PFC Exposure During Pregnancy May Contribute to Obesity

PFC Exposure During Pregnancy May Contribute to Obesity

In a study from Emory University, researchers have found that PFC (polyfluoroalkyl compounds) exposure in pregnant mothers may contribute to development of obesity later in life. PFCs are found in many household products, including cleaners, non-stick cookware and other items. Babies born to mothers who are highly exposed to these chemicals are often smaller than normal but gain substantial weight potentially leading to obesity early in childhood.

PFC Exposure During Pregnancy May Contribute to ObesityPFC Exposure Effects

Products containing PFCs are extremely common in many household products. They are found in packaging in products, furniture polish and protective coatings on found on many products.

Mothers who are exposed to these products absorb them into their bodies and the toxins are transmitted to their babies. When tested, PFCs are found in cord blood, breast milk and maternal serum. In the study from Emory and other studies, researches have found that babies exposed to PFCs in utero have greater chances of being overweight by the time they are 20 years old and may become heavier than normal even younger. They also have increased insulin levels and maintain abnormally higher weights throughout adulthood.

Healthier Alternatives

PFCs are chemicals that become body toxins when absorbed through the skin or are inhaled. To avoid these dangerous toxins, avoid using conventional household cleaners. There are many organic natural cleaners available on the market. You can also make your own cleaners using many products you already have in your pantry, such as baking soda and vinegar.

It is also possible to avoid PFCs by eating an organic diet that flushes body toxins naturally. Eating foods high in natural fiber and avoiding prepackaged processed foods can restore your body to health. In addition to cleansing body toxins, organic whole foods are rich in vitamins and minerals and promote health for not only mothers, but for their developing child.

Purchasing products that do not contain PFCs can sometimes be a challenge. It is important to read labels and pay attention to how products are packaged. Avoid products that are substantially wrapped in plastic. Instead, be an eco-friendly shopper and look for products that are packaged with minimal materials.

– The Alternative Daily

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