Is ‘counting chemicals’ better than counting calories when it comes to weight management?

EndocrineSystemMost of us have a rough idea of the number of calories in common foods we eat. It’s part of our conditioning where we’ve learned that to lose or maintain weight, we either carefully count our calories… or increase our amount of exercise.

But Natural Society posits that there is a third factor that may be even more important: chemical intake.

According to, “A chemically burdened body is more likely to harness fat than a ‘clean’ body. ”

The road to disaster in this scenario is easy to follow: Chemicals are known and proven ‘disruptors’ of the endocrine system of the human body… and a properly-functioning endocrine system is crucial when it comes to weight management.

In laymen’s terms, if you get the endocrine system out of whack with too many chemicals, it’s likely you’re gonna pack on the pounds!

(If you need to jog your memory, just visit Wikipedia for a five-minute refresher course on the functions of the endocrine system.)

Practitioners of ancient natural medicine have known for a long time that detoxing is vital to keep diseases of obesity at bay.

Visit any Traditional Chinese Medicine or Ayurvedic Medicine practitioner, and they will likely start you on some kind of cleanse before prescribing whatever nutrients they believe you need. Cleansing toxins is the starting point for healing many kinds of ailments when it comes to these ancient practices.

But even the modern-western practitioners now have plenty of research demonstrating that environmental chemicals are changing how our brains regulate our feeding behavior.

For example, just a few months ago members of a governmental panel National Toxicology Program published a review in Environmental Health Perspectives that targeted-in on this very point.

According to their report, heavy metals in drinking water (and even apple juice), BPAs in some plastics, and a long list of other chemicals were basically destroying the endocrine systems of those exposed to them regularly. The chemical list included Dioxin, Atrazine, Aspartame, Phthalates, Perchlorate, substances like DDT, Monsanto’s glyphosate, and other pesticides

These types of reviews demonstrate that for at least some people the chemicals they consume may be playing a more critical role in their weight management than the number of calories they consume. And it can also explain why so many people have a problem losing weight even when they cut calories to an almost-starvation level.

Perhaps it is time to start ‘counting chemicals’ as opposed to the time-honored system of counting calories.

Other examples of weight and digestion problems that are linked to various chemical overload include:

  • High fructose corn syrup consumption leads to an impairment of digestion and absorption of nutrients, leading to obesity.
  • Plastic water containers, trash bags, and even baby bottles are also making us fat with endocrine disrupting Bisphenol A (BPA).
  • Malabsorption of nurtients and important trace minerals happens when our guts are wracked with gluten, GMOs, glyphosate, pesticides, and other chemicals. Additionally, nutrients are likely not being absorbed in your stomach or GI tract due to flora imbalance.

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