Healthy eating Daniela Seabra

Obesity in our hips, tights and button – much more than just calories

Many women struggle everyday against their pronounced curves. They go into different diets, and intensified exercise, but for many of us, fat mass loss occurs in almost all places, except in the most critical area of the legs and thighs ... What happens in this area that makes weight loss more difficult?

We study and describe obesity and overweight as a multifactorial disease - but we still insist that the treatment is just: eat less and spend more, focusing our attention on calories that come in and out. If I recall correctly, multifactorial means "many factors", but the multifactorial factor must have been trapped in the various factors that influence food intake and the lack of physical activity. Of course these are two major points to keep in mind, because we are really eating too much, having poor food choices, and sedentary lifestyles. But is that the only answers for the increase numbers of obesity and overweight, especially when it comes to a pear-shaped body? Let us focus on this type of obesity, typical of women, also called gynoid obesity.

The role of estrogens

With puberty your body changes, and we gain the characteristic curves of the female body due to the increasing levels of sex hormones. Estrogens are the known female hormones, and main responsible for the accumulation of fat in the places that will give the female body is characteristics shape:  on the breasts, thighs and hips.

Is estrogen that will direct our excessive calorie intake strait to our thighs, and the only responsible for our pronounced curves? In part yes ...  So, one of the solutions is undoubtedly to eat less and spend more to prevent this. We can also blame estrogen for our lower ability to burn the fat we accumulate in this area.
But because we are women, it is inevitable and healthy to have appropriate levels of estrogen, but we can and should avoid the exogenous estrogens, called xenoestrogens.

Xenoestrogens

Xenoestrogens are estrogen-like compounds, many of them of chemical origin, that in our bodies mimic the action of true estrogen.
These xenoestrogens may be present in meat and milk from animals from non organic productions, in some of the pesticides contain within the vegetables and fruits we consume, and on the food that has been in contact with some plastics, especially when the food is hot.

The air we breathe can also be blamed, because they have been identified different xenoestrogens in household air, coming from different fragrances and air fresheners.

These xenoestrogens, when are circulation in our bloodstream along with own estrogens, alter our hormonal communication (and that´s why they are classified as endocrine disruptors), namely wen it comes to given the order to accumulate fat in these critical areas.

What can we do?

- Chose organic meat, dairy, vegetables and fruit
- Do not buy already packed meat or fish, not only because it increases your carbon footprint, but also because some of the packages have these xenoestrogens.
- Be careful with indoor air pollution
- Don´t put hot food, or hot drinks in plastics containers


The role of the extracellular matrix

Our cells are surrounded by an extracellular matrix witch serves as a structure that supports and surrounds the different cells of our body, and that as the capacity of influencing the functioning of our cells.


Each tissue from each of our organs has a particular extracellular matrix, with features and functions of their own.

Some of the components of this matrix have the ability to retain sodium and thus water. Furthermore, this matrix is able to temporarily store various compounds that should not be in the bloodstream, but also should not reach our cells – this temporary storage also calls water to the matrix. It´s in here that the water remains, and that make us say that "we retain fluids."


Apparently, estrogens can increase the production of some compounds called glycosaminoglycans (or simply GAGs)  in our thighs and button, which leads to increased water retention in this area.

The increase in volume of the extracellular matrix, due to increased amount of GAGs, to the accumulation of toxic compounds (many of environmental origin), and the subsequent water retention, impairs blood circulation and lymphatic drainage – blocking the exits doors of toxic compounds, and also our access to the stored fat.

This will further aggravate the toxic accumulation and fluid retention in these areas, further increasing the volume of the extracellular matrix and thus further impairing blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, and the mobilization of fat stored there... A true vicious cycle, that worsens over the years.


What can you do?

Improve blood and lymphatic circulation in this area:

- Avoiding sitting or standing in one position for a long time, if your job requires it, tight the muscles and keep them contracted with some regularity, take breaks and optimize blood circulation, and if you have to stand up, change your position frequently.
- Avoid high heels, for when your weight is on your heel it helps lymphatic drainage. - Avoid tight clothes
- Move!!. Exercise improves blood circulation and the movement of muscles facilitates lymphatic drainage.
- Do lymphatic drainage massage. A competent pair of hands will help you eliminate the compounds and the water accumulated around our fat cells, and help your body to reach that stored fat stored in poor blood supply areas. When we are talking about gynoid obesity, the hands of a professional can have great results in your legs and thighs.

Avoid toxic burden
- Correct your leaky gut
- Stay away from toxics, namely in the cosmetic and hygiene product you use, in the air you breath, and on different food products

Improve detoxification!

- Drink water! Your body needs to have enough water to quickly eliminate these undesirable compounds from your body.
- Increase to mount of fruits and vegetables you eat – their vitamin and mineral content optimize detoxification, and their ability to alkalinize facilitates the elimination of toxic compounds accumulated in the matrix.
- Reinforce the intake of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower, due to their ability to optimize the phase II of detoxification.
- Avoid acidic food such as sugar, and the excess intake carbohydrates and animal protein.

Now that you know that the volume accumulated around our thighs and button is far more complex than just an accumulation of fat, you can start to work more effectively go reduce it!

 

BluEmerald, for a healthy, conscious and sustainable life.