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Endocrine disruptors: the complete guide to protecting your health

Endocrine disruptors (EDs) are at the heart of health and environmental discussions, but what dangers do they really pose to our well-being? This article offers you a comprehensive overview to understand and avoid these harmful substances.

What are endocrine disruptors?

endocrine disruptors and hormones


Endocrine disruptors are chemical substances capable of interfering with the hormonal system.
They can mimic, block, or alter hormones, thus disrupting the normal functioning of the organism.

The impacts on health

The effects of EDs on health are vast, including reproductive issues, growth anomalies, and dysfunctions of the nervous and immune systems.

What are the biggest endocrine disruptors?

Bisphenol A (BPA)

Used in plastics and resins, BPA can mimic estrogen and has been linked to various health problems, including reproductive and developmental issues.

Phthalates

Present in plasticizers and some cosmetic products, phthalates are associated with fertility problems and development issues in children.

Parabens

These preservatives, found in many beauty products, can act like weak estrogens and are concerning for reproductive health.

Where are endocrine disruptors found?

EDs are omnipresent in our daily environment: food packaging, personal care products, detergents, toys, and even the water we drink.

In personal care products

personal care products with endocrine disruptors


Many hygiene products contain EDs like parabens and phthalates. It is crucial to read labels and choose products free from these substances.

At home

Plastics, especially those marked with recycling codes 3 (phthalates) and 7 (BPA), are common sources of contamination.

How to identify an endocrine disruptor?

Read the labels

Look for mentions like "paraben-free," "phthalate-free," or "BPA-free." Terms such as "organic" or "natural" do not guarantee the absence of EDs, so vigilance is necessary.

Prefer alternative packaging

Opt for glass or stainless steel over plastic, especially for food and drinks.

Use reliable databases

Organizations like the EWG (Environmental Working Group) offer valuable resources to identify safe products.

In conclusion, adopting [less is more] products is a proactive step towards reducing exposure to endocrine disruptors. These products are formulated with fewer but higher quality ingredients, without controversial substances, offering a safer alternative for your health and the environment. By making informed choices and preferring minimalist and transparent products, we can all contribute to a healthier future.

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