A VERY interesting article hit cyberspace this week on http://www.wowowow.com/, identifying a class of chemicals in your water that can make you fat!
On May 11, the White House announced it was targeting a new threat to America’s health and security. It wasn’t some rogue nation or terrorist organization, or a newfound disease or environmental threat, but endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs. Scientists have coined a new term for these chemicals — “obesogens” — because they “may promote weight gain and obesity.” They’re natural and synthetic compounds, and many of these chemicals work by mimicking estrogen — the very hormone that doctors DON’T want women taking anymore (as a large clinical trial linked hormone therapy to increased risk of heart disease, breast cancer, stroke, blood clots and abnormal mammograms).
“Obesogens are thought to act by hijacking the regulatory systems that control body weight,” says Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D., curators’ professor of biological sciences at the University of Missouri. That’s why endocrine disruptors are so good at making us fat — and that’s why diet advice doesn’t always work — because even strictly following the smartest traditional advice won’t lower your obesogen exposure. See, an apple a day may have kept the doctor away 250 years ago when Benjamin Franklin included the phrase in his almanac. But if that apple comes loaded with obesity-promoting chemicals — nine of the ten most commonly used pesticides are obesogens, and apples are one of the most pesticide-laden foods out there — then Ben’s advice is way out of date.
We can reverse the obesogen effect if we simply adopt these four simple laws of leanness:
Leanness Law No. 1: Go Organic
Leanness Law No. 2: Don’t Eat Plastic
This ought to be a no-brainer. Indeed, you’re probably already thinking, Well, I don’t generally eat plastic. Ah, but you do. Chances are that you’re among the 93 percent of Americans with detectable levels of bisphenol-A (BPA) in their bodies, and that you’re also among the 75 percent of Americans with detectable levels of phthalates. Both are synthetic chemicals found in plastics that mimic estrogen — essentially, artificial female hormones. And like pesticides, these plastic-based chemicals trick our bodies into storing fat and not building or retaining muscle. Here’s how:
1) Never heat food in plastic containers or put plastic items in the dishwasher, which can damage them and increase leaching. BPA leaches from polycarbonate sports bottles 55 times faster when exposed to boiling liquids as opposed to cold ones, according to a study in the journal Toxicology Letters.
2) Avoid buying fatty foods like meats that are packaged in plastic wrap because EDCs are stored in fatty tissue. The plastic wrap used at the supermarket is mostly PVC, whereas the plastic wrap you buy to wrap things at home is increasingly made from polyethylene.
3) Cut down on canned goods by choosing tuna in a pouch over canned tuna.
Leanness Law No. 3: Go Lean
Leanness Law No. 4: Filter Your Water!!!!
The best way to eliminate EDCs from your tap water is an activated carbon water filter. Multi-Pure uses the most advanced carbon block technology on the market today!
To read more of the article about endrocine disruptors, go to:
Isn’t it amazing how much of our food and drink is tainted by all those things we’ve taken for granted for so many years? I’ve found a new hobby…researching and passing the information on to anyone and everyone I know! This is good information for people to know. Thanks!
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