Thursday, January 23, 2014

Are obesogens harming your weight loss plans?

Obesogens are endocrine disruptors; chemicals that disruptor our body's hormone systems. Obesogens disrupt the way our body regulates our weight. Resulting in decreased calories burned, increased fat cells and even changes in the way your body manages hunger. 

According to Dr. Oz, obesogens work by the following methods:

  • "Encourage the body to store fat and re-program cells to become fat cells.
  • Prompt the liver to become insulin resistant, which makes the pancreas pump out more insulin that turns energy into fat all over the body.
  • Prevent leptin (a hormone that reduces appetite) from being released from your fat cells to tell your body you are full."
You'll find obesogens in the following places:
  • flame retardants = found in furniture and electronics
  • Bisphenol A(BPA) = plastics with recycling number 7 on the bottom, receipts, lining of cans
  • phthalates= new car smell, fragrance in personal care products
  • triclosan = antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers
  • polyvinylchloride (pvc) = shower curtains. Look for non pvc curtains.
  • Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) = teflon cookware. Try cast iron pans.
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • atrazine  = pesticide ( Get a water filter to avoid this.
  • microwave popcorn
  • vinyl flooring, industrial strength plastic wrap, grocery store plastic wrap over meat. Ask for meet wrapped in brown paper.
  • air fresheners. Try dried herbs and flowers.
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PCBs) = industrial chemicals that enter the food chain and enter our diet through fish and meat. Try Meatless Mondays.

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