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Body Wrapping And Obesity

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The Possible Science Behind "Comfort Food"

An Anatomy of Natures Perfect Food


Body Wrapping And Obesity

Many spas and salons offer a process called “body wrapping.”

This procedure claims to remove inches from the waist, thighs, hips or other parts of the body.  

The process includes the use of special wraps or clothing and can sometimes be used with special lotions or creams that are applied to the skin.  

Customers are usually told that they can lose “inches” as opposed to pounds and that fat will melt away bringing about a loss of inches in about an hour. One of the claims is that wrapping will work because cellulite is “water logged fatty tissue.”

What overweight person wouldn’t love to find a product that will render them slim and trim while they sleep?


Unfortunately, many people think that body wrapping is a relatively “new” procedure and jump on the bandwagon quickly.

The truth is that the body wrapping craze has been around for some time.  

Over two decades ago, government “watchdogs” reported:

Who can blame the fretfully flabby for being lured by the promise of losing inches without doing anything more strenuous than popping a pill or wrapping up the offending flesh? Who can resist ads for body wraps that promise ‘to burn away fat even while you sleep,’ to ‘lose 4-6 inches the first day?"


What do these wraps consist of?

Some are plastic or rubber garments worn around the waist, some cover the waist, hips and thighs, and others cover nearly the entire body.

Some are to be worn while carrying out routine activities, others while exercising, and some while sleeping. One is inflated with air from a vacuum cleaner. Another uses an electric hair dryer to blow in warm air. Some are used after a cream, gel or lotion is applied or after the wrap is soaked in a solution.

The garments and wraps, with or without lotions and creams, say that they reduce body dimensions by removing fluids. Most medical experts agree that such treatment will cause a loss of inches and perhaps pounds due to profuse perspiration. But the reductions are temporary. The fluid is soon replaced by drinking or eating.


Remember, rapid and excessive fluid loss is potentially dangerous because it can bring on severe dehydration and can upset the balance of important electrolytes in the body. Reputable spas are aware of any potential hazards such as this, so do your homework and select a spa with a good reputation.

Some people have tried using “plastic wrap” as body wrap material. In fact, that was a very popular practice several decades ago.

Body wrapping has evolved since those days, becoming much more sophisticated. Prices for a body wrap range anywhere from $40 an hour up to as much as several thousand dollars at some of the upscale spas.


Some advertising claims that body wrapping will eliminate, or at the least reduce, cellulite but we’ll leave that up to you to determine. What we can tell you is that visiting a spa or salon for body wrapping may be a wonderfully rejuvenating experience, leaving you rested, relaxed and refreshed.

And who wouldn’t like to have a few hours being pampered and fussed over in a relaxing environment regardless if it helps the cellulite problem.


Some spas advertise herbal and other natural wraps. In fact, the methods and products applied are widely varied. Let’s explore some of the components that make up a good “wrap” experience.

Herbal wraps. Some of the higher end spas go so far as to grow their own “herbs” for use in their body wraps, but that isn’t necessary for a good body wrap experience. Herbs can be fresh, or dried and usually organically grown is best.

Each herb has a specific effect. Some increase circulation, another may soothe the skin and so on.

The herbs are steeped in very hot water (almost boiling) then special muslin sheets are soaked in the solution. It is these herb-infused sheets along with other insulating layers that wrap around the body.


How the treatments work is interesting. The goal is to create a condition not unlike your body when you have a fever. We all know that when we have a fever, our body eliminates toxins by sweating.

It’s the same principle with body wraps. The results vary. Some people report a very intense detoxification while for others it might be mild.


Methods of application and content vary as well. Seaweed, mud and salt are popular body wraps. Most often, the subject is wrapped from neck to toe with the arms set close to the sides of the body. This can be uncomfortable for someone who suffers from claustrophobia.

The easiest correction for this is to keep the arms free from the wrap. Most people who are claustrophobic find the works and that all they need to be able to feel free to remove themselves if they choose.

Whatever type of body wrap you select make certain that you feel comfortable with the spa and that a technician is always close at hand.

Care should be taken when selecting a salon or spa.

Some things to consider:

How long have they been offering body wraps?

Do they have a licensed clinician whose sole purpose is massage and/or body wraps?

Where do their herbs and other contents come from?

Do they offer any special pricing for new clients?

Will they allow a tour of their facilities prior to purchase?

Have they had any unresolved complaints reported by the Better Business Bureau?

Do they have any package pricing for multiple visits?

Watch your local publications for coupon offers. This can be a good way to try out a service at a bargain.

Ask your friends if they have had a body wrapping experience and whether they enjoyed it and what kind of results did they experience. You may even want to check for “two for one” specials and try it out with a friend! 

Whether the experience reduces your cellulite or not, if you follow the guidelines you are in for a pleasant experience.  

Who knows, you might just like it enough to include it in your long-term personal care budget!


