healthy metabolism and thyroid
Medha is most easily disturbed by factors that clog up and slow down your metabolism, such as
- Eating too much fat, refined sugar foods, deep fried food and high calorie food;
- Eating a large quantity of food for your evening meal
- Eating excess meat and cheese
- Eating meat and cheese for breakfast or after 2pm
- Taking cold food and cold drinks
- Eating processed, frozen or packaged foods
- Eating leftovers
- Using impure cooking oils like non-organic, refined vegetable oils
- Snacking late at night when the digestive fires are unable to digest the food
How to Restore Balance
- Consider support using the following herbals
Prior main meals take 1 tablet of Rejuvenation Plus along with 1 tablet of Digest Tone
After main meals take Guggul Organic 2 tablets along with ½ tsp of Manjistha taken in warm water.
Drink Organic Kapha Tea - take sips every 30 minutes through the day.
Use Organic Kapha Churna on your lunch and evening meals to help balance Kapha dosha through taste
- Do a Garshan Silk Glove Massage with attention to the cellulite areas
- Twice a week do a massage with Kapha massage oil targeting the cellulite areas with more vigorous massage.
- Exercise daily - walking, swimming, cycling or other aerobic exercise and some of the exercise should engage the area where the cellulite is deposited
- Eat fresh foods that are freshly prepared, avoid leftovers, canned foods, frozen or packaged foods
- Favour warm foods over cold or raw foods
- Increase fibre in your diet - eat bran, barley and quinoa, green leafy vegetables, lentils, dhals, dried beans and peas.
- Eat organic foods, minimize dairy products, sweets, fried foods and strictly avoid olive oil in cooking.
- Sip hot water with your meals and throughout the day to help remove the congestion and support the rekindling of your Medha digestive fire.
As you apply these recommendations energy, happiness and a glowing complexion will show that your metabolism is becoming stronger and that Medha Agni is starting to do it’s job efficiently!
Wishing you the bliss of balance..