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Why Your Diet Is Making You Sick

There are two primary reasons that our bodies become tired when we don’t eat a balanced diet. The first is dehydration, due to not obtaining enough water on a regular basis. And the other is the depletion of stored fats, due to eating too much fat. We must learn how to balance our diet and the two things are the main focus of this article.

Our bodies are powered by 3 sources — carbohydrates, protein and fat. Fat is the biggest source of calories, in the form of liver, muscle and other types of healthy saturated fatty acids (so-called “bad” saturated fats).

The problem with having too much fat in our diet is that it causes inflammation because saturated fats are highly inflammatory and cause various health problems.

Here is the problem. Our bodies get their energy from a variety of things. We have glucose, fat and protein in our bloodstream, but the problem is saturated fats make us sick. The saturated fats cause inflammation in the body, which is one reason why inflammation is so common in chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Here is what’s the deal with saturated fats, in general:

1. They build up in the body over the years because we eat too much fat

Fat becomes bad as we eat it, leading to a buildup of saturated fat in the body. Our bodies don’t know how to break down fat, so it builds up.

As you probably know, our bodies produce their own forms of insulin, called the “insulin receptors,” to tell them when to store fat. This is exactly what happens when we eat a high-fat diet. The hormone insulin tells the fat cells in the body, “Hold onto your fat, we’re going to make more of it when we eat that.” Insulin acts as a “guardian” keeping fat stored in the fat tissue of our body. Your body will start using this hormone to try to hold on to the fat. If they were smart, your body would be doing everything it can to get rid of the stored fat.

This is what causes the problem.

2. They are high in calories

Saturated fats are high in calories, so eating too much will cause body to not be used to burning it as fuel. It will burn less efficiently, leading to fatigue and weight gain.

Another way to tell if you have too much saturated fat in your diet is by how much glycogen is built up. The more glycogen in the muscle tissue, the less efficiently fat can be burned, as the glucose will burn much faster than fat. The body becomes used to the idea of having to use its glycogen stores to burn fat, and it stops using them as efficiently to save fuel.

That’s an important point! In order to burn fat, you need insulin, which is produced from fat. When your body produces more insulin, it will stop burning fat, and instead will start using the fat as fuel instead. As our bodies become used to having to use its glycogen stores to burn fat, the body stops producing insulin and will not burn fat anymore. This is another reason why people who are dieting lose more weight on a low-fat diet than on a low-calorie intake diet.

3. They are not digested well in the bowel

Our bodies have no problem breaking down fats into usable nutrients. For example, our liver will convert a pound of fat into three pounds of glucose, for use as fuel.

But not all fats are created equal, and the fat in our body may not be processed properly. Our bodies make enzymes to break down fats into basic molecules, called monoglycerides. But some fats may not make their way through the digestive system so readily, giving us a negative reaction, and leading to a buildup of saturated fat in the body.

Saturated fats can not be digested efficiently in certain parts of the digestive tract, and our body will send signals to produce compounds, called lipases and acylglucosidase to process them. The problem is that as your fat is breaking down, the monoglycerides are being released into the rest of your body, causing a build-up of triglycerides in the blood.