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The Possible Science Behind

                                            "Comfort Food"

Do the words "comfort food" mean anything to you? There's a very good chance they do, regardless of how you were brought up. The fact is, sometimes life just puts so much pressure that your mind starts to seek out ways to take focus away from the stress and anxiety of modern life. There are numerous ways to achieve this effect, though it would cause a lot of stress to list all the possible methods. However, in a pinch, occupying your taste buds is pretty equivalent to occupying the mind. In other words, "comfort food" can often be the easiest, most convenient means of stress relief. 

Take a second to think about that possibility. Modern society seems hard-wired to make sure people are going to feel upset at one point or another. Stress and anxiety are facets of modern life that you can't get rid of, no matter how hard you try. Of course, with life being as fast-paced as it is, taking an hour or two our of your busy day for stress relief is unfeasible. In some cases, it might not even be a practical option! So naturally, the body adjusts and the mind finds an acceptable alternative way to relieve all that stress. For the sake of maintaining mental health, of course. More often not, the simplest alternative is to grab a candy bar and start munching. 

Apparently, there's more to eating "comfort food" than initially thought, as science is starting to discover some information on this field. It is safe to say that moods can be dictated by the chemicals that control the central nervous system. It is also medically sound to say that certain activities and foods cause the body to release some biochemical compounds that affect the mood. Exercise and chocolate, for example, both cause the body to produce larger numbers of endorphins. Endorphins, as some people have so eloquently put it, "make people feel happy." However, pressed for time as most people tend to be in modern civilization, exercise isn't really an option at all times. So that leaves the easier, more readily available alternative. 

Mental health experts also believe that "comfort food" can also be linked to memories, and not merely their potential psychoactive effects. There is anecdotal evidence that suggests that some people take comfort in certain foods due to a link to a positive experience or loved one from the past. The positive memories can sometimes be enough to trigger the central nervous system to produce a variety of chemicals that have positive effects on mood and performance. A man who has a thing for eating blueberry cheesecakes may be subconsciously associating said food with a positive figure from his childhood, like a close relative who liked to make blueberry cheesecakes. 

In an evolutionary sense, "comfort food" also makes sense, it would seem. Most "comfort food" tends to be of the high-energy sort, typically foods that give the body a sudden energy boost. The tendency of people to eat high-energy foods during moments of stress and anxiety related to the natural survival instinct. During times of stress, performance is compromised and anything that can alleviate that problem could prove critical to survival in a natural environment. Now, just take the words "natural environment" and replace them with "corporate workplace" and you've got a perfectly apt comparison. The quick boost of energy from comfort foods whether it happens to be dark chocolate or a greasy cheeseburger could be what the mind needs to stay sharp. 

It would appear that the science behind "comfort food" is more complex than initially believed. Still, despite the risks of obesity, people will still turn to food as a quick source of relief.  

Even if it could cost them dearly when they pick the wrong weight loss pill to compensate for their eating binges.  


Because good food is so damn

hard to turn down.

Perfect food is Natures gift to us but which are the best?

For a good head's up check our >> 

An Anatomy of Natures Perfect Food


1.Healthier With Veggies.       2. Cruciferous Vegetable Studies.

3. Anatomy of Broccoli: Nature’s Perfect Food.

4.Anatomy of Wheatgrass:   5. Cucumber. 6. Legumes.

7.Benefits of Carrots. 8. Beans. 9. Asparagus. 10. Artichokes. 

11.Super-foods. 12. Top 55 Lean-Body Foods.

13.The Rich History of Fermented Foods.

14.The Healing Power of Honey. 15. An Anatomy of Spirulina:

16.Nutrition & Health Benefits of Chia Seeds.

17.Herbs. 18. Nuts. 19. Almond Milk; Warning. 20. Onions. 

21.Yogurt. 22. Bananas. 23. Berry Good! 24. Figs. 25. Think exotic

26.Healthy Fats & Oils. 27. Oil in Your Diet. 28. Benefits of Fish Oil.

29.Omega 3 and 6. 30. Coconut Oil. 

30.Water. 31. Consequences of Dehydration

32.Tea 33. Coffee

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The Team and I wish that this page has been of some help for you in your search for healthier and fitter you and/or your family! 

Three steps you might follow:

First: To continue your search we recommend that you carry on to our next page concerning Obesity at >>

Obesity When It’s Too Much

Obesity and MSG

Obesity – When It’s Too Much

The Problem of Public Policy and Bills on Obesity

Is Detoxing Right For You


Second: Return to the Obesity Introduction Page to possibly choose a different subject about this disease >> http://www.growinggracefullyolder.com/obesity 

Third: Have a look at our main site to check out some of our other series concerning other health issues >> http://www.growinggracefullyolder.com


The Team and I thank you for checking out this page and wish you a long and healthier life.

Lawrence S Mills