During the past 20 years, obesity has become a national health crisis. It was high on First Lady Michelle Obama’s agenda and she went at it immediately after her husband was sworn into office. Saying no to super-sized meals, sugars and fats and yes to controlled portions of food, eating more fruits and vegetables and exercising regularly is good. But at times there is still much battle over the bulge. Frustration sets in, and we give up.
What is obesity? The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that an adult with a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. A BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. www.cdc.gov/obesity/defining.html. Today, those who are studying the obesity phenomenon, are taking a closer look at environmental factors which may play a role in weight gain and weight loss difficulty.
Ironically, the biggest weight increases in our country mirror the largest increases in synthetic chemical usage. In 2001, the CDC began releasing annual data on toxins and providing a list that we come in contact with daily. Heavy traces of mercury and metals were found in residential populations throughout the United States. Metals can be found in pesticides, car exhaust, refineries and even vitamin supplements and have been linked to a very large number of health issues that include heart disease, sexual dysfunction, cancer, hormonal disorders, low energy, chronic fatigue syndrome and immune disorders. www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces/articles/Creating%20A%20Healthy%20Environment.pdf
We already know of toxins inside the home that are harmful; mold, radon, formaldehyde, lead paint, and in our foods. But did you ever think that your shower gel and shampoos could also be a culprit? Many products are loaded with toxins and their labels do not hide that fact. Hot showers open our pores that allow anything poured onto the largest organ, our skin, to enter the body.
If we can’t eat it, should we put it into our bodies? Hmmm. www.celsias.com/article/your-toxic-shower-hidden-dangers-shampoo & www.health- report.co.uk/formaldehyde.html.
We need to become very aware of the toxins and preservatives in our foods,“pre-packaged”and pre-cooked meals”. www.thenutritionreporter.com/fructose_dangers.html
In summary, the air we breathe, some foods we eat, and the soaps that we use, could also be making us FAT!! Synthetic compounds (toxins) are soluble and dissolve in fatty tissue (breast and liver). Organ tissues on overload with toxins cannot function properly and lead to sluggishness, more weight gain and disease.
How can we lower our toxic overload? Pay attention to ingredients or where you make your purchases. If detoxing is something you may consider, select a great plan and drink at least half your weight in ounces of water daily. There is a saying…”dilution is the solution for pollution”. Limit liver damaging substances, such as: alcohol, caffeine, sugars, transfats and certain medications. Strengthen your liver with milk thistle and soluble fiber (pectin and psyllium seed) which aide in the removal of toxins.
You will feel and see the difference quickly from making better choices, detoxing and exercising. www.healingdaily.com/conditions/free-radicals.htm
Suggested Reading: “Our Toxic World” by Doris J. Rapp, ”Our Toxic World: A Guide to Hazardous Substances in our Everyday Lives – Aniruddha Sen Gupta & Priya Kuriyan