"Looking after my health today gives me a better hope for tomorrow".
Anne Wilson Schaef
A new diet or weight loss plan shows up almost every day. The focus is usually on eating certain types of food and not eating others. An eat this, but not that mentality. While this is helpful in some circumstances, it can set people up for failure. What is needed is not another diet or plan, but an understanding of what truly will help your body and your weight.
What is Obesity?
Understanding the issue at hand is where to begin in your quest to improve your life. Obesity is defined by the World Health Organization, as “abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health.” This fat accumulation is typically measured by the body mass index. While not a perfect measurement, it can help physicians get a general idea of the weight for your height.
We understand. No one likes to step on the scale and hear how much weight one has gained. Yet, this is important because uncontrolled weight gain is becoming a chronic issue. It used to be a disease of kings and queens, now it is heavily on the rise from all income levels. The Centers for Disease Control found that in 2016 the “prevalence of obesity was 39.8% and affected about 93.3 million of US adults.”
The Problems That Obesity Causes
Increased weight gain does not only affect your wallet for new clothes; it also affects your health in many ways. It increases your risk for:
Type 2 Diabetes
Poor body image
Is Body Image Overrated?
Psychology Today says, “When most people think of body image, they think about aspects of physical appearance, attractiveness, and beauty. But body image is so much more. It's our mental representation of ourselves.”
Having the right perception of how you look affects you. It is not just a condition of those who are overweight or anorexic, male or female. It affects all of us individually — and it begins in childhood. The Journal of Social Psychology found that while girls are more opinionated about their body image, boys and girls both strugglewith the same issue equally. This impact does not stop in adolescents, it stays with us throughout our whole life and affects everything that we do. Without realizing it, your daily interactions, feelings, the way you hold and carry yourself are impacted by the perception of your appearance.
The Science Behind Using EBN for Improving Your Overall Health
Decreases Insulin Resistance
In recent years, the term insulin resistance has become more commonplace. Type 2 Diabetes was originally thought to be a problem of decreased insulin for the body to use. In reality, if the blood sugar is too high for an extended period, the insulin receptors stop utilizing insulin as they should. They require higher and higher levels of insulin for the work to be completed, which can create concerns like Diabetes type II.
Edible Bird’s Nest (EBN) was traditionally used only in Asian countries, but now scientists are realizing that it has benefits for the whole world. The Journal of Diabetes Research has been studying ways to decrease insulin resistance so the body can lower its blood sugars with less insulin. It can be easy to think that only sugary snacks raise your blood sugars and causes insulin resistance over time, but it’s not. A high-fat diet (such as a typical fast-food meal) causes the same problem. But for those who were taking EBN, there was less insulin resistance.
Prevents Blood Clots
When the body’s fat level’s increase, so does the risk of blood clots. Think about it this way; the blood in your body is like a river. It carries life to all parts of your body. The life that it carries has oxygen in it, vitamins, fats for energy, and protein to build. But too many fats can clog up the river and slow it down; it can also create thick blockages in the river. If pieces of this blockage break off, it can cause life-threatening problems such as a heart attack, stroke, or pulmonary embolism.
Drug Design, Development and Theory studied the use of EBN and compared its effects to Simvastatin - a common anti-cholesterol drug. They found that after 12 weeks, EBN helped to balance the lipid profiles just like Simvastatin but without worsening the metabolism. Lipid profiles are the screening tools that show your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It also helped to decrease the hypercoagulation: the bleeding times and platelet counts. These findings might be very interesting for patients looking for non-pharmacological ways to lower cholesterol.
Is EBN Right For You?
Only you can make that decision based upon your health and your doctor’s concerns. In addition, you should not stop taking any medications that your healthcare provider has instructed you to take.
Like all supplements, there are possible side effects that EBN can cause. Since EBN is created from the saliva of swiftlet, one study published in Food Research International found that there is a possibility of increased allergic reactions from using this product. The most common reaction is from the IgE mediated anaphylaxis from those who struggle with food allergies. Because of this risk, it is important to have medical supervision if you struggle with food allergies.
The way that you approach your health and body image is important and should not be ignored or downplayed. Your weight, regardless of shape or size, is to be respected. Although Edible Bird’s Nest is not a diet pill nor is it a miraculous weight-loss supplement, it may have the ability to assist you in your goal to better health.
Do you struggle with increased weight gain or (perhaps) a decreased body image? We understand how difficult this can be, and honor you in your efforts to improve your health. If you know someone who might be interested in this article, share it with them.