I just read a study that stunned me.
It suggested that the air we breathe is making us fat.
A researcher from Duke University placed two groups of rats in separate chambers. One group was exposed to Beijing’s super toxic air. That city has some of the worst air pollution in the world.
The second group breathed filtered air.
The two groups ate exactly the same diet.
After 19 days, the rats exposed to the air pollution were 18% fatter!
Their LDL levels were 50% higher and their triglycerides were 46% higher. This indicates high levels of fat in their blood.
To make matters worse, their lungs were 25% heavier and their livers weighed 16% more — a clear sign of inflammation.1
I wanted to know more, so I looked into other studies linking air pollutants to obesity.
An Ohio State researcher exposed groups of mice to different kinds of city conditions. These included smoke, smog, car fumes and more.
After 10 weeks, all the mice had a dramatic increase in belly fat. Belly fat is a key indicator of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and mortality.2
A Swedish study measuring human fat mass found that people with the most pollutants in their blood were 10.6 pounds fatter than those with less pollution in their blood. That’s like carrying around a bowling ball or a gallon of paint!3
Obesity linked to air pollution is a 21st century problem. Our ancestors certainly didn’t worry about poisonous air.
Today, 160 million Americans live in areas with unhealthy — even dangerous — levels of air pollution.4 In fact, the entire planet is a toxic soup of dangerous chemicals.
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are non-biodegradable compound that stay in the atmosphere forever. They’re everywhere, and you can’t escape them. Even if you choose to live on a mountaintop or a deserted island, wind and water currents would guarantee that these pollutants soon found their way to you.
Some of the nastiest POPs include:
- BPA – polycarbonate plastics found in water bottles and other food containers.
- PCBs – these are all over your house… in paint, wiring, old fluorescent fixtures and sealants like caulk.
- PBDE – a flame retardant used in fabrics, furniture foam and some appliances.
- PFOS – used in nonstick pots and pans, stain-resistant products, carpets and upholstery.
- Atrazine – banned in Europe, but commonly used in the U.S. in parks, golf courses and on Big Agra crops.
Other common pollutants are heavy metals, noxious gases and tobacco smoke. Burning fossil fuels releases carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and hydrocarbons into the air.
These pollutants settle deep in your skin and organs, changing the way your body and your metabolism function. And metabolic dysfunction leads to obesity.
How Do Pollutants Cause Obesity?
These environmental toxins scramble your hormone signals. This tricks your fat cells into storing more fat. Your pancreas starts to secrete too much insulin. Over time, high insulin levels lead to weight gain and type 2 diabetes.
Fortunately, there are ways you can protect your body from the modern toxins that surround you.
I recommend you detoxify to get the poison out of your body. After doing so, you’ll have:
- More energy
- Stronger immunity
- Faster fat burning
- Fewer aches and pains
- Healthier skin, hair and nails.
The best way to detox is with chelation. I recommend both oral chelation and IV chelation.
Here at the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine I detox patients with IV chelation. I injectcalcium disodium EDTA directly in the bloodstream. The EDTA grabs hold of toxins, BPAs and metal toxins like mercury, lead and arsenic. It carries them out of the body through the kidneys.
If you’re interested in IV chelation at my clinic, please call 561-784-7852.
For oral chelation, I recommend a detoxifying drink that’s easy to make at home. I’ve included the recipe below. It combines powerful, natural detoxifiers — lemon, cilantro and dandelion greens — that help your body eliminate toxins so you can regain your youthful vigor.
- Lemon – the peels are packed with d-limonene, an antioxidant that activates enzymes in your liver to eliminate any non-organic compounds from your body.
- Cilantro – known for spicing up Mexican food, this herb binds to toxins, loosening them from your tissues and removing them from your body.
- Dandelion greens – the leaves are natural diuretics. They make you urinate more frequently so toxins are flushed from your kidneys and urinary system. Dandelion greens also help you lose weight and reduce your blood pressure.
Detoxifying Green Drink Recipe:
- 1 whole lemon (unpeeled)
- ¼ cup of cilantro
- 4 heads of broccoli with stems
- ¼-½ apple (For a sweeter taste, try Red Delicious. For more tang, use Granny Smiths.)
- 1/16th piece of turmeric
- ¼ cup of coconut water
- ¼ cup of filtered tap water
- ¼ cup of spinach
- ¼ cup of arugula
- 6 stalks of dandelion greens
- 4 baby carrots
- ½ cup of ice
Blend together and enjoy!
For the best results, drink this on an empty stomach every morning.
Exercise also helps you to detox. When you get your heart rate up, you release toxins through your sweat. It’s the cheapest, easiest and most natural way to detoxify your body, especially of BPAs.
If you haven’t exercised in a while, don’t worry. I’ve designed a workout program called PACE. In just 12 minutes a day, you’ll get the benefits of high-intensity exercise without causing stress to your body. PACE also burns fat and strengthens your heart.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
1. Wei Y et al. Chronic exposure to air pollution particles increases the risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome: findings from a natural experiment in Beijing. FASEB. 2016. DOI: 10.1096/fj.201500142
2. Qinghua S. Ambient air pollution exaggerates adipose inflammation and insulin resistance in a mouse model of diet-induced obesity. Circulation. 2009 Feb 3; 119(4).
3. Ronn, M et. al., “Circulating levels of persistent organic pollutants associate in divergent ways to fat mass measured by DXA in humans.” Chemosphere. 2011.
4. “State of the air.” American Lung Association. 2015.