Are toxins making you fat?

In a world focused on calories in vs. calories out, we’re still left with so many questions regarding our struggles with weight. I think it’s time to turn our attention and start looking at all of the other issues that are causing weight gain, or preventing weight loss.

Did you know that researchers have learned that environmental toxins are connected to weight gain?

We know that too many chemicals aren’t good for us, of course. But who knew they’re making us fat? And now days we’re not just talking about a few extra chemicals. The average female puts on 168 chemicals with her beauty and body care products every single day.

A more disturbing statistic from the Environmental Working Agency found on average 287 chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborns. From day 1 we are being inundated with chemicals.

You see toxins are known to interfere with your endocrine system (hormones), throw off your blood sugar levels, and interfere with cholesterol metabolism.

Another interesting fact about fat is that when your body can’t eliminate it appropriately it stores it in fat cells. This is a means to protect your body from the harmful toxins. It doesn’t want them floating around doing whatever they want, so your body stores them away. The thing is if your body can’t figure out how to rid those toxins then it’s going to cling to the fat cells so the toxins don’t get unleashed. Of course this is a very simplified explanation, but you get the gist.

So what do we do about it? There are a few steps you can take if you think you’re overload with toxic junk.

First, start by eliminating toxins from your life. This may sound overwhelming considering they’re coming at us from all angles. But start slow, step by step you’ll make progress.

  • Buy organic products. Labeling can get confusing, be sure to look for the Organic stamp of approval. Other labels like ‘All Natural’ are silly marketing ploys. Organic produce will always begin with the #9.
  • Avoid plastics. I know plastics are EVERYWHERE. But focus on the main guys like your water bottle and food containers, and never microwave your food in plastic!
  • Clean up your body products: soaps, lotions, make-up, etc. What we put on our skin soaks into our blood stream in under a minute! So you better believe what’s in your products matters. There’s a great app called Skin Deep that has rated tens of thousands of products to help you when determining if a product is good or not.

Here are a few more great tips for eliminating those toxins:

  • Use lemon. Lemon is incredibly cleansing. Squeeze some in your water throughout the day. Or add a drop of lemon essential oil to your glass water bottle; remember one drop is incredibly powerful!
  • Support your liver. Your liver is the main cleansing organ in your body so you want to make sure it’s working efficiently. Cut back on high processed sugar foods and alcohol; both add a huge burden to the liver. Some foods that support the liver’s cleansing functions include: garlic, grapefruit, leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, avocado, walnuts, and turmeric. Get a good mix of these foods for some good healthy liver support! 
  • Let your body sweat. Your skin is your largest eliminating organ and sweat is the main way it eliminates. Work up a sweat through exercise, hop in a sauna, or enjoy a steam bath a few times a week. 
  • Make friends with the bathroom. Here's the deal, we should be using that bathroom all throughout the day. I know it can be inconvenient but it is so important! A few pointers to make sure things are working smoothly.
    • Make sure your pee is fairly clear. If it's not, then drink more water.
    • You should be having 1 to 2 bowel movements a day. I know, what a pain. But this is how your body gets rid of stuff. If this isn't happening look into adding in more fiber. 

Our bodies are pretty complex and fascinating beings. Sometimes a simple math formula like calories in minus calories out isn't going to cut it.

I would love to hear from you if you've seen a connection between toxins and weight gain! 

Here's to healthy living.