FIVE Hormone Disruptors to Avoid

2018-09-10T02:13:10+00:00

Hormone-disrupting chemicals or endocrine-disrupting chemicals are readily absorbable and mimic hormones. They overstimulate, block or disrupt hormones natural actions.

Clinically this can show up as irregular periods, painful periods, endometrosis, PCOS, fertility issues; early menses in young girls; hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia in menopausal women

  1. Parabens: Synthetic preservative in personal care products and fragrances.
  • Disrupts hormones
  1. Phthalates: Synthetic preservative, solubilize and stabilize fragrances (nail polish, perfumes), plasticizers (increase flexibility, transparency and durability) (ie. Plastic wrap), foods packaged or stored in plastic containers
  • Interact with endocrine receptor sites located on every cell
  1. Bisphenol A (BPA): Lining of canned foods, plastic bottles, plastics in food and beverage containers, plastic wrap, baby bottles
  • disrupts hormones, disrupts immune system, stimulates autoantibody production, causes weight gain, insulin resistance, diabetes
  1. Organophosphates, organochlorides – herbicide and pesticides
  • Disrupts hormones, disrupts immune system, disrupts the microbiome, causes weight gain, insulin resistance, diabetes
  • Herbicide glyphosate: Blocks testosterone and estrogen receptor sites
  1. Heavy metals
  • Harmful effects on the endocrine system, immunity and brain function.
  • Associated with infertility, Hashimoto’s disease, neurological disorders.
  • Affinity for the pituitary, which is the relay station for messages to the adrenals, thyroid, ovaries and disrupts communication to these glands.
  • Thyroid-disrupting heavy metals are mercury, lead and cadmium.