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We are all clearly aware of how important our vital organs are (heart, brain, liver and kidneys etc) when it comes to our health, and so we naturally tend to think about how we can improve their functions, but there is what scientists are calling ‘The Forgotten Organ’, whose health and function is just as important to you as your vital organs.
There is a clear link between lack of sleep and things like poor brain function, obesity, heart disease and headaches. In fact significant research identifies that sleep deprivation and the resultant poor brain function, is a contributory factor in obesity, because those affected tend to eat more calories during the day. So, if you regularly get less than 6 hours of sleep a day in the course of your week, you could be giving your body a real kicking!
Ok, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but scientifically that’s effectively what you do. Over the last decade or so, a number of studies have traced what happens to the molecules that make up fat, and concluded that around 70 to 80% are exhaled as Carbon Dioxide, the invisible gas that you breathe out. Significantly, and contrary to popular opinion, most of it is not removed via heat during exercise, or in your faeces, which is actually largely made up of bacteria (including gut microbes), indigestible fibre, cholesterol, old blood and body cells, and water.