The answer= TOXINS.
Toxins are things like: plastics, fragrances, preservatives, pesticides, and GMOs (genetically modified organisms used to make food).
Everyday, at PrivaMD Center for Functional Medicine, I see women who can’t lose weight despite trying every diet and exercise out there. Does that sound familiar?
Here’s the problem: the so-called food we now eat the majority of the time is laden with toxic chemicals. Food has become highly processed, for quick preparation, convenience, and cheapness, but that comes at a different cost!
The toxins added to our food are making us fat!
And the chemicals in the plastic containers, bags, and boxes also leach harmful toxins into our food. The most common is called BPA, bisphenol A. It’s found in flexible plastics, like water bottles, frozen vegetable bags, and microwaveable dinners.
How exactly do these chemicals make us fat?
The answer: in more ways than one!
First off, those chemicals (AKA toxins) are easily absorbed into our system, but once inside, our bodies don’t have efficient ways to remove them. So, what do our bodies do? Our bodies are designed to protect us at all costs; way before trying to look good! Our bodies will sequester those chemicals into our fat cells, where they cannot harm vital organs. That gets the toxins out of circulation, so they can no longer “cause harm.”
Secondly, many of those chemicals act as “endocrine disruptors.” The endocrine system is a collection of glands throughout the body that produce hormones that regulate our metabolism (our weight), growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things. This leads to hormone imbalance, which can cause weight gain.
For more details, please check out my Functional Gynecologist Podcast episode #13 “What are Xenoestrogens and Should I Worry about Them?”
According to the Environmental Working group, “there is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies.”
Some dangers of endocrine disruptors include:
• Increasing or decreasing the production of certain hormones
• Imitating hormones
• Turning one hormone into another
• Interfering with hormone signaling
• Signaling cells to die prematurely
• Competing with essential nutrients
• Binding to essential hormones
• Accumulating in organs that produce hormones
• Endocrine disruptors have been linked to breast and uterine cancers, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, early puberty, reproductive disorders, and other childhood and adult cancers.
Click here to arm yourself with The Functional Gynecologist’s Guide to Decreasing Your Toxin Exposure.
So, when you try to tap into your fat cells and burn them for fuel, such as doing the keto diet or cardio exercise, your body resists. It doesn’t want to open those fat cells and release the toxic contents, so you get weight loss resistance. Your body turns down your metabolism in an effort to protect you.
If you try hard enough, you may be able to override that protective system and start burning your fat cells. But what happens?
You feel horrible! You may get tired, have a headache, muscle cramps, hot flashes, or night sweats. Those symptoms are from the toxic chemicals you just released from your fat cells out into your bloodstream. Then your body responds (in an effort to protect you), by gaining all the weight back, plus some!
If you have made a concerted effort to only eat clean, organic foods, and swap out your toxic cosmetics and cleaning products as well, then you can finally make some headway on this weight loss resistance. Unfortunately, for many of us it is really hard to detox from all the chemicals we’ve accumulated over our decades. Evaluating what’s in your food is a great place to start.
Here are some tips that can help you minimize your exposure to BPA (that terrible endocrine disruptor):
• Look for a BPA-free label on foods and packaging.
• Avoid plastics marked with a “PC,” for polycarbonate, or recycling label #7
• Buy and store foods in glass or stainless steel like your grandma used to do.
• Use fresh, frozen, or dried products instead of canned ones. Cans are often lined with BPA.
• Never microwave your foods in plastic containers.
• Do not wash plastic containers in the dishwasher or use harsh detergents on them. It breaks down the plastic bonds and causes the chemical to leach into your food and drink.
Please know that BPA is only one class of thousands of chemicals/toxins that destroy our health everyday. They are insidious. We don’t usually see, smell, or even taste them. We don’t outright see the damage as a cause and effect relationship, so we carry on with what we’re doing and don’t question it.
Please question it!
Click here to arm yourself with The Functional Gynecologist’s Guide to Decreasing Your Toxin Exposure. Take control of your toxic burden and finally make a dent in that weight loss resistance!
We can’t avoid these chemicals completely, but we can decrease the amount of exposure, so just be mindful. And toxins are usually dose dependent, meaning a tiny bit is considered safe; that’s how the food industry gets away with putting all of these toxins into our food. But remember, those chemicals accumulate. Over time, the level gets high enough in our bodies to cause imbalance!
If you are ready to do a true cellular detox program that really tackles these toxins and frees your body from high toxic burden, then check out our TCD Program and sign up today!
Remove what’s preventing your body from getting back into balance!
Dr. Tabatha Barber has been helping women heal themselves for 15 years because she feels that it really is her calling. Her expertise and areas of interest include hormonal imbalances, such as thyroid disease and auto-immune issues, those struggling with weight, mood, anxiety, heavy irregular periods, PCOS, endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and painful intercourse. Contact PrivaMD | Center For Functional Medicine at 616.213.0253 and see how Dr. Tabatha can assist you in your quest for optimal health.