Beyond specific nutrients and individual needs, getting your nutrients from real foods - whole foods - nutritious foods - is really the only way to go for long-term health, controlling weight and obtaining quality of life. Or is it? Some books I have explored are about overweight or obese individuals starving for whole foods and good nutrition. My findings are- that this is only part of the journey.
Most people get frustrated with dieting after a few weeks. Several theories say “that to lose weight you need to increase your activity and eat less”. Theoretical equations sound so easy, don’t they? But if losing weight really were this simple, why does the collective girth of the United States continue to grow? The reason is that the old concept of: calories in, calories out, doesn’t work any more.
There is another side to this puzzle. It’s called: Chemicalsare keeping us fat.
Things we do on a daily basis, without thinking, “known as daily habits,” can contribute to weight gain. There are many symptoms that can be external signs of internal distress such as: visceral fat, obesity, frequent exhaustion, a foggy brain and mood swings. Add in to the mix medications, menopause, stress, Candida and endocrine disruptors, it’s easy to see why our weight loss efforts can be sabotaged.
Our bodies are not separate parts designed to work by themselves. Our organs, systems, glands, nerves and tissues are designed to work in harmony. Frequent antibiotic use or choosing foods with antibiotics can wreak havoc on our hormonal balance, causing inflammation and increasing our bottom line. (fat) Antibiotics can be found in meat and dairy. ("Antibiotic use in animals is out of hand," said Dr. Gail Hansen, a veterinarian and senior officer for the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, a project aimed at phasing out overuse of antibiotics in food production.”)
Many medications taken by mouth can effect the endocrine system. Sometimes a quick fix for a headache is to take Tylenol and get back to our fast-paced life but is that the best solution? Tylenol has been recalled over 16 times. Amounts of acetaminophen as low as 3 to 4 grams in a single dose or 4 to 6 grams over 24 hours have been reported to cause severe liver injury in some people. Tylenol is an endocrine disruptor. (http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/05/12/humrep.det112.full)see also (http://www.medicinenet.com/tylenol_liver_damage/page4.htm)
Did you know that dehydration can easily lead to a headache? Your brain, gut and liver will thank you when you increase your daily water intake, at lease 10 glasses a day. And drinking water is one of the best things you can do for weight loss.
Endocrine disruptors that are keeping us fat:
There is now strong evidence that our bodies mistake certain man-made chemicals for naturally occurring hormones that regulate the production and storage of fat cells.
“Evidence has been steadily accumulating that certain hormone-mimicking pollutants, ubiquitous in the food chain, have two previously unsuspected effects. They act on genes in the developing fetus and newborn to turn more precursor cells into fat cells, which stay with you for life. And they may alter the metabolic rate, so that the body hoards calories rather than burning them…” (Taken from Retha Newbold of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.)
One leading cause of obesity that often gets lost in this ongoing discussion is how the abundance of toxic chemicals in our air, food, water, and even those lurking in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets are making us fat. Research by the Mercer University School of Medicine found a higher prevalence of obesity in the participants with high urinary concentrations of a pesticide known as 2,5-dichlorophenol (2,5-DCP). It’s important to note that 2,5-DCP is one of the most widely used pesticides on the globe.
An endocrine disruptor called: “Obesogens" are a quickly expanding class of chemicals that directly and indirectly cause weight gain thru the metabolic, digestive and endocrine systems. They have the ability to alter fat cell development, alter metabolism, and promote fat retention. These are in plastics, food packaging, pesticides and cosmetics.
Smell those Phthalates: a solvent or fragrance used in pharmaceutical coatings and personal care products. This is an endocrine disruptor and can be found in: shampoos, candles, lotions, air fresheners, laundry detergents and dryer sheets. Using these products can interrupt our ability to loose weight.
Because phthalates are synthetic estrogens they can mimic natural estrogen in the body. These toxins get absorbed into the largest organ of our body, our skin. When our skin is toxic our liver is toxic, and when the liver can no longer process toxins from our body, our system stores the toxins in fat cells!
Besides weight gain, endocrine disruptors can lead us down the path of serious consequences such as diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. “There’s increasing interest in a number of environmental factors that might predispose to type 2 diabetes and inflammation throughout the body” (http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=14-P13-00002&segmentID=5)
Mercury is also an endocrine disruptor. It can be found in dental fillings, paint, antiseptics, disinfectants, diuretics, fluorescent bulbs and more. Diabetes, from mercury toxicity, has hundreds of symptoms; it masquerades under many different medical aliases, and its symptoms are treated by many different specialists. (http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/posters/Ecotoxicology/Mercury_in_Bass/mercury_in_bass.html)
It should be noted that research now shows diabetes to be a metabolic disease, with our genetics only being 3%.
