In her book “The Body Restoration Plan:” Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton, an expert in human metabolism, shares her extensive research about the connection between chemicals and weight gain. Her research reveals that our body’s natural weight-regulation system can be severely damaged by the toxic chemicals that we encounter in our everyday lives. The US produces $101 billion dollars of synthetic chemicals annually.
The most problematic synthetic chemical is a group called organophosphates. Organophosphates are currently used as a pesticide on food crops, as an additive in gasoline and lubricating products, and were previously used to fatten up cattle; although this practice has been banned in many countries. It is the most common pesticide found in soft fruits and vegetables. Organophosphates accumulates in our body tissues and remains there for decades; reducing our ability to use up existing fat stores which consequently causes us to gain weight more quickly. Another group of synthetic chemicals are estrogen-like compounds called xenoestrogens that are also stored in the fat cells of the body. These compounds wreak havoc on both the male and female endocrine systems and are linked to early onset of puberty, and sterility.
Dr. Baille-Hamilton has designed a program to eliminate these toxins from our bodies. You must feed the body’s detoxification system by eating enough of the right foods to help your body detox. Your intake of raw foods, especially vegetables, should be maximized, reduce your exposure to chemical calories and get plenty of exercise.
In addition to this, Dr. Baille-Hamilton recommends that we eat only certified organic, non GMO foods. Be certain that your fish is wild caught, not farm raised. Chicken and meat should be grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free. Be discerning about cosmetics, household cleaning products, clothing and toys. These products should be made from natural products and free from synthetic chemicals. Do not purchase clothing that is easy care or flame retardant. Never use non-stick frying pans, plastic containers, and cling free wrap. Do not drink hot beverages from polystyrene cups. Limit the use of your microwave. These are simple steps that we can take to reduce our exposure to these chemicals. Whole Foods and Thrive Market are two resources that will offer chemical free, non GMO products. Thrive Markets Mission is to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone. Check out their website https://thrivemarket.com.
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