Cellulite is fat deposits under the skin that cause lumps and hollows in the skin. Besides being unsightly, cellulite affects the lymphatic system, body tissues and blood circulation. In addition to aesthetic issues, cellulite causes symptoms such as varicose veins, cold feet and pain in the affected area.
Causes of Cellulite
Genetics - certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin, and circulatory insufficiency.
Diet - people who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, or salt and too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.
Lifestyle factors - cellulite may be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.
Clothing - underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks (limiting blood flow) may contribute to the formation of cellulite. Home Remedies for Cellulite
Dead Sea Salts, while not necessarily on the shelf of every home pantry, are readily available and will increase metabolism of fat cells under the skin when massaged in during a warm shower.
Daily application of aloe vera to cellulite improves microcirculation of the skin and increases skin cell regeneration.
Crushed green tea leaves and ginko biloba, when applied to the areas of concern, are effective in removing toxins from the skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Dry brushing your skin twice a day will strengthen the collagen pattern below the skin while at the same time promoting cell regeneration and removing toxins.
Regular exercise improves circulation and reduces the appearance of cellulite by combating the fatty deposits in your body. Exercise also builds muscle around cellulite which results in the stretching and smoothing of the skin.
Every doctor will tell you to break the habit of crossing your legs to improve circulation. This change in behavior also reduces the swelling of hydrating tissues under the skin that can be responsible for making cellulite more visible.
Dietary recommendations for reduction of cellulite include green tea for antioxidant and cellular repair properties, cider vinegar to promote pH and fluid balance in the body, and ginkgo biloba, a natural blood thinner, to increase circulation to the skin cell tissues.
Coconut oil can also be added to the diet to stimulate the thyroid and increase the metabolism of fatty cells which are instrumental in the appearance of cellulite.
Some experts believe that cellulite removal starts with a good diet. After all, our diets have a large impact on our entire physical being. Unfortunately though, not all of us eat as healthy as we would like, which typically leads to the accumulation of cellulite in the body.
As with any diet, you will have to exhibit some sense of control. A treat here and there won't damage your efforts, but losing control and pigging out on junk food will. Remember to eat healthy, balanced meals at least 3 times day. Skipping these important meals, contrary to you may think, does not help with cellulite reduction.
Truth be told, it slows your metabolism down and makes you more susceptible to cellulite accumulation. Add more fruits & vegetables to your meals and even in between your daily meals. Once you eliminate fatty and sugar laden foods, you will be able to get rid of cellulite more easily.
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