If you’ve gained weight recently, you’re not alone. While being up a few pounds doesn’t make you obese, obesity affects some 35% of adults in the United States, and 17% of children. Traditional thinking has always focused on diet and exercise—both important things, of course—but it turns out there might also be an environmental factor. Because not only are humans getting fatter, so are animals. The cause is something you’ve probably never heard of: Obesogens.
So, what are Obesogens? Basically, they are man-made synthetic -chemicals in our environment. These dietary, pharmaceutical, and other industrial compounds may alter metabolic processes, disrupt endocrine function and predispose some people to gain weight. This scientific theory dates back to a 2002 study by Paula Baillie-Hamilton, where animals exposed to low doses of certain chemicals showed a propensity to gain weight. Not only did they gain more weight, but it was shown that normal cells were converted to fat cells! More recent studies have backed up this significant and alarming data as well.
So, what do obesogens do? These chemicals disrupt the endocrine system—your collection of glands that produce hormones to regulate your metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood. This encourages the body to store more fat. They can also prompt the liver to become insulin-resistant, causing the pancreas to excrete more insulin. They may also hinder the release of leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite.
Let’s look at some of these Obesogens.
The good news is, you can limit the effects of Obesogens by avoiding those things above, as well as being smart about supplements to help counteract the effects. Because Obesogens basically work to destabilize the human endocrine system, antioxidants like those found in Greens First®, work to quench all free radicals and help to maintain and support endocrine health.
Greens First uses organic fruits and vegetables and superfoods to help mitigate the effects of chemicals we encounter in food and environmental exposures. By avoiding these exposures, eating a healthy diet, and supporting your endocrine system with antioxidants you can reduce the harmful effects of Obesogens on your body. The more you know!← BACK TO BLOG