This stat blew (pun intended) my mind. When I initially went to research it, I thought it would be about 30-40% of “fat” loss was expelled by the lungs, and the rest through urine and bowel moves. I am glad I was wrong, because it helped me shed more light on why we need to reduce stress, breathe more, get quality sleep, and support our organ functions.
Fat from food is stored in the body in cells called adipocytes as a compound called triglyceride.
Triglycerides consist of three kinds of atoms; carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, and this means that when it is broken down around a fifth of it forms water (H2O) and four-fifths becomes carbon dioxide (CO2).
The water formed may be excreted in the urine, faeces, sweat, breath, tears, or other bodily fluids. These results show that the lungs are the primary excretory organ for weight loss. They estimate that an average person loses at least 200g of carbon every day and roughly 1/3 of that occurs as we sleep.
So if you are not getting quality sleep, proper REM, wake up to use the restroom consistently, sleep apnea, and wake up exhausted you are not receiving quality oxygen and not releasing CO2.
“When the body has ample oxygen, it produces enought energy to optimize metabolism and eliminate accumulated toxic wastes in the tissues. Natural immunity is achieved when the immune system is not burdened with heavy “toxic buildup”. Detoxification occurs when oxygen is introduced into the system.”
– Dr. Norman McVea
Just as a fire can’t burn without oxygen, our cells can’t produce heat and energy without oxygen. Oxygen is absorbed by the lungs and passes into the blood vessels that surround the lungs and is carried to all the cells of the body by the blood. Most of the oxygen is carried by the red blood cells, though some of it is carried by the water in the blood. A deficiency of water means reduced oxygen delivery by the blood. So important is oxygen, that even where optimum water, protein, vitamin and mineral intake exists, ill health will still exist if there’s an oxygen deficiency.
When the blood is cleansed, it has oxygen. When it is dirty, it has more waste or carbon dioxide. The condition of the blood will determine the function and the condition of the organs. The heart, the spleen, the lungs, the liver, the skin, the muscles, all depends on the blood. This is why I believe observing our bowel movements are so important, when your blood is clean the organs can eliminate toxins superbly.
Most people breathe shallowly from anxiety, tight clothing and a lifetime spent rushing, sitting hunched over desks doing paperwork, studying, working computers and getting stressed out produces the bad habits of shallow breathing.
We need to:
1. Breathe like babies and athletes: The breathing where your chest and abdomen rises and falls in a rhythmic manner.
2. Laugh! Laughing helps us keep healthy by enriching the blood with ample supplies of oxygen
3. Eat food that is less acidic. This causes the development of an acid (less-than-optima lly alkaline) constitution with an excess of positively-charged hydrogen ions (H+) in the entire system. When excessive numbers of hydrogen ions are in the tissues, they combine with and use up oxygen. This reduces the amount of oxygen available for the primary function of metabolism.
4. CRY & SIGH: Get it out. Work with health practitioners to support your emotional needs.
5. Be kind to yourself & release stress and anxiety. Take 5 deep breaths every hour, set a mindfulness bell on your smart phone.
Heather Fleming, C.C.N.