It’s no secret that some women see their waistlines growing.
But new research shows there’s more to weight gain than what you put in your mouth. It could be what you put on it… As well as what you apply to your skin and use on your hair.
You see, your personal beauty products could be making you gain weight – thanks to ingredients called “obesogens.”
The word obesogens refers to chemicals that disrupt your body’s naturally occurring metabolic processes. And they can cause weight gain even when you’re eating a healthy, primal diet.
According to a study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, obesogens may also be a key player in the obesity epidemic.
Obesogenic chemicals change how your fat cells develop. In other words, they can increase the number of fat cells in your body AND increase how much fat each cell holds.
They also make it much harder to maintain a healthy weight because they interrupt the signal that tells your brain to stop eating.
Obesogenics are part of a larger group of artificial chemical hormones called endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). These chemicals are everywhere – and they interfere with every part of your hormonal system.
So what are the ingredients in beauty products that are making us fat? Here are five of the most common:
- Parabens. These are artificial preservatives used in cosmetics. Almost 100% of Americans have paraben in their blood.[i] You can find parabens in foundation, moisturizer, body lotions, hair products and lipstick.
- Pthalates. These are used in skin care items to help them stick to your skin. They’re also found in fragrances to make them last longer.
- Lead. When was the last time you looked at the ingredients in your lipstick? More than 400 lipsticks contain lead. Lead is not only an obesogen but a neurotoxin. It can accumulate in the brain, liver, bones and thyroid over time which may lead to health problems.
- Siloxanes. These EDCs are used to soften, smooth and moisten. They’re found extensively in moisturizers and facial treatments. Avoid any products that have ingredients ending in “siloxane” or “methicone.”
- Oxybenzone. Almost all Americans – 96% – have this hormone disruptor in their blood. While it’s finally being removed from some sunscreens, it can still be found in 567 personal care products, including moisturizers, lip balms and lipstick. When exposed to sunlight, oxybenzone forms free radical chemicals linked to cell damage.[ii]
I recommend that you detox to get these poisons out of your system…
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 inject calcium 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. It combines three powerful, natural detoxifiers that help your body eliminate toxins so you can start shedding pounds.
- 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.
Detoxifying Green Drink Recipe
- 1 whole lemon (unpeeled)
- ¼ cup of cilantro
- 6 stalks of dandelion greens
- 4 heads of broccoli with stems
- ¼-½ apple
- 1/16th piece of turmeric
- ¼ cup of coconut water
- ¼ cup of filtered tap water
- ¼ cup of spinach
- ¼ cup of arugula
- 4 baby carrots
- ½ cup of ice
Blend together and enjoy! For best results, drink on an empty stomach.
 Hanson K, et al. “Sunscreen enhancement of UV-induced reactive oxygen species in the skin.” Free Radic Biol Med. 2006 Oct 15;41(8):1205-12.