Drowned conjunctive tissue, saturated with water and toxins without eliminating, is densified, giving rise to wells and lumps that remind us of the rough and irregular skin of an orange.
Cellulitis is a disease of the subcutaneous tissue that affects 99% of women to a greater or lesser extent. This disorder is not always associated with excess weight because it is also seen in thin people.
Although cellulite does not put the patient's health at risk, it is considered an aesthetic problem that modifies contours, causes discomfort and undermines the self-esteem of those who suffer from it.
Where cellulite begins
The skin is a vital organ of the human being that covers our body in order to isolate it and protect it from external aggressions. This organ is essential for life and consists of three layers.
Epidermis. This layer is the most external. Its mission is to replace cells and produce Melanin that gives color to our skin.
Dermis. It is the intermediate layer and contains blood vessels, nerve endings and sweat glands.
Hipodermis It is also called the subcutaneous tissue and is the one that contains most of the cells that store fat and are called Adipocytes.. The adipocytes accumulate fatty substance in order to regulate body temperature and cushion possible external impacts. When the storage of fats is not harmonized with the wear of these, there is an increase in body size. Thus, the adipocytes or fat cells increase their size and push the skin creating small bumps or protuberances that are manifested outside with the name of orange peel.
How cellulite is formed
The Hypodermis is made up of a multitude of adipocytes or fat cells among which circulate a series of nutritious liquids that are the support of the skin. These nutritious liquids are formed by blood, lymph, water and oxygen and besides feeding the skin they have the function of eliminating toxins. There are times when adipocytes increase their size excessively, preventing proper drainage. As a consequence of this, the intercellular fluid acquires a thick consistency and the microcirculatory system does not work properly. This process of "stagnation" and incorrect elimination of toxins produces the external malformation of the skin known as cellulite.
Factors that influence the formation of cellulite
-Have family background.
- sedentary life and lack of exercise.
-Incomplete and unbalanced diet.
- Overweight and circulatory problems.
Why cellulite affects more women than men
Cellulite is a disorder that affects women more than men. This is because the fat content of the tissues is not the same in some as in other. The man has on average 15% of fat compared to 23% that the woman has. The fat is stored in them in a dispersed manner in the belly, hips and thighs while in them it is directly in the abdomen area. On the other hand, cellulite is a phenomenon of hormonal origin closely linked to fluctuations in estrogen levels, which are typically female hormones. Another cause that influences is the distribution of fat cells in one and in others. While in women the adipocytes are organized perpendicular to the skin, in men they do it obliquely to the skin, which avoids the orange peel effect and produces less deformation of the tissues.
Periods of risk of cellulite
Cellulitis arises repeatedly linked to hormonal changes. For this reason it can be said that periods of risk in which this disorder may appear are linked to fluctuations of this type such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause.. In the same way we can include within this list the first months of taking the contraceptive pill. In adolescence there is an authentic revolution of estrogens that cause accumulations of fat in areas such as the hips and thighs. Something similar happens in pregnancy when hormone levels are altered. Finally, in the menopause stage, the female body has a greater tendency to accumulate or store fats rather than to burn or consume them.
Types of cellulite
Cellulite can be classified into several types according to their characteristics.
This type of cellulite is lodged in a special way in the abdomen, arms, buttocks and back. Soft cellulitis affects women between 30 and 40 years old who in most cases go from having an active life to a more sedentary life, and also suffer those women who have been subjected to numerous diets throughout their lives. In these cases the tissues acquire a looser and floating consistency that moves when walking. However, this type of cellulite is usually not painful.
Compact or hard cellulite
This cellulite is lodged mainly on the inside of the knees and on the outside of the thighs where it forms unsightly cartridge belts. This type of disorder usually originates during adolescence and if it is not remedied it can last forever. In contrast to soft cellulite, hard cellulite presents a compact consistency and is seen when the skin is squeezed with the fingers because it acquires a granular consistency.
This variant is one of the most problematic and is located on thighs and knees. In this case the most affected part is the lower part of the knees that widens and takes on the shape of a column. Its age of appearance occurs between 20 and 30 years and in many cases it is accompanied by cramps and varicose veins due to venous and lymphatic insufficiency.. This type of cellulite is painful and has a more rough consistency to the touch than the previous ones.
How to avoid cellulite
Cellulite must be treated from the beginning of its appearance because it can end up deforming the lower limbs of people who suffer from it. As a consequence, it is necessary to avoid a sedentary life and opt for an exercise carried out on a regular basis. A balanced diet, away from tobacco and rich in fibers, improves the circulatory system and prevents the formation of cellulite.
Foods that we must increase
Diuretic foods Green beans, asparagus, cauliflower, melon, medlar grape, peach.
Vegetables. All of them especially the beans that contain Niacin and Pantothenic Acid that are important for the health of the skin. It is important the consumption of soy that contains Phytoestrogens, which are plant hormones that control hormonal imbalances that often are also causing cellulite.
Vitamin A. This vitamin is very important for the good condition of the skin.
Whole grains That favor a greater elimination of toxins.
Evening primrose Evening primrose is an oil that is marketed in the form of pearls and that regulates certain hormonal disorders.
Foods that must be reduced
The saturated fats. This type of fats are found in whole milk, butter and especially sausages.
The salt. Salt favors the accumulation of liquids.
The alcoholic drinks. Alcohol favors the concentration of toxins difficult to eliminate.
Sugars Above all should avoid the industrial bakery that without providing vitamins or minerals provides fats that accumulate in all parts of the body.