Why Toxins Make Losing Weight Hard
Did you know that chemicals impact your weight? You may be surprised by how many synthetic chemicals in your everyday life increase your chances of gaining and holding onto excess weight!
You might be exercising every day, eating healthier and managing your stress better than ever but you haven’t achieved your desired health and weight-loss results as soon as you hoped. Undermining all of your efforts are chemicals called ‘obesogens.’ Obesogens are environmental toxins that increase your sensitivity to gaining weight and make it harder to get rid of.
These toxins can be found in outdoor and indoor air pollution, foods and drinks, and common products and materials that you use every day. Not only do these toxins target your waistline and general well-being, they also adversely affect your appetite. With their heavy influence on your hormones, you may be susceptible to craving foods that are high in sugar and fats.
While you are doing your best to avoid those cravings and get healthier, your body may not be able to successfully adapt. It is held back by the overload of toxins that have accrued in your body since you were in utero, when your mothers body transferred amounts of her own accumulated toxins.
As a baby and an adolescent, exposure to risk factors are strongly linked to obesity. In fact, it is reported that since the 1970’s, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity in the U.S. have more than tripled! It has been noted that these numbers go up as did our use of chemicals over the last five to six decades.
You may have been struggling all your life against these toxins that lead to being obese, or having excess body fat.
How Toxins Store Weight
As mentioned earlier, toxins can alter the function of your hormones. Your hormones regulate the actions of cells and organs throughout your entire body, including how toxins get broken down. There are two ways; through your kidneys or your liver.
-Water soluble toxins naturally get excreted through the detox system of your kidneys via sweat, bile and urine.
-Fat-soluble toxins are harder to detox. They have to be processed by the liver to become water soluble. When overloaded, the liver will disperse toxins elsewhere in your body to be stored as fat. These obesogenic toxins encourage your liver to be resistant to insulin. Instead of using energy from the food you eat, your body stores it as fat. With an insulin-resistant liver, your body will be under the stress to create more insulin, compounding the issue you are already having with stored excess fat!
Obesogens also interfere with your appetite. They stop the hormone, leptin from being released from your fat cells that signal to your body that you are full. This can help explain why you may find yourself sometimes over-eating, gaining weight and feeling low on energy.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, obesogens activate the same signaling pathways as your hormones, compromising healthy hormonal function. In our blog, How Your Hormones Make You Heavy, we discuss how important your thyroid and sex hormones are to your health and weight management. They are key to your metabolism, blood pressure, heart rate, energy, muscle and bone health and other functions associated with aging.
This process will not only create an excess of fat, but will also drain your energy, affect your immunity and encourage inflammation.
Detoxify Your Life
As stated, many chemicals have come about in the last sixty years. The impacts of environmental toxins on human health are gradually receiving more attention by scientists all over. It is recognized that accumulation of toxins is a major factor in many chronic health problems including weight issues.
As a functional medicine doctor, I am able to help my patients’ detox from the obesogens that are harming their health and halting their weight loss. Through personal interviews, by reviewing your timeline, and lab work if necessary, I can come up with a tailored plan to help you recover from the chronic setbacks of a toxin-burdened body. By removing the toxic sources of harm that are disrupting your body’s healthy functions, you can rewrite your health.
Here are some common toxins to be aware of and some ways to avoid them:
1 Phthalates are chemicals created to make plastics softer and harder to break. They are also sometimes used as dissolving agents for solvents such as detergents, soap, shampoo, nail polish and hair spray. They are also found in flooring, automotive plastics, plastic toys and paints. If you eat food or drink water packaged in plastics with phthalates, breathe dust in rooms or even touch products with plastic phthalates, you risk exposure.
-Eat organic, plant-based foods and avoid processed, plastic-packaged foods
-Seek products made from natural materials
-Consider using a water filter
2 Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a synthetic compound that you may find in a variety of household products, such as plastic foodware and containers, bottles and canned items. Levels of BPA have been found in most Americans as it has been widely used in food and drink packaging.
-Try to only use glass and cardboard containers over plastic
-Do not microwave food in plastic containers
-Check that any bottles you use are BPA-free
3 Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is another man-made chemical that is used in non-stick coated surfaces on pans and other cookware. It is also used in other products, such as heat/water/oil and stain-resistant cookware.
-Avoid stain-resistant surfactants or treatments
-Avoid non-stick cookware
-Use personal care products with only organic, natural materials
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To Your Health,