JUMP START WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM TO STAY HEALTHY
In our last article, we discussed how excess belly fat and BMI of over 30 puts you at much greater risk for dying from Covid-19. The more fat you carry, the lower your lung capacity which impairs oxygenation of all tissues. During a viral infection, this can be a serious problem. Also, an enzyme called ACE2, which is found in adipose tissue, is the primary way that the virus enters the body.
WHAT CAN I DO TO GET RID OF EXCESS BELLY FAT
There are many diets and exercise programs that can help accomplish this goal. Each has its pros and cons. A program that works for your friend may not necessarily help you. The most important thing is having the willpower to stick to whatever program you have committed to. Lapses in willpower are often given as the reason why weight loss programs fail.
While you may have never even heard of it, auriculotherapy or ear acupuncture, it may be the one missing ingredient that will help your weight loss program to succeed. At Back in Motion Chiropractic and Acupuncture in Daphne, our physician has many years of experience in the application of ear acupuncture to help those who are looking for an adjunctive procedure to help their weight loss program work.
HOW AURICULOTHERAPY WORKS
Several points on the outer ear are connected to the vagus nerve which is the main component of the parasympathetic nervous system or PNS. Besides exerting a major influence on digestive and heart functions, the PNS acts like the brakes on a car to balance and mediate the sympathetic nervous system. The ‘flight or fight response’ and an over-stimulated sympathetic nervous system plays a major role in the negative, deep seated urges that derail weight loss programs. In modern times, a sympathetic nervous system without brakes may be better understood as being ‘stressed out’.
One way in which many people react to an overactive sympathetic system is to binge eat. Giving up on or ‘cheating’ on an effective diet is the way a person may react to stress. Auriculotherapy can stimulate the vagus nerve and PNS to restore balance to the two systems. Practitioners and patients have described the effect as ‘putting on the brakes’ to the negative urges that push them to quit on a diet that they know was helping them.
If you have any questions about the way that auriculotherapy can help your weight loss program to succeed, feel free to call Back in Motion Chiropractic and Acupuncture in Daphne. We can be reached at 251-621-2224.