Few ingredients, so simple that they can be found in the kitchen, and beneficial to take care of your body are the basis of the DIY mud body wrap recipe we are talking about today. As proven by scientific studies, these mud body wraps counteract the accumulation of visceral fat and help reduce the waist circumference, with not only benefits for aesthetics but also, and above all, for health. In fact, the fat that accumulates in the abdominal area is the most dangerous as it stimulates the production of inflammatory substances, thus increasing chronic inflammation that, in the long run, weakens the immune system and increases the risk of depression, cell degeneration, diabetes and cardiovascular disease (Elffers et al, PLoS One, 2017). But let's see how to make these mud body wraps!
Body wrap with Clay, magnesium and green tea
Dilute a few tablespoons of green clay in an infusion of green tea until you get a cream. Separately, mix a teaspoon of magnesium sulphate in a little water and add it to the mixture. Apply to the area to be treated a layer of mud body wrap, a little over centimeter thick, and wrap with cling film, leave on for about 30 minutes, then rinse. It was observed that body wraps prepared with these ingredients and applied twice a week for 5 weeks led to a reduction in visceral fat. And even better results have been observed by also adding essential oils, such as 3-4 drops of cypress essential oil, and practicing moderate physical activity (Kim et al, Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi, 2007).
The scientific explanation
A very interesting research has made it possible to observe that the topical application of clay, green tea and magnesium can promote lipolysis and counteract the accumulation of abdominal fat (Moreira et al, Integr Med Res, 2013). Green tea contains catechins and caffeine, which increase energy expenditure and stimulate the body to burn fat. Green clay contains iron and magnesium which contribute to lipolysis, which is the process that breaks down fats. Not only that, the clay also contains calcium. Studies have observed that calcium, when applied externally, crosses the skin barrier and enters the blood stream and an increase in calcium is associated with a reduction in fat mass. These results are remarkable, as until now studies have focused on the oral intake of these ingredients, while the research we have discussed has tested the action of clay, green tea and magnesium once they have been applied topical.