What most people do not realize is that everything you put on your skin, your body absorbs. Everything your body absorbs affects the way it functions.
Make-up, moisturizers body wash, shampoos, conditioners and anti-perspirants/deoderants all seep through the layers of our skin and absorb into our blood stream. All of them.
What many people don't realize is that many of the funny names that are listed under the ingredients in these products actually screw with our Endocrine system.
Our Endocrine system is the system that regulates your reproductive cycle (your period and the month leading up to your period), your adrenals (these bad boys get you up in the morning, regulate your stress response and modulate your blood sugar & energy among other things) and last but not least your thyroid, which is vital to the regulation of your metabolism (this affects how well you burn fat, how happy you are, body temperature and how well you are able to think and how clearly).
So how does it affect your weight?
The straight forward answer is that some of the chemicals found in body products are known as Endocrine disruptors.
These chemicals act like hormones in the body and confuse our Endocrine system into thinking, "Woops, think we have made too many hormones. Time to slow it down..." So the body slows down the production of normal healthy hormones. The normal healthy hormones are the ones that help to regulate our metabolisms and help us loose weight and modulate weight gain.
This is why many people struggle to loose weight. Even if they are dieting and exercising, they have trouble loosing weight because their body is in slow mode. They have all these Endocrine disrupting chemicals floating around in their body acting like hormones.
What makes it even more difficult is that these chemicals can build up over decades! So by the time you notice there is a problem, your body is already congested with these pretend hormones.
So what can we do to fix it?
The first step is to start choosing wisely when it comes to body products. Look at the ingredients. The less ingredients the better. Any weird suspicious names in the ingredients list. Put that product back.
Try to choose products with more natural ingredients. It may take a bit of work as some products we come to rely on like certain deodorants are hard to say goodbye to.
But once you start to go more natural you will also notice many benefits, not just weight loss.
In order to help rid your body of a congested backlog of Endocrine disrupting chemicals from many years of using body products, it is also important to do gentle detoxing.
Many of the chemicals in these products are harsh and can create problems as they are being detoxed. It is important to slowly detox as appose to "crash-diet" detoxing. Intense detoxing after years of toxicity can create some serious symptoms such as nausea, migraines, cognitive problems, bloody sugar problems, tremors, light headedness, extreme digestive problems and in some extreme cases, hallucinations.
If you feel like you need to detox, it is best to seek advice and guidance whilst doing so. Every one is different and not all detox plans suit everyone. It is safest to seek advice and a personalized detox plan from your qualified Naturopath or Nutritionist.
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- Jaz xx :)
Jaz is a Naturopath, Pathology Testing Adviser and educator. She practice as a Naturopath in Melbourne, Australia and via skype worldwide. She teaches fellow practitioners on pathology testing and educates pracs and the public on the bridge between Naturopathic care Biomedicine.