Is Your Shower Making You Fat?
By: James Uberti, Environmental Toxins Expert and Health and Wellness Author
If you're struggling to lose weight or just can’t seem to understand why you keep gaining weight despite your efforts to restrict calories and hit the gym, you may want to check the products lurking in your shower. Scientists and researchers are now convinced that certain types of chemicals known as (Obesogenic) and (Endocrine Disrupting) chemicals commonly found in shampoos, conditioners, cosmetics, deodorant, toothpaste, body wash, moisturizers, shaving gels, baby products and unfiltered tap water directly affects how fat is stored, metabolized and burned.
There is increasingly more research that is showing just how environmental toxins can directly lead to weight gain. In fact, Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton suggests the root cause of all weight gain is directly related to our own natural weight control system being overloaded and poisoned with toxic chemicals that we encounter through our skin care, food, cleaning products and environment.
The average American woman wears up to 515 toxic chemicals per day. Once these toxic chemicals are absorbed into your skin, they ultimately get stored in your fat cells and enlarge overtime by absorbing water to dilute the chemicals toxicity and often reprogram and instruct fat cells to grow larger. They also cause metabolism to slow, Insulin to spike and hunger hormones to go haywire, all of which affects our weight control system. Even at low levels, toxic man-made chemicals can wreak havoc on our body’s ability to regulate hormonal balance. Making it extremely difficult to lose weight and to keep it off. Simply put, these toxic fat causing chemicals literally make it possible to gain weight WITHOUT ACTUALLY EATING.
Below is a list of fat fertilizing chemical culprits found in your shower and should be avoided?
Bisphenol A (BPA) – is an estrogenic mimicking fat fertilizing chemical used in plastic containers and bottles to make them soft and flexible called plasticizers. When plastic containers are heated these chemicals leach into our foods or personal care products. Once absorbed, this chemical mimics estrogen and spike insulin and slow metabolism. Too much insulin means more and more glucose gets stuffed into our fat cells, causing them to grow larger.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)- and BPA are chemicals commonly found in plastic shower curtains. That new shower curtain smell you may like? It’s actually toxic chemicals releasing into the air. A 2008 study from the Center for Health, Environment and Justice found that a shower curtain containing PVC releases up to 108 volatile organic chemicals (VOCs). Some could still be detected in the air up to 28 days after the curtain had been hung. Also, heat from the hot water triggers the release of these chemicals long after the new shower curtain smell has worn off.
Phthalates - is also an endocrine disrupting chemical used mostly in plastic containers, although it’s most commonly found in anything with a fragrance (shampoos, and lotions, etc.). If a product has a fragrance, you can bet this fat fertilizing chemical is included. In a 2007 study, researchers found that higher levels of phthalates detected in the urine of adult males were associated with increased waist circumference and insulin resistance.
Parabens - is the most common endocrine disrupting chemical used as a preservative in most cosmetics and personal care products. Parabens can also mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone, and wreak havoc on male hormonal balance and directly affect your health and weight control system. Parabens cause the production of estrogen.
Atrazine - is a common herbicide (weed killer) used on most of our conventionally grown crops in the United States. This fat causing endocrine disrupting chemical makes its way into our groundwater, which ends up in our water treatment plants and ultimately in our tap water used for drinking, cooking and showering. Atrazine is mostly absorbed through your skin and lungs when breathing steam and/or through microscopic water droplets during showering. Even at low doses, atrazine has been found to cause weight gain, especially in diet and exercise resistant belly fat.
Want to reduce your exposure to these fat-fertilizing chemicals? Here’s 5 ways to do so:
- Read Labels and avoid personal care, cosmetics and cleaning products containing any of the above obesogenic endocrine disrupting chemicals. . Be wary of claims made by companies: all personal care, cosmetics and cleaning products are unregulated, and can literally be labeled as organic or natural so long as just one ingredient comes from a plant or mineral. For 100% certified organic, all natural and non-toxic products, from personal care to pet care, visit: toxicfreemarket.com
- Take Things Slow: There is no need to throw out all the products you use in your shower all at once. When you run out, simply choose healthier chemical free 100% plant based alternatives.
- Replace Your Shower Curtain: When your shower curtain needs to be replaced, simply choose PVC or BPA free version or choose a cloth shower curtain alternative.
- Install a Home Filtration System, or at a minimum buy a shower water filter. Showering in unfiltered chlorinated toxic water can lead to accelerate fat fertilizing chemical absorption.
- Reduce, Remove and Replace fat fertilizing chemicals. Choose organic, grass fed whenever possible and learn how to balance hormones and speed metabolism. For more tips on how to reduce toxic fat fertilizing foods and chemicals, balance hormones, and burn fat faster without restricting calories or working out visit: ww.toxicfreediet.net/