Top 5 Hormone Disruptors To Avoid
Apr 26, 2023
Have you ever wondered why you get tired in the evening? Or what causes your body to surge with adrenaline in stressful situations?
Your body is complex and unique just like you!
One of the small but mighty aspects of your anatomy that contributes to these symptoms is the endocrine system. Your body’s endocrine system is a network of glands that release hormones into your bloodstream. Hormones are chemical messengers that tell your organs what to do.
Hormones help regulate:
- Energy levels
- Cellular growth and repair
When your body is healthy and balanced, your hormones and organs work together to support you in feeling your best. However, when the endocrine system is thrown out of balance by endocrine disruptors, your body is subject to hormonal dysregulation which results in a variety of challenging symptoms.
Let’s take a closer look at what endocrine disruptors are, the top 5 endocrine disruptors to watch out for, 10 easy ways to limit your exposure to these disruptors, and information about my newest service that can help you identify and resolve hormone imbalances.
A Delicate (Hormonal) Balance
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that affect your natural hormone balance. You are constantly exposed to endocrine disruptors in the air, water, food, and other essential resources – especially in big-city polluted areas. Some endocrine disruptors occur naturally in the environment but many toxins you're exposed to are human-made, so the body has no known detoxification mechanism for them.
Endocrine disruptors are structurally similar to hormones, so when your body absorbs these chemicals, they mimic or block hormone action – disturbing hormone synthesis, metabolism, and function. Important reproductive hormones, such as progestins, androgens, and estrogens, are the primary targets of many endocrine disruptors. As endocrine disruptors accumulate in your body, they create cellular damage and lead to the manifestation of symptoms and diseases. (1)
Disruption of hormonal balance can cause a host of troubling issues such as:
- Adrenal fatigue
- Thyroid problems
- Fertility challenges
While there is no way to completely avoid exposure to endocrine disruptors, you can focus on reducing the quantity and combination of toxins you are exposed to on a daily basis. You need to know where these toxins could be hiding so you can take precautions to avoid endocrine disruptors and keep your body healthy!
5 Hormone Disruptors Hiding In Plain Sight
Here are the top 5 endocrine disruptors to watch out for that are commonly found in everyday items:
- Phthalates: Phthalates are chemicals used to make plastics more durable. They are commonly found in shower curtains, furniture, clothes, fragrances, hair sprays, nail polishes, and perfumes. They are also found in some food packaging, cosmetics, children’s toys, and medical devices. Long-term exposure to phthalates is linked to medical conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), infertility, breast cancer, abdominal obesity in women, insulin resistance in men, low sperm count, sexual dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, and testicular cancer. (2)
- BPA (Bisphenol-A) - BPA is a synthetic estrogen used to make plastic products like food storage containers, plastic bottles, baby bottles, and even children’s toys. It’s also part of the epoxy resin that lines many metal cans. It’s a major endocrine disruptor that can cause hormone problems like infertility and an increased risk of reproductive cancers. It’s also been linked to asthma, obesity, and breast cancer. Watch out for “BPA-free” items that can contain substitutes like BPS, BPF, and BPG Plus. Any kind of plastic is terrible for the environment and your health. (3)
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) - These chemicals are used to make flame retardants for household products such as furniture foam, upholstery, and carpets. Exposure to PBDE can occur by eating contaminated foods, especially those with high fat content, such as fatty fish. Another source of exposure is breathing contaminated air or swallowing contaminated dust. Research shows links to thyroid disruption, weight gain, reproductive problems, decreases in sperm counts, and even neuro-development issues. (4)
- Perfluorinated Chemicals (PTFE) - The prevalence and dangers of PTFE in cookware are astonishing. PTFE is a fluorotelomer and contains fluoride atoms. PFCs are carcinogenic, they disrupt hormone balance, and they affect fetal development. PFOA is short for perfluorooctanoic acid, another dangerous synthetic chemical compound that is used with PTFE to make cookware “non-stick.” PFOA has been linked to cancer, elevated liver enzymes, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and preeclampsia (look up “Teflon flu!”). Do some research on the cookware brands you have in your home to see if they’re made with these chemicals.
- Glyphosate - Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide, usually mixed with other chemicals and sprayed over yards and fields to curb the growth of weeds. Once glyphosate is applied to crops, lawns, and gardens, its residue contaminates the surrounding soil and water. Glyphosate binds tightly to soil and can be detected for up to 6 months depending on the climate and the type of soil it is in. Long-term exposure is linked to heart, kidney, hormone, and liver problems. Learn more about The Real Risks of Glyphosate in this blog! (5)
The unfortunate truth is, you are exposed to thousands of environmental toxins every day, many of them in your own home. Endocrine disruptors like these build up in your bloodstream and increase the toxic load on your body. I don’t share this information to scare or discourage you, but to empower you to take charge of your health!
10 Easy Ways To Limit Exposure To Hormone Disruptors
You wouldn’t choose to stay close to toxic people or situations that cause damage to your life. I hope this information inspires you to treat your body with respect and care by avoiding known damaging environmental toxins.
Here are 10 easy ways you can limit your exposure to endocrine disruptors:
- Wash your hands before eating
- Vacuum and dust your home regularly
- Nourish your body with organic and free-range food
- Filter your tap water
- Use natural cleaning products
- Use natural personal care products
- Say no to paper receipts at the store
- Cook with stainless steel or cast iron
- Use glass storage containers instead of plastic
- Speak up about keeping endocrine disruptors out of our food and products
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- Gupta, R. K. (2010). Endocrine disruptor. Endocrine Disruptor - an overview | ScienceDirect Topics. Retrieved March 28, 2023, from https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/chemistry/endocrine-disruptor
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, April 5). Phthalates factsheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved March 28, 2023, from https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/Phthalates_FactSheet.html
- Bilbrey, Jenna. “BPA-Free Plastic Containers May Be Just as Hazardous.” Scientific American. Scientific American, August 11, 2014. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bpa-free-plastic-containers-may-be-just-as-hazardous/.
- Hammel SC;Hoffman K;Lorenzo AM;Chen A;Phillips AL;Butt CM;Sosa JA;Webster TF;Stapleton HM; “Associations between Flame Retardant Applications in Furniture Foam, House Dust Levels, and Residents' Serum Levels.” Environment international. U.S. National Library of Medicine. Accessed February 15, 2023. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28750223/.
- “Glyphosate.” National Pesticide Information Center. Accessed February 15, 2023. http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/glyphogen.html.