Michelle Melendez
Michelle Melendez

This post was shared from Michelle Melendez’s awesome fitness blog. Thank you, Michelle!

Estimates suggest you’re exposed to more than 700,000 different toxic chemicals on a daily basis from the air you breathe, water you drink, foods you eat, and environmental sources.

Does toxic exposure cause weight gain?


3-Ways Toxins Cause Weight Gain


One of the number one ways the body releases weight is because your hormones are working efficiently. Unfortunately, toxins can hinder the body’s normal hormone processes

For example, Bisphenol A, which is commonly referred to as BPA, a highly toxic substance normally used in the production of plastics, medical tools, canned foods—even cash register receipts. Yes, touching receipts may be putting this toxin into your body through your skin.

No BPAs!
No BPAs!

BPA has been shown to be linked with numerous disturbing health issues like obesity and diabetes, cancer and behavioral disorders.

Many experts believe consuming BPA can alter the way your body produces insulin. It has even been shown to induce insulin resistance. If insulin isn’t working correctly, your body will easily store fat. (3)

Tip #1: Start purchasing BPA-free plastics, avoid canned foods, when possible and wash your hands after touch receipts or don’t touch them at all and go paperless.


Your body does its best to protect you from toxins by creating fat cells around toxins and move them away from vital organs.


The issue with this is these fat cells are hard to release from the body. Since they were created because of toxins they do not function like normal fat cells.

In a normal fat cell, the hormone Leptin can turn it from fat storing to fat burning. When your fat cells are storing toxins, Leptin is powerless against them. When Leptin doesn’t do its job not only do you store more fat but your appetite increases as well because Leptin is the KEY to appetite control! Ugh!

Tip #2: Help your body keep Leptin working effectively by cutting out anything with high fructose corn syrup. Yes, you have fat cells that hinder the performance of Leptin and high fructose corn syrup turns off Leptin completely. Cut that from your diet and you can support Leptin to regulate your appetite. However, you will need to detox your body to support it even more.


Toxins seem to love the thyroid. Your thyroid helps your body use energy, regulates body temperatures, and keeps your brain, heart and other organs working as they should.

Your thyroid also has a very important job when it comes to weight. It regulates your metabolism. This means it is the master of keeping you at your current weight.

When your thyroid is under attack by toxins from your environment, food or water you consume, you won’t be able to burn fat as you normally do and gaining weight will be the result.

Not only is your thyroid affected by toxins but many processes slow down when toxins are running through your body.

Thyroid Image
Thyroid Image

Here is a short list of things that slow -down and things that increase:

Weight loss slows and weight gain increases
Energy slows
Mental clarity slows
Appetite Increases
Chance of disease increases

Tip #3: Find a detox system that works with your busy life and do it once or twice a year!

Detoxing is crucial these days with all the toxins that are in our environment. I do my own detox a few times a year and run a program for clients twice a year.

Cleansing your body’s detoxifying organs will help your body keep you safe naturally.

For more insights and posts from Global Badass Fitness Goddess, Michelle, visit WomenBeingFit.com!

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