It is estimated that over 80% of women have cellulite. Cellulite is dimpled looking skin occurring around the thigh, buttock and hip area. It is not necessarily a medical issue but can be unsightly and make women more sensitive and self-conscious of their appearance. Men too, suffer from cellulite but it is not as common as in women.
It may not be possible to eliminate cellulite completely but it is possible to reduce its effects. A very inexpensive and easily accessible treatment for cellulite is water. The key is to drink plenty of water.
How Does Cellulite Develop?
Cellulite occurs around the thigh, buttock and hip area because this area is prone to fatty tissue. Fatty tissue deep in the skin pushes up against the connective tissue creating a dimpled effect. This is also known as the cottage-cheese thigh effect.
Factors Affecting Cellulite Development
- Age – with increased age the connective tissue loses its elasticity giving a greater dimpled cellulite effect
- Family history – cellulite is genetically passed from generation to generation, you are sure to have cellulite if it runs in your family
- Tissue inflammation – fat residing in the fatty tissue is pushed against the connective tissue if the tissue is inflamed which gives a greater cellulite effect
- Poor circulation (a common issue in the legs) – cellulite is regulated by the circulation in the legs; poor circulation tends to retain water in the body and give the appearance of cellulite
- Poor lymphatic drainage – reduces the ability of the body to drain the excess water from the legs giving a cellulite appearance
How Does Drinking Water Help Combat Cellulite?
Water helps in combatting cellulite by working as a natural cleanser, detoxing the body and flushing out harmful toxins and regulating body water content. Having a healthy circulatory system plays an important role in keeping the cellulite appearance at bay. A good circulatory system helps excess water escape the body rather than pressing the fatty tissue against the connective tissue to give a deep wobbly cellulite look.
NHS Choices recommends we drink around 2 liters of water daily, however, to combat cellulite we need to drink as much water as possible. Our bodies are very good at conserving water in our bodies to deal with times of low water intake. If our bodies are accustomed to getting a lot more water than it uses, it naturally eliminates the excess water from the body. This is great because as the water is flushed out of the body so are excess toxins. It is the retention of excess water by the body which adds to the cellulite appearance.
However, if you do not drink sufficient water on a daily basis, your body is not sure whether it will receive sufficient water for its daily functioning, so instead of eliminating the water, it retains it around the fatty cells.
So by drinking plenty of water, we are reassuring our body to eliminate the excess water and toxins from the body to reduce the extra pressure placed on the fatty tissues pressed against the connective tissue giving a cellulite look. Let your body trust you that you will intake sufficient water when it needs it to perform its important homeostasis functions.
A Lifestyle Choice
We are very fortunate to have access to safe clean drinking water so there should be no reason why we cannot make a lifestyle choice of including more water in our diet to help us look cellulite-free. Unfortunately for many around the world, safe clean drinking water is not very freely available. Charities work tirelessly to help provide safe clean drinking water to millions of people around the world especially through the sadaqah jariyah projects; sadaqah jariyah is a form of voluntary charity.
Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your balanced diet and drink copious amounts of water to ensure your body flushes out excess water and toxins giving you smooth looking cellulite-free legs, buttocks, and hips. This is a conscious lifestyle choice, you may not be able to remove the cellulite completely due to factors such as age, heredity and poor circulation but you can definitely reduce the cellulite effect.