WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT'S CAUSING IT? WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Stomach fat'?
Fat should be equally distributed around your body. When fat is dispersed across the arms, back, breasts, stomach, buttocks, and thighs, it is healthier than disproportionate weight or fat. When one of your body parts gains more weight than another, it could mean that your circulation is stagnant there. Excess weight concentrated in the stomach may imply congestion of the lymphatic system in the gut and poor fat digestion. This condition occurs when stress or other factors cause vasoconstriction of blood vessels in the area, which stop the body from burning fats and stores them instead.
The belly is 4x more likely to store fat from rich, Kapha-aggravating foods. The reason is because fat from excessively rich foods congests the lymphatic system in this area. Then, the fat gets stored in the stomach, instead of going into the blood. Short-chain fatty acids such as ghee and medium-chain fatty acids such as coconut oil are absorbed by blood vessels and then distributed evenly by the blood. These do not congest the gut-associated lymphatic tissue of the gut (GALT). Long-chain fatty acids such as canola and other vegetable oils are absorbed directly from the intestine into the GALT, causing congestion and stomach fat.
Stress may also cause excess stomach fat. Stress shuts down circulation to your gut. Under periods of high stress, your lymphatic system absorbs even more of the fats from food, causing you to gain more weight in the belly. Again, this was probably adaptive for early humans; storing fat in this area was a mechanism of self-preservation in uncertain times. This kind of apple-shaped fat concentrated at the mid and upper-sections of the body is generally Vata-Kapha in nature.
If your digestion is slow, your belly may appear large and bloated, and your belly button stretched. You might be tempted to think you've gained weight but really you are stuffed with food or gas. Wheat and rich dairy products like cheese are common culprits of slow digestion. A mild laxative like triphala can help your belly deflate to a normal size.
Bitter taste is a good remedy for metabolizing excess abdominal fat. Grapefruit, greens like arugula, kale, and dandelion along with tart vegetables like rhubarb are all good ways to start incorporating more bitter taste into your diet. Adding fiber can also help move fat out of the body. Experiment with blood thinning herbs like turmeric and tarragon which reinvigorate circulation and gently decongest the blood of excess fats. Movement and mild exercise can also help break-up excess abdominal fat. Twisting yoga poses, deep belly breathing, and gentle self-massage of the abdominal area gets blood flowing and helps shed an unhealthy tummy.
Disclaimer: Conditions such as 'Stomach fat' that cause tissue changes could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.
STAGE OF DISEASE 3 - ATTACKING TISSUEIf you have symptoms in this category it means that your imbalances are becoming stronger and weakening your body's resistance. Most people have a weakness in one or more organs. These areas of weakness are the 'weak link in the chain.' They are first to succumb when an imbalance reaches a tipping point. Repairing imbalances in this category often represent your last opportunity to prevent disease. At any moment, these imbalances could overwhelm weakened tissue and develop into a disease. You may feel pain or discomfort in the weakened area. At this stage you will need to support the weakened tissue with specialized foods and herbs for the weakened tissue.
ARE YOU NEW TO AYURVEDA?Are you wondering what Ayurveda is and how to use it for 'Stomach fat' and health in general? LEARN MORE
REBALANCE YOUR BODY WITH DIET, LIFESTYLE & HERBS HAVING THESE QUALITIESEverything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using gunas. Gunas are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Stomach fat', you should select foods with the following qualities (gunas). Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance. For best results, get a one on one consultation.
QUALITIES THAT MAY CORRECT IMBALANCESRELATED TO STOMACH FAT
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FAVOR HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL PROPERTIESIngredient and herbs each have unique effects on the various organs of your body. Herbalists study these effects and categorize them, so it is easy to identify which foods and herbs are most helpful for your unique body type. Click on the medicinal properties below to learn more about them, and to figure out which recipes, ingredients and products will be a good match for you. Individual results will vary depending upon the root cause of your imbalance. The following medicinal properties are useful for a general case of 'Stomach fat'. You must independently verify whether these medicinal properties address the root causes of your case of Stomach fat.
APPETITE-SUPPRESSANTSuppresses hunger without causing weight gain
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestive.
STIMULANT-LAXATIVEStimulant laxatives induce bowel movements by stimulating peristaltic movement (the contraction of smooth muscle in the intestines). They are effective when used on a short-term basis. On a long-term basis, they can create dependency.
Cleanse and Detox:
BURNS-TOXINSAn herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
Heart & Circulation:
BLOOD-THINNERHerbs that thin the blood. Helpful for people with heart disease or clogged circulation.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
HYPOLIPIDEMICScrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
High Fiber Laxative
HIGH-FIBER-LAXATIVEA class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The size of a stool stimulates peristalsis and the stool passes more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydrating.
DIET REMEDIES FOR 'STOMACH FAT'
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REMOVE THE CAUSES OF YOUR IMBALANCE
STOMACH FAT USUALLY MEANS THESE
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Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Toxic' guna
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Oily' guna
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Heavy' guna
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Gooey' guna
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Sweet' taste
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On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalances (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.