Depressed, Stressed & Fat:
Did you know that some prescription medications have the side effect of weight gain? This is extremely common with anti-depressive drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft and more. People on these, can be struggling with drug induced weight gain and will be quite frustrated with years of trying to lose that weight. These are obesogens at work!
Depression and stress can keep us fat. In The US the expectation of a "quick fix" is what becomes "normal." You take a pill, you should feel better. If you don't feel better, it must not be working, take another. How we eat and handle stress affects our daily life, in the areas of hormonal & digestive balance, sleep patterns, skin health and weight loss. Stress can be caused by toxic foods, toxic chemicals and toxic emotions.
Stress causes elevated cortisol levels. Digestion is disrupted under stress and high cortisol levels holds on to fat storage in our abdominal region. High stress levels are also noted to increase our cravings for sugar. (http://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article%20folder/stresscortisol.html)
Your brain, cravings and science:
Do you believe in science? Then consider this: There is science behind the ingredients in junk foods that can make us crave more food and keep us fat.
Lack of sleep can make you fat: Lack of sleep can cause weight gain. Sleep is a restorative process. The endocrine system increases secretion of certain hormones during sleep. Caffeine interrupts sleep. De-stressing in fact means eliminating caffeine. When you don't get enough sleep, you increase your chances of weight gain. Caffeine is an endocrine disruptor.
Irritation leads to mutation:
Your body holds onto weight when you have an acid pH. Ladies this is may be important to you. What causes your body to become acidic are lifestyle risks that are being promoted through the media. We've been brainwashed into believing that a lot of advertised foods are actually health promoting, such as non-fat or low- fat.
Does fat cause fat? Good fats are essential for our health. Bad fats are not. That’s pretty simple. However, some things that can be very misleading are companies that promote their fat. I have found deceptive and confusing mis-information for you to review.
Heres’s one that states: “Types of potentially helpful dietary fat are foods made up mostly of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature, safflower oil, peanut oil and corn oil.”
These oils above are some of the most chemically altered foods in our diets, some even are GMO, yet they get promoted as healthy. “Vegetable oils are found in practically every processed food, from salad dressing to mayonnaise to conventional nuts and seeds. These oils are some of the most harmful substances you can put into your body.” (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/healthy-oils/#axzz2r4VcXIJK)
What’s in your gut?
Is your toxic body inhibiting your weight loss? Healthy gut bacteria is an important factor for weight loss. Almost every person has gut issues and benefits significantly from improvements in their gut and digestive function. What chemicals are you eating? (http://www.kisswebpage.com/toxinsandweight/)
The highest dietary sources of PCBs and dioxins are in beef, chicken and pork (34%), dairy products (30%). These are endocrine disruptors. Chronic intake of farmed fatty fish contributes, rather than prevents, to insulin resistance and obesity and that these negative effects are, in part, mediated by the presence of POPs in fatty fish. Eating farmed fish can be toxic and increase your chances for a fatty liver.
Sugar equals fat:
Sugar is an endocrine disruptor. Consuming high levels of sugar, on a regular basis, chronically raises insulin levels in the blood, which selectively deposits energy from foods into fat cells. Excess sugar eventually affects every organ in the body.
Initially, sugar is stored in the liver. Since the liver's capacity is limited, a daily intake of refined sugar (above the amount of natural sugars found in whole foods) soon makes the liver expand. When the liver is filled to its maximum capacity, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. These are taken to every part of the body and stored in the most inactive areas: the belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs.
What YOU can do?
Being aware of how our body functions, acts and reacts to toxins in the world around us, makes us realize that if we are a fat society, we are really carrying around pounds and pounds of extra toxins.
Eating with intelligence is always recommended. If you choose a detox, remember this is only part of the puzzle. Your detox must include elimination of all endocrine disruptors. If not you will be missing a very important step.
Your body can loose weight naturally when given the chance with the necessary information and support you deserve from me, your health coach.
Looking deeper at our relationship with our toxic environment maybe considered weird. Being sad, out of control and toxic somehow found it’s way to being the norm. Some of us may choose life in the fast lane and don’t schedule time to relax and eat or address what can be eating us. We may feel the need to have control over pleasure or control our pain with drugs or alcohol. We blindly trust agencies hired to protect us from toxins. Unfortunately how we disregard the integrity of our food system is a goal in this country, with our agriculture dependent on pollution, chemicals, pesticides and antibiotics, ignoring true health.
As a Certified Integrated Health Coach, I specialize in toxins that can disrupt your metabolic and endocrine health. I can teach you how to balance your hormones, remove chemicals and lose weight effortlessly. Like others that have joined my program, you can experience weight loss for life and never struggle again.