Weight Gain & Resistant Weight Loss

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There are many factors that cause us to gain weight, and most of them have very little to do with food.

The fundamental cause of weight gain, in most cases, is some kind of toxic burden on the body, or some kind of bodily function impairment caused by medical interventions, like antibiotics.

Even the weight gain that occurs during periods of hormonal upheaval are down to toxic burdens which cause hormonal imbalance.

And these toxic burdens aren’t just making us fat… they are causing us to suffer from malnutrition, which leads to systemic illness… Crazy huh!?!?

Excess stress, insufficient sleep and insufficient appropriate exercise all contribute to weight gain, and so must be addressed if we are to stand a chance of reducing our weights… but I have already written about these things at length elsewhere, so I am going to concentrate on all of the environmental toxins that prevent us from losing weight within this article.

Besides, unless we get rid of the toxins from our bodies, then reducing stress, getting more sleep and exercising more will have no benefit whatsoever in terms of achieving our end goal… that of actually losing weight!

Fragrantly Poisonous

We spent £7.5bn on fragrances in 2018, according to the The Fragrance Foundation & Oxford Economics.

This equates to a 0.3% GDP contribution to the UK’s economic activity generated in 2018.

Find out why this is disastrous to our health later on in this article…!

Malnutrition

It’s a frightening reality that a lot of seemingly well-fed people in the Western world are actually suffering from malnutrition. Some are suffering from malnutrition due to a nutrient deficient diet of pizza and fizzy drinks, but the majority of us are suffering from malnutrition due to toxicity and / or leaky gut.

A diet of pizza and fizzy drinks is, of course, one of the fastest ways to achieve gut permeability along with a gut that is overrun with a whole bunch of stuff that you don’t want in there! But, too many people harp on about a fast food diet being disastrous without ever really getting to why the wide variety of plastic foods served up in fast food joints are going to ultimately kill us a lot sooner rather than later.

They tend to get stuck on an over-zealous wave of fast food bashing, gratuitously calorie counting things like McDonald’s milkshakes, and generally doling out a super-sized serving of guilt before banging on about the latest diet plan which will effortlessly succeed, where all else has failed, transforming everyone’s lives, practically in an instant.

The problem is, it’s not as easy as all that! And the reason it’s often such a big issue, is because of all of the unwanted guests that have been allowed to accumulate whilst we’ve been out to lunch…  at the pizza parlour!

A fast food Western diet heavy on the grains and sugar, will undermine our immunity to such an extent that all manner of unwanted residents can make our insides their home, and all forms of systemic dysfunction will occur, including digestive, hormonal and detoxification.

Weight Loss Resistance

Weight loss resistance can be caused by a number of things, including long term parasitic infections, hormonal imbalance, heavy metals and toxic chemicals. So, all of the things that can take up residence whilst we indulge in doughnut breakfasts, deep fried conventional chicken lunches and a Chinese takeaway for dinner…

But, weight loss resistance will be better understood in the context of heavy metal induced digestive issues along with ‘no-ones friends’, those ugly little obesogens that cause so much havoc on the sly…

***The havoc I’m referring to includes metabolic dysfunction, hormonal dysfunction, developmental dysfunction and the alteration in the way fat cells are produced… But, more on that later…

A lot of heavy metals contribute to insulin resistance, and insulin resistance results in weight loss resistance.

Heavy Metals That Cause Insulin Resistance:

  • Uranium
  • Mercury
  • Arsenic
  • Lead
  • Cadmium
  • Nickel

Read more about how Heavy Metals are really wrecking our hormones and driving us crazy, as well as causing weight gain & resistant weight loss in the companion piece to this article.

Oestrogen & Weight Gain & Weight Loss Resistance:

Oestrogen is fat producing. So, if we have excess Oestrogen we have excess fat.

However, even an Oestrogen deficiency will make us fat too… Insufficient Oestrogen forces our bodies to lay down fat, because abdominal fat can produce additional Oestrogen to make up the deficit.

