Understanding endocrine disruptors

Endocrine disruptors, what are they ?

Our body secretes hormones that are essential for the proper functioning of our:

  • metabolism
  • growth
  • development
  • sleep
  • mood

This hormone secretion is regulated by our endocrine system.

Endocrine disruptors are substances capable of interfering with our hormonal system. By preventing it from functioning properly they increase the risk of health problems.

These disruptors can be found everywhere: food, cosmetics, hygiene products, toys, textiles and more.

Who are they?

Here is a non-exhaustive list of these elements:

  • Bisphenol A or BPA
  • Phthalates
  • Parabens
  • Pesticides
  • BHA and BHT
  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Teflon and perfluorinated compound
  • Nonylphenols

The textile industry uses, among other things, perfluorinated compounds which make your clothes wrinkle less, or are more waterproof, nonylphenols or even phthalates which can cause a decrease in fertility.

Depending on the cosmetic, food and textile product used, the disruptors can act directly on your body or be released into nature and contaminate our entire ecosystem, waterways, groundwater and animals. You will findouverez here, a clear and detailed diagram.