You might have tried every diet in the book, every exercise regime under the sun, and every hack on the web and yet when you step on the scale or look in the mirror, you’re asking the question why am I not losing weight?
Could water be the problem?
Water is 80% of our bodies. We have to drink it. It can’t be bad for us…can it? You’ve likely heard of the water diet by now. Or you’ve seen blogs that flout water as the key to losing weight. And that could be true to some extent, depending on the kind of water you drink, and from where.
But the answer to the big weight loss question might come as a shock. But that’s to be expected. Because if you knew the answer, you wouldn’t be asking the question in the first place. It’s important, then, as you delve into your research, to be open to solutions. Which brings us to plastic…
What’s This About Plastic and How Does it Relate to My Weight Loss?
Stay with us. It’s relevant. And shocking.
Plastic, as you might know can’t biodegrade. Over time, it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, becoming micro-plastics that are now everywhere. They’re in our rivers, seas, fish, air, rain, everything.
And these microplastic particles are in our drinking water – in both our tap and bottled water. In fact, more so in bottled water than in tap. Who’d have thought that tap water could be healthier than bottled?
In a Frontiers in Chemistry study published in 2018, samples were taken from 259 bottled waters sold in several countries. They found that 93% of them contained “microplastic” synthetic polymer particles.
“Bottled water is marketed as though it’s cleaner than tap, but numerous studies show it’s definitely not cleaner,” says Sherri Mason, author of the study and a sustainability researcher at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. “Based on all the data we have, you’re going to be drinking significantly less plastic from tap water out of a glass than if you go and buy bottled water.”
That doesn’t mean we won’t find plastic, or other things like disease, in our tap water. In fact, studies show plastic in tap water all over the world.
Plastic pollution aside, BPA, or Bisphenol A, the chemical used to make plastic leaches from polycarbonate drinking bottles into humans. This includes baby bottles.
“We found that drinking cold liquids from polycarbonate bottles for just one week increased urinary BPA levels by more than two-thirds. If you heat those bottles, as is the case with baby bottles, we would expect the levels to be considerably higher. This would be of concern since infants may be particularly susceptible to BPA’s endocrine-disrupting potential,” said Karin B. Michels, associate professor of epidemiology at HSPH and Harvard Medical School and senior author of the study.
What Does Plastic have to do with Weight Loss and What Can I Do About it?
BPA, has been positively linked to obesity in many studies.
**View a detailed video about how the obesegen affects our health and weight here.
Long story short: BPA is the most widely known obesegen, and ultimately leads to normal cells turning into expanded fat cells. In other words, drinking plastic makes us pack on the pounds.
But, how do we avoid consuming plastic? I mean, if it’s everywhere. We can’t stop drinking water. Our bodies need it.
There are two things we can do right now:
1) Drink the Right Filtered Water
Most microplast particles are too small to be removed by filtration systems that city treatments provide. This makes tap water unsafe, no matter where you live.
There are several types of bottled water:
- Spring water – In theory, spring water is said to be bottled at the source. However, only 45% of bottles claiming to have come from a spring, is actually treated tap water. The idea behind spring water is that your body gets the minerals that come with it. Unfortunately, that also means you get the plastic and disease that’s now rampant in water around the world.
- Distilled water – has been gone through distillation to remove contamination. In addition to removing impurities, the process also removes the minerals our bodies need. This is great for using in home appliances to avoid residual residue. For drinking, as long as you get your minerals in your diet, distilled water can be a healthy way to consume water.
- Purified water – depending on the type of purification system used, a number of contaminants like bacteria, chemicals, and toxins are removed. Again, this depends on the types of purification used, which could be carbon filters, Reverse osmosis systems, or ion exchange filters. Learn more about in-home filtration systems.
- Alkaline water – neutralizes acidity in your body caused by diet, stresses, and environmental toxins. It also provides needed minerals like magnesium and calcium.
The issue, however is what the bottles are made of.
As we’ve mentioned above, plastic leaches from bottles into the water, and therefore into our bodies when we drink it. So, bottled water – whether spring, distilled, or purified – is unsafe.
It becomes necessary, then, to do our own filtering at home. Once you have one in your home, you’ll save a lot of money on bottle water while contributing less reliance on single-use plastics. It’s easier than you think and fairly inexpensive.
There are many, many options when choosing a filtration system. Don’t bother with cheap solutions that only filter things like chlorine. They don’t do anything for the plastic you’re consuming, so it is a waste. Learn more about how to select the right filtration system.
2) Detox Your Body
Let’s say you can’t avoid microplatics. Maybe a filtration system will have to wait or you’re in a place that simply won’t allow the change. You can detox.
It’s not just water, anyway, that’s contaminating our bodies. It’s the air we breathe too. Our best defense is to detox our bodies regularly. And by regularly, we mean daily.
A community in Tibet living right next to a toxic power plant is a good example of detoxification at work. They drink a tea every day, and they’re overall healthier, thinner, and younger-looking than we are everywhere else in the world.
What’s in the tea? That’s what I want to know!
I can tell you some of the ingredients, but I don’t know the formula. Someone did put it together and it’s quite effective. There’s a video that goes into it in more useful detail.
Meantime, here are a few herbs that help you with detoxing:
- Ginseng – my personal favorite. If you take no other herb, take ginseng. There’s so much ginseng does, including increasing energy, improving cognitive function, and others. It’s anti-inflammatory among many other things. We’d have to do a whole new article to give it justice. For our purposes here, what’s most important is that ginseng is known for its amazing detoxing benefits.
- Turmeric – may delay aging, among other amazing things. You can take it as a supplement or season your food with it.
- Asian Mushrooms like shiitake, reishi, mitake are known to be fat-reducing.
- Grape seed – comes as a supplement or an oil. Grape seed is rich in antioxidants, which help prevent disease and protect against oxidative damage, tissue damage, and inflammation, among other many benefits to which we’ll have to dedicate a whole article.
- Cat’s claw – reduces fatigue and the signs and effects of aging.
- Graviola – aids with weight loss, increases energy levels, and boosts the immune system, and many other things.
Our drinking water is contaminated with, among other things like bacteria and disease, microplastics that trigger fat production in our bodies. Two things we can do right now is filter our water at home and detox our bodies. We hope you found this helpful. Let us know your questions or concerns. Is there something we can expand on for you?