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EXTRA! EXTRA!! Brown Fat IS IN!, White Fat Is Out!!

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New study completed, which showed that cool environments stimulate brown fat growth, while warm temperatures reduce brown fat in the body.

published in “Journal of Diabetes”

Brown Fat What Is That!

Recently conducted the “ICEMAN Study”  (The Impact of Chronic Cold Exposure in Humans) — (National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington.)

His goal was to show “plasticity,” or recovery of brown fat in humans when responding to cooler temperatures.

Presented at the ICE/ENDO 2014, joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society in Chicago.   Endocrinologist Dr. Paul Lee, from Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research,


Lee’s previous studies showed a correlation between an abundance of brown fat and a lean body frame along with low blood sugar levels. In lab experiments, he was able to show that ordinary white fat cells can change into brown fat cells. Also stated tissue was more prone to using glucose when exposed to the cold”. 

“This means that insulin sensitivity was increased, suggesting that people with more brown fat need less insulin to bring their blood sugar levels down”.

“Brown fat may benefit diabetics, whose bodies have to work hard to bring sugar levels down after a meal”, Lee said.

The improvement in insulin sensitivity accompanying brown fat gain may open new avenues in the treatment of impaired glucose metabolism in the future.  On the other hand, the reduction in mild cold exposure from widespread central heating in contemporary society may impair brown fat function and may be a hidden contributor to obesity and metabolic disorders,” Lee said in the release.

“Studies have been performed in the UK and U.S. measuring bedroom, dining room and lounge room temperatures in people’s homes over the last few decades, and the temperature has climbed from about 66º to 73º, a range sufficient to effect and cut down our brown fat.”

 How To take Control Of Your Brown Fat!
From the freezing skin-cringing, often dreaded moment of being the last one to shower,cold1 to the toilet flushing mid-shower leaving you covered in bone-chilling cold water, do not scream, indulge! Your body was built for temperature change, it is built to stay healthy.  Coined the “James Bond Shower,” or  “Scottish Shower,” turn the temperature down at the end of that shower and it can provide surprising benefits for our Body and Skin. 

(What Benefits? KEEP READING!)

1. Increases Alertness

Ending your shower with colder water tells your whole body to wake up!  Start Slow!  Gradually decrease that temp of the shower and your body will take it in, you’ll be surprised how you feel when the blood hits the brain!  Practice with some deep breathing in response the body’s shock can help you keep warm and focused, this will increase your overall oxygen levels. As your heart starts beating in response, your blood will flow and you will feel more awake and it will change your attitude for the day.

2. Helps Refine Skin and Hair

When it comes to hair and skin, a natural way to maintain your appearance is with colder shcold3owers. Hot water has the tendency to dry and pull from our skin, using cooler water tends to tighten “seals” your cuticles and pores, along with the scalp, preventing them from getting clogged or dirt from getting in.

Jessica Krant, board-certified dermatologist, told The Huffington Post that ice-cold or lukewarm water can help our skin and prevent it from being stripped of its healthy natural oils too quickly.

Cold water only temporarily tightens skin as it constricts blood flow, but it does not shrink pores. When it comes to haircare, cold showers can make hair appear shinier, stronger, and healthier by flattening hair follicles, and increasing their ability to grip the scalp.

3. Improves Immunity and Circulation

Warm water brings blood to the skin, opening your glads while working the heart harder.  Switching to cold water redirects circulation by encouraging blood then to cold4surround our organs, which can also help combat problems of the skin and heart.  As cold water hits the body it’s ability to get blood circulating is ever so noticeable helping boost overall heart health, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola. It can also help to lower blood pressure, and improve our immune system.

4. Stimulates Weight Loss

Cold showers can aid weight loss in an unexpected way. The human body contains two types of fat tissue, white fat and brown fat.

White fat is accumulated when we consume (eat) more calories than our body needs to function.  This body fat piles up at our waist, lower back, neck, and thighs, and is the one we all struggle to eliminate. 

Brown fat is the good fat, which generates heat to keep our bodies warm, and is activated when exposed to cold.

A 2009 study found that exposure to extreme cold temperatures activated brown fat in 23 and 24 participants by a 15-fold increase, meaning someone could lose up to nine pounds in a year if they kept this practice up.

5. Speeds Up Muscle Soreness and Recovery

We have all seen athletes taking ice baths after training, but a quick cold shower after breaking a sweat at the gym can be just as effective for some, especially in relievingcold5 delayed-onset muscle soreness. A 2009 study analyzing 17 trials involved over 360 people who either rested or immersed themselves in cold water after resistance training, cycling, or running. It found that 24-minute cold water baths were effective in relieving sore muscles one to four days after exercises with a water temperature of 50 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit, or 10 to 15 degrees Celsius. However, some studies involved colder temperatures.

6. Eases Stress

Jumping into the shower without letting it heat up, or going into the ocean without slowly acclimating to it, can help promote increasing tolerance to stress, and even disease.  Focus on your strengths while doing this, you will only grow stronger.cold6

A 1994 study found a drastic decrease in uric acid levels during and following exposure to a cold stimulus. There was also an increase in gluthathione, an antioxidant that keeps all other antioxidants performing at their optimal levels. The participants, who were 10 healthy people who swam regularly in ice-cold water during the winter, adapted to repeated oxidative stress.

7. Relieves Depression

Cold showers have been shown to relieve depression symptoms due to the intense impact of cold receptors in the skin, this sends an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from the peripheral nerve endings to the brain. I call it wake up and move!

cooling spots

The Body’s Cooling Spots

This in and of itself didn’t lead to the benefits, however, as brown fat must be activated to offer results. One known way to do this is via exposure to cold temperatures. The men in the study were exposed to mildly cold temperatures for up to eight hours to activate brown fat.
Those with higher brown fat levels then showed increases in resting metabolism, insulin sensitivity, and glucose processing, with the researchers stating brown fat may function as an anti-diabetic tissue in humans. One of the study’s authors noted:
“We showed that exposure to mild cold raised whole body energy expenditure, increased glucose removal from the circulation and improved insulin sensitivity in men who have significant amounts of brown adipose tissue depots.”

Failing Brown Fat May Cause Middle-Age Spread

As you get older, the thermogenic activity of brown fat is reduced, similar to what happened with mice in one revealing study published in the FASEB Journal.  This “failing” of brown fat is likely a key reason why there’s a tendency to gain weight with age. The FASEB Journal’s editor-in-chief noted:

“A common complaint is that older people have to work twice as hard with their diets and exercise to get half of the results of younger people.

cold7Now we have a much better idea why this is the case: Our brown fat stops working as we age.”

 <— You can Maintain This!

There is also a fat known as a beige fat that is sometimes used interchangeably with brown fat. While it appears the two are similar, they also are likely to have distinct beneficial functions in your body, and these are only in the beginning stages of discovery.   Reported in the journal Nature Medicine

Maintaining Your Life Is Easier Then You Think, With Our Age Change, We Have To Change, Making It Easier To Enjoy This Thing Called Life!


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