Cellulite is a skin condition that occurs in the majority of adult women. It is characterized by dimpling and nodularity and appears mainly in the lower limbs, creating an orange peel-like appearance.
Cellulite develops in stages. The first stage is caused by small imbalances in the cells and capillaries, due to poor blood circulation. At this point, action should be taken in order to eliminate the causes that led to the reduction of blood flow. If the condition is left untreated, the body reacts by isolating the areas where the structure of cells has been altered, giving rise to the second stage of cellulite: This stage is characterized by the production of new collagen fibers that are responsible for encapsulating the affected areas. The third stage is characterized by the formation of nodules that become bigger and more painful and spread over the thighs, knees, hips, and in some cases, even the abdomen.
More specifically, here are the three types or stages of cellulite: edemateous, fibrous and sclerotic.
- Edematous (first stage or type): the problem is not visible during standing, walking and lying down and is only visible if you apply pressure to the skin. However, your legs and feet may feel heavy.
- Fibrous (second stage or type): the “orange peel look” becomes visible on the thighs, hips and buttocks. The skin is very sensitive and you may feel pain, if you press it.
- Sclerotic (third stage or type): the deformation of the skin is clearly visible and the skin feels hard. The connective tissue is soft and flabby. The afflicted parts of the body feel uncomfortably heavy.
How to get rid of cellulite:
Following an alkaline diet and reducing acidity is very helpful, if you want to get rid of cellulite. The minerals that can help the body neutralize acidity are calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, copper, iron and manganese.
Alkaline foods: onions, beans, garlic, soy products, eggs, almonds, Brazil nuts, dried fruit, non-carbonated mineral water, herbal teas.
Acid-forming foods to avoid: meat, cheese, peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, sugar, white flour, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, carbonated drinks, cheap refined oil, margarine and most cooked foods.
Another important step in fighting this condition is physical activity. Leading a sedentary lifestyle can cause muscle atrophy. As a result, the connective tissue becomes flaccid and soft and blood circulation becomes very poor. Well trained muscles can also increase the amount of calories you burn every day and even help you lose weight, because muscle is the most metabolically active tissue of the body.