More than one-third of adults and 17% of children in the US are obese. While an increasingly sedentary lifestyle and poor diets are certainly big pieces of the puzzle, researchers have drawn a correlation between the time that obesity started to rise and the introduction by manufacturers of certain chemicals into everyday foods and products.
These endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, have been discovered by scientists to interfere with the various functions of the endocrine system, including regulation of the reproductive system, pituitary gland, thyroid, and pancreas.
When EDCs mimic the hormones produced by the glands in the endocrine system, they trick the body into responding incorrectly. For example, when EDCs imitate metabolic hormones, they are known as obesogens because they slow the body’s metabolism and cause weight gain.
So, when your diet and exercise regimen don’t bring the results they should, it could be due to the EDCs you’re ingesting from foods and drinks stored in cans or plastic containers. EDCs are also present in the pesticides used on some fruits and vegetables, in tap water, personal hygiene products like shampoo, air fresheners, non-stick products, and more.
Until the federal government tightens regulations and bans these substances from the manufacturing process, the only way to protect yourself is to limit your exposure to them. Avoid processed foods, eat organically whenever possible, use water filters on your drinking water and your shower head, use unscented products, and steer clear of foods in cans and plastic containers.
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Sources: rejuvinstitute.com and rodale.com