Your Shampoo Could Be Making You Fat!
Did you know that women expose themselves to over 200 chemicals a day just through their personal care products alone? When you look at what is in a body wash, shampoo, conditioner, hair-care products, deodorant, body lotion, face creams, makeup and perfume you can see how it adds up.
In the USA alone there are over 80,000 synthetic chemicals with over 1000 each year being added in. Many so-called experts say these chemicals are in small doses, within ‘safe’ limits and cannot hurt you. Research to date shows otherwise.
As a nation, we are fatter and sicker than we have ever been. Approximately 35% of people are considered obese (usually defined as a BMI over 30%) as opposed to 13% some fifty years ago. Sadly childhood obesity has trebled in the past three decades. There are a further 34% who are considered overweight. Just looking at these figures means over 70% of our population is struggling with weight issues that simply were not there three or four decades ago.
Emerging evidence suggests that a more sinister reason than food and activity could be contributing to weight problems and that so-called ‘chemical calories’ lurking in everyday beauty products such as shampoo, body lotions and soap could also be blamed.
The term for these chemicals that cause weight issues are obesogens. They have the ability to alter fat metabolism and promote fat retention. There are twenty classified obesogens including Bisphenol-A (BPA’s), dioxins, fructose, Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFA’s or Teflon), nicotine, Atrazine (herbicide/pesticide), MSG, parabens and phthalates.
Sadly we cannot avoid all of these chemicals completely but we can reduce our exposure to them. Eating as much real and organic food will help reduce your chemical intake but choosing your personal care products carefully is also very important. Anything you place on your skin is absorbed so make sure you choose chemical-free. The science against them is strong.
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