How to know if you have belly fat or belly bloat? A simple home remedy you can do to find out
Written by: Marisol Teijeiro N.D. (inactive)
Medically reviewed by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.
Est. reading time: 12 minutes.
Have you ever asked yourself, ‘is my belly bloated or is it belly fat?’ You wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, turn to the side and you can see that your belly is expanding more and more each day. You know you’re not pregnant, all you know is you can’t do up your favorite jeans and it feels like your stomach is like a balloon slowly being inflated with air. Can you relate?
Maybe you feel like a broken record constantly complaining about your belly and you would love a new and easy way to…
- Understand the difference between belly fat and belly bloating?
- Do an at home screening so you can discover if it’s belly fat or belly bloat?
- Help reduce belly bloat naturally?
You’re in the right place, because there’s a belly bloat at-home screening test you can do at home by simply using the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack. Sounds good, right? So, first thing’s first, you might be wondering…
Can belly fat feel like bloating?
Here’s the thing, it may not be fat, and in most cases it isn’t. Wait, what? Well, you see, that bloat could be caused by many reasons, but often it is simply water retention¹.
This is a contributing factor why when you go on a diet, at first you lose so much weight so fast! What you’re losing here is water that you’ve been retaining to quench the fire happening in your gut (gut inflammation).
You see, fat is weight gain and bloating is often caused by water retention to reduce the gut inflammation caused by food sensitivities, allergies, intolerances, an unhealthy microbiome, stress, chewing your food too fast, eating on the go and the list goes on².
Kind of like how a fireman quenches a fire with water, your body does the same thing in your belly to protect itself from the fire by retaining water, leaving your belly logged with water. Hence the bloat! Makes sense, right?
How to see if it’s belly bloat or belly fat
Well, taking anti inflammatory supplements and food can help but it can take a long time. Would you love to know a new and easy screening test you can do like your Naturopathic Doctor or Integrative and Functional Medicine doctor does?
It’s as simple as wearing your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack overnight so you can see if your belly bloat subsides in the morning or if it’s still there. Stay with me here.
How to relieve belly bloating using a castor oil liver pack
Are you wondering why wearing your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Liver Pack overnight matters? Well, because the period of time when you cleanse is in the evening. Plus, your body works on a time clock and when the moon is in the sky, according to the circadian rhythm, it’s your time to clean up. Amazing, agreed? So, your pack supports your liver so it can do its job and cleanse like it’s meant to while you sleep³. So awesome, agreed?
Plus, if you’re cleansing properly overnight and you wear a castor oil pack, because it happens to be a natural anti-inflammatory, it reduces the fire in your belly and some of that water⁴ will dissipate by the time you wake up in the morning. Sounds amazing, right? Oh, you might also notice that you have to pee a lot more when you wake up.
Now you might be asking, “How will I know if the castor oil pack test worked?” Good question! When you wake up in the morning and take off your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack, if you notice that your bloating has disappeared or you see that your love handles are smaller and when you turn to the side in your mirror, your belly looks flatter than before, then you know you were bloated. Easy test, agreed?
But, if it doesn’t go away, then you know it’s simply just fat. But no harm no foul because overtime, wearing your castor oil pack still helps. But how? Well, because fat cells are inflammatory cells⁵, wearing your castor oil pack helps reduce your gut inflammation ⁶ making a fire in your belly. So overtime, it can have an effect on the fat cells in your belly, too.
So now that you know how to test, you might be wondering, “how are gut inflammation and fat cells connected” and also…
Can inflammation cause weight gain?
Because inflammation can make you bloat initially, the longer you have inflammation, say because you are eating a diet high in sugar, the more your body will try to protect itself by padding your body with fat cells, making you gain weight over time⁷.
But it’s a vicious cycle because fat cells create more inflammation⁸ – so as your inflammation fire grows, more padding (fat cells) gets added to combat the fire. Makes sense, right?
But, wearing your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack every night gives your body the opportunity to naturally stop the evil cycle. You see, it gives your body a break from needing to defend itself by adding more and more fat cells to stop the fire. So instead of your body’s go-to defense of adding fuel to the fire, your castor oil pack is kind of like a gentle sprinkler for your gut⁹. Sounds soothing, agreed?
Plus, since inflammation is the cause of all disease and affects all aspects of our health¹⁰, like how irritated we feel¹¹, to how we absorb our food and supplements¹², you can help your body naturally reduce inflammation with your castor oil pack¹³. Amazing, right?
Speaking of how we absorb our food and supplements, do you ever feel like you’re pretty much just flushing them right down the toilet because you’re not absorbing them? Or maybe it feels like you’re that much more bloated because you’re not absorbing the nutrients from your food and supplements, can you relate?
You’re still in the right place because there’s a special FREE eGuide for you so you can know how your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Liver Pack can support better absorption.
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