Sunday, October 20, 2013

BELLY FAT AND RISK OF DEMENTIA

A study found that the greater your belly fat, the greater your brain will shrink in old age. People who have extra abdominal fat are three times more likely to have dementia or memory loss later on in life. If that is not enough to make you put down the potato chips, get off the sofa and run, not walk, to the nearest health club, I don't know what would. 

Researchers have found that the reason the brain shrinks has to do with a protein shared by the liver and the brain. People with a large amount of belly fat have livers that are working overtime to metabolize the fat. In order to do this, the liver uses up all of this protein. called PPARalpha, from the liver first and then the rest of the body including the brain. 

Most belly fat has nothing to do with beer. It is wheat, dairy, and sugar. Eliminate high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), artificial sweeteners (make you want to eat more and they kill brain neurons), and limit cane sugar to 25 mg a day. Eliminate all dairy except butter (you read that right), and wheat.  HFCS blocks the hormone leptin in the body which signals when you are full.  Modern wheat is not digested well by anyone. Wheat has been changed so much in the last 50 years to make it easy to harvest and to increase gluten.  This "new gluten" or protein very difficult to digest for most people making it difficult to get nutrients to the body and brain.  If you are not getting enough nutrients, your body tells you to eat more.  Get the picture? So get rid of the wheat for a month and see how you feel.  Start moving even if it is walking for 15 minutes every day.  Work up to 30 minutes every day. 

PLAN ON DOING THE ABOVE FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS. YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT AND FEEL GREAT!    

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