Cellulite is the infiltration of toxic wastes into the body. The body identifies these toxins and isolates them by encapsulating them with fat cells. When the fat cells become engorged, there is an “implosion” that can create scar tissue or adhesions that affect the skin layer. This is the dimpling affect that we see as evidence. The causes of cellulite do vary; each body responds individually to certain elements. Not all fat on the thighs is cellulitic.
Contributing factors to cellulite are:
o Over abundance of refined foods and fats in the diet
o Poor elimination
o Fluid retention
o Genetic/inherent poor circulation
o Hormonal changes
o Injury to area
Cellulite is not always associated with obesity; it can be present anytime the body is struggling to maintain an appropriate protein balance. Protein imbalances cause electrolyte imbalances. There is the case of a prima ballerina that was on a “low-fat” diet and although she practiced and worked out 6 to 8 hours per day, she still had cellulite. What possibly could cause this phenomena? The “low-fat” diet included refined and processed foods containing transfats and preservatives. The body looks at these as toxins. We do need certain, healthy fats, called essential fatty acids for our systems to function properly. EFA’s are readily available in vegetable form, such as flaxseed oil and olive oil, as well as fish. Salmon is a great source of EFA’s. On a cellulite program stay away from food with labels listing hydrogenated oils or transfats and look for polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats. Olive oil is an example of monounsaturated fat. Another challenge for our ballerina was that she did not nourish the body with the trace elements, minerals, vitamins, amino acids and enzymes that supported her protein and electrolytic balance.
Detoxification is an important factor when working with cellulite. We must “clear the palette”, by removing toxins so that we are able to begin nourishing the body to provide the elements needed for whole health. Drinking water is one of the most efficient methods to begin your detoxification program, along with a healthy eating plan, exercise and spa treatments that support stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems of the body.