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Co-Movement Gym: A is A Health Podcast S1E8 - Every Day Items Dramatically Affecting Your Health

Updated: Aug 16


What are endocrine disruptors?They are chemicals that can interfere with endocrine or (hormonal) systems. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.

Where can you find endocrine disruptors in everyday life? You can find them in our food supply, water supply, detergents, fragrances, plastics, thermal receipts, can be in the air we breathe, soy, herbicides and pesticides, and many other things.

What happens when endocrine disruptors get into the body? Endocrine disruptors can become stored in the body and are stored in fat tissue. Endocrine disruptors Interfere with testosterone, estrogen, insulin, and other biological pathways in the body. These cause a large number of health issues which will be discussed in greater detail below.


Effects of endocrine disruptors on your body:

1. Effect testosterone

2. Leads to obesity

3. Insulin resistance

4. Metabolic disruption

5. Cancer (especially breast cancer)

6. Depression/mood

7. ADHD/learning disorders

8. Behavioral disorders

9. Neurological conditions

10. Developmental disorders

11. Immune issues


Common places endocrine disruptors are found:

Note: There are hundreds of these chemicals and we only discussed the ones that you are most likely to run into in your everyday life.


1. Bisphenol A (BPA): Found in plastics and food storage containers, water bottles, flexible plastics, kid’s toys. Linked to lower testosterone, breast cancer and developmental issues.


2. Phthalates: Are probably one of the most disruptive. Found in fragrances/personal care products (perfumes and deodorants, shampoos, soaps, detergents lotions), plastics, drinking water. Links to lowering testosterone, lower fertility, reproductive cancers.


3. Atrazine: This is an herbicide or insecticide and is the number one chemical used on corn. Can be found in corn products (most processed foods), lakes and drinking water, also fat from animal products that have been fed corn products.


4. Phytoestrogens: These are natural endocrine disruptors. They are chemicals that come for plants which closely represent estrogen. They are mainly found in soy products (soy is found in a large number of products). Specifically try to stay away from soy bean oil.


5. Birth Control/estradiol: These products end up in our water supply. They have the ability to lowers testosterone, sperm count, and fertility.


6. DDT: Found in lakes and water supplies and even some fish that are in these lakes contain DDT in their system. Some known long-term effects are breast & other cancers, male infertility, miscarriages & low birth weight, developmental delay, and nervous system & liver damage.


7. Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs): These are found in products that resist heat and oils. Most commonly found in non-stick pans (Teflon), which can transfer these chemicals into the food you cook and ultimately into you as well. Long term effects of PFCs are reduced female fertility and sperm quality, reduced birth weight, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), increased total and non-HDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and changes in thyroid hormone levels.


Tips to avoid endocrine disruptors:

1. Use glass storage containers

2. use stainless steel pans or cast-iron pans

3. Use a water filter

4. Use glass water bottles or stainless-steel water bottles

5. Do not cook or reheat food in plastic

a. If you have to store your food in plastic, make sure you transfer to a plate or bowl before reheating

6. Natural deodorants

7. Natural soaps/detergents/lotions/shampoo

a. (Andalou, Mrs. Meyer’s, Thieves, Dr. Bronner’s soap products)

8. Natural sunscreen

9. Use the healthy living app to find items that are free of these harmful chemicals

10. Natural toothpaste

a. Recipe: 6 tablespoons coconut oil, 6 tablespoons of baking soda, and then your favorite essential oil (like spearmint), maybe even add in some charcoal for a tooth whitening effect

11. Use lanolin oil instead of other hand lotions

12. Eat whole single ingredient food

13. Washing off your produce regardless if it’s organic or not

14. Try not to handle receipts


Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endocrine_disruptor

https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/endocrine/

https://www.hormone.org/your-health-and-hormones/endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-edcs#:~:text=EDCs%20can%20disrupt%20many%20different,%2C%20certain%20cancers%2C%20respiratory%20problems%2C

https://www.panna.org/resources/ddt-story

https://www.ncceh.ca/sites/default/files/Health_effects_PFCs_Oct_2010.pdf

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