Is my water making me fat?
MAYBE. What! How could something with ZERO CALORIES make me fat?
The answer is Obesogens.
What’s an obesogen?
Obesogens are chemicals that are commonly found in our environment that have the ability to alter fat metabolism and promote fat retention.
To put it in simpler terms they are OBESITY PROMOTERS!
- They mimic what your hormones do by literally hijacking hormonal pathways and sending messages to store fat and disrupt your hunger and appetite signals.
- Hence, they have potential to increase your fat cells and lower your metabolic rate(metabolism)
What does this have to do with water?
Well, that depends.
Are you drinking water from the tap?
Are you drinking water, even filtered water, in a plastic bottle?
If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, then you are also possibly consuming high amounts of the obesogens, Atrazine and BPA.
Atrazine is a widely used herbicide that finds its way into our drinking water as a runoff from herbicides used especially on row crops. While our local water supply regulates Atrazine levels, there are still trace amounts in our drinking water.
BPA (Bisphenol A) is one of many man-made chemicals classified as endocrine disruptors. It’s commonly found in plastic bottles such as in plastic water bottles used daily by most.
BPA is sensitive to heat. So drinking hot beverages such as tea or coffee in a plastic cup could promote its release. In addition, drinking water stored in vehicles in plastic bottles have a higher likelihood of BPA release as well as repeated dishwashing of plastic drinking cups and even baby bottles.
Well, gee, you must be thinking how am I going to drink 8 glasses of water now?
The answer is not to stop drinking water. Water drinking is still a highly recommended weight management tip and a healthy habit for everyone.
Instead, let’s tweak how you drink water.
Remember, Acadiana’s Green Moms are all about helping you control what you can control, and the good news is that you can control your exposure to both Atrazine and BPA
Here are a few tips:
- Minimize your Atrazine exposure by investing in a home water filtration unit.
- Minimize your BPA exposure by drinking from BPA free plastics only.
- Drink from glass cups. My favorite drinking vessel is a one pint Mason jar. I love that I can cap it and leave it on my desk without fear of spills. I also love that it’s a measured 2 cups helping me keep track of my water intake more accurately.
- Drink from stainless steel water bottles.
- Ask your employer to invest in BPA free water cooler bottles.
- Convert your home to plastic free dinnerware and storage containers.
These tips should get you started in the right direction. They are simple and easy to apply right away.
Looking forward to sharing more on Obesogens in future posts (Yes, there are more!).
Meanwhile, if you have specific questions, let us know.
Cheers to cleaner water and healthier choices.