A Little-known Key in Weight Management: Obesogens

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April 21, 2014 by Dr. Sana Keller

endocrine disruptors My earlier blog posting from Feb. 4th entitled ‘This Hormone Disruption Brought to You by…Toxins in Our Environment’ introduced the growing health challenge of Hormone Disruptors (also called Endocrine Disruptors). These ‘Disruptors’ are dietary, pharmaceutical, and industrial compounds (toxins) that negatively affect our endocrine systems in a variety of ways. They can prevent our body’s natural hormones from working as they should and lead to disruptions that can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. ObesogensObesogens are one category of Hormone Disruptors. They disturb the normal balance of lipid metabolism and fat storage, which can lead to fat accumulation/obesity

Obesogens have been found to:

**Alter fat metabolism by encouraging our body to store fat and reducing the number of calories burned at rest.

**Change the way our bodies manage hunger by preventing the hormone leptin from being released from fat cells. Leptin plays a major role in weight control and appetite. **Promote insulin resistance, causing the pancreas to produce more insulin that turns energy into fat. obesog Obesogens that you may (or may not) have heard ofand where commonly foundnot a complete list:

  • Atrazine: widely used herbicide
  • Bispheonol-A: plastic containers, lining of some canned foods
  • Tributylin: wood preservative
  • Triclosan: hand sanitizers
  • Phthalates: plastics, personal care products, artificial fragrances
  • Perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA): nonstick cookware, waterproofing agents, microwaveable foods
  • MSG: processed foods (refer to previous blog posting 4/10/2014)

Do you see how ignoring this list could easily sabotage your hard work in achieving and maintaining your normal weight? That’s why an Integrative, Holistic approach  to regain and maintain our health WORKS! As a Certified Nutritional Consultant, I provide my clients with healthy lifestyle education and coaching tips that address all aspects of our health, including environmental issues such as obesogens—because it definitely matters—and it definitely makes a difference. ChemNotCalTitle Please let me know if I can be of service to you on your health journey. Sana Keller, MS, RN, CNC, MH, HHP    www.healthunlimited.biz

Photo credits: beautycounter.com, polyquingroup.com, liveto110.com, laraadler.com

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