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All Fat Is Not Equal

By Tom Herrin

When we think of fat, most of us probably think about the fat that we believe lies underneath our skin.  This is considered to be subcutaneous.  It provides much of the shape we see when we look in the mirror.  We also notice the way it seems to make our clothes fit.  We often use it as a measure of what kind of shape we are in and may be determined to get rid of much of it.  While this is one kind of fat, and sometimes unpleasant, it is not the only kind.  Fat comes in all colors and shapes.  It also has varied effects on our overall health.  One thing for sure, though, it may have a real impact on our overall health.  

Some Kinds of Fat Helps Our Bodies

While we may not always realize it, some fats are necessary in order for us to maintain good health.  It is known that certain fats are needed for proper development of the brain.  They are also needed for the nerves, bones, and protection of some of the organs.  As with most things, too much can be a problem.  Too many times, we deprive our bodies of something because we are concerned about having too much.  If we do this in a case such as the brain, this deprivation could result in a serious consequence.

Some Body Fat Can Support Normal Functions

We use body fat to enable us to carry on our everyday activities.  This fat may help to maintain our body temperatures and maintain our metabolism at a desired rate.  It helps to store vitamins.  It may help with hormones.  It is important for us to remember that fat can serve a purpose.

When Fat Is Bad, It May Be Real Bad

All is not good with fat.  One of the biggest concerns relating to fats is belly fat. It has received quite a bit of attention as to how it functions and why.  Many people, who are otherwise healthy, may put on belly fats.  This is called visceral fat.  It can cause problems with organs.  It may also be a major contributor to stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.  Some cancers appear to  have a relationship with this kind of fat.  We all need to be aware of our bodies and the role that fat can play in our overall wellness.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Brentwood, Calif.

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