Cellulite is the nightmare of every woman and golden goose of beauty industry. It is basically a lump of fat shot through with fibers of connective tissue, usually described as resembling peeled orange bark or surface of cottage cheese. It occurs in most women who are through puberty and is typically located on the stomach, butt and legs. It is not a medical disorder, but rather the natural way of things.
It is not known what causes it, but metabolic and physiologic changes in cooperation with hormonal factors are currently the prime suspects. External factors include a high stress lifestyle, tight underwear (it blocks flow of lymphatic fluid in the hips and thighs and thus promotes cellulite formation), while diet can have variable effects. Still, it is known that insufficient diet and poor fluid intake promote the formation of cellulite.
While cellulite is just the way things are, cellulitis is an infection of the connective tissue in the skin. These two should not be confused.
Supplements that fight cellulite
As it is known that excess body fat, presence of toxins in the body and poor hormonal balance promote formation of cellulite, supplements that are used are targeted at improvement in fat metabolism, strengthening of the immune system and stimulation of proper hormonal balance. In example, apple cider vinegar and sea weed kelp help to reduce body weight. Chromium prevents conversion of blood sugar in stored fat. Various tinctures that can be massaged onto the skin stimulate function of pancreas, which is responsible for blood sugar metabolism. Supplements made of algae, plankton and seaweed improve metabolism of fats and stimulate breakdown of adipose (fat) cells.
These also help lymphatic and circulatory system to remove trapped fat and fluid from the body. Witch hazel and horsetail can be used to tighten the skin and improve its tone. Dandelion, parsley, horsetail, birch yarrow, and nettle are helpful for detoxification of the organism, and should be taken as diluted juices, 1-2 tablespoons of extract in a glass of water, 2-3 times a day. Circulation to the affected regions can be improved by hot ivy compresses.
In addition to aforementioned supplements, aerobic exercises are excellent for getting rid of excess fat. You cannot target your exercises to burn away just the bothersome fat, but mobilization of fat reserves will surely include fat that is responsible for cellulite at some point. Exercises should be done five times a week for about twenty minutes every day.