Hormone Disruptors for Dummies
We love to stay true to our word and make the really complicated things simple.
So I’m sure you have heard of Hormone or Endocrine disruptors….
It Is a question we get more and more everyday.
What exactly is a hormone disruptor and what do they do?
Endocrine or hormone disruptors can: Mimic or partly mimic naturally occurring hormones in the body like Estrogen or Androgens (the male hormone), and thyroid hormones, potentially producing overstimulation.
But to understand what an endocrine disruptor does it might be good to start at the beginning and understand what our endocrine system does.
The endocrine system consists of glands that release hormones.
Once released, hormones act like chemical messengers. They travel around the body, bind themselves to cells, and cause cellular changes.
This is all normal, but what is the issue with an hormone disruptor then?
Endocrine disruptors or Hormone disruptors are interesting chemicals because they can mimic your hormones.
So your cells might think it is a natural hormone clinging to him, but in actual fact it is a hormone disruptor.
What do they do then?
· They create a powerful response, even more powerful than the original hormone;
· They create a less powerful response than the original hormone; or
· They create a totally different response than the original hormone.
And none of the above is good or the natural response we want.
Another bad thing about a Endocrine disruptor is that they are very stable.
In other words, they don’t break down quickly. This is why many manufacturers include them in products in the first place. Of course, it also means they stick around in water, air, soil, (and our bodies) for a long time. – NOT Good.
Potential outcomes include:
· altered testicular function and suppression of testosterone synthesis
· altered onset of puberty
· disrupted immune function
· disrupted bone health, cardiac function, and mental status
Endocrine disruptors are found in:
· personal care products
The most common Endocrine disruptors are:
PCBs and dioxins Found in: Pesticides
Flame retardants Found in: Plastics, paint, furniture, electronics, food.
DioxinsFound in: Meat
Triclosan Found in: Personal care products
So in retrospect, I honestly don't know how we completely avoid these. Even if i eat all the right stuff, it seems they are in the water, soil and the plastic cup i drink from. This makes me wonder exactly how much of these i have to use or take in before my hormones are disrupted...