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How Cellulite Forms

Posted on April 13, 2015 | 0 comments
Cellulite is, above all, a signal that the body's circulation is slowing down and becoming ineffective.  Research carried out in Italy shows clearly that cellulite cells are different from all other fat cells. Definite physical changes take place in the cells resulting in enlarged capillaries and a weakening of the capillary walls.

The capillaries become greatly enlarged, and blood plasma seeps out of them into the surrounding fatty tissue. This causes the fat cells to bunch up together, rather than being widely separated. The effect of this is that the lymph nodes, which normally would drain away excess fluid, become unable to cope, and so the excess plasma stays in the cells.

 

At the same time as all this is happening, the walls of the fat cells change their structure, to become thickened by extra deposits of collagen. When this takes place, there is further congestion of the circulation, resulting in even more cellulite. So, whenever you have some cellulite, conditions are always created for more to form. The fatty cells become waterlogged and toxin loaded, full of junk the body simply cannot eliminate.

Cellulite forms when women’s bodies produce or take in too much oestrogen, resulting in waste matter being pushed away from vital organs. At the same time as this increased oestrogen pushes the waste away, we are taking in too much junk in the form of food residues, chemicals, artificial additives and preservatives, nicotine, alcohol and tobacco.

As the body was not designed to cope with all these non-nutrients, it simply does not know what to do with them. Although the liver can detoxify a certain amount of hormones out of the blood, and keep the bloodstream relatively clear, it cannot manage vastly increased amounts of oestrogen. Nor can it cope with the daily onslaught of junk foods and junk substances. There is no biological mechanism to rid our bodies of the huge amount of junk and pollution which daily invade them.

There are basically two kinds of junk the body has to deal with – the water-soluble kind and the fat soluble kind. The kidneys handle the former, and the liver looks after the latter. If all the waste material which enters our bodies had to be coped with by the liver we would become seriously ill with liver-related problems. As it is, women are protected by the mechanisms that send the rubbish to out-of-the-way places.

This is the main reason why, although we speak of cellulite ‘sufferers’, very few of them are ever conscious of the process. They cannot feel the cellulite being formed but are very aware of the unsightly bumps once they have appeared – and they will certainly experience pain when undergoing the kind of hard massage needed to get rid of intractable deposits. But usually cellulite sufferers feel just the same as any other women. This is because our hormonal structure has acted to protect us in a way that it does not protect men. Patricia Davis says: "The formation of cellulite is really nature protecting those who have to reproduce the species. A lot of poisons get locked in fatty cells, but this is far better for the system than that they should be trapped in the liver, kidneys or arteries." She defines cellulite as a state in which the cells of the subcutaneous fatty layer are invaded by watery deposits carrying toxic waste matter. Poor circulation of the blood and a sluggish lymphatic system underlie this condition, and women who have a sedentary job or lifestyle and take little or no exercise are those most often affected.

The other factor, says Davis, is a diet high in toxic substances – tea, coffee and alcohol, red meats, animal fats and foods containing additives such as artificial colours, flavourings, preservatives or emulsifying chemicals. Smoking is another toxic risk, and living or working in an atmosphere laden with other people’s smoke can be almost as bad.

"When a high level of toxins in the body is found jointly with a poor circulation," she adds, "the conditions exist in which cellulite can develop. Circulation becomes sluggish in the affected areas, so not enough life-giving oxygen can reach the cells from the blood. At the same time, toxins lodge in the cells because the flow of blood is not sufficient to carry them away. The lymphatic system becomes overworked and cannot drain the cell fluid away effectively. And so, gradually, the whole area becomes stagnant."

I don’t need any further proof to tell me that cellulite exists. Do you?

I believe that the main reason doctors continue to deny the existence of cellulite is that they have no treatments at all to deal with it. There are no pills which will send it away, and diuretics, which are often prescribed to people with a water retention problem, can result in serious losses of the essential mineral potassium. Nor will plastic surgery or the newer liposuction successfully eliminate cellulite deposits. Although surgery can be a very effective means of slicing away fat – if you can stand the pain, the expense and the possible complications afterwards – it does not ensure that none will ever return. In fact, if you have a toxic system, the cellulite will come back almost immediately, as you have not solved the problem. You may have cleared the drain for the time being, but you have not tackled the reason for its becoming blocked in the first place.

