Cellulite is the term for formation of lumps and dimples in the skin. This condition is more common in women than in men. Almost 85% of women are suffering from this problem. It affects almost all age groups. Cellulite is typically considered to be a cosmetic problem rather than a health problem.
Cellulite is also known as orange peel skin or cottage cheese skin due to its mottled appearance and is usually found in thighs, hips and buttocks.
Cellulite occurs when subcutaneous fat deposits protrude through the connective tissue layer beneath the skin due to weak collagen fibers.
Excessive fat, toxins and hormones play a major role in cellulite formation.
The medical term for cellulite is gynoid lipodystrophy.
Causes of cellulite
- Poor diet
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Decreased intake of water – dehydration
- Lack of blood circulation
- Preserved and packaged foods with artificial sweeteners, additives and chemicals
- Oral contraceptive pills
- High levels of insulin
- Low levels of estrogen
- Excessive use of cosmetics
- Regular use of tight fitting clothes such as jeans and leggings
Ways to prevent cellulite
- Consume 2.5 to 3 litres of water per day
- Include foods rich in proteins, potassium and antioxidants and fiber
- Regular physical activities/exercise/yoga
- Avoid preserved foods, high glycemic foods, high sugar and fatty foods
- Reduce mental stress
- Body massage with oil and scrubbing improves blood circulation