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While we associate belly fat with being overweight, have you ever noticed that even slender people can have a belly? If you are very thin, you may just think that you are constantly bloated. It turns out that this is only partially true. Some of that “bloating” may actually be fat.
There are two places for fat to go in the body: under the skin and around organs. Fat under the skin is called subcutaneous fat. Fat around the organs is called visceral fat. A very small degree of visceral fat is normal. When visceral fat begins to infiltrate tissue and build up around organs, it creates belly fat. Even people who are not overweight can still have excess belly fat. Belly fat, or visceral fat, puts you in a high-risk category for:
Visceral fat tissue is a hormonal organ all on its own! Fat cells actually send chemical messages throughout the body. Other organs that release hormone signals are endocrine glands such as the ovaries, testes, pancreas, and the pituitary gland in the brain.
This hormonal role of fat is exactly why belly fat promotes disease. The signals, or hormones, released by fat do things like:
Scientists have found that fat cells release pro-inflammatory messages into the body. Incidentally, these pro-inflammatory messages tell the body to produce more fat! (5)(6)
A recent study found a correlation between leaky gut and visceral fat. The team of researchers conducting the study looked at healthy women with intestinal permeability. (7)
The study implied that intestinal permeability, or leaky gut, could be a big contributing factor to the development of belly fat!
Cutting belly fat is not about energy in and energy out, otherwise known as calorie counting. The best way to gently and successfully lose belly fat is to recalibrate hormones.
The Body Ecology Diet is specifically structured to heal the gut wall. Part of this healing involves eating fermented foods and consuming probiotic beverages as much as possible. Why is this? Why do we focus so much on beneficial microflora?
As we mentioned before, fermented foods with beneficial bacteria cool down inflammation and help to seal a leaky gut. Fermenting is made easy with the Veggie Culture Starter and the Kefir Starter. If you don’t have time to ferment your own foods, Body Ecology offers InnergyBiotic, which provides a wide array of beneficial microflora in only a few ounces a day.
The best way to focus on intestinal repair is the Body Ecology Core Program - the foundation to digestive health. It contains the most bio-available form of glutamine, an amino acid especially important in rebuilding intestinal tissue. Studies show a dramatic improvement in the structure of the gut lining after supplementing with glutamine. (9)
Extra belly fat doesn't just affect people who are overweight. Even if you're not overweight, you can still have excess belly fat, increasing your risk of heart disease, type II diabetes, cancer, and dementia.
Studies have shown a link between leaky gut and belly fat. Having a permeable gut lining increases your risk of belly fat. Getting rid of belly fat can't be achieved with simple calorie counting to lose weight. The best way to get rid of belly fat is to heal a permeable gut wall with fermented foods and probiotic beverages to restore health to the digestive system.
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