The Model Health Show

If you want to improve your metabolic health, you might turn to common methods like eating enough protein or getting a good night’s rest. I’m a big proponent of both of those strategies, but there’s another key player in this equation that doesn’t get enough attention—brown adipose tissue. 

Brown adipose tissue, or brown fat, is a distinct type of body fat that plays multiple roles in the body, including maintaining body temperature, improving insulin sensitivity and metabolic function, and more. Specifically, when it comes to metabolic health the function and responsibility of brown fat is often overlooked, but the science is fascinating. 

On today’s show, we’re taking you behind the scenes of brown adipose tissue to gain a better understanding of what it is and how it works. You’re also going to learn specific action steps you can take to influence your body’s brown fat ratios and functionality for better metabolic health. I hope this episode gives you the knowledge and tools you need to improve your health and reach your goals. Enjoy! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • A distinction between brown fat and white fat.
  • The main function of brown fat (and why infants have high levels of this fat).
  • What gives brown fat its brown color. 
  • The link between brown fat levels and metabolic function.
  • What beige fat is and how it works.
  • Where brown fat is located in the body. 
  • What themogenin is and how it works.
  • The surprising role that brown fat plays in an obese body.
  • How brown fat impacts the endocrine, cardiovascular, and immune system.
  • The effects cold exposure has on brown adipose tissue activation.
  • How long-term mild cold exposure can stimulate brown fat growth.
  • Which foods are helpful in influencing the activity of brown adipose tissue. 
  • The connection between dietary cholesterol and body fat.
  • How (and why) to incorporate sea vegetables into your diet.
  • The importance of consuming essential fatty acids. 
  • How exercise can increase the production of brown fat.

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