Cellulite: The Causes And Treatments

As the weather starts to get warmer outside, many of us start looking ahead towards summer, and spending lazy days on a beach somewhere with a cool drink in hand. While for many of us this mental picture brings with it a sense of calm and relaxation, for others this can bring forth a feeling of anxiety with regards to the weight gained during the winter months and the appearance of cellulite on our bodies.

While affecting women predominantly, cellulite has nothing to do with the excessive presence of fat in one’s body, as many women may think. In fact, cellulite occurs when fat cells do not align properly with the connective tissue underneath. As a result a “dimpled” appearance occurs.

While unsightly as cellulite may be to some women, the reason for its appearance varies from case to case. However, the fact that this condition occurs predominantly in women tells doctors that its presence is most likely related to the estrogen hormone levels in women. Other factors that are believed to contribute to the appearance of cellulite include stress and dietary reason such as the excessive consumption of carbohydrates, and having a low amount of fiber in one’s diet. There is also the belief that there are those who might be more genetically inclined to get cellulite. Individuals who also have lymphatic or circulatory issues are also at an increased risk for having cellulite.

Now that you know about the causes of cellulite, it’s time to discuss how to treat cellulite. A healthy diet and exercise is the first step in the treatment of cellulite. Making sure you have a whole-food diet with lots of fruits and vegetables will make sure that you’re getting the nutrients and fiber your body needs to function efficiently. Exercise will also help decrease your body fat content, often resulting in either the disappearance of the cellulite, or at least a reduction in its appearance.

Once you’ve incorporated a good diet and exercise regime in to your lifestyle the next step is to target the stress. Make sure you take time out of your day just for you. Go get a massage once and a while. Massages are not only great for helping you relax but they stimulate your lymphatic system, and massaging the areas affected by cellulite has been found to help reduce the “dimpled” appearance.

If these two steps don’t solve your cellulite woes, you might want to consult your doctor as there might be other factors present. For instance, certain thyroid issues have been linked to cellulite. So if you’re taking care of your body, and cellulite persists, consider talking to your doctor as there might be something more serious going on undiagnosed inside your body.

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