Back when we ran our series, Cellulite Stories, Declassified, one of the questions participants answered was “what is your kryptonite?” In other words, what do you think could have caused your cellulite in the first place.
While researching for my e-book on fluoroderma, I learned this question is more fitting (and ironic) than I previously realized.
See that green rock pictured at the top of this post? That’s not from a superman movie. That’s fluorite, a halide mineral composed predominately of fluorine. In addition to green, fluorite comes in pink, blue, red, orange, yellow, and several other shades.
Fluoride is rarely “just” fluoride. It’s chemical structure makes it highly reactive. According to Chemistry of the Elements, the range of fluorine-containing compounds is vast because fluorine is capable of forming compounds with all the elements except helium and neon.1
When we encounter fluoride, it is always combined with some other elements in various forms. Even the fluoride in the water supply is incredibly diverse. It could be naturally occurring fluoride from the earth, or it could be (and usually is) fluoride collected from smoke stacks of aluminum factories.
Fluorite brought us the word “fluorescence,” another irony considering fluorescent lights helped launch The Cellulite Investigation in the first place (you can read about my sad fitting room meltdown here).
Even if fluoride is the main cause of my cellulite, it is likely that fluoride is not the cause of every woman’s cellulite. Have you been able to identify your kryptonite yet?
Other possibilities we’ve come across in the investigation so far are sugar and trans fats (including heated vegetable oils). If you read through our cellulite success stories, you will find women who lost their cellulite by eliminating these two culprits from their diets. Another possible suspect is gluten, although I don’t know of anyone who lost her cellulite after going gluten-free.
It seems to me that identifying the cause of your cellulite is a critical step in cellulite recovery. You could get lucky and eliminate it by coincidence without knowing it was your kryptonite. But until then, it is important to continue to consider the cause so you can know how best to eliminate it.
On Monday, I will tell you about an exciting development in the search for my particular kryptonite antidote. I’ve tested the theory twice now and the evidence is the same, but I want to test it one more time before I draw any conclusions.
Thanks for stopping by The Cellulite Investigation. Things are a little quite around here at the moment. I’m taking an extended break as I get married and settle into married life and a new home. Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon!