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The Truth About Cellulite: What It Is, What Causes it, and How to Get Rid of It!

Bianca Zen | 8 Aug 2013

If you ask any woman she can probably give you one of a hundred nicknames for this problem such as “cottage cheese thighs” and “orange peel skin.” Cellulite has been defined as an accumulation of toxic wastes within the connective tissues of the skin which create pockets of fat cells, water and toxins.

 

These pockets result in a pitting and bulging of the skin, creating a “lumpy” appearance. Cellulite is mostly located in the lower part of the body, from the stomach to the ankle, but can appear in the upper abdomen and upper arm. When adipocytes—normal, healthy fat cells—become part of a cellulite pocket, they have atrophied and are no longer actively participating in the removal of toxins and water from the skin.

The Truth About Cellulite: What It Is, What Causes it, and How to Get Rid of It!

Symptoms of cellulite can include a feeling of heaviness, tightness in the affected areas—especially in the legs—and the skin may be especially sensitive if it is pinched, pressed or vigorously massaged. These symptoms can occur when nerve endings become smothered and irritated in the cellulite pockets.

What Causes Cellulite?

Cellulite can appear for many different reasons such as puberty, menopause, stress, birth control pills, pregnancy and an unbalanced diet. Before you throw your hands in the air and decide there’s no hope of preventing cellulite from paying you a visit, try thinking of it this way: these conditions merely suggest that there is an imbalance in the body. When an imbalance exists, a condition like cellulite might occur if balance is not restored.

Your lymphatic system plays an important role in maintaining that balance. It is the way that your body gets rid of waste and toxins. Your liver also plays an important role in filtering out impurities and regulating hormones. When these systems become overloaded, they no longer function properly, leaving skin cells to try and deal with an excessive amount of toxins. Lucky for us, a combination of healthy lifestyle choices and effective treatments have been proven to combat this lumpy nemesis!


How to get rid of it!

The truth is, many of us know what cellulite looks like, but we’re less familiar with why it develops and—most importantly—how we can eliminate or reduce its appearance. The good news is that cellulite can be eliminated or reduced with a combination of good nutrition, exercise and topical treatments that you can have applied at a spa or apply at home. Below are some examples of how you can fight cellulite and win!

Eat Smart

Choose anti-cellulite foods that cleanse the body’s lymphatic and digestive system. Make sure to include lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, herbs, herb teas and fresh juices. Avoid saturated fats and oils, wheat, excess salt, preservatives, refined carbohydrates like pasta and sugar, tinned or packaged foods, caffeine and red meat. These foods tend to overload the lymphatic system and the liver creating a high level of toxicity in the body.

Drink lots of water to help your body flush away toxins and burn fat. A minimum of eight 8-ounce glasses a day is essential to weight loss and healthy skin. Remember, your lymphatic system and liver are constantly filtering out toxins, but if there’s no water to flush them away they are stored in your skin cells where they cause lots of damage. So drink up!



Exercise

Physical activity will increase your circulation and lymphatic flow. The best sports heavily involve the legs (where cellulite tends to appear) such as bicycling, walking or gymnastics. These exercises create an internal pump that massages the tissue and really increases blood flow.

Try Professional Body Care Therapies

Seaweed or aromatic body wraps are ideal for naturally increasing blood circulation and perspiration to encourage the body to eliminate wastes, toxins, and excess water. Stay away from treatments that use cellophane or any other tight bandages. These treatments interfere with the natural fluid circulation of your body.

Have a massage! Several forms of this therapy, including aromatic massage, lymphatic drainage, and hydrotherapy all work to stimulate circulation and break down fatty deposits. Cellulite massages increase circulation on localized area and encourages the body to eliminate toxins! Hydrotherapy works in the same way as a manual cellulite massage with the added benefit of your body buoyancy allowing a deeper work. Think how good you’ll feel all over afterward!


Take A Bath

The bath ritual is the perfect place to combat cellulite. Add bath salts and essential oils with high mineral content and diuretic properties to your water to help your body relax and detoxify. While you’re soaking, don’t forget to exfoliate! You’re not only getting rid of dead skin cells but you’re increasing blood circulation, which helps your body get rid of more excess water and toxins!

Use Essential Oils And Creams

Aromatherapy has been time tested over the ages to be an effective ally in combating cellulite. Creams with extract of ivy and niacin will radically increase circulation in damaged areas. The essential oils of grapefruit, juniper, cypress, rosemary and patchouli, when massaged into affected areas, will help with drainage and the breaking up of congestion in the cellulite pocket. Some essential oils also possess diuretic properties that encourage excess water loss.

Cellulite doesn’t just appear overnight. It is the normal result of several body functions slowing down over a long period of time. The process of treating it will take time and dedication. Choose your treatments, dietary changes and exercise routine with careful consideration of your lifestyle. Be faithful and consistent to your goal and you will see results.

The lifestyle changes you make to treat cellulite will add to the overall improvement of your health. The great advantage of being concerned with cellulite is that its remedies will also contribute to your overall health and well-being. So enjoy!

Source: Tele Management