So, unless our Oestrogen levels are being managed optimally we are going to have weight gain issues, and weight loss resistance issues!

But a quick look into Progesterone issues will illustrate just how difficult that is, even without the environmental toxins and heavy metals in the equation.

Progesterone & Weight Gain & Weight Loss Resistance:

The female body uses Progesterone to produce the stress hormone Cortisol. The more Cortisol we make the more Progesterone gets used up to make it… BUT… Progesterone is needed to balance Oestrogen… and this is where it gets messy.

Modern living is very stressful! Our Oestrogen is rocketing because there is very little Progesterone to balance it out.

Add to this all of the Oestrogen mimicking substances in our food and environment… the Xenoestrogens and Obesogens… covered in more detail later on in this article… and you have a disastrous cocktail of Oestrogenic hell…!!!

Women are producing more Cortisol than ever before, because…

  • We work too long and too hard
  • We don’t get enough sleep
  • We eat inflammation causing foods
  • We play too hard
  • We have historically high levels of a lack of support
  • We have historically high levels of heavy metals, Xenoestrogens and Obesogens in our environment
  • We drink more to try & reduce the stress
  • And, our Liver’s can’t cope!!!

The Liver & Weight Gain & Weight Loss Resistance

It’s the Liver’s job to metabolise Oestrogen and Xenoestrogens, but because our Livers tend to be horribly over-burdened with toxins, we get a build up of back-logged Oestrogen and Xenoestrogens…. and, of course, metals…

***If you think you have a problem with any of these issues then Morning Detox Protocols will be very useful!

Even more useful, if you are willing to try them, are Coffee Enemas! I strongly urge you to do so!

But, only if your gut health is good.

Also, Lemon and Cayenne early morning drinks are excellent for restoring Liver, Gallbladder and Bile health, thereby avoiding toxic build-up in the body and the risk of Gall stones as well as a slew of degenerative diseases.

Heavy Metals That Act Like Oestrogens

There really are plenty of environmental toxins which mimic Oestrogen without Heavy Metals coming to the party… but come they must… and come they will…!

These Heavy Metals behave like Oestrogens:

  • Nickel
  • Mercury
  • Hexavalent Chromium (remember Erin Brockovich)
  • Arsenic
  • Cadmium
  • Beryllium

Read more about how Heavy Metals are really wrecking our hormones and driving us crazy, as well as causing weight gain & resistant weight loss in the companion piece to this article.

Cortisol

Metals also play a part in disrupting the production of Cortisol, and Cortisol can play it’s part in weight loss resistance…

Food Malabsorption

Food malabsorption is a major issue these days. And, like weight loss resistance, there can be a whole suite of factors causing the problem.

This includes parasites, heavy metals, chemical toxins and leaky gut etc…

The gut lining, is made up of a single cell wall of enterocytes. These enterocytes need a lot of energy to process nutrients and they also need a lot of energy to maintain the tight junctions between the cells. A failure to maintain these tight junctions leads to all manner of problems, and is the beginning of an auto-immune rollercoaster of pain and inflammation…

When you have inflammation you have weight gain also!

It is the mitochondria in the centre of the cells that are the energy producing engines which are so vital for our health.

When Terry Wahls was suffering from stage four Multiple Sclerosis she ultimately realised she needed to fix her mitochondria if she was going to fix her body… and that’s what she did. Using real foods, after supplements and Western meds failed to reverse her condition, she turned everything around by eating a diet designed to feed her mitochondria.

Leaky Gut

When the tight junctions are compromised we call the ensuing condition Leaky Gut, and the medical profession call it intestinal permeability, obviously in an effort to be more relatable to the common man (!&@!?*%@!?!)

