Water Retention and Cellulite
Taking care of the factors that lead to water retention, known as one of the major physiological causes that contribute to development of cellulite, should effectively enable you to stay away from cellulite or banish it in case you already have it.
Cellulite and Fluid Retention
UltrOut of the many physiological causes that can lead to onset of cellulite, a major one happens to be fluid or water retention. Even if it does not directly make a cellulite dimpling appear on your skin, retention of fluid can lead to other physiological actions that can ultimately make a dimpled mass on an area of your beautiful skin.
Considering that water is extremely vital to our system and excess of water, if any, is driven out of our bodies as a natural waste, it is surprising that this fluid can also put us in a spot of bother with respect to cellulite. It may also seem a bit ironical that while drinking sufficient water in its purest form hydrates our cells and is thus likely to protect us from cellulite , some experts tend to label this theory as a myth.
Physiological Causes of Fluid Retention
There are host of reasons that can lead to retention of water in various parts of body. The water in its waste form should find a natural outlet to get out of the system to keep us safe from diseases such as cellulite. Some of our physical actions or inaction as well – cause muscular tension, poor blood circulation or insufficient lymphatic drainage that may lead us to some kind of pain, stiff muscles and/or fluid retention.
The various reasons leading to fluid retention and consequently to the cellulite condition are summarized as follows:
- Weakening of blood and lymphatic vessel walls.
- Improper blood/lymph vessel valve functions.
- Blockage of blood or lymphatic vessels in the upper parts of the body that are likely to develop blood pooling in the lower limbs.
- Blood viscosity being higher than normal.
- Water retention as a consequence of heart condition, kidney problems or some kind of injury.
- Undue accumulation of water between the tissue and cells as a result of inflammation or infection.
The apparent triggers for the above physiological action could be any one or more of factors such as unhealthy or inflammatory diet, faulty life style, lack of physical exercises, build up of toxin , defective body postures (while sitting, standing or sleeping), improper medication and insomnia. Pregnancy also contributes to fluid retention in most women.
How Do You Alleviate the Problem?
It is therefore evident that you should be particularly watchful of the triggers mentioned above to eliminate the root cause of fluid retention and cellulite. All the same, treatments and massages also help to reduce fluid retention. One of the common methods is manual lymphatic drainage, which is an advanced form of massage that removes blockage and restores natural lymphatic flow. Developing a habit of keeping the legs at a higher level also helps in flow of the lymph from the lower limbs toward the upper regions of the body.
Maintaining a strict regimen of diet, physical exercises and a change in life style is the best treatment to alleviate fluid retention and the resulting cellulite condition. In fact, this specific advice is always given by doctors as one of the cellulite prevention/treatment methods and also to complement other anti-cellulite procedures normally undertaken to reduce the menace of 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.