Is Water Making You Fat?
Is Water Making You Fat?
If you're drinking water to lose weight and/or to be healthier, good for you… But if you're drinking the wrong kind of water, you could be sabotaging your good efforts.
That's because BPA (the toxic chemical used to make plastics) found in throw-away water bottles does more than put your health at risk. It also makes you fat.
But here's the good news…By just avoiding plastic water bottles and other BPA-containing products, you could actually lose weight. In a recent study, 24 women were divided into two groups. One group avoided foods, cosmetics, and other products in plastic that contained BPA. The second group didn't make any changes to their regular products.1
At the end of three weeks, the women who avoided BPA had much less of the chemical in their urine. And they lost an average of 0.6 pounds. Compare that to the women who continued to use BPA products. They had much more BPA in their urine. And they gained an average of 3.6 pounds. In just three weeks!
The problem is that BPA leaches into your food and drinks from those plastic containers. And it's not just in food and drink containers. BPA is also in cosmetics, PVC piping, plastic dinnerware, compact disks, toys, dental sealants, and medical devices. It's found in all currency throughout the world as well as cash register receipts.
How BPA makes you fat
BPA is just one of more than 85,000 manmade toxic chemicals in our environment. These toxins disrupt your hormones. They act like estrogen in your body and disturb normal fat metabolism. They also suppress adiponectin, a hormone that increases insulin sensitivity. That can lead to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. And that leads to weight gain. Studies prove a strong link between BPA and obesity. A Kaiser Permanente study found that girls with higher levels of BPA in their urine had DOUBLE the risk of being obese compared to girls with lower levels of BPA.2Over a hundred other studies link BPA to a long list of health problems, including diabetes, breast and prostate cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and infertility. As consumers catch on to the dangers of BPA, manufacturers are advertising "BPA-free" products. But don't be fooled.
Some producers are substituting other bisphenols for BPA. They include BP-AP, BPF, BPS, BPP, BPM and many others. These new bisphenols are just as bad as BPA. Some are much worse. They stay in your body longer and cause even more DNA damage than BPA.3 Sadly, just about everyone is exposed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found BPA in the urine of 93% of people they tested.4
How to Reduce Your BPA Exposure
You can't eliminate BPA entirely from your life. But here are a few easy ways to help reduce your exposure:
-Use filtered water in place of bottled water. And drink it out of a glass or a glass bottle instead of plastic cups.
Avoid canned foods whenever possible. As an alternative, choose food sold in glass jars or waxed cardboard cartons (known as Tetra Paks). Use glass containers to store leftovers.
-Don't use plastic bottles, cups, dishes or food containers marked with "PC" (for polycarbonate) or recycling labels #7 or #3. Choose plastics with a #1, #2 or #4 code instead.
-Don't microwave food in plastic containers or use plastic wrap in the microwave.
-Don't take receipts from stores. Or ask to have them dropped in your bag so you don't touch them.
Also you should be drinking Alkaline water which is proven to provide better hydration and weight loss. We can help you with that. Ask the doctor
1. Todd Hagobian, Allison Smouse, Mikaela Streeter, et al. "Randomized Intervention Trial to Decrease Bisphenol A Urine Concentrations in Women: Pilot Study." Journal of Women's Health, 2016; DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2016.5746
2. Li D-K, Miao M, Zhou Z, Wu C, Shi H, Liu X, et al. " Urine Bisphenol-A Level in Relation to Obesity and Overweight in