Are toxins halting weight loss and making you sick?

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When it comes to health and weight loss most of us consider nutrition and exercise to be key but have you considered that the chemical toxins that you come into contact with on a daily bases could be a contributing factor. Our body’s natural detoxification pathways are meant to be detoxing us all the time but when our health is compromised or bombarded with excessive toxins it becomes increasingly difficult for our detox organs to function optimally.

  • Do you consider how many toxins you put in and on your body in the home environment?
  • Did you know that chronic toxic exposure is also linked to obesity?
  • Did you know that toxins can mimic and interfere with your endocrine (hormonal) system, these toxins are called endocrine disrupting chemicals?

Chronic toxic exposure is now a leading cause of obesity, a 2012 study in the Environmental Health Journal refers to “obesogen”.  Studies have concluded that obesogens are linked to risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.  When your liver cannot process excessive toxins in the body, as a protective mechanism, toxins are filtered to your adipose tissue (fat cells).  The National Human Adipose Tissue Survey has been studying our toxic exposure in the adipose tissue since the 60s but the consequence of this could mean that your body is holding on to fat cells to reduce the toxin burden making you sick!

Some of the Main Toxins

  1. Endocrine disrupting hormones – these can be found in plastic, pesticides, cosmetics, fragrance, cleaners, paints
  2. Pesticides – glyphophate (roundup or weedol) is used on and found in many of our foods and crops and the World Health Organisation recognises this as a probable carcinogen.
  3. Fluoride – in toothpastes and water has been now classified a neurotoxin by prestigious medical paper The Lancet
  4. Antibacterial products – 17 of the chemicals used in these products were banned by the FDA (Food and Drug Association) in the US (NOT the UK, yet!), effective September 2017.  Not only were they found to be ineffective but they were also damaging to our body’s gut microbiome, ironically damaging our immune system.

 

Toxins in our Beauty Care

The Environmental Working Group established that the average woman is using 18 personal care products a day which amounts to a shocking 168 chemicals.  60% of what goes on your skin is entering your bloodstream, absorption is 5-10x higher on the face and at a staggering 100% absorption through the armpits, endocrine disrupting chemicals have been found in body fluids, breast milk and tissue.

Just a few examples of toxins in our beauty care:

  • Formaldehyde is used as a preservative and antibacterial in shampoos and cosmetics (skin irritant and carcinogen)
  • Sodium Laurel Sulphate is used in 90% of products as a foaming agent, shown to cause eye, lung and skin irritation and when it combines with other products it can also become a carcinogen
  • Parabans used to preserve cosmetics bind to oestrogen receptors causing mimicry and hormone disruption
  • BPA (Bisphenol A) still used in many plastic containers has been linked to obesity, infertility, CVD and cancers even at very low levels.

 

The Good News

The good new is that most of these toxins can be avoided, we are in control of our home environment, we can limit our exposure and support our detoxification systems flush toxins out of the body.  Simple steps to make.

  • Make your own skincare and cleaning products – much easier that you think!
  • Use essential oils instead of perfume, it will offer additional health benefits and you’ll smell divine.
  • Buy organic produce to avoid pesticides
  • Stop using plastic containers – buy a reusable water bottle and keep your food in glass pots.
  • Source the most natural products on the market, there are some great companies now providing everything from chemical-free nail varnish to toxin-free paint.
  • Let your skin breathe, for millions of years our sensitive skin microbiome has been harnessing it’s own bacteria to keep us healthy. Reduce excessive soap and cleanliness, you’ll likely discover you’ll smell better and your skin will thank you for it!

Don’t try to be perfect and change everything at once, the real secret lies with creating awareness around what you put in and on your body.

 

Join the Conversation

  1. Thank you for this great article – unregulated toxic personal and homecare products are one of THE most ‘hidden’ but most important and least understood public health issues facing not only women but increasingly, men today. ?

    1. Thanks Izabella, it is a big issue that many people are unaware of, I know I was too!

  2. Great article Vanessa – spreading awareness on how we can reduce our toxic burden is a worthy cause!

    1. Thanks for your comments Daryl.

  3. Great article Vanessa, I learned a lot, thank you! We have made the switch to home-made cosmetics, and like you said it’s really not as difficult as one might think. I actually find that my home-made deo is far more effective than a regular one!

    1. The deodorant surprised me too, a few simple ingredients and it really works! Thanks for your comment.

  4. This is so important and often overlooked I think! I noticed such a huge difference in my health over time with changing over personal care products – it was a period of time but very noticeable!

    1. I agree, I noticed a huge difference too, my skin def thanked me for it! Thanks for your comment.

  5. There’s so much scary stuff lurking in unexpected places! Thanks for spreading the word.

    1. You’re right and thankfully easy to rectify when you know it.

  6. Such an awesome article, it’s truly amazing how much toxicity is hidden in our everyday lives!

    1. Thanks Kari, it has become the norm without us realising!

  7. Once I’d moved over to a Paleo lifestyle and I’d sorted out my diet, I then started thinking about where else there were toxins … and I scared myself silly with what I found! Your article is so important to spread the word, living more naturally in every way will always be more beneficial to you 🙂

    1. Absolutely! It starts to make sense when you start realising what chemicals we are using and it can feel a little overwhelming, you just have to change 1 thing at a time 🙂 Thank you for your comments.

  8. This is so true!! and so many people don’t see it as a cause. As you said, everyone looks to diet and exercise, but what about all the toxins in the products we use every day? Yikes!

    1. Thanks Dana, yes it’s not obvious until you start investigating! Thanks for your comments

  9. Cristina Curp says:

    Such important info. So many folks are so careful about what they put in their body without any regard of what they put ON their body!

    1. Yes it’s not an obvious one until you know and then you start to really realise. Thanks Cristina.

  10. Love this. My mom died of skin cancer and that’s when I started looking at the toxins I put in and on my body. But before that I was totally into mainstream toxin-filled everything and didn’t even think that that could be harming me in any way. It’s amazing how naive we can be about it, but great that you are helping to spread the word!

    1. I am so sorry for your loss Michele, cancer sadly touches everyone today. Let’s hope we can help some others that wont have thought of this before. Thank you for your comments and much love.

  11. Toxins are no joke, that’s for sure. Fluoride is such an awful one! When I changed to a real food diet many years ago, I made the switch to natural living at the same time and swapped out everything for eco-friendly products and safe and DIY body care.

    1. Absolutely Emily, it takes a little time but you never look back!

  12. This is such important information! Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks Erin 🙂

  13. Great article! My skin is so very sensitive that I have to avoid so many ingredients that can irritate. I usually have to make my own.

    1. I agree Stacey, the more you avoid the chemical kind you really cant go back to them!

  14. What an interesting read, and so true!

    1. Thanks Carrie 🙂

  15. This is such an important issue to bring light to. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Hannah.

  16. Thank you for all this great info! It’s scary how many toxins are in so many everyday things!

    1. I know but the good news is once we know we can avoid lots too. Thanks for your comments

  17. Great article. Thanks for sharing. What we put on our bodies is as important as what we put in our bodies!

    1. Isn’t it just Katja, thank you.

  18. Awesome article Vanessa ! I learned a lot. Thanks so much !

    1. Thank you 🙂

  19. Such an important topic! Thanks for simple factual information I can share with others 🙂

    1. Thanks Amy, it is such an important topic to bring awareness too, thanks for sharing.

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