Best Anti Cellulite Treatment: Home Remedy
The effects of Cellulite
Cellulite has been declared a disease by the World Health Organization, who consider its physiological effects enough to lower self esteem and confidence in people.
It is not surprising, either.
The unattractive pitted, lumpy orange peel appearance affects both sexes and its appearance is not entirely fat tissue or body weight related…
There are hormonal factors at play as well as muscular tension, too.
However, increased fat cell size and count will make the situation worse, so it is important to understand that bad eating habits have their part to play.
That is a simplistic view of cellulite. It is actually a very complex narrative including the lymphatics, the circulatory system on a micro scale, and fat bulging through the layer of deep skin.
However, too much estrogen has an important role as it promotes lipogenesis, and it is the hormone imbalance that women in their menopause experience which tends to bring a higher chance of cellulite.
Yet, men can suffer from it too, particularly if they are taking treatment to lower their natural test levels should they be treating a condition such as an enlarged prostate. Lowering their T levels will increase estrogen.
For women, the cellulite tends to be spread around the buttocks, thighs and abdominal region.
If men have cellulite it is visible more predominantly around the neck and lower abdomen.
Cellulite has a purpose!
So, while cellulite may seem a terrible affliction that even the slim and young cannot escape, there is a completely natural and normal condition for why women suffer from it.
Cellulite is the body’s way to maximize the deep layers of fat within the skin in order to preserve enough calorific value to aid sustain pregnancy and breast feeding.
There has yet to be a direct link between obesity and cellulite as it can affect women who are slim and active.
How to identify Cellulite
You may think it is easy to identify cellulite.
On the face of it, it is.
It’s dimply, looks like cottage cheese and maybe accompanied by deeper coloring associated tiny visible blood vessels.
However, there are differing types of cellulite caused by different clinical reasons.
Not to mention that, the skin surface can also offer up different characteristics.
It is important to understand and appreciate the divining characteristics and reasons behind the development of cellulite so you can move forward with the best course of treatment.
Reasons for the development of cellulite:
- Too much fat mass
- Lymphatic and blood vessel pressure
- Lack of muscular development
There’s then the differing characteristics:
- Tough due to active lifestyle and muscular development
- Visible in slender people
- Hydropic, which is due to serious cardiovascular system problems
Reasons for Cellulite
Let’s remember, that cellulite is completely normal, and has a function in women – notably for reproduction.
However, the effects can be worsened by an increased lipogenesis activity.
This effectively means the nurture and development of fat cells. Fat cells can grow up to four times their size and then divide.
This is when your body is storing fat rather than processing it for energy use due to the increased consumption of fats and carbohydrates which supports lipogenesis.
[Martini MC. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Lekarskie PZWL; 2007. Kosmetologia i farmakologia skóry; pp. 300–309.]
A poor nutritional diet which includes too many preservatives and salt can cause a retention to too much fluids which will aid swelling.
This then can have an effect on your lymphatic and microcirculatory system. A relationship between fatty tissue build up and circulation processes involving veins has been identified.
The constriction of blood vessels that can be caused by nicotine from smoking. This supports the condition of hypoxia of the tissues.
This reduction in circulation of the vessels results in swelling, this can also then increase blood pressure which then increases the thickness of blood making the blood flow less freely which in turn means there’s a loss and lack of oxygen being circulated.
[Pura-Rynasiewicz A. Dermatologia i Uroda. Wiosna-Lato; 2010. Cellulit – choroba czy defekt kosmetyczny? pp. 3–4.]
A lack of exercise will also increase these symptoms by reducing blood circulation and support the development of fatty tissues…
Women tend to have the distribution of cellulite around there thighs, particularly to the rear, and their abdomen.
One factor that can contribute to the condition of cellulite accumulation is lack of muscular development.
This can be a feature for women who are slim yet still suffer from the condition.
The condition can be a result of the muscles being to pliable, loose and without sufficient strength of the glutes and hamstrings which are located to the rear of the thigh.
Anti Cellulite Treatment
With the above reasons above, this should stimulate a few of your own ideas to help combat cellulite.
Depending on a number of factors, certain aspects may be the major cause for your cellulite. For instance, it could mainly be too much fat mass or not enough muscular strength.
Then of course, there’s the possible other factors that can be more difficult to alter, such as genetics.
Now, it must be understood that there is no form of treatment available that can completely rid you of cellulite.
[Wassef C, Rao Babar K. The science of cellulite treatment and its long-term effectiveness. J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2012;14:50–58.]
No, at present the best form of treatment is to use a number of therapies that can all assist each other and help lessen the effects and try to eliminate as much of each contributing factor as possible.
Essentially like the Air Force, Navy and Army all working together to win a war. The war on cellulite!
So, here we list the methods of treatment available that can help alleviate the effects of cellulite and its condition.
As already mentioned, for best effects (although complete eradication is impossible), you should combine different therapies.
Substances such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins such as A and E found in toning creams and botanicals plus amino acids and hydroxyacids.
Extracts of the horse chestnut and arnica include active ingredients that can help tighten the blood and lymphatic vessels. Ingredients such as:
The theory behind supplements is to increase thermogenisis.
Thermogenesis is whereby certain foods, vitamins, nutrients and compounds can raise the body temperature.
With an increase of body temperature comes a trigger to increase the metabolism and it burns more calories.
Therefore, you need to look for supplements that contains ingredients such as:
- Catechins (found in Green Tea)
- Cayenne (Capsicum)
Using supplements that contains B vitamins, in particular B6, B12, B5 ad B9 are helpful.
This combination of vitamins can help stimulate lipolysis and suppress the effects of lipogenysis which you can read more about, here.
Essentially, lipolysis can help aid fat loss whereas lipogenysis is the process of storing fat which will then contribute to the effects of cellulite.
Physical Activity & Nutrition
Regular physical activity works on three levels here.
- Improves circulation
- Strengthens and tightens muscles
- Burns calories
Regular physical activity can increase the tone ad the strength of your full body musculature.
In particular, for the trouble areas of cellulite, increased strength of the glutes and hamstrings would benefit those who are still slim yet fail to have have the muscular development required to reduce the appearance of dimpled and undulating skin.
Incorporating resistance exercise such as squats and deadlift would benefit greatly.
A diet fit for purpose and to compliment regular exercise with benefit you and help lessen the physical and physiological effects of cellulite.
A mentioned earlier, if we eat too much food laden with preservatives and salt it will stimulate fluid retention which contributes to the worsening effects of cellulite.
Therefore, whole, natural foods are much better than those that are available for convenience.
Lean cuts of meat, vegetables, eggs, grains, nuts, fish, lentils, legumes and berries as found in a Mediterranean diet can benefit your overall health.
Many convenience foods contains Omega-6 fatty acids which can increase inflammation and disease.
Too much salt in a diet can also lead to high blood pressure, thickening of the blood, reduced circulation and cardiovascular disease.
It is the thickening of blood and decreased blood flow that can also exacerbate cellulite.
It is these easily accessible home remedies that you can try yourself for low cost and incorporate together to attack cellulite in three ways for the best chance of reducing the unattractive appearance.
However, remember that cellulite is natural and can affect all people regardless of weight or body type.