The Danger of Endocrine Disruptors

Endocrine disruptors are powerful chemicals that can change our body’s hormonal messages. Chronic exposure to these toxins, especially in pregnant women, turns on the genes for hormone imbalances that will be seen at puberty when the hormones activate. These compounds continue to be added to not only to the environment but also to our own and our children’s bodies. These harmful chemicals can bind to both estrogen and androgen receptors in our body, and it can affect the production of hormones as well as the development of the follicles within the ovary.

We all should be very aware of Beauty Products and Household Chemicals that contain these harmful particles.

  • Avoid BHA and BHT. These are often used in moisturizers and makeup.
  • Avoid cosmetics and creams containing parabens.
  • Avoid nail-care products with dibutyl phthalate.
  • Use chemical-free soaps and shampoos whenever possible.

Check your beauty products on the Environmental Working Group to check for toxicity. Their cosmetics database is a great resource that is constantly updated:

Avoid using bleached coffee filters. These can result in a lifetime exposure to dioxin that increases your risk of endocrine disruption.

What beauty products do you guys use?