Have you steadily gained weight even though you may be restricting calories and exercising regularly? Are you having trouble losing those last 5, 10 or 15 pounds?
If so, your exposure to certain types of chemicals in the foods you eat and the beverages you drink might be the reason why. Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) are natural and synthetic compounds that interfere with the fine balance of our endocrine system.
Most Americans ingest numerous EDCs on a daily basis without knowing it. Five of the most common sources of EDC exposure include:
• Pesticides in our food and beverages
• Commercially-raised animal products
• Fish with high levels of toxins like mercury and PCBs
• Chemicals like bisphenol-A (BPA) and pthalates from plastic containers, water bottles, baby bottles and food wraps
• Industrial pollutants and pesticides in drinking water.
EDCs Increase Health Risks
In a recent report by the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, EDCs are listed as a possible cause of the increase of obesity in the U.S. In fact, scientists are calling these chemicals “obesogens” because of their apparent link to obesity and weight gain.
EDCs can throw your endocrine system completely out of whack. In fact, many of these chemicals mimic the hormone estrogen. In other words, they act like artificial female hormones and negatively affect both men and women.
Excess estrogen in the body has been linked in large clinical studies to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, blood clots, abnormal mammograms and even breast cancer. In fact, this is the main reason why most doctors are not recommending hormone therapy to women anymore.
How EDCs Affect Body Weight
According to Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences at the University of Missouri, “Obesogens are thought to act by hijacking the regulatory systems that control body weight.”
In addition, EDCs are stored in the fatty tissue of the body to protect the critical organs from the damaging effects of these chemicals. The body will not release these toxins (or metabolize the fat that stores them) until the body can safely remove them through the normal means of detoxification—breathing, sweating, urination and defecation.
You can minimize the effect of EDCs by knowing how to reduce your exposure to them. In addition, it is essential to keep the body properly hydrated by drinking enough water daily to effectively flush the chemical toxins out of the body as quickly as possible