As if the pressure for women to look good wasn’t enough, the female population also has to contend with the fact that they are more prone to cellulite. This is not because women’s diets are worse or that they exercise less. In fact, to understand why cellulite hits more women, it is important to understand.
The main reason for cellulite is hormonal. This is why it is normally found in areas that are affected by estrogen, specifically the buttocks, the thighs, and the abdomen. The female sex hormone triggers the production of fat cells and high levels of estrogen also increase the size of these cells. On the other hand, testosterone breaks down this fat. Worse, when there are more fat cells, this triggers the production of more estrogen as well. In short, this is a cycle that won’t stop and leads to even more cellulite. Younger, overweight women normally suffer from estrogen dominance, meaning they are simply producing too much of this hormone or eating foods that mimic estrogen.
Second, estrogen is also vital for collagen breakdown. However, when there is too much estrogen, collagen breakdown will release fat, leading them to press upwards and creating those unsightly dimples on the skin.
Third, as estrogen levels decrease, blood circulation is also affected. This will also lead to a decrease of collagen production.
Fourth, in areas where women see cellulite, there are 3 layers of fat instead of one, like in the stomach area and the buttocks.
Last, women are more prone to cellulite due to adrenergic receptors, alpha receptors, and beta receptors. The first one leads to more fat production while the other breaks them down when stimulated. Unfortunately, in the female body, there are 9 alpha receptors for every beta receptor in the thigh part.
After understanding how cellulite develops, it becomes easier to identify ways to reduce it. Balancing the hormone levels like estrogen is critical. Here are some simple ways to make this happen.
- Keep Your Digestive System Healthy
In order to do this, it is important to consume enough fiber and eat fermented foods so that your gut has enough good bacteria.
- Eat Better Carbohydrates
Choose whole grains and vegetables so that you will gain some fiber and antioxidants, as well as phytoestrogens. The latter block the body’s estrogen receptors and making sure that estrogen is metabolized in a healthier way. Eating enough protein can also help with liver function, leading to better metabolism and flushing extra estrogen in the body.
- Reduce Dairy
Cow milk has very high levels of estrogen as cows are milked when they have high levels of the hormone. When consuming dairy, this gets transferred to your body.
- Reduce Alcohol
By doing so, you can maximize liver function in order to metabolize excess estrogen. With the exception of red wine, alcohol and coffee consumption should be avoided as much as possible.
- Get Enough Exercise
Resistance training also helps in balancing hormone levels in the body. Beyond that, organs are healthier, circulation is improved, and weight is better managed.
- Sleep Well
To lower estrogen levels, you should sleep in a totally dark room and limit light-emitting gadgets.
As they say, prevention is better than cure. The same goes with cellulite. It is better to work on avoiding them than trying to get rid of them. Thankfully, by controlling hormone levels in the body, you might be able to make sure they do not occur at all.