The Main Couses Of Cellulite
There is very little we can do to decrease the amount of oestrogen circulating in our bodies. But oestrogen will not send rubbish to outlying areas unless there is rubbish to send. So the first thing to understand about cellulite is that it is caused mainly by leading the wrong lifestyle. The body is very clever at recognizing the difference between nutrients and anti-nutrients, and does all it can to neutralize the effect of those substances which it does not need, and which actually have a harmful effect.
Of all cellulite-causing substances, probably the most harmful is coffee, because of the caffeine it contains. The bad effects of coffee have now been well documented, and several medical studies have suggested that more than three cups a day can do damage. None of the studies mentions cellulite, of course, as a possible adverse side-effect of caffeine, but the substance has now been definitely linked with all kinds of female complaints from benign breast lumps to pelvic disorders. Caffeine interferes with the uptake of certain essential minerals in the diet, particularly iron, and also predisposes to certain anxiety states.
The main reason for this is that caffeine puts extra stress on the adrenal glands, which release adrenaline. Like cocaine, caffeine gives the system an instant boost by making the adrenals pump out extra adrenaline. The problem is that when we drink huge amounts of coffee, we enable large quantities of adrenaline to be released which are not burned up at all. Biologically, adrenaline exists to protect us from danger, to enable us to run away or to stay and fight. We naturally get surges of adrenaline when there is a near miss on the motorway, when we are about to take an important exam or attend a vital interview. Then, when the danger is past, the adrenaline production ceases. Caffeine enables this hormone to be secreted all the time.
Coffee puts extra stress on the adrenals by over-working. They discharge too much adrenaline into the system and become exhausted. Too much caffeine in the system also puts extra stress onto the kidneys, where all water-soluble rubbish is taken so that the blood can be cleansed.
It is now well known that a high intake of caffeine puts people at extra risk of heart attack, as it increases the amount of cholesterol in the system. This causes even more clogging up. In women, the net result of over-consumption is to increase the amount of cellulite on the thighs. For most women, the presence of cellulite is a potent indicator that they are drinking too much caffeine, in the form of tea, coffee, or colas. Chocolate also contains a significant amount of caffeine.
Drinks containing caffeine make you feel good by giving you an instant lift, but this is followed not much later by a nasty low – the well-known withdrawal symptoms. In women who are pregnant or on the pill, caffeine is eliminated particularly slowly, which indicates a hormonal link.
Furthermore, coffee beans are loaded with pesticides, which in large quantities can upset the digestive process. There is no particular advantage in drinking tea, either, as it also contains Significant amounts of caffeine, though only half as much as coffee and, in addition, can be loaded with impurities such as copper. Consuming anti-nutrients means that the deposits of cellulite can only get bigger.
In the past, both women and men would have drunk very little coffee. It was first introduced into the Western world in the eighteenth century, and for a long time was confined to men drinking it occasionally in the famous coffee houses. It was not until the 1920S that women began to drink coffee every day, and the development of instant coffee – even worse for you than the filtered variety – meant that we could all drink vast amounts every day.
Now, of course, coffee is the favourite non-alcoholic beverage among young women. Very many women also drink vast quantities of tea, thinking nothing of downing five or six cups a day.
Possibly one of the reasons the French recognised cellulite so long ago was that they have for a long time been a nation of dedicated coffee-drinkers. Coffee and tea have now become our most universal stimulants, and we tend to forget that, delicious though they may be, they are actually non-nutrients, substances the body emphatically does not need for its daily functioning.
The potentially addictive quality of tea and coffee is a warning sign, or should be. The body develops specific cravings only when its biochemistry has been artificially adapted to accommodate an alien substance. If you give your body just what it needs for proper functioning, cravings and addictions do not develop. Unfortunately, in our present society, we have mistaken cravings and addictions for excitement. We appear to thrive on artificial sensual stimulation, forgetting that the human body was not originally designed to cope with these substances. It’s therefore not surprising if, after a time, it cannot cope with the onslaught and starts to rebel.
Of course, not everybody who consumes vast quantities of caffeine will get cellulite any more than every single person who smokes will die of lung cancer. Some systems can withstand large amounts of stimulating beverages, others can’t. The fact is, though, that caffeine significantly adds to the burden on the body.
Nicotine, like caffeine, is extremely bad for women. It is bad for men as well, but it seems that a woman’s system is less able to withstand the poisons released by tobacco in the blood-stream. We have known for twenty years or more that smoking during pregnancy causes low-birthweight babies and, more recently, it has also been linked with malformations and brain damage in embryos.
The first effect of nicotine is that it uses up oxygen, reducing the amount available for use by the cells. It does this by decreasing the efficiency of the lungs. It also affects the haemoglobin – red cells – in the blood. Haemoglobin is the main carrier for oxygen in the blood, and picks up the oxygen in the lungs as the blood circulates.
If the oxygen exchange in the blood is less efficient because of nicotine intake, then every cell in the body will receive less oxygen than it should. This factor is extremely relevant to the cellulite problem because, above all, oxygen acts as a powerful stimulator and cleanser for the blood. Body cells cannot function without adequate oxygen any more than we can ourselves. Whenever there is reduced oxygen in the body, cell function is impaired and circulation is adversely affected.
Some anti-cellulite therapists in America are now noticing that the problem is worse in young girls than in middle-aged women. The main reason for this, they theorise, is increased cigarette consumption. Because although older women – and men – are now significantly reducing their nicotine intake, the habit is becoming more prevalent among young people.
