Free Radicals and Cellulite
One of the worst things that can happen to your body is becoming the target of free radicals. These chemical species bring considerable misery in the form of many serious health conditions, cellulite being one of them.
Some of you may have heard of free radicals and their adverse influence on the onset and aggravation of cellulite. As a matter of fact, these are known to damage tissue cells in the human body leading to a development of a number of serious diseases including cardiovascular conditions, carcinogenesis (cancer), Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, myocardial ischemia, liver cell injury as well as cellulite.
Free Radicals are a chemical species defined as an atom or a group of atoms with an unpaired electron in the outer shell of a molecule. This unpaired electron makes the related chemicals highly reactive causing deterioration in living cells. The free radicals multiply themselves by reacting with any adjoining molecules they come in contact with. They oxidize as well as transform molecules into free radicals.
How Do Free Radicals Contribute to Cellulite?
The inherently destructive nature associated with these abnormally reactive, highly oxidizing chemical species are the key source for causing damage to the circulatory system that leads to cellulite. Free Radicals enter the body from outside, through food or the environment. They also multiply within the cells enhancing the danger of causing cellulite.
Interestingly, these free radicals – which comprise of oxygen, being deficient of one or more electrons – are used by our immune system to destroy useless elements such as bacteria and a number of viruses. This rather positive action, however, brings about simultaneous damage to genetic DNA molecules as well as weakening cell walls that lead to a host of undesirable conditions including cellulite.
How Do We Get Free Radicals?
The various activities or factors that contribute to entry and build up of these cellulite-friendly free radicals in the body are:
- Unhealthy Dietary Habits. Consumption of animal fats, inadequate mastication, junk food, grilled/barbecued stuff, processed/canned foods, frozen dishes and stale/leftover items as well as overeating.
- Unruly Lifestyle. Inadequate sleep, too much physical workouts, drinking alcoholic beverages, coffee and chlorinated water and smoking.
- Health Reasons. Allergies, bacterial/viral infections, stress/anxiety, hormonal imbalance and intake of birth-control pills/medication.
- Environmental Issues. Industrial pollution, exhaust fumes from vehicles, use of preservatives, pesticides/herbicides, paints, furniture polish, glues and over-exposure to sun.
As can be seen from the list above, majority of them are known to be exclusively related to factors considered responsible to onset/aggravation of cellulite. It is also an acknowledged fact that removal of these causes substantially helps in reducing your cellulite.
How Do You Eliminate the Free Radicals?
Even though your own body has inherent capabilities to fight the free radicals, such capabilities dwindle because of intense assault of the unwanted chemical species – mostly as a consequence of one or more of the factors listed above. Once you take adequate care to plug the loopholes linked to each of these factors, you can easily reduce the number of the offending chemicals entering your system.
The best means to combat free radicals is taking sufficient quantities of antioxidants into your system. The most common sources of antioxidants are vitamins and enzymes. Numerous herbal extracts also contain considerable amount of anti-oxidants.
Develop a habit of consuming more fruits and vegetables, this will help the antioxidant levels increase in your system. You can also supplement antioxidants by including fresh herbs, beta-carotene as well as Vitamins C and E in your daily diet. By following this simple routine you will be able to add precious quantities of antioxidants, which will make you increasingly immune to the onslaught of free radicals. It will also enable you to keep away from many dreaded diseases, and also from that ugly cellulite.
Cellulite can affect people of all ages and body types and can be notoriously difficult to get rid of. While there are certainly no miracle cures, using specially formulated creams and treatments along with a healthy diet and exercise plan can reduce the appearance of the dimpled skin affected by cellulite. Creams and lotions that contain stimulating ingredients such as caffeine are particularly beneficial as they help move toxins out the body while other natural ingredients are used to condition the skin, giving it a firmer, tighter appearance which further reduces the look of the affected area.