Most of us know that too much fat anywhere in the body increases our risk for a number of diseases.
This includes heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Fat cells store poisonous chemicals from our environment. But fat cells themselves do not just sit idly by, storing excess energy. At one time, scientists believed that fat was no more than a storage system. Fat cells would accumulate and release energy as needed. But as researchers have now discovered, every single one of your fat cells interacts with your immune system and your hormonal system.
This means that when it comes to America’s most deadly diseases, we are no longer talking about risk — we are talking about direct cause.
Scientists now tell us that too many overfed fat cells may not just increase your risk for disease. These fat cells may also play a role in the direct cause of disease, like some forms of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Too many fat cells produce too many inflammatory proteins that trigger the liver to release C-reactive protein (CRP) as an inflammatory marker of conditions like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The American Heart Association calls obesity the major cause of gallstones, osteoarthritis, and respiratory problems.
OVERFED FAT CELLS TRIGGER THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
It turns out that if you are overweight, fat cells act like they are infected. This again leads to inflammation. Researchers at the Methodist Hospital report that fat cells release false distress signals, even though they are not under attack.
Ongoing inflammation can be a very bad thing. Imagine an alarm ringing through the body 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This alarm is meant as a distress signal. When the body cannot turn off the alarm, serious diseases occur. Fat cells are especially dangerous as “inflammatory factories” that lie at the core of human disease. A 2015 study published in Biological Psychiatry confirmed this very thing — an inflammatory high-fat diet can change behavior and inflame the brain.
CLEANSING FOR WEIGHT LOSS: THE FAT LOSS-DETOX CONNECTION
When fat cells grow and expand, they give the immune system a signal that they are infected. Fat cells also store poisonous chemicals from our environment.
Slimming down cleanses the body of excess hormones and outside toxins. It drastically cuts down on inflammation and reduces the risk of disease. But losing weight (and shrinking fat cells) is not just a matter of calories in and calories out.
Did you know that an impaired inner ecology can lead to obesity? And a diet high in unhealthy fats can alter gut microbes and produce obesity-related inflammation?
When we use fermented foods and probiotic liquids, we reset the inner ecology of the gut.
TAKE OUT THE TRASH
While it’s true that we live in a toxic world, it’s important to remember that there is a lot you can do to enhance your body’s natural ability to detox. The body has four main exit routes for toxins: pee, poop, perspiration and pranayama (Sanskrit for breath) – the quadriple “P”.
Every moment of every day your body is relying on the quadruple “P” to mobilize, transform, and excrete toxins. Here is a quick primer on how to make the most of each strategy:
Pee: The kidneys are responsible for flushing waste from the blood. Make sure you give them what they need by drinking plenty of water. Drink plenty of clean water, at least eight 8-ounce glasses of filtered water a day.
Poop: One or two well formed bowel movements every day is one of the best ways to give toxins a one-way ticket out of your body. For starters, up your fiber intake. Fiber cleans out the colon by making our stool heftier and easier to expel.
Secondly, drink plenty of water. Drinking more water and other liquids during the day can make your BMs softer and easier to expel. And, if you still can’t get going, then you need some help and this can include taking two tablespoons of ground flax seeds, taking acidophilus and extra magnesium capsules in the form of magnesium citrate.
Perspiration: Your skin is your single largest organ of elimination. Make sure you’re maximizing the detox-potential of your pores by working up a sweat at least three times a week. But, if that is not an option, consider using a sauna, steam or detox bath to trigger the body’s natural ability to detoxify itself through sweat.
Taking saunas or steam baths also helps reduce stress and balance the autonomic nervous system. On a purely physical note, sauna therapy can improve circulation, help with weight loss, balance blood sugar and improve detoxification.
Pranayama: The lungs are the unsung heroes of the body’s detox squad. With each breath, they bring in fresh oxygen and help transport it throughout the body. Unfortunately, the air we breathe is not always clean. Every day the lungs filter out carcinogens in gas fumes, allergens from pets and plants, and spores of mold. Restricted or shallow breathing can diminish the power of the lungs by preventing oxygen from reaching all of your tissues. Breathing deeply and fully will oxygenate your brain, body, and spirit, transforming your health in the process.
One of the best ways to harness the power of the lungs to heal and detoxify is to learn how to belly breathe. Start by putting your hand on your belly. Breathe out, squeezing the air out of your lungs with your stomach muscles. As you breathe in, relax your stomach muscles and, after filling your lungs, try to push your hand off your belly with your breath, filling the lower part of your lungs. Continue to breathe in and out slowly through your nose. Each in and out breath should last to the count of three. Do this for five minutes a day.
If you are struggling to lose weight despite eating well and exercising your butt off, toxins may be interfering with your body’s metabolism.