Most of us know that toxic chemicals bring all sorts of health hazards with them. But did you know that they may also be adding unwanted weight to your beautiful physique? (And trust me, it is beautiful.) And since today is the start of a New Year and approximately 7 gazillion Americans will be making a resolution to lose weight, I thought it might be useful to give a quick heads up one major factor that often goes unnoticed.
Toxic chemicals and weight gain
There is increasingly more research that is showing just how environmental toxins can directly lead to weight gain. In fact, Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton suggests the root cause of all weight gain is directly related to our own natural weight control system being overloaded and poisoned with toxic chemicals that we encounter through our skin care, food, cleaning products and general environment.
Scientists recently uncovered a surprising and disturbing fact: environmental toxins make you fat and cause diabetes. Inside the body, these chemicals monkey with our ability to balance blood sugar and metabolize cholesterol. Over time, the changes can lead to insulin resistance. – Dr. Mark Hyman
Here’s some of the nitty gritty on how toxic chemicals are making us fat:
- Synthetic toxic chemicals are highly fat soluble therefore when the body is exposed to these substances it then gets busy creating fat tissue as a storehouse for those toxins that cannot be processed and eliminated from the body.
- Because of their affinity to fat cells, after toxins attach to the outer cell membrane (a lipid bi-layer, or two layers of fat), it causes the cells to continually release Leptin. When Leptin is elevated too often, just like Insulin in Type II Diabetes, the receptors burn out and the message is not heard. Remember, Leptin is the hormone that tells the brain to burn fat for energy. Therefore, weight gain that does not respond to exercise or diet is inevitably due to Leptin resistance.
- Toxic chemicals in the body also cause the release of chemicals called cytokines that damage Leptin receptors in the brain (hypothalamus). Once the receptors to Leptin have been damaged, Weight Loss Resistance is only the first of many problems.
And consider this scary fact:
A group of insecticides and herbicides used in the growing of food, cosmetic, and medicinal ingredients, known as Carbamates, are also used as growth promoters in battery-farm situations because they slow down the metabolic rate. So, the same synthetic chemicals used on conventional fruit and vegetables are used to fatten livestock!
So what to do?
Weight is such a tricky beast… and unfortunately our society doesn’t help with it’s thinness worship and constant attacks on real beauty. My own weight issues disappeared when I switched to a real foods diet and ditched the toxic chemicals in my house. But it’s not always that easy. Stress, metabolic issues, emotional trauma… these are all factors that contribute to weight gain.
But, if losing weight (in a HEALHY way, of course) is a New Year’s Resolution you’d like to keep, you really need to look at environmental toxic chemicals. The body wasn’t designed to deal with the massive attack of toxins that we have to face every day.
Where to start.
If the idea of ditching all your commercial cleaning and beauty products is overwhelming, fear not! I’ve been working for months to get this little gem to you. And I’m so excited to tell you about my new ebook: Toxic Free. This is the book to get you started on your path a toxic free home.
With 70 recipes, tips to get started, and all the info you need to find the best ingredients, this book will help you get rid of those toxic chemicals and rid your body of the heavy task of dealing with them. (Oh yeah, and it will save you lots of money in the long run, too.) Score!
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NOTE: Due to an never-ending cesspool of spam, I have made the tough decision to close comments 14 days after the original posting of all posts. Sorry to anyone left out of the conversation. I just needed to spend less time monitoring spam and more time with my kids. Best wishes, Robin!