The Hidden Health Havoc: Part II

Welcome Back

You already know what you put in your body is CRUCIAL to your wellness. And last week we discussed how what goes AROUND or ON your body can also impact your health (because we absorb what’s around us). If this still sounds like hippie mumbo jumbo, check out this post.

So now let’s move on to the nitty gritty details.

Remember the term endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDCs)? As a quick refresher from my last post, EDCs are substances that interfere with the normal functioning of your body’s endocrine system. It should come as no surprise that EDCs pose a threat if you consume them (like eating or drinking them). What is surprising? That being around EDCs or having them in physical contact with your skin also poses a major threat.

How EDCs Harm You

EDCs can harm your body in many tangible ways. The top ways include:

  1. Neurological conditions (including ADHD)

  2. Endometriosis and fibroids (and other female reproductive issues)

  3. Premature death (this one explains itself)

  4. Obesity

  5. Diabetes

  6. Male reproductive problems

It is estimated that EDCs account for $340 BILLION in healthcare costs and lost earnings in the US.

Sources of EDCs

If you are a health conscious kind of person, you’ve probably heard of the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen. These two lists are road maps to help you avoid pesticides and carcinogens in your food. Each year, the Environmental Working Group publishes updated Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen lists. The Clean 15, as the name suggests, is a list of the 15 foods that are typically safe to buy and eat that are conventionally produced. On the flip side, the Dirty Dozen are the top 12 foods that you should either avoid or buy organic.

The good news is we now have an equivalent list for endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDCs).

The list for EDCs is called the Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors.

The Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors includes the top 12 most offensive hormone-altering chemicals. Please note, there are nearly 1,000 known EDCs and they can be found it:

  • Personal care products
  • Cosmetics
  • Fragrances
  • Contaminated soil, water, and air
  • Food contaminated through chemicals in the food chain
  • Food packaging (such as linings of cans, plastic)
  • Workplace: industrial chemicals, pesticides, fungicides
  • Textiles and clothing (flame retardant fabrics)
  • Medications
  • Antibacterial soaps

The EDC Dirty Dozen

And here are the top 12 hormone-altering chemicals. Drum roll please!

How to Limit Exposure to EDCs

Over the course of this series, I will give you specific advice on how to avoid exposure to ECDs. In the meantime, here are some general tips to help limit exposure to EDCs.

  1. Switch to EDC-free household cleaning products and soaps (see this link for more details)
  2. Use all natural cosmetics and personal care items
  3. Use fragrance-free (or naturally fragranced with essential oils) cosmetics and personal care items
  4. Not microwaving food in plastic covers or covered in plastic wrap
  5. Washing plastic food containers by hand instead of in the dishwasher
  6. Avoid using plastic containers with the numbers 3, 6, or 7
  7. Use more fresh food (versus processed/packaged/fast foods)
  8. Use healthy building materials (https://healthbuilding.net
  9. Eat organic produce on high risk fruits and vegetables
  10. Treat drinking and cooking water

What’s Coming Next

Now you know more about EDCs and where they hide. Next week, the series continues and I’ll be sharing the top 5 products to replace ASAP to help you reduce exposure to carcinogens and EDCs.

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