A recent large-scale study among schoolchildren in Britain revealed that teenage girls are now smoking far more than teenage boys. In addition, they find it more difficult to give up, and are more likely to become addicted smokers by the time they are in their mid twenties. The main reasons given for taking up the habit were release of tension, and a desire to appear sophisticated, ‘cool’ and grown up.
Smoking adds to the amount of toxic wastes that enter the body, which means that the system has to work even harder to get rid of them. Nicotine is a powerful pollutant and, like caffeine, it is an anti-nutrient.
A report by the Royal College of Physicians in 1983 provides some useful figures on women and smoking. Few women, according to the report, smoked before the Second World War but by 1956 around forty-two per cent of women in Britain aged sixteen and over were smokers. Since that time, there has been a steady decline, with around thirty-seven per cent of British women smoking today. The vast majority of these are women under the age of twenty-five.
It has been known for decades that women who smoke are at vastly increased risk from heart disease and all diseases of the circulatory system. It has also now been established that smoking affects fertility and results in an earlier menopause.
The Royal College’s report states that women seem to find it harder than men to give up smoking, and adds that the reason for this is unclear. One major reason why women continue to smoke is that they are afraid of gaining weight if they give up. Smoking increases metabolism, and also provides an alternative to eating when some kind of comfort is needed. But as smoking affects circulation, it also adds to cellulite deposits which are, of course, as much a problem as overweight.
The anti-cellulite programme outlined in this book ensures that smoking can be given up without any danger at all of unwelcome weight gain.
As with cigarettes and coffee, alcohol consumption was not a significant factor for women until the 192OS, the so-called ‘flapper age’ when cocktails became popular and it was suddenly fashionable for women to drink. Nowadays, most women drink alcohol regularly. Women can take far less alcohol than men. One reason for this is that female livers are smaller and able to process less. Another reason is that women’s bodies have a higher proportion of fat than men’s, and alcohol does not enter fat cells. This means that its effect is concentrated into a smaller area and takes longer to be processed by the liver.
Alcohol enters the blood very quickly and instantly alters blood chemistry. It adds to the workload of the liver, which can then very quickly become overloaded. When alcohol is added to the sum total of non nutrients entering the body the result is that the liver and kidneys cannot effectively handle the excess waste material. For most people, the eliminative organs have enough to do handling ordinary waste materials produced by the diet. If they have to deal with caffeine, nicotine and alcohol loads as well it is not surprising that they find it hard to cope, and that much waste matter simply stays in the system.
Large deposits of cellulite can be seen clearly in the paintings of Rubens, Rembrandt and Renoir, it is unlikely that women living in pre-literate societies ever collected much of the stuff. In fact, very few women living what we might call a ‘natural’ life – eating whole foods, lots of fruit and vegetables and not drinking tea, coffee or alcohol- ever develop a cellulite problem.
In the modern West, the eliminative difficulties caused by smoking, coffee and alcohol consumption are exacerbated by an artificial diet. In recent years we have of course been urged to eat more fruit and vegetables, brown rice and wholemeal bread in order to stave off serious diseases. Nutritionists say that we were designed to eat a pure, whole food diet and to experience stress only at certain times, such as when specific dangers threatened. We have already seen how a high caffeine intake adds to the number of stress hormones circulating round the body. Excess stress is also placed on body systems by eating artificial and processed foods, substances which, like caffeine and alcohol, the body was not designed to cope with.
When a pure, natural diet is eaten, the liver and large intestine are extremely efficient at getting rid of wastes very quickly. In fact, the more natural the food, the quicker the digestive system breaks it down. The more artificial it becomes, the longer it takes to go through the body. In some cases, the artificial substance may not be eliminated by the body at all, and may simply stay in the system, sometimes for years on end. Recent work in America on colon cleansing – which is very similar to the anti-cellulite programme – revealed that years of eating artificial foods mean that waste products are never eliminated from the colon but remain there for ever. Autopsies nowadays often reveal many pounds of waste material which would have been completely eliminated if the system had been working effectively.
Much of the waste material that is not handled by the liver or large intestine gets reabsorbed back into the body, where it starts to do damage. It is when too much waste material accumulates that we notice cellulite deposits. The more the system is clogged up and the more sluggish the circulation becomes, the worse the cellulite problem is likely to be.
Cellulite-encouraging foodstuffs are sugar, dairy produce, meat and anything processed, smoked or preserved. Sugar has a similar effect on the body to caffeine, in that it releases adrenalin and gives a quick energy boost, followed by a I down’ not long after. Dairy produce is mucus-forming, which means that it encourages waste material to become sticky and stay in the system. Meat products also take a long time to be processed by the body and, in some cases, may never be entirely eliminated.
These days, most people do not drink enough water. Very many people never drink any at all, and imagine that diet colas, fruit juices and ‘health drinks’ do much the same job, or that herbal teas are ‘better’ for you than black tea.
In fact, water is the only drink which can successfully rehydrate the body, and help to flush out toxins and accumulated wastes from the system. No other drink can do this. In fact, whenever you have a drink which is not water, award it minus points, and make sure you have a glass of water to compensate for it. We need to drink at least a litre of water a day, in water form – not in other liquids. Remember, nothing which is not water counts as water. This is most important for all cellulite sufferers.