Studies show that being overweight restricts breathing. Being overweight and/or obese causes restricted rib cage expansion and less space for the diaphragm to move downward and with less ease.
The harder it is for the rib cage to expand the harder it is to breathe, even while sleeping and often even more so; sleep apnea can stem a lot from this last factor. Obesity also provides for storage of fat and waste material that creep into the lungs reducing gas exchange. Obesity causes distortion of the autonomic nervous system balance and function.
How do you know you are obese or at least at risk for being obese? One of the easiest ways is by the presence of a "pot gut".
Many doctors prefer the gut as a marker for overweight than they do the Body Mass Index BMI because the waist measurement is quick and reliable whereas the BMI does not take into account small, medium and large boned people. Many studies have reported that body fat distribution is a more powerful predictor than is BMI for risk factors, diseases, and mortality. You'll see why in a moment.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition January, 2001;73:123-126 tied in waist measurement with the onset of Type 2 diabetes regardless of age and that in women, the rate of heart disease rose as both BMI and waist circumference increased. But that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Poor digestion plays a huge roll in accumulating excess body weight and waist measurement. Digestion is the body's first introduction to the food we eat and if the food does not get digested it accumulates in various forms such as fat and toxic debris.
Without optimal digestion we set the stage for thousands, perhaps millions of negative chemical reactions, not the least of which is the back up of mucous and "sludge" in our lungs. To make matters worse we tend to tighten our belts or girdles as the weight increases and that forces the diaphragm to draw less and less air with each breath.
This reduces our overall energy and the oxygen supply that we need to burn off the fat in the first place. Vicious cycle. The pot gut seems to be fatty tissue but in reality is also an area for storing massive amounts of toxic debris.
POT GUTS?? Men over 40 inches and women over 35 inches waist size show clear signs of autointoxication. Many organs, including the stomach are forced into abnormal positions and sizes.
The transverse colon droops and collects biophysical "trash". Nutrients cannot be absorbed through the intestinal walls because they are blocked with ,junk and hardened mucous.
Fungus is better able too invade, sustain and transform into parasites, within the body. Intestinal diseases, including polyps, are most often symptoms of a polluted colon, massive amounts of parasites and thriving unhealthy bacteria. Toxins back up into kidneys, liver, lungs and brain.
Here is great picture from a colon hygienist showing how a large stomach can be ever so much more than just fat. Click here for the PDF of an impacted intestine and what is beneath many a large stomach or pot gut or email us for a .jpg picture.
Erectile dysfunction more likely in men with large waists.
The Erasmus University Medical School in the Netherlands is still showing a correlation between type 2 diabetes and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Apparently persons with diabetes have double the risk of developing dementia. The risk is especially high if they are insulin users. Ott, et.al., Neurology, 1999 Vol 53(9), 1937-1942.
What to do? Handle the digestion, learn to breathe better, take E3Live, exercise, use an internal cleanser and increase your percentage of raw living foods to at least 75% making sure that the majority is not rich and excessively fat-bearing. Try a certain form of iodine (my belly fat started disappearing) and see if you perk up or tale off like a rocket.