How Many of These Toxic Endocrine Disruptors Are You Currently Exposed to?

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A healthy thyroid and hormonal balance are critical to optimal health. Wait no, that’s actually putting it lightly. Unbalanced hormones and an unhealthy thyroid due to endocrine disruptors can lead to reproductive disorders and cancers. This is serious!

Your endocrine system is responsible for regulating vital hormones needed for proper bodily function. So any hormone replacement should be done under the care of a professional. But did you know you’re probably consuming many endocrine disrupting chemicals right now as we speak?

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Endocrine disruptors aren’t something we hear too much about. And probably for “good” reason: the problem is nearly impossible to tackle.

Ever thrown away medication like birth control pills? Every medication flushed down the toilet or thrown away tends to make its way back into our water supply. And researchers don’t have a way to filter it back out just yet.

On top of this, many companies across the spectrum use endocrine disrupting chemicals in their products– including our food. Big companies want to sell as many products to as many people as possible to turn large profit. So this means producing products in the cheapest way. Sure, some of us have the choice to buy more natural options and avoid chemicals. But not all products are available to everyone. Even if a poor person wanted to shop “healthy,” their corner store probably won’t stock the healthier options since most people wouldn’t be able to afford them.

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It’s a vicious cycle. So the best we can do right now is try to avoid these chemicals to the extend we are able to do so. Here’s the dirty dozen of endocrine disruptors as reported by Environmental Working Group.

BPA

Everyone talks about BPA but what’s the problem with it? Well it can mimic estrogen as it accumulates in your body. So that can lead to reproductive damage and cancer. To avoid BPA don’t buy canned goods (or look for a “BPA free” label). And avoid plastics with a #7 label.

Dioxin

Dioxins are toxic byproducts of both natural and industrial processes. The problem is they cling to fatty tissue in animals. Oh and they can cause hormonal disruption. Avoid dioxins by limiting cholesterol intake.

Atrazine

This is a herbicide known to cause feminization of male frogs. So as you can imagine, it screws with your hormones and reproductive organs. Yikes! Imagine the damage it’s causing to water supplies? To avoid atrazine consume organic produce and get a good water filter.

Phthalates

Phthalates can cause your cells to die prematurely. Men are most susceptible to the negative effects of phthalates which can lower sperm count and possibly lead to testicular cancer. Avoid plastic containers with a #3 label and ingredients vaguely marked “fragrance.”

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Perchlorate

Too much perchlorate in your body will inhibit your thyroid’s ability to absorb iodine properly. This can screw up your metabolism and hinder brain development. It’s hard to avoid so make sure you’re consuming foods with enough iodine.

Fire retardants

Fire retardant compounds mimic thyroid hormones. This leads to low IQ levels and other health risks. This is a tricky one to avoid since most upholstery is laced with these types of chemicals.

Lead

Lead causes a wide range of cognitive disorders. But lead is also one of many common endocrine disruptors that causes psychiatric disorders like anxiety and depression. Get your water tested and make sure your home doesn’t have a coat of lead paint lurking under the walls.

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Arsenic

Arsenic is well known to cause death and cancer. It can also disrupt your hormones responsible for digesting sugar. This can potentially make you insulin resistant or compromise your immune system. How to avoid arsenic? Get your water tested.

Mercury

Most people already know pregnant women should avoid fish due to mercury levels. Non-pregnant adults might want to take notice too. Too much mercury can damage cells and slow down hormone production. Steer clear of consuming fish as much as possible.

Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs)

PFCs give non-stick pains their non-stick coating and water-resistant coats their resistance. As far as researchers know, this substance does not biodegrade on its own. Exposure can lead to thyroid disruption and reproductive problems. Try to avoid non-stick cooking products and furniture or clothing with water-resistance coatings.

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Organophosphate pesticides

This pesticide is a neurotoxin. Exposure can potentially lead to impared brain development. Organophosphate possibly also puts consumers at risk for thyroid disorders. To avoid organophosphate buy organic produce.

Glycol Ethers

Found in paints, cleaning products, and even cosmetics. Children exposed to paint with glycol ethers have a greater risk of developing asthma or breathing disorders. Avoid cleaning products containing 2-butoxyethanol (EGBE) and methoxydiglycol (DEGME).

How Many of These Toxic Endocrine Disruptors Are You Currently Exposed to?

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