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Sep272009

The "C" Word, Steps to keep the dreaded at bay

By Leatha Martin / Cimarron Day Spa

Just the word ‘cellulite’ is enough to strike fear into the heart of any woman. Before we know it, it has silently manipulated our once smooth and youthful skin, leaving it lumpy, potholed and unsightly. Thankfully, all is not lost. There are steps you can take to keep the dreaded cellulite at bay.

 

What is cellulite?
Cellulite is caused by toxins, which surround your fat cells and leave that lumpy, orange peel effect. It is a subcutaneous layer of fat, which means it sits just under the skin. Everyone has it, but it is thicker in women due to hormones. The reason it looks so bad is because it is near the surface. Oftentimes, it is poor circulation that adds to the problem.  It is the toxins in the body that keep it where it is.

Who gets cellulite and why?
Primarily, women who get cellulite are destined from birth to develop it. Cellulite often forms in postnatal women and those who take birth control pills. This is because the body’s waste system can’t get rid of the enormous flow of estrogen in the body. Cellulite can develop after a traumatic injury, where the circulatory system has been disturbed. A sedentary lifestyle leads to a hardening of the connective tissue, causing a dimpling of the skin. Men rarely develop cellulite because their network of fat cells occurs deep in the skin.

How to prevent cellulite.
The key to preventing and fighting cellulite is to purify the body with a combination of exercise, a healthy diet, tension reduction and proper circulation.

A detoxifying diet is a great way to start fighting cellulite. This means lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods. It also means eliminating coffee, soda, nicotine and alcohol from your life. A low-fat diet, high in fiber and complex carbohydrates, is important because these foods are easiest for the body to break down, use and eliminate. Sugar, starch, salt, spices and animal fats are harder for the body to eliminate.
A low-fat diet reduces toxins and assists in getting rid of the toxins trapped in the tissue. Drink plenty of water, up to two liters a day, to assist your body in getting rid of unwanted toxins and waste.

Exercise is extremely important in aiding proper circulation. It firms muscles and the tissue surrounding the muscles. Massage assists in fighting and preventing cellulite by stimulating the circulatory and lymphatic systems that break down fatty tissue. Massage targets areas that are difficult to stimulate with good old exercise (such as the inner knee and upper thigh areas).

To boost circulation, try skin brushing using a massage brush or glove for a couple of minutes. Start at the feet, brushing the skin in an upward movement. Doing this daily before your shower helps revitalize and improve the skin’s appearance.

Relaxation and breathing help the body relax and work properly. Proper breathing eases tension, oxygenates the body and helps with purification.

When it comes to cellulite, don’t expect miracles. By combining good eating and exercise habits with stress reduction and occasional spa treatments, smoother body skin can result. An increase in circulation through massage definitely provides an assist. 

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