 

Carol Burgers
IAHB/ITEC (Austria) DIP.Reflexology/Shiatsu/Aromatherapy/Massage

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Oedema and Celluvac Part three

Posted on March 31, 2015 | 0 comments

As discussed in Part Two last week, oedema  is the term used for the retention of water in a sluggish lymphatic system. Without intervention, some of this lymph and its impurities end up getting re-absorbed into the body and the hard residue sticking to the tissues just below the skin become those deposits that start forming cellulite. Daily use of the Celluvac massage will definitely help stimulate the lymph system and assist the body in getting rid of the stagnant fluid; another way you can assist your body in it's fight against oedema and cellulite is by eating the right foods. Below is a list of 'Good Foods', that help remove impurities and promote the stimulation of the lymph system.

Water  - Drink between 6 - 8 cups of water daily (1.5L - 2L).

Fresh fruits and vegetables - Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. Remember, you can eat as much veg as you like, but limit yourself to two small fruits. Below id a list of the fruit and veg you should opt for first.

Melons
Bananas
Citrus fruits
Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Watercress
Carrots
Celery
Broccoli
Spinach
Cauliflower
Asparagus
Brussels sprouts
Beetroot
Green Leafy veg

Proteins - Eating a portion of protein with every meal ensures that you body is able to produce enough albumin, which is vital in the prevention of oedema. Below are protein-rich foods you should tuck into.

Salmon
Chicken
Eggs
Cheese


Good Fats - These are specific fats which actually help you body in it's fight against weight gain, oedema and cellulite.

Avocados
Olive oil
Coconut oil

Vitamins and minerals - Make sure you're getting enough of these vitamins and minerals as they help combat cellulite.

Vitamin B5
Vitamin B6
Potassium
Calcium
Vitamin D


As a rule of thumb, remember that foods that are either sodium free or very low in sodium are generally very good at preventing water retention.

Carol Burgers
IAHB/ITEC (Austria) DIP.Reflexology/Shiatsu/Aromatherapy/Massage

 

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Oedema and Celluvac Part Two

Posted on March 23, 2015 | 0 comments

As discussed in Part One last week, oedema  is the term used for the retention of water in a sluggish lymphatic system. This liquid is comprised of impurities and toxins that would normally be eliminated had the system been functioning correctly. Instead of getting flushed out and evacuated from the body, this "heavy" and "dirty" liquid lies stagnant in the lymph. Without intervention, some of this lymph and its impurities end up getting re-absorbed into the body and the hard residue sticking to the tissues just below the skin become those deposits that start forming cellulite. While the Celluvac massage can help stimulate the lymph system and assist the body in getting rid of the stagnant fluid you will find prevention is always better than cure. One of the ways you can prevent this build up is by looking at the food you consume.

Sodium and sodium rich foods that affect fluid retention. 

The human  body is sensitive and is always trying to maintain homeostasis at the cellular level. Your cells are filled and surrounded with water. Around and within those cells specific water percentages are controlled by chemical process which involve sodium and potassium levels, Hormones and proper kidney function.  Generally if you are taking in an excess amount of sodium  (which is easy to do in today's society,) the mechanism which expels the water from your cells is inhibited thus causing them to swell.  This is the basic science behind sodium related water retention.

Foods to avoid that exacerbate cellulite: 

Salty foods  - keeping the salt shaker at bay is good practice.

Processed and preserved meats -  preserved foods contain salt to prevent spoiling by prohibiting the forming of bacteria and to enhance the flavor sodium is added

Canned foods - sodium us added to make sweet things even sweeter, and  it can also mask unsavory or metallic flavors that accompany packaged and processed products

Packaged meals -  microwaved meals, though convenient are high in salt and sodium, as are frozen drinks; instant meals; and toaster snacks

Next week we will discuss the foods that assist our bodies in their fight against Cellulite

Carol Burgers
IAHB/ITEC (Austria) DIP.Reflexology/Shiatsu/Aromatherapy/Massage

 

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