Your body is poised to spring into action to repair the damage that time and the environment have done to your cells. It just needs the raw materials to complete this task.
-Dr. Howard Murad in The Cellulite Solution, p. 39
I’ve been at this cellulite-investigating gig for over a year now, and I sense we are nearing a breakthrough. That’s why I am so excited to discuss this latest evidence from Dr. Murad’s book with you. Let’s jump right in.
Dr. Murad treats cellulite by prescribing the nutritional supplements the body uses to rebuild connective tissue. As you recall, cellulite forms when the connective fibers that attach the fat cells to the skin become weakened, allowing the buoyant fat cells to push through the dermis until they are visible at the surface. If we strengthen this connective tissue, the fat cells will stay below the skin where they belong.
As a side note, this understanding of cellulite anatomy explains why cellulite recovery is not a simple matter of losing weight. In fact, losing weight can make cellulite worse if it further starves the connective tissue of necessary nutrients.
As Dr. Murad explains, the skin’s connective tissue is called the dermis, also known as the body’s matrix. The dermis is the primary water reservoir for the entire body. Drawing on Dr. Murad’s cellular water principle which we discussed last week, rebuilding the dermis is a critical step in restoring full hydration to all the cells in the body. That’s why a damaged dermal layer could be reflected in chronic dry skin, chapped lips, or a flaky scalp.
The dermis is composed of collagen, elastic fibers, and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). There are several different types of GAGs. One of them is hyaluronic acid. Commonly injected into the skin during mesotherapy treatments, hyaluronic acid is a natural moisturizing agent found in the eyes, joints, and skin. It can retain a thousand times its weight in water. The body makes hyalruonic acid and other GAGs from glucosamine.
Traditionally, human diets were rich in glucosamine and related nutrients because of the prolific use of bone broths. These broths were slow-simmered, sometimes for days, and were valued for their health-giving properties (just think of the longstanding reputation of chicken soup). We rarely consume glucosamine in the modern diet, which is why Dr. Murad recommends a supplement to his cellulite patients.
But throughout the Cellulite Investigation thus far, I’ve learned that Nature generally does it better than the supplement companies. So I did a little digging and discovered that glucosamine supplements are usually made from shrimp shells. Lucky for me, shrimp shells are the prime ingredient in one of my favorite foods! More details in an upcoming post…
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