Written by Brad King, M.S., MFS
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 and news of their infiltration have been heard on major radio and television shows including quite recently, Dr. Oz. 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. Houston, we have a problem " OR DO WE?
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 these 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 block and expel the numerous daily obesogens we're exposed to.