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Strengthen connective tissue: Here’s how!

by Josephine Andrews
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Firm skin without waves and dents: This is not a matter of course for women in particular. With increasing age, the connective tissue loses its strength and cellulite develops. Read here how to strengthen your connective tissue .

Unattractive dents in the thighs, stomach or buttocks: Up to 80 percent of women are affected by weak connective tissue , also known as cellulite . The cause are so-called fat lobules in the subcutaneous tissue. They are genetic and often worsen with age.

The bad news: If you suffer from weak connective tissue, the treatment options are limited. So far, no therapeutic approach is known that is successful against cellulite in the long term.

Drugs, injectable treatments, and energy-based electrical stimulation therapies have all been able to improve cellulite, but have not been able to eliminate it. This would require a comprehensive remodeling of the tissue.

With a few tips for everyday life, however, it is possible to at least strengthen the connective tissue.

This is how you strengthen your connective tissue

Orange peel is caused by a complex interaction of different factors. These include weak collagen fibers, female hormones, poor blood circulation, increased pressure in the tissue and an unfavorable distribution of adipose tissue.

There is therefore not one effective recommendation. Rather, it makes sense to combine different methods to do something about it. We introduce them to you. Perseverance and patience are important.

care and massages

Firming care strengthens the connective tissue. Among other things, creams with cypress, sage and juniper promote blood circulation. The ingredients caffeine and retinol also showed positive effects in studies.

Be wary of expensive anti-cellulite creams. Basically, creams are not able to eliminate the dents, but only have a supporting effect on the connective tissue. So think about how much money you want to spend on it.

Massages that promote circulation stimulate the connective tissue. To do this, use a massage brush to move in circular movements over the affected parts of the body. Do not press too hard to protect the skin .

water applications

With alternating showers and cold leg showers you promote blood circulation in the connective tissue. The goal behind it: Metabolism products are better removed, the skin becomes pinker, the tissue tighter. A water jet massage, which some physiotherapists offer, has a similar effect.


Movement is good for the connective tissue. Both strength and endurance training strengthen it. This is especially important for women. The background is that a high estrogen level causes fat cells to grow, especially on the thighs and buttocks. A lack of testosterone causes fat deposits to form around the waist.

Strength training causes testosterone to be released. Endurance sports lead to a slight drop in estrogen levels. Cycling , swimming or hiking therefore keep the connective tissue elastic.

Gymnastic exercises for the stomach, legs and buttocks also strengthen the connective tissue in the problem areas.


Even if there is no reliable evidence that there is a connection between nutrition and the so-called orange peel skin, you support your body with a balanced diet.

Eat low in fat, high in vitamins and avoid high-salt foods. Otherwise you promote the growth of fat cells and water retention in the tissue.

Also, avoid alcohol and too much coffee. Furthermore, nicotine narrows the blood vessels, which has a negative effect on blood circulation. The result: the metabolism slows down. The connective tissue suffers.

Alkaline foods with a lot of vitamin C such as peppers, broccoli and strawberries are well suited . Nuts, vegetable oils, spinach and oatmeal are also beneficial for the connective tissue. It is also important that you drink at least 1.5 liters of water , unsweetened tea or fruit spritzers.

Obesity increases the pressure on the connective tissue. If you suffer from it, reconsider your eating habits and build exercise into your everyday life. But avoid drastic diets, which often lead to a yo-yo effect. They stretch and loosen the connective tissue, which has a negative effect on elasticity.

Schuessler salts

There are various Schuessler salts that are said to strengthen the connective tissue. The concept of Schuessler salts and their specific effectiveness are controversial in science and not clearly proven by studies. However, there are positive experiences from those affected.

  • Silicea ( Schuessler Salt No. 11 ) is known as silicic acid and is called the mineral salt of beauty. It stimulates collagen formation. It is important for the connective tissue: the salt promotes its strength and elasticity.
  • Calcium fluoratum ( Schuessler Salt No. 1 ) supports skin, tendons, ligaments, muscles, blood vessels and nails. It gives the tissue the necessary elasticity and strength.
  • Sodium chloratum ( Schuessler salt no. 8 ) regulates the water balance in all cells of the body, including that in the connective tissue. Hence it is known as the salt of fluid balance.
  • Cuprum arsenicosum (Schuessler salt 19) is known to help with weak connective tissue, ligaments and bones.

The Schuessler salts are used internally. However, #1 Calcium fluoratum and #11 Silicea are also available as a cream. An additional external application of these Schuessler salts strengthens the connective tissue.

Talk to a naturopath or doctor with additional naturopathic training about the dosage .

Here you can find out more about connective tissue and Schuessler salts .

home remedies

With horsetail, nettle , birch or mate tea , you support your metabolism in eliminating toxins. Drink one cup daily, but switch up the variety every four weeks.

Among other things, green tea regulates hormones and lowers insulin and blood sugar levels. It also promotes weight loss and protects collagen fibers from being damaged by free radicals. Four cups daily are advisable for a positive effect.

dietary supplements

There is no scientific evidence that dietary supplements have a positive effect on connective tissue. In principle, biotin (vitamin H or vitamin B7) and silica are suitable for supporting the connective tissue. However, they only help if a corresponding vitamin deficiency has triggered the connective tissue weakness.

Preparations with hyaluronic acid are also questionable in terms of their effect on weak connective tissue.

Why connective tissue is important!

The connective tissue has an important supporting and scaffolding function in the body: it envelops organs, muscles, blood vessels and nerves and ensures that everything stays in the right place.

The connective tissue stores water through collagen fibers and gives the skin firmness. If the connective tissue is weakened, it loses the necessary elasticity and stability. This shows up in different ways.

While the skin on the face and décolleté sags and wrinkles form, orange peel skin (cellulite) becomes visible in some parts of the body. The skin mainly forms dents on the thighs and lower legs, buttocks and upper arms.

The skin changes only show up when the skin is pressed together, later they are always permanent.

Weak connective tissue is not only reflected in cellulite, but also in stretch marks. In some cases, it also promotes a herniated disc, a hernia, varicose veins and hemorrhoids, among other things.

Causes of connective tissue weakness

The strength and stability of the connective tissue depends on the collagen fibers in the connective tissue. How strong or weak it is depends on the disposition.

Women in particular have weak connective tissue. The reason: your connective tissue is structured differently than that of men. In women, stored nutrients are stored in fat cells located in the subcutaneous tissue. The connective tissue has to absorb every gram of excess weight and hold it in its fibers.

Children who suffer from obesity are also often affected by weak connective tissue. Since the fat cells in which nutrients are stored are located more inside the body in men, they are less likely to be affected by cellulite.

Other factors that affect the connective tissue:

  • Alter
  • Hormones ( pregnancy and menopause )
  • low food and fluid intake
  • little physical exercise
  • Smoking


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