• Allison Castle

These common ingredients in your bathroom may be preventing you from losing those last 10 pounds

The more I dive into health-related content as a health coach the more I discover that weight loss is not so much an equation of calories in and calories out but more a result of increasing nourishment and reducing the impact of stressors (toxins).


As you may recall from my last post I am focusing some blog attention to exploring obesogens in our home and how we can reduce our exposure and lessen the impact of this particular stressor (toxin).


For a quick review, obesogens, a category of endocrine disruptors, are artificial can both increase the number of fat cells in the body and promote fat storage. Obesogens can also affect the hormones responsible for appetite and satiety.


In my last post, I covered a couple common obesogens you might find in your kitchen. For this post let’s turn our attention to our bathroom! Chemicals that contribute not only to weight gain and obesity but also birth defects, premature puberty in girls, demasculinization in men, endocrine-related cancers, asthma, behavioral and learning problems. Obesogens activate estrogen receptors and disrupt the normal metabolic process. Obesogens


When you think about your bathroom I want you to think about all of the beauty, skin, hair, and personal care products in your cabinets. Cleansers, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, creams, soaps, body wash, makeup, nail polish deodorant, perfume etc. The average adult uses 9 personal care products per day with an average of 126 unique chemical ingredients. Tomorrow morning I invite you to count the number of products you use before you head out the door.


Two of those common bathroom chemicals that have been classified as obesogens are parabens and phthalates.


Parabens are a preservative that mimic estrogen and are shown to increase insulin levels and belly fat. Parabens go by many names such as: ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben and anything else ending in -paraben.


Phthalates are also estrogen mimickers that are used not only in personal care type products you would find in your bathroom but in anything that contains a synthetic fragrance (cleaning products, candles, air fresheners, feminine hygiene products). The purpose of this chemical in these products is to make scents last longer.


Environmental Working Group researchers found that more than 75% of products listing the ingredient “fragrance” contain phthalates.


Studies have shown that phthalate levels in the body are associated with increased belly fat, increased waist circumference and insulin resistance. They have also been linked to polycystic ovarian syndrome, genital deformities in children with prenatal exposure, breast cancer, and thyroid disorders. Phthalates are found in so many products and also used to soften plastics it is no wonder that 98% of people tested have traces of this chemical in their body.


So how do we minimize the impact of these obesogens (stressor).


For reducing exposure to parabens and phthalates:


Tip #1-Be a label reader!


-Avoid products that list any form of the word paraben.


-Avoid the words fragrance, perfum, perfume, essential oil blend or aroma without additional explanation or information about the ingredients that make up the “fragrance”.


Tip #2-Use the Environmental Working Groups resource Skin Deep Cosmetic Database to find safer products that do not contain parabens or phthalates. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ I use this resource regularly and recommend it as a starting place to all of my clients!


Tip #3-Use high quality essentials oils to create your own perfume


Tip #4-Make your own products. There are so many great blogs and pinterest boards with recipes to make your own personal care products. Whether you are a crafty DIYer or not this is a great way to control the quality of the products you use in your bathroom.


I would love to hear from you. What products do you use? If you have found a healthier product what do you love about it? Do you have any great homemade recipes?


Look for my next blog soon covering obesogens we find in our living spaces!


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