Scientific studies have shown that a wide range of chemicals damages your body’s weight control system making it difficult to lose weight and even gain weight.
Furthermore, the chemicals don’t even have to be digested. They could just touch your food or even come in contact with your skin and it could have an adverse effect.
Pesticides, heavy metals, environmental pollutants, some medicines, fire retardants, solvents and synthetic materials such as plastics, PVC, and styrenes are among the most common.
With all these around us, no wonder obesity is a huge problem in the Western world?
It is now being unraveled how chemicals can poison your body’s weight control mechanism.
Our bodies have developed a very sophisticated system of detoxification. Every day internal toxins are produced by our body as a result of normal metabolism.
But it seems that it is unable to cope with the onslaught of synthetic chemicals that bombard us every day.
This is traditionally used worldwide in plastics for food and drink storage. BPA has long been known to mimic estrogen and has been associated with impaired reproductive function, but it’s also an obesogen.
A 2012 study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that BPA is responsible for starting a biochemical cascade within fat cells that increases inflammation and promotes fat-cell growth.
Anytime you purchase canned goods or food in plastic containers (including bottled water), be sure the product is labeled as “BPA free.”
Mercury is another reason to avoid high-fructose corn syrup. The processing used to make this sweetener leaves small amounts of mercury in the syrup.
That may seem inconsequential, but at the rate Americans consume high fructose corn syrup, the added mercury could be a problem.
Even if you eliminate HFCS from your diet, canned tuna-a staple in many healthy lunches can also contain mercury. As long as you stick to no more than three cans of tuna a week, you should be fine.
It’s also a good idea to avoid chunk white tuna, which has more than double the mercury of chunk light tuna.
These chemicals are added to plastics in order to improve their durability, flexibility, and transparency and are also found in pacifiers, children’s toys, and personal care products such as soap, shampoo, hair spray, and nail polish.
Korean researchers found higher levels of phthalates in obese children than in healthy-weight kids, with those levels correlating to both BMI and body mass.
Scientists at the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York found a similar relationship between phthalate levels and weight in young girls. In addition to buying…