Understanding Cellulite – The Collagen Connection

I subscribe to the school of thought that states: ‘to defeat your enemy, you must understand them’. Simple as it sounds, it is a very powerful philosophy. This rule applies to just about every situation in life and not just when you are thinking of how you can get the better of an annoying work colleague. So in this post I’d like to help you understand how cellulite attacks the body. In particular I’d like us to discuss how cellulite and collagen are related.

What most people don’t know is that cellulite is a fusion of fat and collagen fibers. First and foremost; what is collagen? If you paid attention in Biology class then you probably know that it is the stuff that ligaments and connective tissue are made up of. Now let’s get back to something we talked about on an earlier post i.e. women being more susceptible to cellulite than men. If you remember I said that 8 to 9 out of 10 women are strapped with some form of cellulite but only 1 out of 10 men are affected. Seems a bit unfair, I know.

One of the factors that contribute to the above mentioned statistic is the manner in which collagen fibers located in the lower part of the body are arranged. In women these fibers form vertical strips whereas in men they form a grid-like structure i.e. individual fibers cross each other diagonally.

Because of the manner in which collagen fibers are arranged in the lower part of the female body, it becomes easier for fat cells to find a resting place so to speak. The arrangement allows easy expansion of these cells which in turn causes them to be squeezed against each other. It is this manner of fat cell packing that gives cellulite its characteristic unsightly rucked and dimpled appearance. The consequence: wearing a bikini becomes something to be avoided at all costs.

Genetics plays a major role in how collagen fibers are arranged. Some women are just luckier than others if I am to use that word. Instead of having simple vertically aligned collagen fibers, theirs is a mixture of grid and vertical fibers. Now this doesn’t mean that they are completely immune from cellulite, they are just more resistant to it. And if such women do eventually get cellulite, it will be easier for them to get rid of it.

 

Dimpled_appearance_of_celluliteAs a woman, if you think about the grim statistics and the whole genetic issue, you may probably give up on the fight against cellulite. Please don’t do that! Much as everything seems to be stacked against womankind (90% at least), it is still possible to fight cellulite and quite effectively so. The secret lies in strengthening the collagen fibers located in your nether regions.

How does this work you might ask. I’d like you to think of a groceries bag that’s full of groceries . If you were to damage the bag in anyway, chances are that the groceries would either protrude or fall out all together. Now I would like you to think of the groceries bag as being a network of collagen fibers and the groceries in it being fat cells. Do you get the picture?

For collagen fibers to remain strong and healthy they must be properly nourished and supplied with sufficient oxygen at all times. I am sure you know that as one gets older circulation in the lower body is affected. As a result, the collagen fibers located there don’t get sufficiently nourished. Over time, they get weaker and suffer damage consequently making cellulite more of a problem. The reduction in estrogen levels as one ages further weakens collagen fibers.

So you are probably wondering why younger women also get cellulite since they have higher estrogen levels and proper circulation for most part. You see, the female body requires a certain amount of estrogen in order to function properly, too much of it and collagen fibers will take a beating.

Ideally, the body of a younger female should have no issues producing exactly what is required. There are however certain factors that can cause estrogen levels to shoot through the roof including: contraceptives, over-consumption of processed foods and lack of exercise, among other things.

All in all, if you have been wanting to get rid of cellulite on your bum and other areas in the nether regions of your body, you need to seriously think about the whole collagen connection. Find out exactly where you stand: is it that you are aging; do you have a genetic disadvantage; are you fond of tight clothes which hinder circulation; are you overdoing the whole contraception thing; is your love of processed foods causing an estrogen imbalance? Once you answer these questions you will be able to tackle your cellulite problem more effectively.  Just don’t give up!  I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go work out, and I think I may have found my workout music for the day, by artist called…yep, its Collagen!

 

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