Leaky gut can be caused by several things. These include; heavy metal toxicity, food intolerances and antibiotic use etc… You can learn more about gut health in an article of that title on the Wild As The Wind website… Had I been feeling all cosy and relatable I might have called in ‘Intestinal Permeability‘… but hey! (In the end, all links lead to Rome!)

My Leaky Gut Story

(How relatable is that!?!)

Having had severe leaky gut, I can quite honestly say it really is the beginning of the end, and, if left unchecked, it feels like it would slowly, but surely, claim our lives… and, not in a nice way!

But, what happens way before we get to that point is that we malfunction so badly that our lives really aren’t worth living anyway. So much so, in fact, that we would welcome the end… even going so far as to try and beckon it forward with our shrivelled decrepit hand, which would have worked if it weren’t for the seizing up of our joints and the immense pain afflicting every inch of our bodies due to chronic inflammation, as well as, of course, insufficient mental faculty to coordinate our movements and to, when all’s said and done, actually make the decision in the first place.

Leaky gut really has stolen death’s bragging rights when it comes to being the great leveller of men… that confounded intestinal permeability renders all of us as grossly mentally incompetent as each other, just as it makes us equally inert.

Plus if you have leaky gut it will also lead to Thyroid issues

But, to be honest, there is such a strong connection between the gut and the Thyroid, that pretty much any of the problems mentioned in this article will lead to Thyroid issues. I strongly recommend reading Thyroid & The Skin Connection if you have fatigue, hair loss, and / or Acne, Psoriasis & Eczema.

And it’s not just us that are suffering…

Britain’s last surviving pod of killer whales will die out because females have been made sterile by chemical pollutants, scientists said yesterday.

The eight whales, found off the west coast of Scotland, have not produced a calf in a quarter of a century. Researchers believe that they have been exposed to catastrophic levels of chemicals that interfere with hormones and have destroyed their ability to reproduce.

“There’s no way that this population can recover,” Dr Paul Jepson, of the Zoological Society of London, said.

Heavy Metals

Heavy metals can cause leaky gut. They do this by first by causing fatigue as they interfere with mitochondrial function. This leads to malabsorption, and ultimately malnutrition, as well as the tight junctions in our gut becoming lax, and leaky gut then wreaking havoc all over the show.

Metals that impose mitochondrial malfunction in the gut include:

  • Aluminium
  • Arsenic
  • Caesium
  • Tin
  • Thalium

If you have the stomach to read some really heavy-duty information about the sources and outcomes of intoxication with these metals then I refer you to the brilliant work of Wendy Meyers

Also, don’t forget to read more about Heavy Metals in the companion piece to this article.

Heavy Metals Cause A Downward Spiral

It’s important to learn about the impact toxic metals are having on our bodies because they can really make our health spiral out of control.

For example these five Heavy Metal are some of the worst for causing food cravings because our bodies won’t stop trying to get us to eat when we are mineral deficient… and we will be mineral deficient if our mitochondria aren’t making enough energy for our cells to digest our food properly…

  • Mercury
  • Cadmium
  • Arsenic
  • Aluminum
  • Nickel

Arsenic

Arsenic, is a very nasty Heavy Metal, is really bad news… it poisons the enzymes that carry the triglycerides out of the fat cells.

Triglycerides can’t pass through cell membranes without Lipoprotein Lipase, a special enzyme attached to the walls of blood vessels that break down triglycerides into free fatty acids and glycerol.

This means that the fat remains locked in our fat cells no matter how much we exercise and diet! If our Lipoprotein Lipase have been poisoned into extinction nothing, but nothing, is going to make us thin again until we get that arsenic out of our bodies.

Arsenic also triggers the Epstein Barr Virus that is lying dormant within a lot of us. Epstein Barr is in certain vaccines, and so we get inoculated with it when we are vaccinated with the offending vaccines. This, in turn, will activate Thyroid antibodies which will start attacking our Thyroid causing Hypothyroidism, which causes weight gain and weight loss resistance.

