Combating Cellulite

Despite what you may have heard, cellulite is a skin condition that can be beat!

Research indicates there are many things that can be done to fight the appearance of dimpled skin. And believe it or not, you can begin with a few changes to your diet.

Myth: the less you weigh, the less cellulite you have.

The real culprit: damaged skin.

Unfortunately, cellulite is a skin disorder that affects most women at some point in their lives, regardless of weight. What was once considered strictly a result of being overweight, new research has shown that the appearance of cellulite is more closely related to skin damage, or, the loss of cellular water hydration.

What causes this loss of hydration?

Many factors contribute, such as: environment, stress, diet and lifestyle. If skin does not receive enough water or essential, cell-building nutrients, dehydration sets in, causing fat cells, normally contained deep within the dermal layer of the skin, to bulge out between the collagen and elastin fibers. The result of this breakdown? You guessed it; cellulite.

But why?

Well, it begins with the blood vessels. Responsible for transporting oxygen, water and nutrients to the cells, blood vessels are an important component of healthy skin. A break down in the blood vessels causes a chain-reaction within the dermal layer of the skin that may, eventually, lead to the tell-tale, orange peel appearance of cellulite. Most importantly, a breakdown of the blood vessels is considered the start of cellular water loss and may even be the reason cellulite develops in the first place.

Are there prevention measures?

Yes! Hydrating the skin from the inside-out is one key component to preventing or even reversing the signs of cellulite and a great start is to strengthen blood vessels, as well as support the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. In addition to staying hydrated and drinking enough water, consider supplementing your diet with certain nutrients that are particularly effective in the fight against cellulite, including: grape seed extract, glucosamine sulfate and gotu kola.

Fatty acids?

As ironic as it may sound, another tip to help combat cellulite is to ensure your diet includes an adequate amount of essential fatty acids, or EFAs. Not produced naturally by the body, EFAs must be obtained through the diet. Luckily, they are easy to consume-and tasty! Try cold-water fish, such as salmon, trout, and tuna, as well as ground flaxseeds, raw nuts, walnut oil, sesame oil, legumes and grape seed oil. EFAs not only build muscle, regulate immune and inflammatory responses, normalize blood pressure and improve brain function, they also manufacture and repair cell membranes, attracting water back to cells and preventing it from weakening connective tissue.

Supplement your skin care regimen with these essential nutrients and say hello to smoother, dimple-free and glowing skin!

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