Hello all – How are you getting on so far this week?
Today it´s back to the WHY behind this programme. TOXINS.
Did you know that toxins can make you FATTER ? This is why they´ve been given the name OBESOGENS.
When the body has an influx of these chemicals it doesn´t know how to break them down, so it stores them as fat.
If you have stubborn fat that you can´t shift, you may need to take a closer look at your toxic burden. Obesogenic compounds (fat-soluble toxins and heavy metals) make your fat cells grow bigger, damage both your mitochondria and the beta cells (insulin producers) in your pancreas. This creates the perfect storm for insulin resistance, diabetes and obesity.
If your body doesn´t know how to break down chemicals it places them in fat stores to prevent harming the essential organs that keep you alive. We´ve had a huge influx of toxic exposure over the past 50 years, but our body´s are still the same, hence many are just getting larger.
The 5 worst culprits (OBESOGENS) are:
BPA Plastics (or BPF, BPS and any other plastic replacement)
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
The chemicals here are abundant in foods, water, beauty products, cleaning products and even our clothing!
With regards to food watch out for:
Monosodium glutamate and soy protein isolates. Both commonly found in “weight-loss” products. They will block hormones from entering the cell and doing their job leading to potential fat gain, fatigue and more. “Cleansing” your body from these chemicals can improve fat-loss resistance, thyroid and other auto-immune conditions, even improve fertility.
PLEASE read the ingredients on prepackaged foods (avoid them if possible) – they could be filled with obesogens.
Filter water (avoid plastic bottles)
Switch to toxin free beauty and hygiene products
Use lemon juice and bicarbonate to clean at home or buy the natural products
Air your home as often as possible
Heating plastics in the microwave, or placing hot foods in them, can dramatically increase the amount of chemicals that leach into your foods (same as heat on water bottles). Similarly, oily and acidic foods (any kind of fat, tomatoes, vinegar based foods) can also increase migration, so avoid putting oily foods like soups into plastics.
Heat causes the “bisphenol” to leach into food or water. Use glass or stainless steel for water to prevent absorbing these oestrogenic particles.
Storing fatty or acidic food (such as tomatoes) in plastic will increase the migration of chemicals out of plastics into food.
Try to avoid prepackaged food during the programme (and beyond) as these often come in containers made with obesogens and consider how you store your food. Keep those glass jars and reuse them to store other items.
What steps have you made at home to reduce plastics? OR what changes may you now make?