Cellulite describes a condition where the skin of the lower limbs, abdomen, and pelvic region take on an ‘orange peel’ appearance after puberty. It can occur in men and women but is much more common in women.
One plausible explanation which 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 much less flexible than a man’s. As females gain weight their fat cells expand, and tend to bulge upwards towards the surface of the skin, resulting in the classic dimpled 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.
The causes of cellulite are poorly understood, but several factors may cause or contribute to cellulite.
Diet – Contrary to popular belief, cellulite is not related to being overweight as average and underweight people also get cellulite. However, diet has been shown to affect the development and amount of cellulite. Excessive amounts of bad fats, carbohydrates and salt, or too little water and fibre can all contribute to increased cellulite. To find out more about how diet can help tackle cellulite, why not Book a Consultation.
Hormonal havoc – It is particularly common for pubescent females to display some degree of cellulite and the female hormone oestrogen is believed to play a role. This is reinforced by the observation that men, who rarely get cellulite, often develop the condition when undergoing oestrogen therapy.
Toxic build up – Our bodies eliminate waste efficiently, but if a problem occurs with proper elimination, cellulite can be the result. This inefficiency of the system to cope with the “poisoning” of our bodies is normally caused by excessive indulgence and an incorrect life style. You can check out your livers capacity to remove toxins with the detoxification profile. Luckily an effective detoxification programme will minimise both toxin levels and cellulite.
Stress – A high stress lifestyle will cause an increase in adrenal hormones which have also been implicated in the development of cellulite. If you have a particularly demanding lifestyle this could be a key trigger for your cellulite. An adrenal stress index saliva test can be a really useful way of pinpointing the critical imbalances in stress hormones so they can be effectively targeted. Adrenal Stress Test
Lifestyle – Smoking, lack of exercise and sitting or standing in a single position for long periods have all been correlated with an increase in cellulite. Giving up smoking or taking up exercise can be a daunting task, but these are key changes that a nutritional therapist can help you make, as well helping you to improve your diet for long term cellulite reduction.
Poor circulation – Adequate circulation is vital for skin health. If you suffer from cold extremities or vein problems it might be lack of blood flow that is exacerbating your cellulite. Dry skin brushing, sauna therapies and the use of circulation promoting foods and supplements are key techniques that Smart Nutrition could teach you to promote circulation and skin health.