These toxins cause more problems for people than we realize. Many of the toxins listed below are also being blamed for the increase of the thyroid autoimmune diseases Hashimotos and Graves. Plus some reseachers are linking these toxins to the increase of autism in addition to the problems listed below. Not very good news.

Sadly, our world is full of chemicals and toxins and some of them are absolutely terrible for your waistline. If you are struggling to lose weight and can’t explain why, a group of chemicals called obesogens could be to blame. 

Present in many common household items, these chemicals can slow your metabolism, affect your hormones, thyroid and appetite, and cause a variety of other detrimental health effects. Even worse, they have been shown to have these effects even at very small doses. So instead of trying to exercise more or eat less, it may be worth your time to try to eliminate the following 6 chemicals from your daily life. 

1. Bisphenol A (BPA)

Used in polycarbonate (#7) plastics, medical devices, in the lining of some canned foods, and in cash register receipts, BPA has been shown to increase insulin resistance and program cells to incorporate more fat. To avoid it, look for stainless steel or glass containers and eat more fresh, organic produce versus canned foods.

2. Phthalates

Phthalates are synthetic chemicals uses to soften PVC plastic (polyvinyl chloride) and are found in everything from toys, lunchboxes, shower curtains, fragrance and air fresheners. They’ve been shown to lower testosterone and metabolism levels, causing weight gain and muscle loss. Avoid plastics with a #3 resin identification code and replace synthetic fragrances with 100% natural essential oil alternatives.

3. Tributyltin (TBT) and Triphenyltin (TPT)

These obesogens preserve wood and act as antifungals in textiles and industrial water systems. Since studies reveal TBT and TPT accumulate in seafood and shellfish, it’s best to reduce your fish intake and stick with a plant-based diet.

4. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

PFOAs are used in non-stick and stain-resistance applications – think Teflon, waterproof clothing, stain repellent on carpeting and mattresses, and microwavable food items. Studies reveal that early exposure to PFOA leads to obesity in later life. It also affects thyroid glands, which are important regulators of hormones that control weight. Use cast iron or stainless steel for cooking and glass or earthenware for baking.

5. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

These are used as flame retardants in electronics, furnishings, building materials, and other applications. According to a 2011 UC Berkeley study, PBDEs are found in the blood of up to 97% of Americans and are known to interfere with hormone functioning, particularly thyroid hormones. Look for the new TB117-2013 tag on upholstery for furniture likely made without flame retardant chemicals and buy a mattress made after 2005. Also, invest in organic mattress that uses nontoxic Kevlar or wool as a natural flame retardant.

6. Atrazine

This nasty pesticide slows thyroid hormone metabolism and can be found in tap water. Pesticides have been linked to increased BMI in children and insulin resistance in rodents. Installing a home water filtration is essential to filter out pesticides and other contaminants in your drinking water.

This article was republished with permission from MindBodyGreen

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