HELLO people, yoooo winter is here and we are starting to feel it. Remember it is not the weather that makes us sick, it is us not taking care of ourselves when the weather changes and of course not eating or sleeping right. So this winter you had better dress properly and eat properly.
So last week I was on radio speaking about cellulite and because of the short time we had I did not get into detail. So I was not surprised when a few people contacted asking me to repeat or give more details. So I did more research and here it is.
Cellulite is a condition in which the skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits, giving it a dimpled, lumpy appearance like and orange peel. It is most noticeable on the buttocks and thighs, and usually occurs after puberty or when you lose or pick up a lot of weight over a short period. Research says it affects 90% of women at one time or another in their lives imagine that, so ladies you are in good company.
Cellulite is not a clinical issue and has no underlying medical defects. Although cellulite can affect both sexes, it is much more common in females, mainly because they are more likely to have particular types of fat and connective tissue.
To be honest the true causes of cellulite are not well understood, but there are several theories that have been put forth as explanations. Among these are:
Hormonal factors – hormones likely play an important role in cellulite development. Many believe estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process.
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.
Water – people who do not drink enough water also suffer from cellulite. Our bodies are made up of 75 percent water, so it is common sense that we need to drink water throughout the day to wash out toxins, if we fail to do this certain toxins get into the fat layers encouraging 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.
There are several therapies that have been suggested to remove cellulite, but none have been supported in the scientific or medical literature. Pneumatic massages, massages that stimulate lymphatic flow, Heat therapy, ultrasound, radio frequency therapy, magnetic therapy, radial waves therapy, endermologie, electrical stimulation. Unfortunately, none of these methods have been scientifically proven to work.
Some people with cellulite wear special clothing called compression garments to reduce the appearance of cellulite. These garments try to compress arteries and increase blood and lymph flow to reduce visual cellulite. Cellulite reduction techniques such as liposuction and dieting actually do not remove cellulite. However, eating a healthful, balanced diet and exercising may be the best way to reduce the fat content in cells and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Women who believe that they can eliminate cellulite through creams, or even weight loss, are likely to be disappointed. There is absolutely no surgical or medical solution to womenâ€™s dislike of this appearance except for the psychological self-deception of wanting to believe the ads.â€
Eating healthy, low fat foods such as fruits, vegetables, and fiber can help one to avoid cellulite. Similarly exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and reducing stress, drinking lots of water are recommended to prevent cellulite.
In addition wearing thongs, boyshorts, or looser fitting undergarments can prevent cellulite that might form due to tight elastic.
That is about it folks, I hope you now have a clearer view of cellulite.Until next week, God bless!
Anastasia is anex-beauty queen, photographic model, a blogger (annruthenburg.blogspot.com), a motivational speaker, and a fashionista. Message her on 0733285730 or email on [email protected]