Monday, April 28, 2008

Cellulite Treatments: Eight Methods of Cellulite Prevention (Part Two)

The Best Way to Get Rid of Cellulite is Prevention

In my previous post we started a list of eight different methods you could employ to help prevent cellulite. We were only able to get to methods 1 -4 with the first post due to the sheer length of the post (I didn't want reading it to be an all-day affair), so I decided to break it up into Parts 1 & 2, although leaving it as one long post could be a great cure for insomnia.

Again, using preventative measures to reduce cellulite is definitely the most profitable way to go. The great thing about it is that there are ancillary benefits of going the preventative route; taking these steps can many times lead to weight loss and skin rejuvenation as well. So without further adieu, let's dive in...

Eight Methods of Cellulite Prevention (Part Two)

Method # 5: Use Amino Acids to Aid in the Production of Elastin & Collagen

Elastin & collagen are the "dynamic duo" of skin health. As we all know, cellulite formation is all about the type of condition your skin is in, so it would behoove us to know exactly what the building blocks are for healthy skin versus unhealthy skin. Healthy skin contains healthy levels of both collagen and elastin.

So what is collagen? Collagen is basically a fibrous protein that aids in the support of other tissues of the body (think tendons, cartilage, skin, etc.). And what is elastin? Elastin is another type of protein that is primarily responsible for providing flexibility to the skin. Elastin is what makes your skin "snap back into shape" when it is pulled or stretched.

Now why did I take you through the definitions of both of these proteins? Because they are essential to maintaining the health and strength of the dermis (the second layer of skin that houses the connective tissue). But, we still have to back up a step, because in order for collagen & elastin to be present, the building blocks for these proteins have to be present first. This is where amino acids become very important, because they are the foundational substances upon which the body's proteins are built. Including a supplementation of essential amino acids in your diet will greatly aid in the production of elastin and collagen, which can greatly assist in strengthening your skin's defenses against cellulite formation.

Method # 6: Promote Strong Blood Vessels

The breakdown of the skin's strength does not originate first with the skin itself; it comes rather from weakened blood vessels. As I briefly summarized in my post on cellulite reduction, a healthy circulatory system means that your blood is able to fully provide nutrients to all of the different vital areas of the body. Without strong blood vessels, the nutrients in the blood are inefficiently transported, causing only a small percentage of nutrients to effectively reach the body's cells. Over time, this causes the skin to weaken and not be able to withstand the ever-stubborn cellulite from forming. Stretch marks can also be a by-product of under-nourished skin due to cell malnutrition.

The best way to strengthen the blood vessels is through a combination of nutritional supplements that perform internal functions geared to that purpose (this would require a competely different post to explain in detail), as well as possibly the use of procedures such as skin brushing, or even the use of certain topical skin creams (again, these things require more detail than one post can justifiably undertake).

Method # 7: Prevent Prolonged Inflammation

Although inflammation of the skin is actually a defense mechanism built into the body to aid in the recovery of damaged skin (i.e., infection, injury, sunburn), prolonged inflammation can cause damaging effects. Prolonged inflammation will actually "sabotage" the skin by doing the very same damage to the skin that it was initially intended to prevent, including deterioration of the cell walls. To keep this from happening, it would be a good idea to apply some level of anti-inflammatory products that can be taken either internally or externally (topically) to soothe the inflamed area, and prevent potential damage from occurring later. Once again, to delve into the details of which type of anti-inflammatory product to use would be far beyond the scope of this post, but it is advisable to do thorough research on the best one to use, including dosage amounts (and duration) and potential side effects.

Method # 8: Stimulate Stronger Connective Tissue

The combination of body chemicals known as hyperpolymerized glycosaminoglycans ("GAG's" for short) are the building blocks that comprise the body's connective tissue. Glucosamine, perhaps a more familiar term to those who are nutrition & weight loss savvy, is metabolized into GAG's, which are essential to the production of connective tissue. When the connective tissue of the body is strong, it is able to act as a "fortress" against stubborn fat cells that would otherwise occupy the space that would be available if the connective tissue were to break down. Connective tissue that has been damaged or broken down creates an unhealthy dermis, which when compromised, easily clears a pathway for the fat cells to float to the surface, creating the famous dimpled appearance of cellulite.

The way to stimulate the production of these vital GAG's is to increase the level of glucosamine that is available for the body to metabolize, as well as adding an ample supply of B-complex vitamins and various trace minerals to the mix to provide the essential nutrients the body needs to faciliate GAG production. This can be done through proper supplementation, which simply amounts to a visit to your local nutritional supplement store.

Hopefully the past two posts have given you a better insight into the type of effort required to maintain a preventative posture where cellulite reduction is concerned. Use these points in your own journey to prevent cellulite, and remember--when it comes to learning new methods of cellulite reduction, more tools in your arsenal are always better than less.

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