We’ve blogged about the hidden (and harmful) chemicals found in your bathroom in How Toxic are Your Bath & Body Products? This guest post by James Schreiber covers yet another way these products with their man-made ingredients interfere with our health and well-being: weight gain.
Are you still trying to remove excess fat, but your attempts end in a failure?
If so, throw away most of your cosmetics and household cleaning products. More than 70 percent of them contain phthalates and bisphenols, which prevent your body from shedding excess weight. These compounds disrupt your hormonal system and – according to a study from New York – the highest levels of these toxic substances are present in obese people.
Professor Philip Landrigan from New York measured the presence of phthalates and Bisphenol – A (BPA) in the bodies of several hundreds of girls. The more obese they were, the more chemicals they carried.
Phthalates and BPA serve as common ingredients in a wide range of creams, shampoos, make-ups, shower gels, lipsticks and household cleaning products. Those who want to prevent obesity and hormonal imbalances have to use non-toxic products that are guaranteed and clearly labeled chemical-free, natural and organic.
“The heaviest girls have the highest levels of phthalates in their urine,” explains professor Landrigan, who led the study at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New
Phthalates and BPA strongly disrupt the hormonal balance in the body. “In men, phthalates and other chemicals have an anti-testosterone capacity that has been linked to obesity. In women they mess up our basic generic hormone balance so that you get disruptions similar to those that might occur during the menopause or puberty,” says Zoe Harcombe, a nutritionist expert.
Due to massive loopholes in federal law, the beauty industry requires next to no labeling, pre-market safety tests or monitoring. As a result, many companies put nearly any ingredient into your personal care products – even 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde (carcinogens), both of which can be found in more than half of children’s shampoos, bath soaps and lotions.
If you want to protect yourself and your family, it’s best to check labels carefully and avoid parabens as well as products with synthetic fragrance. Our skin is the body’s largest organ and what you put on it, you literally absorb.
James Schreiber is a natural health author and former Candida sufferer.
If you’re interested in a list of safe, healthy ingredients to look for on your next shopping trip, read How to Choose Healthy Bath & Body Products contributed by a certified Toronto Natural Health Practitioner.