A toxic body will cause you to get fatter. The range of chemicals that can cause weight gain include pesticides such as those used in food, sprayed around the house and used in other common products such as flea collars for cats and dogs. They're also found in drugs and medicines, heavy metals, synthetic chemicals of all kinds, solvents, fire retardants and many other substances.
Organochlorine pesticides are the most fattening of all. This is because our bodies have a difficult time getting rid of them and so these stored pesticides cause continual damage to our weight control systems. We're talking here about the pesticides that are found on fresh foods and in the foods used to make food products found in every supermarket and most restaurants today. And they affect our weight even in the small amounts that are found in foods.
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Here are five things to do that will eliminate the most fattening chemical exposures:
- Replace the conventionally-grown foods you eat with as much organic food as you can find and can afford. This eliminates the most fattening chemicals--pesticides--along with all the food additives and hormones Be sure to get enough protein and eat some raw fruits and vegetables every day. Prepare as much food as you can from fresh, whole ingredients, instead of eating processed foods.
- Drink a lot of pure water. The body needs water to flush out impurities and get rid of toxic chemicals and fat. But don't drink a lot of tap water without filtering it, because it contains those fattening chemicals too. It is well worth it to purchase a water purification unit that removes the pollutants and leaves the minerals. Bottled water often contains fattening plastic residues.
- Use nontoxic or natural cleaning products. Cleaning products are among the most toxic in the home--and the easiest and least expensive to replace. Baking soda is an excellent scouring powder for sinks, countertops, pots and pans, and bathrooms. Distilled white vinegar is a great grease cutter and window cleaner. Liquid soap cleans everything from dishes to clothing.
- Control pests using natural methods. Those same fattening pesticides found in food are also present in household bug sprays and garden insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides. To control pests without pesticides, start by pest-proofing your home. Figure out how pests are getting into your home, and do something to keep them out. Fill holes and cracks; put screens on windows, put up chicken wire barriers or fences. Take away their food supply by keeping living areas clean-sweep up crumbs, wipe up spills immediately, wash dishes after eating, store food in tightly closed containers, keep a lid on the garbage and empty it often, and compost scraps frequently. Dry up their water supply-repair leaky faucets, pipes, and clogged drains. And get rid of any clutter they can hide in: clean out closets, the attic, the garage, the basement, and anywhere else unused or infrequently used items pile up. Herbal repellents work well; too-most pests don't like the smell of bay leaves, cloves, pennyroyal, lavender, or cedar.
- Use natural beauty and hygiene products, preferably those made with organically grown ingredients. You can find these easily in natural food stores and online.