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Avoiding These Endocrine Disruptors Can Help Boost Metabolism

If you’re a dieter or have been trying to boost your metabolism, you might have some idea about the “endocrine system” and its role in keeping your hormones functioning optimally. Anything affecting your endocrine system means a negative impact on your energy levels, metabolism, and response to injury or stress.

Keep in mind that if something alters the function of your endocrine system, it may have severe effects on your health. For instance, Bisphenol A also known as BPA is a component present in materials like plastic. BPA is typically an endocrine disruptor and capable enough to negatively affect your hormone functions if enter the body.

It doesn’t end here as BPA can also affect sex hormones like testosterone and thyroid hormones. High consumption of BPA by children can have a negative effect on their sexual development or puberty (more research is needed).

Let’s delve into the details to find out more about endocrine disruptors and why avoiding them is crucial to boost metabolism.

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Endocrine System and Metabolism- What’s the Connection?

To understand the function of the endocrine system or its connection with metabolism, let’s first find out the hormones we mentioned above. Testosterone is a key sex hormone men have at much higher levels compared to women. It plays an important role in stimulating the basal metabolic rate.

Similarly, your thyroid hormones produce energy for the use of bodily functions and also increase basal metabolic rate. Endocrine disruptors like BPA can influence the production and functions of testosterone which in turn affects the amount of fat in your body.

BPA isn’t the only endocrine disruptor that can affect hormones and their functions. Other disruptors such as phthalates commonly present in furniture, flame retardants, and perfumes, can influence the functions of hormones. But scientists have yet to explore the effects of these disruptors on basal metabolic rate.

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Endocrine Disruption – How It Works

Theoretically, when someone increases their consumption of calories, they become more prone to develop obesity or gain weight due to a higher amount of fat instead of muscles. Keep in mind that your muscle tissues are more active and stimulated metabolically compared to fat stored in the body.

However, you also lose muscles while gaining fat on a caloric deficit. That is why experts and dietitians suggest avoiding endocrine disruptors. It is because disruption in the endocrine system may have negative effects on body composition.

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Your body composition typically refers to the ratio of the total amount of fat and muscle mass. Lower muscle mass means a lower rate of metabolism as muscle mass can increase the percentage of fat-free mass.

It doesn’t end here as the problem endocrine disruptor causes are more serious than you think. There are tons of toxins in the environment that often contribute to a fat increase in the body. Exposing the body to air pollution can also lead to a heightened risk of developing obesity.

It is essential that you try to minimize your exposure to polluted air that may contain high levels of endocrine disruptors such as BPA. As mentioned earlier, there are thousands of disruptors and toxins that affect your body composition and basal metabolic rate.

Overall, endocrine disruptors are some components that we rarely take into account when looking for ways to boost metabolism. Their effect can end up being severe and affecting your metabolic rate.

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