I began researching endocrine disruptors after being diagnosed with Perioral Dermatitis. It’s a skin issue where the area around your mouth and nose can be red, itchy, and flaky. It’s not the prettiest thing, and it can be painful with little blister-like bumps.
Endocrine disruptors can cause all kinds of problems though — much more dangerous to our systems than just a skin problem.
What is an Endocrine Disruptor?
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife. — Source
Basically – these things can be linked to weight gain, thyroid issues, skin problems and even cancer!
They can be found in things all around your house including toys, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, plastics and the packaging of our foods.
Here Are a Few Easy Ways to Avoid Endocrine Disruptors
- Check The Labels – Avoid body lotions, soaps, and cosmetics with parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, and phthalates. These are all known toxins, but they are still in several of the top brand cosmetics.
- Avoid BPA – Bisphenol A (BPA) is a known endocrine disruptor found in plastics. Look for BPA-Free plastics and can goods. Also, you should never drink a soda that has gotten hot. The ingredients in most sodas increase the potency of BPA when heated.
- Buy Organic Dairy – Organic products are all the rage, but their price tags have left some hesitant to switch. Organic dairy is worth every cent in the price difference. Regular dairy products may contain rBGH or rBST which stands for genetically engineered recombinant bovine growth hormone.
- Skip Stain-Resistant Items – These convenient items contain perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) which again is a known endocrine disruptor.
- Go Old School – Non-stick pots and pans can be dangerous is scratched or heated too much. Stick with porcelain or ceramics when you cook. Another thing to change out is your shower curtain. Go back to the traditional fabric shower curtain versus a vinyl one to keep your exposure to endocrine disruptors down.