Do you suffer from brain fog? Is it hard for you to focus? Are physical and mental fatigue part of your day even when you get enough sleep? Does your memory seem to “short out” occasionally? Are there days where your emotions are all over the place?
You might need to fatten up your brain.
Though your brain represents less than 3% of your total body mass, it uses a whopping 25% of available cholesterol! Brain composition is 60% of the waxy substance and since every tissue in your body uses it, you can’t survive without cholesterol.
That can’t be right! Fat and cholesterol are “bad” for you…aren’t they?
The liver manufactures 75% of necessary cholesterol naturally to help maintain the integrity of cell membranes, produce hormones, aid in digestion, and keep your brain functioning at peak levels. However, it needs to be functioning well to make what you need. You require the rest from your diet in the form of healthy fats.
To simplify, the medical community generally states that high density lipoproteins (HDL) are “good” for you and low density lipoproteins (LDL) are “bad” for you. Taken at face value, this is true for the most part but there are factors (such as amount and individual particle density or size) that make a difference. HDL particles are able to move through arterial walls without causing damage and can actually remove particles that do cause damage.
It’s easy to see that not all cholesterol is created equal and the same applies to fat. To fight obesity, disease, and brain fog…you need these two in your diet!
The Low Fat Craze is Really Bad for Your Health!
Women are particularly in need of adequate fat and cholesterol in their diets in order to produce essential hormones. Your supply of estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisol, and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) depend on the right balance of healthy fats and cholesterol in your system.
Not getting enough fat has been linked to…
- Excessive hunger and poor eating habits
- Poor condition of skin
- Vitamin deficiency
- Growth impairment
- Inability to regulate internal body temperature
- Mental fatigue, poor memory, or slower reflexes
- Erratic cholesterol and triglycerides
- Depression, mood swings, or other mental disorders
- Irregular menstruation and infertility
- Loss of bone density
- Lower libido
- Higher risk of cancer
- Higher risk of heart disease
When you don’t get enough, your body takes it from the endocrine system (which includes your thyroid, pineal gland, pancreas, and ovaries) in order to provide what your brain needs. The result is a body that is out of hormonal balance.
“America has been on a low-fat diet for over 30 years. Yet we’re fatter than ever, we have an epidemic of diabetes, and our cholesterol levels are rising, not falling. Low-fat diets can actually disrupt our normal endocrine balance.” Michelle Peck, Women to Women
The staff at Women to Women talk about your body entering “famine” mode in a much different way than in regards to love handles or flabby thighs.
What they have to say makes perfect sense!
Cutting all cholesterol and fat out of your diet causes your liver to stress out and make as much as it can to stock up. Your cells have to have it and your brain (the master of your body’s universe) won’t work right without a sufficient supply. As long as you stick to “no cholesterol” or “low fat” then your body will continue this process to protect itself.
Brown Fat Communicates with Your Brain!
Researchers at Georgia State University discovered that “good fat” is on a sensory loop with the human brain. In order to generate body heat and energy, brown fat burns calories. The team is trying to figure out how to stimulate more “conversation” between this hard working brown fat and the brain so the body burns more calories. So far, they can to achieve the result chemically.
“As brown fat gets hotter and starts to generate heat, being active and doing good things for our body, it increases our metabolism and helps us burn white fat,” explained Johnny Garretson with the Neuroscience Institute and Center for Obesity Reversal at Georgia State.
White “bad fat” is what accumulates in pockets around your body. It is stored for later use, ultimately leading to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and so much more.
Garretson’s colleague, Dr. Vitaly Ryu, added, “As [brown fat is] getting hotter, it tells the brain it’s getting hotter. We think this is some type of feedback, like a thermostat.”
The team’s findings were published in the Journal of Neuroscience and they were thrilled with their initial results. “Brown fat is an active organ that’s relatively important for metabolism, and we found a new pathway of its communication. Knowing how to increase the amount of brown fat activity or increase the brown fat, that’s the future of trying to figure out yet another way to try and lose weight effectively and quickly,” noted Garretson.
Until this particular study, the communication between brown fat and the brain was assumed to be one-sided. That the brain simply instructed the fat on what to do – break down or release as energy. Now they know the conversation is going both ways and that is great news for the future of obesity treatments that don’t lump all “fat” together.
You Need Fat…You Really Do
Sources of healthy fats are critical to better health, longer life, and a brain that functions at optimum levels. Brain fog and mood imbalance is not going to improve with food from your nearest fast food establishment. Junk into your body is going to accomplish junk for your health.
You need true food, real fats that your body will use to ramp up your metabolism and protect your heart and brain. A few great options are organic and grass-fed (whenever you can) butter, full fat dairy goods, meats, coconut oil, wild-caught salmon, avocados, shellfish, and (our personal favorite) eggs.
Don’t be afraid of fat! Choose the best type for your body and you’re going to feel the difference in so many ways!
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