Secrets that work!
21 Jan 2005
It's that lovely lumpy, dimpled, irregular fat that can be found on the hips, thighs & buttocks of 85% of women...skinny women, obese women, young women, and old women – as well as a small percentage of men. Cellulite can occur at any time from puberty through old age, and most of us are already well acquainted. Since cellulite is composed of fat it is the belief of many women that getting rid of that fat is the only way to make it disappear. You might be surprised to find that losing weight isn't necessarily going to help you in the battle against cellulite.
Cellulite Theory 101
Here's what the experts can agree on...there are two opposing forces that produce the final appearance of cellulite: weakened connective tissue pulling down and excess fat and fluids pushing up. However, the experts most always disagree on the root cause of this condition.
The first theory states that cellulite is the result of an estrogen imbalance. Estrogen, which happens to play a number of other roles in the body, is the hormone responsible for softening the fibrous tissues of the womb right before birth. It has the same effect on the connective tissue that anchors the skin to the muscle. This tissue forms the compartments that store fat directly under the skin. Weakened connective tissue from excess estrogen production pulls down on the skin and causes the stored fat to push up, resulting in the irregular appearance of cellulite. Now, it may be perfectly normal for women to have an excess amount of estrogen, but when this is complicated by bad circulation the result is an increased appearance of cellulite.
Poor circulation of the lymphatic system is at the root of the second theory concerning the cause of cellulite. The lymphatic system is responsible for transporting toxins found in the body to the liver and kidneys where they can be processed and excreted. When this route is slowed or halted excess toxins are deposited in the fatty tissues under the skin. A build up of these toxins results in a higher fluid density of the fatty tissue. This fluid blocks the reabsorption of fat into the blood stream to be used as energy.
Getting rid of that cursed cellulite is an area with many self-proclaimed experts. Numerous health spas and beauty cream companies will preach the wondrous effects of herbal wraps and cold creams in treating cellulite. However, this condition can only be diminished by hormone therapy and proper exercise & nutrition.
Hormone therapy is very tricky because it can have a lot of complicated side effects. This is due to the fact that when you adjust the balance of a hormone to treat one symptom you may cause an imbalance of that hormone for another area. Estrogen plays hundreds of different roles in the body, thus the possibility of affecting hundreds of different functions. A skilled endocrinologist or gynecologist should be consulted when considering hormone therapy.
The best way to treat poor circulation of the lymph is with exercise and good nutritional habits. The average American diet is filled with junk food and complimented by a variety of fast food choices. These types of foods have little nutritional value and overload the liver and kidneys, becoming toxic waste. Excess waste slows down movement of the lymph causing a build up of waste materials as well as fat.
Cut down on the fast food and visualize eating fresh fruits and vegetables! Make sure you are getting the proper nutrition you need every day to supplement your healthy eating, and consider supplementation with a daily multivitamin. LifeScript’s Scientific and Medical Advisory board can create your own Free Personalized Vitamin Profile for a great supplement program.
And we all know that exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise increases the metabolism, helping your body to burn fat efficiently for fuel. Both aerobic and anaerobic exercises should be included in your daily routine. Aerobic exercises include activities such as walking, jogging and swimming, while anaerobic exercise refers to weight-training exercises that focus on the hips, butt & thighs, helping to convert fatty tissue to lean muscle.
Reducing the amount of fat in the body, increasing circulation of the lymph, smart supplementation and treating unbalanced estrogen levels can all contribute to helping you finally be free from the bonds of cellulite.