Why Being Fat Weakens Your Immune System

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Your own fat could actually weaken your immune system. Here’s what you need to know. 

0:00 Obesity weakens the immune system 
0:15 The two main types of fat
0:39 Superficial fat and the immune system 
0:53 Visceral fat and the immune system 
1:48 COVID-19
2:05 The full situation 
2:37 Inflammation and insulin resistance 
4:38 What you could do 

Today we’re going to talk about the relationship between your fat and your immune system. What you really need to know is that obesity can weaken the immune system.

There are two main types of fat:
1. Superficial fat 
This is the fat around the body, which is right below your skin. With superficial fat, you’re going to have more accumulation of B cells, which make antibodies. You’re also going to have more T cells, which are also immune cells. 

2. Visceral fat
This is the fat in your midsection that’s spilling off from a fatty liver. In this case, the fat goes around and sometimes even inside of the organs. With visceral fat, you have more natural killer cells and killer T cells. 

This means you could have a lot of cytokines, which can cause a lot of inflammation. T-regulatory cells are supposed to suppress the cause of this inflammation, but you can be deficient in these cells when you have too much visceral fat. 

The other problem with having too much visceral fat is that the antibodies that you create against viruses and bacteria tend to lose their memory a lot faster. So, you have less fighting force when you have visceral fat. 

This situation can cause inflammation, which can weaken the immune system. Inflammation can also lead to insulin resistance. 

* This can apply to the COVID-19 situation in that one of the big predisposing factors is being overweight. Not to mention the other problems that come with being overweight. 

If someone is prediabetic, inflammation could be just the thing to push them into diabetes. The real difference between prediabetes and diabetes is that insulin resistance suddenly fails to compensate for insulin, and then the shift takes place. 

What you could do:

• Get on the healthy keto diet
• Do intermittent fasting 

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Dr. Berg, age 55, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg’s Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

Thanks for watching! I hope this helps you better understand how your own fat could weaken your immune system.
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