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Reduce Cellulite

What is Cellulite
Cellulite is a series of ripples of fat cells and subcutaneous connective tissue under the skin. Usually found on the thighs and butt, especially in women, it has a characteristic 'orange peel' appearance. It affects women but very few men, probably because of a difference in cell structure between men and women.

One Plausible Cause of Cellulite
One plausible explanation - which also explains why very few men suffer from cellulite - is based on the composition and behaviour of women's fat cells and the connective tissue that holds them in place. Very simply, a woman's connective tissue is very inflexible, so as she gains weight and her fat cells expand, they tend to bulge upwards towards the surface of the skin, giving the classic orange-peel appearance of cellulite. In men, not only is there generally less fat on the thighs, but also the outer skin is thicker and thus obscures what is happening to any surplus fat below.

Does Being Overweight Cause Cellulite
By itself, being overweight does not automatically cause cellulite. True, many people with obesity do have cellulite, but some don't. Also, some people with cellulite have slim figures and an ideal weight. Post menopausal women tend to have more cellulite than younger people, although it's also prevalent in adolescents.

Does Dieting Help to Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite?
Does dieting help reduce cellulite? Like any other fat or fat cells, cellulite fat responds to calorie-restriction and is burned off by calorie-deficit, but it is the stored fat that goes away - the fat cell is still present and can refill if calorie excess resumes. That is why many treatments of cellulite are directed at the surgical removal of the fat cells themselves.

PHB Healthcare Tips on How to reduce the Appearance of Cellulite

  • Maintain a normal weight. If you are overweight reduce your weight gradually.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Avoid unnecessary medication, like diet-pills, pep-pills, sleeping pills, laxatives and diuretics.
  • Reduce your intake of coffee, alcohol, high-fat foods and highly processed foods.
  • Eat plenty of fiber.
  • Drink plenty of water and eat regular daily helpings of fresh fruit.
  • Take regular vigorous exercise
  • Try rubbing a good quality aloe vera cream into the cellulite-affected areas
  • Avoid all expensive so-called 'cures' for cellulite.

What Causes Cellulite?
We don't know why cellulite is caused. Some experts believe it is caused by a problem in the fat cells. Others believe toxins in the system are responsible for cellulite. Other experts think hormones cause cellulite. As yet, no consensus has emerged as to the root cause of cellulite.

Does Being Overweight Cause Cellulite
By itself, being overweight does not automatically cause cellulite. True, many people with obesity do have cellulite, but some don't. Also, some people with cellulite have slim figures and an ideal weight. Post menopausal women tend to have more cellulite than younger people, although it's also prevalent in adolescents.

Excess Fat and Cellulite
However, there is a clear association between excess fat and cellulite. The enlarged fat cells put pressure on connective tissue which affects the skin's smoothness and tautness. To keep the layer of connective tissue between the fat cells supple, eat foods rich in bioflavonoids and vitamin C.

Is There a Cure for Cellulite
Bottom line - despite intensive research, there is no non-surgical cure for cellulite.

Which Products Help to Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite?
As stated, there is no non-surgical cure for cellulite, although certain products may help alleviate symptoms. The herb Gota kola seems to help relieve symptoms of cellulite: so does a good quality Aloe Vera cream. But no product offers a complete cure for cellulite.

How to Cope with Cellulite
As I say, there is no cure for cellulite. But this doesn't mean you have to sit on your butt waiting for scientists to come up with the answer! If you don't fancy the idea of liposuction weight loss surgery, you can still help matters by cleansing your system, reducing your weight abd fat and getting active.

Healthcare’s Weight Loss Program
My weight loss diet program won't cure cellulite. It will however help you to develop healthy, long term eating habits that will help you reduce fat and lose weight. Losing weight is still considered to be of assistance in reducing cellulite.

Healthy Diet For Cellulite
As mentioned previously, there is no such thing as a cellulite-reduction diet plan. A straightforward healthy eating plan will help to strengthen our overall inner health and resistance and may help improve cellulite-related functions, like lymph flow and blood circulation, but the diet won't affect the cellulite directly. It can only help to strengthen, cleanse or detox the body.

Here are some very useful foods to include in your cleansing diet to help your cellulite. Eat organic varities where possible.

Fresh Fruit
Containing fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals (eg. bioflavonoids and anti-ageing anthocyanidins), as well as water, fruit is one of the top health and cleansing foods. The vitamin C in particular contains antioxidants that combat the harmful free-radicals found in things like, alcohol, fried and smoked food and cigarette smoke.

Especially healthy fruits include: apples, blueberries, cherries, blackberries, cantaloupe melons, cranberries, grapefruit, grapes, kiwifruit, mango, oranges, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries.

Note: Start the day by drinking a glass of hot water with a squeeze of lemon. This helps to detox your liver and revitalise the body.

Nuts and Seeds
Containing omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamins like B-complex, and vitamin E, as well as important antioxidant minerals like selenium (Brazils), nuts and seeds are another super-health food. Eat unsalted nuts, like almonds, cashews, brazil nuts and walnuts; seeds like sunflower, flaxseeds, poppy seeds and pumpkin seeds.

Fresh Vegetables
Like fruit, vegetables contain fibre as well as a huge range of vitamins, minerals and phyto-chemicals. In particular, some vegetables are good sources of the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E which help improve resistance against serious disease. Antioxidant-rich foods are also supposed to strengthen the skin's connective tissue; helpful because weak connective tissue permits the intrusion of fatty cells into the epidermis causing the familiar appearance of cellulite on thighs and butt.

Especially healthy veggies include: artichokes, bell-peppers, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, fennel, leeks, onions, salad leaves, spinach, tomatoes.

Herbs and Spices
Among the best are: chili, chives, garlic, ginger, mustard, parsley.

Drink only mineral water. Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day.

Gota Kola to reduce Cellulite

Gota Kola Treatment May Reduce Cellulite
In clinical trials, the gota kola herb (Centella asiatica) has been found to strengthen connective tissue, increase circulation in the legs and improve cellulite. It assists in the elimination of excess fluids by improving the function of the lymph system. However, although Gota kola helps reduce cellulite under certain conditions, it is not a cure for cellulite, and diet and exercise are still important.

Gota kola is native to Sri Lanka and South Africa and has been used for centuries in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions, from leprosy to cellulite.

Reduce Cellulite With Healthy Diet and Exercise
What you eat and drink will make a difference to the amount of cellulite you have, especially when combined with regular exercise.
To help reduce or prevent cellulite forming:

  • Avoid processed and refined foods which contain excess salt, sugar or fat.
  • Follow a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, beans and legumes. These high fiber foods help eliminate waste and toxins.
    Reduce your intake of sugar, salt and alcohol, all of which create a build up of toxins in the body.

Gota kola Dosage
For advice on how much Gota kola to take (and in what form to take it), please consult your doctor and/or a qualified herbalist, especially if you are on medication.
Two leaves a day is a common dosage and most references indicate that it is a well tolerated herb. However, do not take it continuously.

Also, in a few studies it has been found that very large doses of Gota kola can cause vertigo, headaches, and photosensitivity. It is recommended that children under 2 years old should not be given this herb.

Alternatively, Gota kola is widely available as a herbal supplement. It is said that taking a 30mg supplement of gota kola three times daily helps strengthen the connective tissue and keep it smooth.

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