Another way in which Arsenic causes Thyroid issues is that it disrupts Thyroid hormone cell receptor sites.

Hypothyroidism causes obesity.

Sources Of Arsenic :: Heavy Metal Toxicity & Hormone Health

Mercury

Mercury poisons enzymes that help to detox Arsenic and other Heavy Metals. So there’s no getting beyond Arsenic until we detox Mercury!

Trace Minerals For Weight Normalisation

Mineral trace elements, like Selenium, which is vital for Thyroid function, and Magnesium, and is required for thousands of fundamental processes within the body, along with Zinc, also vital for our immunity and production of hydrochloric acid, amongst many other things, and Calcium for our bones etc…

Deficiencies in Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium and Calcium will cause weight gain, and will also prevent us from detoxing the Heavy Metals and Obesogens which will make us even fatter.

Our body needs minerals to work properly. Heavy metals look like minerals to a mineral starved body, so it will desperately grab onto heavy metals in the absence of sufficient minerals, in the vain hope of achieving normal functioning.

I eat Brazil nuts every day for the Selenium content and I supplement with Zinc and Magnesium.

It’s not good to supplement with Calcium, so it’s important to eat plentiful dark leafy greens from as many different varieties of sources as possible. Dark leafy greens contain lots of other minerals, including Magnesium.

Magnesium likes to be absorbed via the skin, so a Magnesium Oil is very useful to supplement Magnesium intake from leafy greens, as opposed to oral supplements.

Dr Berg explains that Vitamin D pulls Calcium out of the tisse into the blood within this video. To understand how to obtain the right amounts of Vitamin D, (which is actually a hormone), please go to Hormone Health Part Three, which is devoted to this topic.

He also mentions the importance of bile. Learn all about healthy bile in Lemon & Cayenne Liver Support Drink.

Zinc

Cadmium, a Heavy Metal, disrupts the production of digestive enzymes, which go into decline the older we get, and it interferes with the absorption of Zinc.

Zinc is necessary for the production of hydrochloric acid.

Thus, Cadmium toxicity leads to impaired gut function which ultimately leads to weight gain and weight loss resistance.

Gut health, to a large extent, determines hormonal health… It all becomes a bit of a vicious cycle.

Obesogens

Obesogens are chemical compounds that disrupt systemic functions within the body and can cause obesity.

As already mentioned, toxic chemicals can cause metabolic dysfunction, hormonal dysfunction, developmental dysfunction and can alter the production of fat cells.

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Sadly, toxic chemicals are nigh on impossible to avoid. They’re everywhere… tin cans and plastic packaging, non-stick pans, as well as in all other plastic products from babies teething rings and bottles, to toys, plastics, cookware and even our money… the new £10.00 and £5.00 notes!

Then there’s all the nasties to be found in cosmetics and perfumes…

Read Skincare Ingredients To Avoid to see the extent of the problem where cosmetics are concerned.

Cosmetics and perfumes go hand in hand because they are usually combined together to make a single product. I talk about Phthalates in perfumes a little later on, and how they disrupt our hormones, but it’s also important to realise the issue with products which provide colour.

It’s usually minerals that are used to make a product colourful. The pigments are essentially minerals, and they largely aren’t tested for heavy metals. As the heavy metals are often found at the same sites as the minerals, this is a big issue.

Other useful articles include:

Optimal Toxicity On Planet Earth

EMF Symptoms & Diseases

At the end of this article there’s a third party report everybody should download and read… Look out for :: Toxic Report :: Common Cosmetics Evaluated

Obesogens Are Xenoestrogenic

All in all there’s over 20 chemicals which have been identified as being obesogens.

Obesogens are synthetic Oestrogens called Xenoestrogens, which are essentially chemicals that are hormonally disruptive.

Endocrine disruptors are detrimental to both men and women and it’s via our Oestrogen receptor sites that all the damage is done…

Oestrogen receptors are considered to be promiscuous, allowing themselves to bind with alien agents that mimic our natural hormones.
 
