Unfortunately, we live in a world full of chemicals and toxins that are affecting our waistline. Obesogens are group of foreign chemicals that disrupt normal development and balance of lipid metabolism and are connected to obesity.
These chemicals which are found in each household item can slow your metabolism, affect your hormones, thyroid and appetite, and worse, cause various other detrimental health effects.
Here are some of the potentialand tips on how to remove them.
- Bisphenol A (BPA)
Everyday exposure of the chemical called bisphenol used in polycarbonate plastics, like water bottles, canned foods and even cash register receipts is linked to many health problems such as: increased insulin resistance and program cells producing more fat. To avoid them, look for stainless steel or glass containers and eat fresher and organic food, instead of canned foods.
A group of synthetic chemicals called phthalates are used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastic and vinyl and can be found in kids’ toys, lunchboxes, shower curtains, fragrance and air fresheners. They are consider as a potential major contenders for serious health problems such as lower testosterone and metabolism levels, causing weight gain and muscle loss. To avoid them, replace the synthetic fragrance with 100 % natural essentials and oil alternatives.
3. Tributylin (TBT) and Triphenylitin (TPT)
Tributyltin (TBT) and Triphenyltin (TPT) are used to preserve wood and many other purposes. They act as antifungal. Recent studies have shown that TBT and TPT are accumulated in seafood and shellfish. Therefore you should minimize your fish intake and start with a plant-based diet.
4. Perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA)
Perfluorooctanic acid is a man-made chemical that is used in the process of making mostly non-stick and stain-resistance applications such as Teflon, waterproof clothing, stain repellent on carpeting and mattresses and microwavable food items. According to some studies, they are linked to obesity and affect thyroid glands. Take measures to protect yourself and use cast iron or stainless steel for cooking and glass of earthenware for baking.
5. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are widely used in electronics, furnishings, buildings materials and other applications, to make produces more flame resistant. A 2011 UC Berkeley Study reveals that in the blood of up to 97% of Americans are found PBDSEs, which affect the hormone function, especially thyroid hormones. The new TB117-2013 tag on upholstery for furniture with no flame retardant chemicals included and mattresses made after 2005, organic mattresses that use nontoxic Kevlar or wool as a natural flame retardant are always a good choice to invest in.
Atrazine is a pesticide that can be found in tap water. It has been shown to slow thyroid metabolism and increase the BMI in children and insulin resistance in rodents. Use home water filtration installation to filter out the pesticides that are contaminating your drinking water.
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