02 Aug Cellulite – Think You Have Heard it All Before? Think Again…
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Cellulite may seem so inevitable or so difficult to get rid of that I am sure the word provokes more apathy than cringes these days. There is such an abundance of creams, gels, lotions and potions on the market that most of us have purchased in hope and discarded in disappointment that I suspect this is a topic that many have a very jaded attitude towards. I have to admit that I did not expect to learn anything new upon researching this article but that I have actually walked away pleasantly surprised and resolute to make a few small changes. For example, did you know that chewing your food properly could help prevent a build up cellulite? Or that chemical preservatives, hormonal imbalances and constipation cause cellulite? I bet you also did not know that grapefruit is also a very effective treatment for cellulite?Although the notion that prevention is better than cure is certainly true when it comes to cellulite there are steps you can take to minimise it and to ensure that you don’t build up more. But first let’s start by understanding what it is and where it comes from. Cellulite is known in the medical community as localised lipdystrophy – meaning misshapen fat in specific areas of the body. Recent research has shown it has less to do with the fat cells however, and more to do with the connective tissue that shapes the fat and keeps it in place. This means that cellulite is not a fat disorder but in fact a disease of the circulatory system or hormonal system that can deform the connective tissue.
Connective tissue is made up of fibres and acts as an anchor between the muscles and the skin. It also forms the chambers that hold the body fat beneath the skin. In brief; poor circulation causes a build up of highly damaging free radicals in the tissues under the skin. This leads to weaker circulation and the growth of thick fibres in the wrong places. This in turn, prevents the fat from being properly absorbed into the blood and causes it to swell with excess fluids, thus stretching the connective tissues and leaving the lumpy irregular appearance.
More women tend to have cellulite than men because they have a vertical pattern of collagen in the underlying layer that holds the fat cells, and so when the fat cells become very large it can bulge out of the chambers and appear as cellulite. In men, the pattern of collagen is in a tighter diagonal pattern, and they have thicker skin, so there is less bulging of the individual fat cells.
There are four identified different types of cellulite. These are the slight cellulite, compact cellulite, loose cellulite and the last is painful cellulite. The slight cellulite is only visible once the skin is contracted or pinched and is not visible while standing. The compact cellulite is the ones that are visible even while standing but it does not cause any pain. The loose cellulite is present but cannot be seen while the person is standing because of the water retention in the hypodermis and the dermis. And lastly, the painful cellulite is a type of cellulite that is painful and tender if pinched or contracted.
To properly treat cellulite one needs to prevent and cure deformed connective tissues. The tips below should help you strengthen your connective tissue, improve circulation, balance your estrogen levels, detoxify your system and improve your health in general.
Reduce your Oestrogen Levels
An excess of oestrogen in women is believed to cause the weakening of the connective tissue that allows the fat to bulge up into the skin.
Increase Your Intake of Anti-oxidants
Free radicals interrupt circulation, impairing the function of the cells that manage the structure of the connective tissue. As you may know anti-oxidants fight the free radical process.
Sources of excess free radicals within our bodies, responsible for cellulite, are:
Sources of excess free radicals outside our bodies, responsible for cellulite, are:
Improve Your Circulation
Regular exercise is necessary for the improvement of cellulite. Not only does it help reduce the appearance of cellulite by burning the fatty acids that are causing the cellulite. It also improves circulation and helps to remove toxin-filled wastes away from the skin.
Dry Skin Brushing
Learn to dry brush your skin at least twice every day – upon rising and before going to bed. Skin brushing provides many benefits in the treatment of cellulite. First of all, it’s “exercise” for your skin, and strengthens the underlying dermis and pattern of collagen in the subcutaneous layer. It stimulates the growth and repair of the tissues by increasing blood flow to the area. It also helps remove toxins and metabolic wastes out of the interstitial fluids surrounding the tissues for disposal. Dry brushing is good for you skin all over, but if you are suffering from spider or varicose veins, brushing these areas vigorously several times every day, first in a circular motion and then upwards towards the colon, can improve the appearance of cellulite.