Increase of visceral fat (Fig. 1) can cause 11 life-threatening diseases which are:
Diabetes, Kidney diseases, High blood pressure, Dyslipidemia, Sleep apnea syndrome, Hyperuricemia, Fatty liver, Osteoarthritis, Menstrual disorders/Pregnancy complications, Heart attack, Stroke
To decrease visceral fat, it has been said that changing diet and/or doing exercises is necessary, but they are difficult to continue for a long time.
However, according to recent researches, it has turned out that there is a method to reduce visceral fat without changing diet or doing exercises.
The method is that stimulating BAT which is a type of body cells increases or activates BAT, and burns and reduces visceral fat.
While the burning effect of exercise (moving muscles) is 4 (W/Kg), the burning effect of activating BAT is 300-400 (W/Kg), which is 70-100 times higher.
When the effect is converted to the weight, about 1 Kg per year can be reduced.
BAT is a body cell that burns fat and raise the body temperature like a heater in the body. BAT uses visceral fat as fuel. BAT is located around the clavicles and the upper part of the spine.
BAT is deeply related to fat burning all over the body, but BAT decreases with age. Fig. 2 shows BAT in 20s, 30s and 40s. There is almost no BAT in 40s.
It was considered that decreased BAT wouldn’t come back, but by the recent research, it has turned out that BAT can be increased even if it decreased once or can be activated.
How to increase BAT
1. Stimulation by cold
The skin has a sensor for cold. When the sensor of the skin keeps detecting cold for a long period of time, BAT increases. On the contrary, if you have BAT, even if you stay in a cold place, you can raise your body temperature.
But it is hard to keep being stimulated by cold for a long period of time.
Recently it has turned out that there is the sensor not only in the skin but also in the digestive system so that BAT can be increased by meals.
This sensor is called a trip-channel and the digestive system has 3 kinds of trip-channels. Stimulating the trip-channels by eating food corresponding to each trip-channel at the same time leads to increase BAT effectively.
Group (1): Chili, Pepper, Ginger, Bluish fish
The sensor detects not only heat but also spiciness and is stimulated by EPA and DHA of bluish fishes.
Group (2): Garlic, Onion, Wasabi, Mustard
Group (3): Mint
Recipe to eat all 3 Groups at the same time
Mackerel marinated with Onion (Fig. 3)
Chili (1 piece)
Mackerel canned with water (1 can)
Onion (1 piece)
Ginger (a part)
Mint (5 grams)
(1) Slice an onion and put them in a heat-resistant container.
(2) Add a table spoon of soy source, Mirin (sweet cooking Sake) and vinegar.
(3) Add grated ginger and round-sliced chili and mix them.
(4) Microwave them for 2 minutes.
(5) Add canned mackerel including the soup inside.
(6) Mix them lightly and spread mint.
This is pre-cooked food you can store in the refrigerator for a few days and use with other foods like Fig.4.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) includes IgA nephropathy, diabetic nephropathy, membranous nephropathy and nephrosclerosis. The kidneys filtrate the blood and excrete wastes and toxins as urine. But even if the function of the kidneys lowers down, there are few subjective symptoms. If you keep putting a burden on the kidneys by eating too much salt, the kidney function stops before you realize. If the kidney function becomes less than 10 %, the kidneys can’t filtrate wastes and toxins in the blood sufficiently, resulting in necessity of dialysis.
Dialysis is a cleansing process of the blood that uses a special machine to filter wastes and toxins from the blood and return the blood to the body. In general, dialysis needs 4-5 hours per treatment, 2-3 times a week so daily life can be restricted. Dialysis also have to be continued for life. So it is important to prevent chronic kidney diseases.
But if you improve the kidney function before it gets worse, you can expect the improvement of swelling, high blood pressure and frequent urination.
The methods to remove salt from the body are urination and sweat. Since sweat is difficult to control, urination is the only method to remove salt taken from the mouth. The organ doing the job is the kidney. So if the kidney works too much, the kidney becomes exhausted and the function lowers down.
The sense of the taste started becoming weak at the age of 65 in men and at the age of 60 in women. The insensitivity to the taste makes you take more salt.
People who have kidney diseases are insensitive to salty taste. If they continue eating lightly salted food for about a week, their sensitivity to salt returns normal.
How to reduce salt
(1) Choose seasonings which show “Salt Equivalent”. You can calculate about how much salt you are taking.
(2) Use a small measuring spoon, 1/8 tsp.
(3) Season with materials with strong smell such as ginger or garlic.
(4) Season with soup stocks or spices instead of salt.
(5) Eat from light seasoned food.
(6) Record what you ate and the amount of salt.
(1) Use juice of citrus fruits instead of salt.
(2) Use crushed nuts for salads instead of dressing.
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