Has the relationship between toxicity and obesity has been found?

Why is it that some persons have problems losing weight beyond a certain point, no matter how hard they try? What is it in modern man that appears to hinder weight loss and obstruct normal metabolism?

Is it possible that as fat in the body is metabolized and pollutants are released from the fat tissues where they are stored, certain foreign chemicals cause a lowering of the body’s metabolic rate?

These are medical puzzles that are just now beginning to be seriously investigated, especially in the light of the measures-defying obesity problems confronting most industrialized countries today. But although we still have much to learn about the exact link between toxicity and obesity, the growing body of evidence has become such that we can no longer ignore the effect that environmental toxins have on Weight Gain and the difficulty encountered by some in losing same.

Although losing weight to reduce the risk of cardiovascular and similar diseases is often considered very desirable, recent findings suggest that it could also be creating a very toxic situation for the sufferer. In the light of what we now know, it would seem that severely overweight persons should first follow a detoxification program prior to weight loss regime, or at least both must go hand in hand.

This latest conclusions are based on sound footings. For example, hormones can increase or reduce appetite in both humans and animals. Meanwhile toxins have always been known to alter hormonal levels in the body, and hence the hormonal regulation of weight.

Also, toxins are known to alter thyroid hormone metabolism rate and receptor function, which in turn leads to lowered metabolic rate (which equals weight gain). Further, toxins can also influence weight through increases in inflammation.

The signals that are produced by inflammation stimulate leptin resistance in the body. The other effects of toxins in the body include interfering with the liver’s control of fat and glucose metabolism.

As stated earlier, researches aimed at establishing a direct link between environmental toxins and obesity are still in their infancy stages. But the direction of things is unmistakable. At the moment, detoxification is gradually gaining wide acceptance in mainstream medical practice in the management and control of obesity.

Many physicians now view detoxification as a central component in any long-term and effective weight management program. On the other hand, there appears to be a general consensus that most medications sometimes prescribed for weight management have a high chance of producing toxic effects and triggering weight gain.

At the moment, billions of dollars continue to pour into obesity drug research in a bid to find that “magic molecule” that will burn fat or at least reduce appetite. For now, all that medical science can say for sure in this regard is that medications can affect our weight and may play a role in obesity for some individuals.

This has led to the inescapable conclusion that, if medications can manipulate weight, then so too can other foreign chemicals that enter the body, such as environmental toxins. Before now, most researchers had largely ignored the effects of environmental chemicals on metabolism.

But in the light of what is now known about toxins, not a few have begun connecting the dots linking toxins with our obesity epidemic. While we await a more conclusive verdict, the factors outlined above can no longer be overlooked. Nor should you overlook the effects of environmental toxins if you’re obese!


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