Cellulite describes condition in women where the skin of the lower limbs, abdomen, and pelvic region becomes dimpled after puberty. Cellulite is a normal human variation that is viewed by a segment of the public as some sort of a disease. “Cellulite” is not a medical term. Cellulite is a term that describes the appearance of bumpy looking fat on the body. It is a condition of bulging fat cells and other coexisting factors that result in the appearance of cellulite. Some 90 percent of women have cellulite. Two types of cellulite. The first type of cellulite is from any ‘pinch’ or ‘compression’ of tissue in the thighs or buttocks. This is very gender typical to almost all women of various ages. The second type of cellulite is the ‘mattress’ or ‘orange peel’ appearance that a woman may have in her natural stance or when lying down, which is referred to as cellulite. Several changes in metabolism and physiology may cause cellulite or contribute to cellulite. Hormones play a dominant role in the formation of cellulite.
Estrogen is the most important hormone. It seems to initiate, and aggravate cellulite. Other hormones including insulin, the catecholamines adrenaline and noradrenaline, thryoid hormones, and prolactin have all been shown to participate in the development of cellulite. Some people have thick hair while others have thin hair and some have large noses and others small, some women have the smooth buttocks and thighs that everyone seems to want while others have less satisfactory, dimpled ones. These are all normal variations. Diet has been shown to affect the development and amount of cellulite. Excessive amounts of fat, carbohydrates, salt, alcohol or too little fiber can all contribute to an increase cellulite. Smoking, lack of exercise, tight clothes, high heeled shoes, and sitting or standing in a single position of long periods have all been correlated with an increase in cellulite. A high stress lifestyle will cause an increase in the catecholamine hormones.
Treatments like liposuction (surgery to remove fat) and mesotherapy (injection of drugs into cellulite) are either expensive or may produce only temporary improvement. Electric currents passing through pads placed on the body cause the muscles to contract and relax alternatively. Certain drugs act on the fatty tissue and connective tissue and on the microcirculation. Lymphatic Drainage Massage increases the functioning of the lymphatic system, and helps to remove and filter waste, toxins and excess fluids from the body. Massage and body manipulation techniques are employed to enhance the removal of fluid in the dermis area. A good balanced fat free diet, drinking plentyof water, eating fiber and wholegrain foods, and consuming fresh fruit and vegetables does not allow fat tissues to form. Coupled with 30 minutes of exercise everyday will ensure that you maintain the shape of your body
Cellulite Treatment Tips
- Cellulite lotions containing aminophylline must be kept away from heat and used quickly.
- Lymphatic Drainage Massage increases the functioning of the lymphatic system, and helps to remove and filter waste, toxins and excess fluids from the body.
- Gene therapy works on the principle of an inherited cellulite gene on the x chromosome.
- Eating in a healthy manner is always a good idea and a low fat diet is usually recommended as part of a weight maintenance lifestyle.
- Avoid sugary snacks and instead reach for fruit and raw veggies.
- Stop eating foods high in saturated and hydrogenated fats.
- Vitamin C has been recommended by cellulite researchers.
- Avoid coffee and switch to herbal teas. Fruit juices are better than soda too.