Almost all women have cellulite somewhere in their bodies. It is purely a cosmetic issue rather than a medical one. Cellulite are caused by fat cells bulging into the dermis, which is the middle layer of the skin, pulling the connective tissues such as collagen and elastin. As a result, ugly dimples or orange peel appearance show up on the skin.
The risk factors of forming cellulite are:
- Genetic – if your mother has it, you are more likely to develop it too.
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy
- Aging – aging cause the body connective tissues in the skin to deteriorate, resulting in fat cells to bulging out of the skin.
Ultimately, it is a total change in lifestyle that can help get rid of cellulite.
Here are the ways you can prevent and manage cellulite:
1) Maintain healthy body weight
If you are not very active, you should limit your caloric intake to 1200-1500 calories a day. Excess calories intake will lead to increase in fat storage in the adipose tissue and bulging of fat cells. A yo-yo diet will aggravate cellulite appearance.
Antioxidants prevent free radicals from attacking the collagen and elastin and breaking them down. Thereby keeping the skin firm and preventing fat cells from bulging out and causing dimple appearance.
There are many types of antioxidants. A diet high in fruits and vegetable will give you a good amount of antioxidants. 5-7 portions of fruits and vegetables a day is the recommended guideline by the World Health Organization.
3) Limit salt intake
Sodium salt pulls water into the cells and keep it there, causing water retention. This is a major cause of cellulite in slender people. The excess fluid gravitates towards the already swollen fat tissues. Cut your salt intake and drink plenty of water to flush off the salt in the diet.
4) Avoid toxins and do regular detox
Regular detox can reduce the pressure on the body cleansing systems. Detox the liver, digestive and lymphatic system regularly will reduce the toxins load and help the lymphatic system to circulate better.
Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, saturated and trans fats and processed food. They contribute to the toxin load in the body.
Drink plenty of water to flush off the toxins and keeps the cellulite from forming and building up in the body. The water is also needed to flush off the excess sodium in your diet. Adequate hydration is also important in preventing water retention, which is a cause of cellulite development.
6) Essential nutrients
Glucosamine is an important supplement to build collagen and elastin, giving firmness to the skin.
Essential fatty acids, such as Omega-3, helps attract water to dehydrated cells and connective tissues such as collagen and elastin. Hydrated collagen and elastin prevent dimples appearance of the skin. Essential fatty acids also help the body to process and burn fat, reducing the size of the fat cells. You can get a good source of
Cinnamon increases blood circulation, which helps to eliminate toxin build up. Sprinkle half a teaspoon onto your oatmeal or cereal.
Cellulite can be very unsightly and they are not easily removed. You can go for cosmetic procedures but the best way is through a healthy lifestyle incorporating the above ways.
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