Obesogens Could be Responsible for Your Expanding Waistline
As we age, both women and men experience ever-increasing hormone imbalances.
In men, testosterone levels can begin to diminish by age 30 resulting in weight gain – notably abdominal fat, decreased libido, fatigue, moodiness, low energy, muscle loss, prostate problems and more. By the time men are 60 years old, they typically produce 60% less testosterone than they did at age 20. Men with a waist size of 40” or more may produce 30% less testosterone than men who have a 37” waist size or less.
Unfortunately at the same time testosterone is decreasing in men, estrogen levels are increasing, causing further muscle loss and gain in body fat, making it extremely difficult to maintain a healthy metabolism.
Hormone imbalance in women – often referred to as estrogen dominance – results in weight gain, irregular or heavy periods, hormonal acne, mood swings, fatigue, ovarian cysts, low energy and more. The end result for both men and women are ever-increasing waistlines.
You already know that obesity is a growing problem (no pun intended), but what you may not realize is that a group of chemical compounds called obesogens, may be at least partly responsible for our seemingly inability to win the war on fat.
Obesogens (a pairing of the words “obesity” and “estrogen”) are foreign chemical compounds that have been documented in studies to disrupt normal metabolism and in the process promote fat accumulation. In other words, they can cause us to gain fat and make it next to impossible to lose it!
The problem is obesogens are found all around us. These compounds are found in plastic water bottles, the protective lining inside canned foods, the plastics you store your food in (microwaving food in these containers exacerbates the problem), pesticides that are found on the fruit and vegetables you consume and even as preservatives (in the form of parabens) in the cosmetics and creams you cover your skin with.
One study appearing in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine (2002) showed that the drastic rise in the use of these synthetic chemicals over the years matched the rise in the number of overweight and obese adults throughout North America.
Thankfully nature is able to supply an array of powerful protectors when it comes to these obesogens. Compounds known as indoles, which occur in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and kale, are able to convert into natural chemicals—like I-3-C, sulforaphane and DIM—which have been shown to help protect against hormone-disrupting obesogens. Since it is next to impossible to completely avoid these chemical compounds, the next best thing is to make sure your body has the cellular insurance it needs by supplementing with these cruciferous compounds.
In a perfect world we would be able to consume enough of these indoles to offset the excess obesogens we are exposed to, however we do not live in a perfect world and it would take an incredibly high consumption of cruciferous vegetables to obtain enough indoles to do the trick. The good news is that two gender specific natural formulas, Ultimate Male Energy and Ultimate Her Energy, are available—each containing a scientifically validated level of these indoles—to help maintain good health and support healthy estrogen metabolism. Both Ultimate Male Energy and Ultimate Her Energy also contain black pepper extract, a unique ingredient that enhances the effectiveness of the formulas for optimal results.
by Brad King, M.S., MFS