Body Fat: Where does your body fat live and why?

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - HEALTH -

Liver Fat de­po­si­tion pat­tern: Liver roll; a roll of fat un­derneath the bra-line, cel­lulite.

NEEDS De­crease liver-load­ers: al­co­hol; trans fats; re­fined and ar­ti­fi­cial su­gars; syn­thetic sub­stances, such as pes­ti­cides and nonessen­tial med­i­ca­tion, like those found in skin prod­ucts. In­crease bit­ter foods, such as leafy green veges. Those in the Bras­sica genus are par­tic­u­larly ex­cel­lent – broc­coli sprouts rock! Start the day with lemon juice in warm wa­ter. No pro­cessed foods – this re­sults in lower lev­els of su­gars, in­flam­ma­tory fats and ar­ti­fi­cial sub­stances, such as preser­va­tives. Re­solve any di­ges­tion prob­lems, such as di­ar­rhoea, con­sti­pa­tion, bloat­ing, ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome-like symp­toms. Add to your diet bit­ter herbs that sup­port bile pro­duc­tion and liver detox­i­fi­ca­tion path­ways, such as: globe ar­ti­choke; St Mary’s this­tle; turmeric.

Adrenals Fat de­po­si­tion pat­tern: Thick­en­ing of torso to pro­tect vi­tal or­gans as the body per­ceives that the food sup­ply is in dan­ger – the tummy and ‘back ve­ran­dah’ .

NEEDS De­crease caf­feine con­sump­tion. Ex­plore your per­cep­tion of pres­sure and ur­gency, and save it for when you re­ally need it – not your ev­ery­day life. Live life in touch with how priv­i­leged it is that all of your ba­sic needs are met, whereas for too many peo­ple in the world, this is not the case. Spend more time di­aphrag­mat­i­cally breath­ing to ac­ti­vate the parasym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem (PNS); noth­ing low­ers stress hor­mones faster than long, slow breaths. Re­mem­ber the seren­ity prayer: “Grant me the seren­ity to ac­cept the things I can­not change, Courage to change the things I can, And wis­dom to know the dif­fer­ence.” En­sure your diet ad­dresses adrenal sup­port or in­cludes calm­ing nu­tri­ents and herbs, de­pend­ing on the stage of stress. These nu­tri­ents and herbs might in­clude: mag­ne­sium; vi­ta­min C; B vi­ta­mins; with­a­nia; skull­cap; rho­di­ola; Siberian gin­seng; licorice; rehman­nia.

In­sulin Fat de­po­si­tion pat­tern: Starts at belly, then con­tin­ues all over if blood glu­cose and in­sulin lev­els are not cor­rected/ man­aged.

NEEDS Adopt a low-car­bo­hy­drate (su­gars and starches) way of eat­ing; re­mem­ber many al­co­holic drinks con­tain high lev­els of su­gars. Avoid pro­cessed foods. Have small serves of carbs from whole­food sources only, such as sweet potato, pump­kin and brown rice. Eat plenty of wa­ter-based veges. Ex­er­cise daily – walk­ing, strength train­ing, yoga, restora­tive prac­tices. Man­age stress and sup­port your adrenals, as liv­ing in a state where the sym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem (SNS) is dom­i­nant leads to the pri­mary util­i­sa­tion of glu­cose as a fuel (as op­posed to body fat), re­quir­ing more in­sulin, which needs to be min­imised. Some plant medicine along with the afore­men­tioned life­style changes can also be use­ful, such as: berg­amot; cit­rus peel ex­tract; rehman­nia.

Es­tro­gen dom­i­nance This is of­ten due to liver con­ges­tion lead­ing to the re­cy­cling of es­tro­gen. Fat de­po­si­tion pat­tern: Bot­tom, hips, thighs; pear shape is en­hanced; mostly fat be­low the waist.

NEEDS Fo­cus on liver so­lu­tions. Of­ten stress man­age­ment and adrenal sup­port are re­quired, as the ex­ces­sive, re­lent­less out­put of stress hor­mones leads to poor pro­ges­terone pro­duc­tion, which adds to the es­tro­gen dom­i­nance. Nu­tri­ents and herbal medicines that can be ben­e­fi­cial (and don’t for­get those listed in the liver and adrenal sec­tion, as well) in­clude: broc­coli sprouts; io­dine; se­le­nium; vi­ta­min D; plants in the Bu­pleu­rum genus; plants in the Schisan­dra genus.

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