How Toxins Affect Weight: The Surprising Truth

How toxins affect weight

Do you ever feel like you’re just not losing weight no matter what you do? You may be surprised to learn that toxins could be the reason why. Toxins are all around us, and they can have a major impact on our weight. In this blog post, we will discuss how toxins affect weight and what you can do to detox your body and lose weight.

We are constantly bombarded with toxins. They are in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. Toxins can also be found in our homes and workplaces. We are exposed to thousands of toxic chemicals every day, and many of these chemicals are linked to weight gain.

Endocrine Disruptors

Many toxins are endocrine disruptors, meaning they can interfere with our hormone production and function. Endocrine disruptors have been linked to a variety of health problems including cancer, infertility, birth defects, and developmental disorders. One of the most common endocrine disruptors is bisphenol-A (BPA). BPA is found in plastics and can leach into our food and water.


Insulin resistance or the inability of our cells to properly use insulin, is another common health problem linked to endocrine disruptors. This can lead to type II diabetes, a condition that affects millions of Americans.


Leptin is a hormone that helps to regulate our appetite. When leptin levels are disrupted, we can become obese or develop eating disorders. Toxins like BPA can disrupt leptin levels, leading to weight gain and other health problems.


The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate our metabolism. When thyroid function is disrupted, we can experience weight gain, fatigue, and other health problems. Toxins like fluoride can disrupt thyroid function.


Cortisol is a hormone that helps us to manage stress. When cortisol levels are disrupted, we can experience anxiety, depression, and other health problems. Toxins like mercury can disrupt cortisol levels.


Enzymes are proteins that help our bodies to detoxify and eliminate toxins. When enzymes are disrupted, we can become more susceptible to the effects of toxins. Toxins like glyphosate can disrupt enzymes.


The liver is the detoxifying organ in the body. When liver function is disrupted, we can become more susceptible to the effects of toxins. Toxins increase the workload of the liver. Toxins like alcohol can disrupt liver function.

Circadian Rhythm

The circadian rhythm is the daily cycle of light and darkness. When the circadian rhythm is disrupted, we can experience sleep problems, mood disorders, and other health problems. Many toxins can disrupt the circadian rhythm.

Autonomic Nervous System

The autonomic nervous system regulates the body’s involuntary functions like heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion. When the autonomic nervous system is disrupted, we can experience a variety of health problems. Toxins like pesticides can disrupt the autonomic nervous system.

Weight Gain

How do all of these things relate to weight gain?

Toxins affect weight because they are all stressors to the body.  When the body is under stress, it releases more cortisol. Cortisol is the “stress hormone” and it signals the body to store fat. So, not only do toxins cause weight gain by disrupting the thyroid (sluggish thyroid, sluggish everything), reducing insulin sensitivity and enzymes production,  they also cause weight gain by causing our bodies to release stress hormones.

When all of these hormones are out of balance, it can lead to increased appetite, cravings for sugary and fatty foods, and decreased metabolism. Toxins can also store themselves in our fat cells, making it harder for us to lose weight.

Next Steps

So what can you do about it?

Detoxifying your body is one of the best things you can do for yourself, no matter what your goal is. Whether it be to lose weight, get healthier, or just feel better, detoxing will help you reach your goals quicker and more effectively.

Eating a nutrient rich diet, staying hydrated, getting adequate sleep and exercising regularly will help to detox your body, reduce stress, and balance your hormones. These are all important steps in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

Don’t wait until you feel sick or sluggish before you take action. Toxins can have a cumulative effect on the body and the sooner you start detoxing, the better you’ll feel. So what are you waiting for? Start your detox today!

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