Some of these alien agents are called obesogens because their intrusion in our lives causes us to gain weight that is resistant to weight loss.
 
Obesogens really are NOT our friends!
 
But, in some ways, obesity is really the least of our worries. Obesogens have also been linked to birth defects, premature puberty in girls, feminisation of men, as well a rise in Oestrogenic cancers.

Hormone Health Part Five

Toxicity In The Womb

Sadly, toxicity quite often occurs in the womb, increasing the chances of a woman’s offspring becoming obese in later life. Anything from mercury fillings, heavily polluted air in cities or exposure to crop spraying in the countryside whilst pregnant all pose a significant threat to mother, and particularly her baby.

Epigenetics are at play in these situations. Intoxication from environmental chemicals will switch genes on in a pregnant woman… And, genes that are switched on in pregnant mums will also be switched on in the child.

According to Kris Gunnars, BSc

It appears that the time of greatest sensitivity to BPA is in the womb. Interestingly, 96% of pregnant women in the US test positive for BPA in their urine

As you will already know if you have read the Hormone Health series, BPA is an endotoxin extraordinaire… I will cover it again, in brief, a little later on in this article.

Obesogens & Weight Gain

As well as causing insulin resistance and diabetes, Obesogens also cause metabolic dysfunction, and fat cell retention.

Obesogens also change stem cell expression, forcing the body to sometimes produce more fat cells than usual and for some of those fat cells to grow until they are grossly oversized.

Obesogens

  • Lots of prescription drugs, particularly those prescribed for mental health issues
  • Nicotine (it didn’t tell me THAT on my tobacco pouches!)
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG), a food enhancer found a lot in Chinese food, that gave me a massive arrhythmia after eating my very last Chinese take-out. ***Beware foods which include ‘Yeast Extract’, because guess what? That’s how some companies get away with passing MSG off as because they know we are getting wise to MSG! But, like Palm Oil, MSG is used to make cheap crappy products taste okay… so it’s big bucks for the manufactures, and a quick and untidy early death for you… everyone’s a winner… right!?!
  • Pesticides like DDT, which I’ve had massive exposure to in India even though DDT had been banned in the UK by the early 1990’s, when I lived in India. However, chemical tests of the streets in the UK prove that DDT is still very much in evidence over here in 2019.
  • Atrazine is an herbicide that is also an obesogen, which is a “UK Red List pollutant” that is presently banned in the UK… and somewhat unsurprisingly this “selective herbicide, which works by interfering with plants’ energy production processes” has the very same effect on humans too! ***The fear is that in a post Brexit world, chemicals like these, which are used indiscriminately in the USA, will be allowed back into the UK after we sign a trade agreement with the US.
  • Phthalates: see below
  • Parabens, as covered by Skincare Ingredients To Avoid
  • Bisphenol-A or, the all pervasive, and evil BPA… which I have already written about at some length, and below…
  • Organotins
  • Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)
  • The very evil Monsanto’s Roundup, proven in the courts to be carcinogenic and still on the supermarket shelves in the UK, and doing us no good whatsoever. ***Tell everyone about this bad boy!
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Thallium, which is a malleable grey metal previously used in rat poisons and insecticides, and found in vehicle emissions, is highly toxic. Thallium is ten times more toxic than mercury and is made even more dangerous because Thallium containing compounds are colourless, odourless, and tasteless. Thallium interferes with the bodies ability to get nutrients into the mitochondria within our cells in order to create energy and also diminishes the guts ability to absorb nutrients as well. Brain fog and synaptic disruption ensue.
  • “PFASs, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a group of chemicals found in common household items like nonstick products; they’re also used extensively in the military. Concerns of major PFAS health risks continue to mount, with a 2018 review by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealing the health effects associated with PFAS exposure include cancer, liver damage, decreased fertility,  pregnancy-induced hypertension and an increased risk of thyroid disease and asthma.” Dr. Josh Axe :: PFAS Contamination: Is This ‘Forever Chemical’ in Your Water?

