A major cause of the obesity epidemic is the out of control level of phthalates which has flooded the human body.
What Are Phthalates and Where can They Be Found?
Phthalates are hormone disrupting chemicals that typically are easily metabolized by the body, but the problems lies with repeated exposure, so our liver gets overwhelmed and can’t keep up, this Interference in hormonal control leads to inappropriate deposits of fat and, hence, obesity.
They are a class of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible. They are found in many consumer products including adhesives, paints, food packaging, children’s toys, electronics, flooring, medical equipment, personal care products, air fresheners, pharmaceuticals and textiles.
What You Can Do
Avoid putting your food in or on plastic. Opt for glass food storage containers, and choose bottles and sippy cups that are made of stainless steel, silicone, or glass.
If you must use plastic, keep it out of the microwave and dishwasher. When plastic is heated, it leaches more chemicals, and phthalates are no exception. Even the hot water of the dishwasher causes plastic to degrade and release toxins, so if you do use plastic food-storage containers, replace them often.
Eat more plants. People who eat diets rich in plant foods—fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds—have lower levels of phthalates in their blood than do people who eat more animal foods. Substituting out just a few meat- and dairy-heavy meals a week with vegan ones can lower your family’s phthalate levels. For fats, add nuts or avocado. For calcium, choose kale or collard greens.
Eat organic and grass-fed produce, meat, and dairy. Phthalates are used in pesticides and herbicides, neither of which is permitted on certified organic produce.
Invest in a water filter. If your water supply is tainted by industrial waste, phthalates may show up in your drinking glass.
Avoid processed foods. Phthalate contamination is yet another reason to stick to whole foods as much as possible.
- Unfortunately, you will very rarely see phthalates listed on a product label — When it comes to cosmetics, the word “fragrance” or “parfum” on a label almost always means phthalates. What you want to see are claims like: “no synthetic fragrance” or “scented with only essential oils” or “phthalate-free.
- Plastic products with recycling codes 3 and 7 may contain phthalates. Look for plastic with recycling codes 1, 2, or 5.
How Do We Get Rid of Them?
Ways you can help your body detox it’s plastic overload:
- Having 2 or more servings of Brassica or cruciferous vegetables a day revs up the detoxification of plastics. These include cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, radishes, mizuna, watercress, arugula, turnips, collard greens, kale, rutabaga, and more.
- Another way to get the phthalates out is with a Far Infrared Sauna.