Hormone Havoc

Your Routine Beauty Products Can Affect Weight Loss and Hormones

The next time you visit a common meeting area, such as a coffee shop or restaurant, tune in to the nearby conversation. If it turns on to health topics, then you may begin to hear individuals speaking of their struggle with weight loss, hormone imbalances, cancer, various thyroid issues, and so many more. Usually, in this case, the phrase commonly heard is, “I have tried [this therapy] for my [disorder] and nothing seems to work!” Many times the blame is thrown on hormones, stress, or genetic disorders.

Even though these are all considerable factors, the true questions are:

  • How did I get to this unhealthy state?
  • What is causing this weight gain?
  • Should I just give up?
  • Is it bad genetics, my thyroid, or something else?

In fact, hormone dysregulation is one of the primary factors with weight gain resistance, due to the fact that everyday household products contain unwanted, toxic chemicals. These chemicals disrupt our hormones, causing weight loss to be a frustrating and uphill battle.

Common chemicals, such as obesogens and BPA’s not only cause hormone disruptions, but they also trigger unwanted genes that lead to additional health issues.

So what is the answer to help point you in the right direction? The first step is to avoid these commonly found chemicals in everyday items such as soaps, cleaners, and makeups. What should you replace them with? Read on to find out more!

Avoiding Hormone Havoc

Continuous exposure to hazardous chemical may damage your natural ability to maintain weight. These chemicals can mimic good hormones and change natural hormone responses. Everyday, we are exposed to thousands of chemicals that are adding up inside of our cellular tissues.There are six, common care products that contain these obesogens:

Soap And Shampoos

Common soaps and shampoos contain high levels of chemicals that we are calling obesogens. There is even an article on grist.org that was titled “Is Your Shampoo Making You Fat?” It focuses on the soap and shampoo products that lead to obesity.

You can also check out the August 2011 issue of Obesity Review that takes an in depth look at the research that links environmental toxins with weight gain.

Main Obesogen

Triclosan, SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate), Phthalates, DEA (Diethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine), Propylene Glycol, BPA (Bisphenol-A), MEA (Methylethanolamine)

Worst Offenders

Almost any product that lists “fragrance” as part of the ingredients is an offender. 70% tested products contain high levels of hormone disruptors.

What to Use

ZumBar (soap), Giovanni, Beyond Organic “Best”, John Masters (shampoo/conditioner) South of France, EO

Economic Options

Dr. Bronners, Sappo Hill bar soaps, Aubrey Organics Green Tea or Blue Chamomile Shampoo

Lotions and Sunscreens

Did you know that it is more dangerous to place an ingredient on our skin (such as lotion) than it is to ingest it? Many lotions and sunscreens cause a layer over our skin, preventing our skin from regenerating or they cause irritation, rashes, or other skin diseases. The chemicals and poisons in skincare items are absorbed directly into our skin, transferred into our bloodstream and stored in fat tissues. This may possibly lead to cancer, cause infertility, or other health issues that are yet to be discovered.

Main Obesogens

BHA (Butylated Hydroxy Anisole), MEA, BPA, TEA, Mineral Oil*, and Phthalates and Parabens (commonly hidden in the fragrance)

*It may seem like mineral oil is a natural ingredient. However, it has been shown to increase tumor formation by 69% because it is broken down into mineral parafins. These parafins accumulate in fat cells at 1-10g/person.

Worst Offenders

Suave, Cetaphil,  Johnsons, Neutrogena, Dove, Eucerin,Lubriderm, Jergens, Nivea, Curel, Keri, Olay, Vaseline, St. Ives, and Aveeno

What to Use

Absolutely Natural, Erbaviva, Aubrey Organics, Nubian, and Beyond Organic “Best”

Economic Options

Shea Butter (natural sunscreen between 15-20 SPF) Coconut Oil (10-15 SPF)

Fragrances

The term fragrance can be derived from over 700 different chemicals, and shampoos can consist of over 100 different fragrances. They contain the highest levels of BPA’s and Pthalates, and fragrances can mimic estrogen, causing weight gain and obesity.

Main Obesogens

BPA, Phthalates

Worst Offenders

BPA and Phthalates, Giorgio Armani Acqua Di contained 19 different sensitizing chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions,  Halle Berry, Quicksilver, and J. Lo Glow all contained 6 of these chemicals that mimic estrogen, as well as causing thyroid issues.

What to Use

Lavanila Laboratories, Pacifica

Economic Options

Don’t wear any. Use essential oils sparingly.

Lipstick

Over a woman’s lifetime, it is averaged that she will ingest up to 4 pounds of lipstick. When tested, lead was found in a majority of lipsticks. Within these studies, one of them found that 61% of these tested lipsticks contained lead levels higher than what the FDA considers safe. Lead can act as a neurotoxin, adversely affecting hormone receptors and leading to obesity and weight gain. It is also an obesogen.

Main Obesogens

Parabens, Lead, Phthalates, and BPA

Worst Offenders

Revlon, CoverGirl, L’Oreal, and Maybelline contained the highest recorded levels

What to Use

Lavera, Dr. Haushka, ZuZu, Gabriel

Economic Options

Don’t wear lipstick. However, most healthier lipstick options are in the same price range of the unhealthy ones.

Nails

Main Obesogens

There are some ingredients in nail polish that are obesogens. These include formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, Isopropanol, and other solvents

Worst Offenders

OPI, Essie, and Nail Tek contain the toxic trio

What to Use

Spa Ritual. It is free of DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde.

Economic Options

Go without wearing nail polish.

Foundation

Unfortunately, for those of us that use foundation, several of the ingredients are immediately absorbed into the skin. Once absorbed into the pores, these ingredients keep your skin from breathing. In essence, it makes your face suffocate when a restrictive foundation is used on your skin.

Main Obesogens

Mineral oil is commonly found in foundations, and it is a known obesogen. TEA, parabens, and BHT are found in foundation. Within foundation, you will find the preservative quaternium-15. Quaternium-15 breaks down into toxic formaldehyde. Lastly, fragrances are present.

Worst Offenders

MAC. Any mineral type of foundation that has a nanopartical rating 10 or less are unhealthy.What to UseDr. Haushka

Economic Options

Suncoat, Organic Wear

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