Been studying the US diet. Interesting to note what I see as the most commonly consumed food in the american diet. If my perception is correct, we eat more of this than any other food. Can you guess what it is?View Thread
We all know hormones play a huge role in maintaining a lean body. Its one of the contributing reasons why as we get older, it gets tougher and tougher to keep the extra fat of the mid section.
The steroid hormone balance of our teenage years fade thru the decades and on goes the weight. No big surprise.
The first thing most people think about is thyroid hormone, and rightfully so as hypothyroidism is very common, and induces weight gain.
But I'm about to share something else with you that could be interfering with efforts to lose weight, and its not food or exercise.
I'm talking about products we bring into our homes daily that are hormone disruptors. The two most wicked that come to mind are Fabric softener and plug-in air fresheners. Inhalation of the toxic chemicals in these products isn't exactly the picture of health.
We inhale 3000 to 6000 gallons of air each day. It all enters the blood stream just like food does. These chemicals can have an impact on metabolism, and several are carcinogens.
I visited a home where they had a plug-in air freshener in every room. It was overpowering. When I stepped outside into the yard, I could still smell the air "freshener" leaking out the house within 6 feet of the house's closed windows. That's how strong it was. Knowing what chemicals were in the product, I predicted a cancer diagnoses in that home, and most likely the wife would be the one effected. 50 weeks later she was diagnosed.
Air fresheners, perfumes, Fabric softener, and other household products can impact hormones and metabolism.
We switched to free and clear laundry detergent, ditched all air fresheners, scented candles, etc. We avoid fabric softener like the plague.
Not the normal thing people think of when maintaining healthy weight, but when we consider we inhale 3000 to 6000 times more than we eat, reality strikes.View Thread
South Korea is the skinniest country in the developed world. And I believe it. While waiting at the international airport I watched as flight crews left the airport. Korean airlines had the slimmest crew. Notably thinner. Made me do a double take.