Endocrine disruptors are a term that is becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. Simply put, endocrine disruptors are toxic molecules that can interfere with the body’s endocrine (hormone) system.
Hormones control a wide array of processes in the body, including but not limited to: immunity, digestion, and reproductive and neurological systems. The normal activity of these organ systems can be negatively impacted by endocrine disruptors in a number of ways, for example:
- They can reduce the number of hormones released from various glands
- Speed up the metabolism of hormones, which ultimately reduces their activity in the body
- Copy the actions of hormones in the body
Some common disruptors include:
- Flame retardants (commonly found in plastics, furniture, and electronics)
- BPA (lining of many food and beverage containers)
- Phthalates (plastics, cosmetics, cleaning agents)
- Parabens (personal care products)
At the end of the day, even if you aren’t coming into contact with these chemicals, over time they can accumulate and contribute to your toxic burden. Cleaning up your home environment and detoxification programs done under the supervision of a health care provider on a regular basis can be very beneficial.
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