Cellulite: Cause And Cure
Cellulite is those dimpled and lumpy blocks of fat that appear as distorted,
orange-peel skin that typically occurs in the buttocks, thighs, hips, and upper
arms. Is cellulite a unique physical problem with characteristics and
treatments all its own or just a fancy name given to ordinary fat that appears
in certain parts of the body? The word "cellulite" was first introduced into
our vocabulary in Europe over 150 years ago. Since that time, extensive study
has taken place into the actual biological and physical nature of cellulite. As
a result, a growing number of physicians and weight-loss specialists have begun
to acknowledge that cellulite is an independent physiological problem that is
not identical to regular body fat and thus, can only controlled if attention is
given to its unique aspects and the ways it differs from ordinary fat.
The fact that 90-98% of all cellulite cases occur in women is strong evidence
that cellulite formation has its basis in the structure of the subcutaneous
(fatty layer) that is unique to the female sex. In the late 70's, two extensive
studies conducted by German doctors Nurnberger and Muller, found that, in
women, the uppermost layer of the subcutaneous tissue consists of "standing fat
cell chambers" which are separated by vertical walls of connective tissue. At
the top of these upright fat cells, arc-shaped domes are formed which are weak
and more prone to fold and buckle under the pressures of excess weight, water
retention or a sedentary lifestyle. This, in turn, causes smaller compartments
of fat cells (papillae adipose) to then break up and cluster tightly just under
the skin. This combination of standing fat-cell chambers and clusters of
papillae adipose are the very elements that create the change of appearance in
the skins' surface that we know as cellulite.
What Causes Cellulite?
In a study done by Drs. Sherwitz and Braun-Falco in the late 70's, it was
determined that one cause of the rippling effect of cellulite is fluid
retention in adipose (fatty) tissues. Not only do these retained fluids cause
visible swelling of thighs, hips and abdomen, etc., but the toxic wastes they
contain break down the all-important collagen and elastin fibers that keep skin
firm and smooth. Further studies by Nurnberger and Muller showed that in skin
displaying cellulite ridges and ripples, there is a definite decrease in the
number of elastin fibers. As we age, these fibers along with the collagen
fibers generally begin to stiffen and lose their flexibility. Loss of firmness
can be hastened and amplified by swollen fat cells, accumulated fluids and
toxins, and poor circulation. When this happens the upper surface tissue and
the connective tissues between the standing fat cell chambers becomes thinner.
This creates a prime environment for further cellulite development and is why
there is more advanced cellulite in women over 40 and those with circulation
While the direct cause of cellulite is the breakdown of the connective fibers,
it is believed that the biggest reason for this breakdown is poor blood
circulation. It is poor blood circulation that creates the right environment
for cellulite to develop and grow. Many cellulite experts believe that loss of
blood flow to an area, whether caused by lack of exercise, too much sitting,
clogged arteries, or nutrient deficiency, can have a disastrous impact on
cellulite formation. Cellulite generally chooses areas that have poor
circulation to begin with and, once it forms, cellulite slows circulation even
more. If circulation is blocked, toxins that age and break down the connective
fibers accumulate. Valuable reconstructive materials like vitamin E, the fatty
acids, selenium, and vitamin C are prevented from doing their normal repair
job. The result can be the sagging, rippled type of cellulite that can afflict
even slim women in good physical condition.
What Cures Cellulite?
The most important job in eliminating cellulite is to restore normal, healthy,
vigorous circulation to the cellulite areas. Aerobic types of exercise
(jogging, dancing, and jumping rope) is one way to help restimulate the
movement of the blood throughout the body. But, because cellulite tissues are
so densely packed and since circulation, at this point, has become so very
poor, exercise is rarely enough to restore healthy circulation.
Restoring sluggish circulation to cellulite-defeating levels can be achieved by
taking large doses of the B vitamin niacin. Niacin (in the form of nicotinic
acid) has the documented ability to widen and open blood vessels throughout the
body. It is especially effective in opening those smaller blood vessels an
capillaries near the surface of the skin, even those hard-to-reach cellulite
constricted areas. Taking supplemental niacin produces a desirable and
noticeable flushing sensation as the capillaries carry nutritious, cleansing
blood deep into cellulite strong holds. This reinvigorates the cells in those
areas, allowing them to strengthen elastin and collagen fibers and even remove
the excess fluids that have contributed to cellulite.
An excess of estrogen, the female hormone, is frequently the cause of water
retention problems and ultimately cellulite. Controlling estrogen build-up can
be a major step in controlling cellulite. Vitamin B6 is one of the most
valuable nutrients for eliminating excess water and cellulite bloating. Studies
have shown that B6 is responsible for destroying excess estrogen in the liver.
B6 often has the effect of a natural diuretic as it releases water and reduces
swelling. B6 is also able to regulate the fluid and elimination process in the
body by keeping the potassium/sodium levels in balance. This is particularly
important in trying to prevent the accumulation of toxic wastes from irritating
and breaking down the skin's supporting connective fibers.
Another valuable aid for stimulating circulation and for improving the tone and
texture of cellulite-afflicted areas is brisk massage. When used, especially in combination with niacin, massage can discourage
cellulite formation as it works to improve connective tissue health.
With the influx of indisputable and well-conducted European research, many
American doctors are beginning to realize that cellulite is, indeed, a unique
form of fat accumulation. Specific nutrients like niacin to restore
circulation, B6 to fight fluid retention, and massage in conjunction with
exercise and weight control are proving to be very valuable in cellulite
elimination and control. Ultimately, though, it is up to each individual woman
who really wants to eliminate those doughy patches of dimpled flesh to follow
the health practices outlined in this report and say good-bye to cellulite once
and for all.
based on "Doctors Report On Cellulite" by Samuel Hartley, Ph.D. (date unknown)
PowerWave Tackles Weight Loss And Cellulite
Body fat can appear almost anywhere in the body, but cellulite typically occurs
in the buttocks, thighs, hips, and upper arms. These areas are relatively
inactive, metabolically, and are prone to fat accumulation. If circulation is
poor, which is often the case, the overall integrity of the connective tissue
and skin becomes compromised.
The PowerWave Dry Hydromassage system, through its mechanical action on the soft tissues, produces a reflex
vasodilatation of the blood vessels, thus increasing local circulation. From
this primary effect, the elimination of metabolites (waste products of
metabolism) from local tissues is speeded up, thereby relieving tissue
congestion. Although individual results may vary, this process temporarily
reduces the appearance of cellulite. Two or more 30 minute treatments per week
for a minimum of eight weeks are required for optimum results. Eating a healthy
diet and regular exercise may further enhance these results.
Additionally, PowerWave users have reported that their weight loss programs have
been enhanced through weekly treatments. Calorie burning is amplified through a
metabolic increase... resulting in heightened energy levels while promoting
weight loss at the same time. The circulatory increase oxygenates the blood,
speeding the delivery of nutrients to the body's cells. Detoxification, another
PowerWave benefit, also helps eliminate excess water-weight from the body.