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A series of ripples of fat cells and subcutaneous connective tissue under the skin. Usually found on the thighs and butt, especially in women, it has a characteristic \'orange peel\' appearance.
Persons most commonly affected: It affects women but very few men, probably because of a difference in cell structure between men and women.
Organ or part of body involved: Thighs and buttock.
Symptoms and indications: The typical symptoms of cellulite are a dimpled, pitted and bulging
Causes and risk factors: We don\'t know why cellulite is caused. Some experts believe it is caused by a problem in the fat cells. Others believe toxins in the system are responsible for cellulite. Other experts think hormones cause cellulite. As yet, no consensus has emerged as to the root cause of cellulite.
Prevention: Maintain a normal weight. If you are overweight reduce your weight gradually. Quit smoking and avoid unnecessary medication, like diet-pills, pep-pills, sleeping pills, laxatives and diuretics. Reduce your intake of coffee, alcohol, high-fat foods and highly processed foods. Eat plenty of fiber. Drink plenty of water and eat regular daily helpings of fresh fruit. Take regular vigorous exercise.
Tips: * Avoid excess salt. Too much salt can lead to fluid retention and make cellulite look worse.
* Drink at least 1.5 litres of water every day. This will help to prevent water retention, encourage the removal of toxins and improve the appearance of your skin.
* Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids (found in cold-water fish, such as salmon and mackerel, and flax seeds and walnuts), as they reduce inflammation and hydrate the skin cells.