Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastic and vinyl. Phthalates just like parabens are both endocrine disruptors, which are toxic molecules that can interfere with the body’s endocrine (hormone) system. Even in small amounts, these endocrine disruptors can wreak havoc on your health. Hormones control a wide array of processes in the body, including but not limited to: ⠀
Furthermore, The National Research Council has found that prenatal exposure to certain phthalates produces reproductive tract abnormalities in male rats and has hypothesized the same could be a possibility in humans.
Many people may be familiar with the PVC label, which stands for polyvinyl chloride a familiar example of phthalates. PVC is an extremely common plastic used all over the world for pipes, tubing, electrical wiring, and construction materials. Other common places where phthalates may be lurking include: ⠀
*Cosmetics (nail polishes, hair sprays, perfumes) ⠀
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