If harmful chemicals in your products is something you have been aware of for a while then you have probably come across the term “endocrine disruptors”.
Make sure you also check out my post 13 Simple Ways To Avoid Endocrine Disruptors.
But do you know what an “endocrine disruptor” is and what is so bad about it?
What Are Endocrine Disruptors?
An endocrine disruptor is a term used to describe a chemical that interferes with our endocrine system.
The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things – livescience.com
So you could say it strongly influences our most important bodily processes and functions.
Therefore to think that we are using products that are disrupting these is quite terrifying.
Don’t be fooled in thinking “but it is such a small amount, it surely can’t do us any harm.” Hormones are affected by very minute amounts so actually, yes, that small amount can do a lot of harm,
For example, when BPA gets into our body it mimics oestrogen. This means our body then has too much oestrogen which in turn can lead to diseases such as breast or prostate cancer.When BPA gets into our body it mimics oestrogen. Too much can oestrogen can lead to diseases… Click To Tweet
Common endocrine disruptors and some places they can be found.
Phthalates – Often found in plastics to make them soft and bendy or Fragrances to make the smell last longer.
BPA – Most commonly found in plastics, the lining of food tin cans and receipts.
Parabens – Mainly used in cosmetics and skincare products such as sunscreen.
Pesticides – Found in meat, fruit and veggies.
Fire Retardants – Furniture (kids furniture especially), carpets and mattresses.
Mercury – Found in Seafood
Phenoxyethanol – Commonly found in skincare and beauty products.
Some of these Chemicals are being recognized as being dangerous and are starting to be phased out. Others on the other hand are still being poured in or on our products as if our health is meaningless.
How do you feel about the fact these are still legally added to our products? Share your thoughts below.