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How organic pollutants are keeping you fat

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If you cannot lose weight, it may not be completely your fault because organic pollutants may be affecting you.


Humans on this planet have done more than just pollute the external environment. They have also polluted the environment of their bodies. By adversely impacting the environment with synthetic chemicals, they are affecting their health and fat levels.

The connection between toxins and weight loss

You may have unsuccessfully tried everything to lose weight. It is frustrating to see ads promising you lower numbers on the scale and never getting the results. Maybe you have friends who have achieved success, making it even more disappointing that you have not had the same results. While you may be doing everything right, there could be a deeper reason you cannot lose weight. Chemicals that are untouchable by any weight loss program might be inhibiting your metabolism.

Persistent organic pollutants

While persistence may be revered in the business world, it is not so great when you are dealing with organic pollutants that persist in overloading your body with toxins that do not break down. Whether you are dealing with low workplace air quality or mold in your home, you may be surrounded by toxins.

According to EPA research, persistent organic pollutants, also known as POPs, were mostly used during post World War II industrial production for pest control, disease control and crop production. POPs can include toxins such as DDT, dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and pentachlorophenol (PCP).

The reason they are referred to as persistent is because they collect in the environment, in your body and do not degrade. Despite a nationwide ban in the U.S., because of their widespread use after World War II, these toxins are still found in the environment, including in the food chain. These toxins have already accumulated in much of the food you have yet to eat.

POPs heavily contribute to obesity

POPs have been classified as endocrine disruptors because they have been found to affect many of the body’s hormones including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, insulin and cortisol. When these hormone systems are disrupted, it can impact your body’s metabolism and cause weight gain. Not only do POPs inhibit a healthy metabolism, but studies show that they can accumulate in fat cells and promote obesity.

POPs are stored in adipose fat

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The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) conducted a survey called the National Human Adipose Tissue Survey. By analyzing samples of human fat tissue, they discovered four industrial solvents and one dioxin to be present in 100 percent of their samples. Additionally, three more dioxins were found in over 90 percent of their samples. The EPA confirmed that these toxic chemicals continue to exist in the soil of farms all across America.

When you lose weight, your body releases stored nutrients from fat cells, and this can include toxins that have been stored in your fat cells. This is why some healthcare professionals warn against rapid weight loss. However, POPs are not going to be quickly eliminated. It takes time to remove these toxins from your body, but when you do, you will see more success with your weight loss efforts.

Reduce your exposure to POPs

While there is no magic pill to instantly eliminate POPs from your body, below are a few simple actions you can take that will help you lose weight safely, while eliminating these toxins over time:

1. Eat organic as much as possible

You may want to avoid fruits and vegetables with thinner skins that are known to absorb heavy amounts of pesticides like berries, greens and potatoes. Instead, you want to focus on organic produce. You can also eat free-range and grass-fed meat to avoid consuming chemical fertilizers.

2. Eat more antioxidants

You may want to eat more food with antioxidants because they can fight free radical damage and toxins in the body.

3. Store food in glass, not plastic

By storing your food in glass rather than plastic, you are eliminating exposure to BPA, a highly toxic chemical. Plastic is a byproduct of petroleum refining, and research shows that food and water can absorb the plastic chemicals.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

The best way to lose weight is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which includes a healthy diet and ample exercise. The more you focus on this lifestyle, the easier it will be for your body to naturally eliminate POPs and other toxins over time.