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Harmful chemicals are all around us, from the air we breathe to the household products we use each day. Emerging research has shown that certain chemicals, known as endocrine disruptors, may negatively affect our health and put us at increased risk of developing a number of health conditions, including type 2 diabetes and cancer.

In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most prolific endocrine disruptors, their common sources, and important health implications.

What is the endocrine system?

The endocrine system is a complex bodily system consisting of numerous endocrine glands, hormones produced by these glands, and receptors that help organs and tissues respond to circulating hormones. The endocrine organs include the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, thymus, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries, and testes.

The endocrine system’s primary responsibility is to regulate numerous bodily functions, including blood sugar control, growth and development, and energy production, as well as to balance hormone levels, helping to maintain homeostasis. 

What are endocrine disruptors?
Endocrine disruptors are naturally-occurring or man-made chemicals that can mimic the effects of hormones in the body, such as estrogen, androgens, and thyroid hormones. Endocrine disruptors interfere with the delicate hormone balance regulated by the endocrine system. These harmful chemicals can bind to hormone receptors, preventing hormones from properly binding to the receptors and eliciting the desired response. Some research has indicated that even small doses of endocrine disruptors may be unsafe and have detrimental effects on our health, particularly our reproductive and metabolic health.

Types and sources of endocrine disruptors.

There are approximately 1,000 known endocrine-disrupting chemicals. These chemicals are found in numerous products, including food and beverages, personal care products, polluted air, and contaminated water. Exposure can occur through ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact.

Did you know? BPA has been found in urine samples of approximately 90% of the population in North America.

Adverse health effects of endocrine disruptors.

Since humans are exposed to numerous endocrine disruptors every day, it can be challenging to determine the health implications of a single chemical. Consequently, much of the research available today is conducted on animal subjects. Current research indicates that exposure to endocrine disruptors can negatively affect hormonal health and promote certain cancers, and may be linked to some endocrine disorders.

How to minimize your exposure.

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are becoming increasingly prevalent in our environment and the products we use every day. However, there are actionable steps you can take to reduce your exposure and reduce the adverse effects of these chemicals, including:
Choosing organic produce when possible
Drinking filtered water when possible
Opting for fresh foods instead of canned or microwavable meals
Selecting personal care and cleaning products that are free of harmful chemicals
Storing food and beverages in glass containers instead of plastic

Make sure you remember.....

Endocrine disruptors are found in many parts of our lives, including water, food, air, and many household products. Exposure to these chemicals may have adverse health effects and contribute to certain health conditions. The best way to minimize your risk is to identify their most common sources and avoid using products that may increase your exposure. If you are a patient, consider consulting with an integrative healthcare provider for guidance on how to avoid endocrine disruptors.

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