Saturday, December 12, 2009

Why do we get cellulite? And what can we do about it?

Whether to sugar coat it or not - it's not going to help. So let's face it, we all have cellulite here or there, at some point of our lives. And as we get older, it gets worse. We are cursed.

Our mother nature made us "women" and our bodies are serving as temporary home for a baby and that home has to be insulated to provide protection to the growing baby. And then, baby is born, but we retain extra deposits of fat, lumpy hips and tights. Hormonal changes kick start the process.

Cellulite affects 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men, mostly in industrial nations. As women start approaching menopause, estrogen starts decreasing. From 25 to 35 is when we start seeing the appearance of cellulite. Estrogen has an impact on the blood vessels. When estrogen starts to decrease, we lose receptors in blood vessels and thighs, so we have decreased circulation. With decreased circulation we get less oxygen and nutrition to that area, and with that we see a decrease in collagen production…. At that time fat cells start becoming larger, they begin protruding through the collagen and cellulite starts showing it's ugly head (or heads). Also as we get older we tend to get less active and consume more of the "comfort foods" that usually is full of trans fats and sugars.

Each fat cell is surrounded by delicate net-like fibers. In the angular spaces between the cells are capillaries and nerve supplies that form a loose combination of interlaced blood vessels throughout the tissue.

Fatty tissue is subdivided into small lobes by connective tissue. This is visible with the naked eye, and is more obvious in regions where the fat is subjected to pressure and has a cushioning or shock-absorbing effect. In other regions the connective tissue are thinner and the lobular organization of the tissue is less apparent.

Identifying the True Cause of Cellulite will bring you much closer to Getting Rid of Cellulite

The actual cause of cellulite is weak skin cells and connective tissues in the area where women collect fat in small box-like cell structures, called adipocytes, beneath the dermis (an evolutionary response in females for the needs of pregnancy). Such weakeness impairs the ability of the tissues of the vertical walls that separate the adypocytes or fat chambers to withhold them and thus can not avoid distention, protruding, buckling & folding of fat deposits.

In normal areas the adipocytes are hidden under the skin, but in cellulite they get squished upwards for a mixture of reasons (including excess weight, fluid retention, weakness of skin structures and damage to the walls of the boxes) and they press against the skin, creating that domed and dimply look.

Again, cellulite occurs when fat cells stretch underlying tissue in the affected areas and protrude from around the connective tissue that attaches skin to muscle -and tends to develop in almost 90% of women at some point.

As the skin sustains damage from a myriad of sources such as aging and insults from the environment, it loses its essential water holding capacity and weakens. Cellulite is caused by skin that has deteriorated and dehydrated to the point where buoyant fat cells trapped just below the skin are able to push into the dermis, the middle layer of skin, and show through the surface.

A combination of heredity, female hormones and poor circulation also cause connective tissue fibers under the skin to lose elasticity and harden. The result: skin tightens and can no longer stretch or expand normally. This squeezes fat cells through the fibers unevenly, causing a "honey comb" of small lumps and bumps.

A healthy diet is a key in your battle against cellulite. Eat foods that are natural and have a low amount of processed fats and other harmful chemicals. If you choose a diet high in fruits and vegetables, you’ll be able to give your body a chance to break down the fat cells and reduce the production of new fat cells that will continue to cause cellulite. Drink a lot of water. Water is an excellent way to clear your system of toxins, another main cause of cellulite in the most problematic areas.

Exercise is one of the most important parts of fighting cellulite. Choose an exercise routine that you enjoy. You don’t need to go to the gym. If you enjoy a sport, find a way to practice it on a regular basis. Playing tennis, going for a walk, or even riding a bike can all be very effective in breaking down those toxins and fat cells that cause cellulite.

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