Bisphenol-A (BPA)

BPA has already been covered in Hormone Health Part Five where it was described as being the most common plastic within the food packaging industry. It is also used for sandwich boxes, babies bottles and water bottles, as well as for lining tin cans.

BPA resembles estradiol, which is the most common expression of Oestrogen,

***Multiple studies have associated BPA exposure with weight gain.

BPA exposure has also been linked to:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Genital malformations
  • Heart disease
  • Insulin resistance
  • Neurological disorders
  • Thyroid dysfunction

In Canada and Denmark there are laws governing how much BPA can be used in consumer products.

And, companies elsewhere are now going to considerable lengths to remove BPA from their products, but, as explained in Hormone Health Part One, there are:

… fears that products which have had the BPA removed are even more toxic than before. Because substitute chemicals haven’t been researched, anywhere near as much as BPA, health experts are deeply concerned that they will present a greater health risk than BPA.

Phthalates

Phthalates are chemicals that make plastics soft and flexible.

They are found in all of the same products for which BPA is used and, like BPA, they can easily leach out, especially as they heat up, contaminating everything that comes into contact with them.

They are also found in:

  • Linoleum
  • Perfumes
  • Skincare and cosmetic products
  • Pharmaceuticals

Phthalates can be waterborne as well as airborne and, like BPA, are endocrine disruptors.

Phthalates increase weight gain by affecting hormone receptors called PPARs, which are involved in metabolism.

Studies in humans have shown that phthalate levels in the body are associated with:

  • Obesity
  • Increased waist measurements
  • Insulin resistance
  • Endocrine disruption

According to Kris Gunnars, BSc

A Swedish study found that children can absorb airborne phthalates from plastic floor material through the skin and respiratory tract.

and…

In a study by the CDC, most Americans tested positive for phthalate metabolites in their urine.

and…

It appears that men are particularly susceptible. Studies show that phthalate exposure in the womb leads to genital malformations, undescended testicles and low testosterone levels

Phthalates are in EVERYTHING because we all demand everything to have a nice fragrance…

Well, that fragrance is killing us all slowly and painfully!

Phthalates are in:

  • Dishwasher tablets
  • Laundry detergents
  • Perfumes… including other people’s… just breathing them in is enough!
  • Shampoos (for retaining the colour… so, totally vital, right!?!)
  • Soaps
  • Air fresheners
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Essential Oils HELP to restore our lost hormonal balance and restore us to a healthy weight!

Organotins

Organotins are a class of artificial chemicals used for various industrial purposes.

One, called tributyltin, (TBT), is used as a fungicide in the US and painted onto the hulls of boats and ships to prevent the growth of marine organisms, as well as being used in wood preservatives

Whilst banned in the UK and Europe, the same fears around Atrazine surround Organotins, once the UK has brexited from the EU.

Organotin compounds are endocrine disrupting and contribute to obesity and fatty liver disease.

MSG

There are around 50 different ways of terming MSG on food packaging, with the formerly mentioned ‘yeast extract’ being a particular favourite.

Food manufacturers are doing us a massive disservice by trying to disguise their use of Monosodium Glutamate. Because, get this…. MSG is what they feed lab rats to make them fat… it’s THAT guaranteed to work, it’s the go-to for obesity researchers!

Anxiety & Depression

Essential Oils Anxiety & Depression

All of the endocrine-disruptive and obesogenic substances listed within this article are also likely to cause anxiety and depression.

Gut dysbiosis leads to anxiety and depression, as well as brain fog and auto-immune degenerative diseases.

All of these things, but particularly anxiety and depression will compound weight gain.

Toxic Report :: Common Cosmetics Evaluated

Another great article :: Are You Sacrificing Your Health for External Beauty?

Disclaimer

The information provided is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for the diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.

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