Popular thought is that weight gain is related to consuming too many calories and not getting enough exercise. However, our gyms are full and weight loss continues to be an ongoing struggle,  so what’s really going on?

The body stores environmental toxins in the fat tissue as a survival mechanism. It makes fat tissue in order to remove those toxins out of circulation so they don’t damage the organs and systems of the body. Now, it’s common to talk about toxins probably because it doesn’t sound quite as bad as “poison”. But by definition, they are the same thing. A poison is defined as “a substance with an inherent property that tends to destroy life or impair health.” The word toxin means “any poison.” Using different words and or watering down vocabulary does not diminish effect these toxins (a.k.a. poisons) have on us.

Something you might find interesting is that there are almost 8,000 man-made chemicals in use and don’t assume they have been tested! According to an article in The New York Times,“Companies are not required to provide any safety data when they notify the agency about a new chemical, and they rarely do it voluntarily, although the E.P.A. can later request data if it can show there is a potential risk. If the E.P.A. does not take steps to block the new chemical within 90 days or suspend review until a company provides any requested data, the chemical is by default given a green light.”

It’s no wonder our bodies are full of toxins and it’s now wonder our bodies are trying to protect our organs by creating more fat!

Fat soluble toxins (pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, food additives, preservatives, plastics, pollutants, and many other environmental chemicals) when ingested, breathed in, or contact the skin, go into the bloodstream and to the liver, which processes them into a water-soluble form that is eliminated primarily through the colon, lungs, and kidneys. These toxins are in the fatty tissues of non-organic meats. They are also residues on the surface of non-organic grains, nuts, legumes, vegetables, and fruits.

In an article published by Scientific American, scientists found that the average newborn has over 200 chemicals in the umbilical cord blood, many of which are neurotoxic poisonous to nerves and nerve cells. This included the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. These chemicals baby through the mom. This is one of the reasons this an increasing number of developmental issues and diseases in children like Autism.

Poorly functioning primary toxin elimination organs: liver, gall bladder, bowel and lymphatic system, spleen, and kidneys results in toxin accumulation and toxin deposition into fat tissue. This is the reason for pot belly body type with liver and bowel dysfunction. This is the visceral fat around the bowel that is expanding to accumulate the toxins. The bowel lymphatic system is also congested leading to additional swelling and weight gain. This is seen in cirrhosis, fatty liver degeneration, hepatitis, alcohol, recreational, OTC and prescription drug usage.

Damage occurs to secondary elimination organs from poorly functioning primary elimination organs. They are not made to handle the toxic load.  This results in disease of the secondary elimination organs: skin, uterus, prostate, sinuses. Almost all of the skin diseases are because of this toxic load stressing the skin making it prone to infections, allergens, and additional toxins.

Toxins lead to weight gain and also to many diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease including heart attack and stroke, infections, autoimmune disorders, acne and rashes, allergies, arthritis/joint pain, chronic fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, fibromyalgia, headaches, hormone imbalance, inflammatory disorders, clumsiness, tingling in limbs, seizures, dementia, chronic sinusitis, asthma, ADHD, autism, behavioral problems, memory loss, flu-like symptoms, thyroid disorders, swollen hands and feet.

If dieting is done before cleansing (detoxing) and restoring normal function to the bowel, liver and other elimination organs, toxins will concentrate even more in the body and cause a rebound of even greater fat and weight gain. It is also dangerous because some of the toxins will be released back into the bloodstream and do more damage to vital organs and tissues.

Toxins can themselves cause weight gain and can make it next to impossible to lose weight. The body makes fat cells to store toxins, as a self-defense mechanism from being poisoned and also to get toxins out of circulation and away from major organs.  Women use at least 15 products daily on their bodies with more than 168 chemicals, many are known neurotoxins, endocrine disrupters, and carcinogens. Cigarette smoke contains 4,000 chemicals, with 400 known toxins, 43 of which are carcinogens.

Food sensitivities will also cause weight gain and difficulty in losing the weight. Adrenal glands poorly functioning will also add to the weight gain and swelling. Many toxic chemicals have an affinity to the thyroid gland causing it to decrease in its function which also leads to weight gain and swelling. Cooking over 248 degrees causes acrylamides to be formed which are neurotoxins and carcinogens. French fries, potato chips, biscuits, bread, breakfast cereals, and coffee (roasted at high temp) are all examples. Grilling, baking, pan frying, and roasting over 248 degrees affects the food.

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