Did you know that hormone or endocrine disruptors present in personal care products, cleaning products, non-stick cookware, plastics can disrupt growth, development and reproduction, and may even cause serious neurological and immune-system failures.
Endocrine disruptors are those chemicals that mimic or look like hormones in our body, including the female sex hormone estrogen, the male sex hormone androgen, and thyroid hormones. They block or alter hormonal signals within our body and wreak havoc.
Children and Pregnant Women are at high risk, But it can affect anybody
Who would want a synthetic chemical to get inside the body and disrupt body’s normal functions?
But truth is, eliminating them from our system is way too difficult. Endocrine disruptors are present everywhere, secretly present inside thousands of products which we use every day, such as food, personal care products, sunscreen, perfume, antibacterial washes, household cleaners, laundry products, vinyl shower curtains, plastic toys, electronics, household dust and germ sprays.
Let’s have a close look at top 5 Endocrine disruptors. Also let me help you with tips to avoid them.
Phthalates are added to plastics to make them more durable and flexible. Phthalates are also used in cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers. They are also found in consumer products such as flexible plastic and vinyl toys, shower curtains, wallpaper, food packaging, and plastic wrap. Phthalates find their way inside our body by even consuming food that comes wrapped in containers made of phthalates or even breathing in air from room with wallpaper or phthalate containing flooring tiles.
How to avoid it:
- Avoid plastic food containers
- Opt for phthalate free cosmetic products
- Say no to plastic toys for kids
- Read the product labels clearly when you buy personal care products
- BPA or bisphenol A
BPA is present in water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings, dental devices, medical devices, eyeglass lenses, DVDs and CDs, household electronic items, mobile devices and sports equipment. They are also used to coat the inside of food and drinks cans.
How to avoid it:
- Say no to plastic water bottles
- Look for BPA free containers and bottles in case you need to use plastic ones
- Better skip the receipts, since thermal paper is often coated with BPA
- Avoid plastics marked with “PC,” for polycarbonate
- Perfluorinated compounds
Perfluorinated compoundsperfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are the most prevalent PFCs. It is this PFOA we find in non-stick cookware’s. They are also found in fast food wrappers, microwave popcorn bags, disposable paper plates, stain-resistant carpets, carpet cleaning solutions, windshield washing fluid and fire-fighting foam, as well as in some adhesives, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, electronics and cleaning products. PFCs have been linked to a wide range of health effects, including weight gain, liver toxicity, increased neonatal mortality, abnormal mammary gland development, altered thyroid hormones etc.
How to avoid it:
- Say no to Non-stick pans and pots
- If you prefer using non-stick cookware, do not allow it to cross 232degreeC
- Do not opt for clothing, furniture and carpets with water-resistant coatings
- Say no to microwave popcorns
- Say no to furniture and carpets that are marketed as “stain-resistant”
- Avoid personal products that include the words ”fluoro” or ”perfluoro”, especially look for them in eye shadow, foundation, facial powder, bronzer, and blush