Who cares about endocrine disruptors anyways?!?! Why does it matter?????? And what does it even mean????
Ultra simple. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that create toxicity.
Toxicity is imbalance.
Toxicity is pain.
Toxicity is stress.
Toxicity is death. (Dramatic… but true.)
Our endocrine system is made up of our bodies’ glands, each integral to life function. Here are some of the most prominent ones:
The hypothalamus gland is the control center for the entire endocrine system constantly monitoring hormone production and utilization from the other glands.
The pituitary gland is responsible for growth, skin pigmentation, absorption of water into the blood, and for stimulating and balancing the other glands, particularly important to thyroid balance.
The thyroid manages growth and development, protein synthesis, and is responsible for mood stabilization, and metabolic function such as body weight, breathing, heart rate, body temperature, and the central nervous system.
The adrenal glands manage cortisol and epinephrine production - the stress hormones.
The ovaries produce estrogen, and balance testosterone, and progesterone.
The parathyroid glands balance calcium and phosphorus for healthy bones.
The pineal gland produces melatonin - a sleep hormone.
The pancreas regulates blood sugar, and insulin production.
This intricate and well-designed system of glands operates in a delicate balance of hormone production, release and removal. These hormones trigger signals for proper major organ function such as cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and nervous systems. The proper function of these organs is vital for life.
So why do we care about these chemicals abundant in our drawers, behind our doors and in our cabinets?? Because endocrine disruptors block, distort and destroy the production of the hormones that are essential for these signals to be appropriately sent and received throughout the body. If you think that the things we put on our body won’t have an effect on our internal organs, consider a birth control patch - a widely-used and well-known endocrine disruptor. These chemicals enter the bloodstream swiftly within 30 seconds, and immediately affect not only the targeted system but everywhere that blood flows throughout the body. The liver - your blood filter - goes on high alert to begin the removal of the excess hormones so that other areas of the body do not become imbalanced. The same holds true for anything we put on topically that contains the endocrine-disrupting parabens, phthalates, BPA, glycol ethers, and phyto-estrogens found in… body lotion, body spray, shampoo and conditioner, make-up, nail polish, deodorant, sunblock, perfume… they all matter, and they all have an impact on your health.
The symptoms of toxicity are exhaustive, but include migraines, weight gain, challenges with menstrual cycle - too early, too late, pre-menopausal, early puberty in girls, high estrogen in baby boys, erectile dysfunction, depression, faulty memory, skin conditions like acne, rashes, and eczema, blood sugar disorders, fatigue, compromised immune function and even cancer.
The good news is that our bodies want to do the right thing under the right circumstances. We have control over our choices. Less toxicity from our environment… the things we eat, breathe, and apply… the better our body can manage it’s ever-increasing burden. We can consume healthy, organic foods, purify our air, drink purified water, and avoid the use of lawn chemicals and pesticides in our homes and gardens, but if we continue to apply toxic products to our skin, we continue to create a series of system malfunctions.
Want to do an experiment? List 5 health challenges that you and your family are experiencing right now, and then for 3 weeks, maintain a pristine life-style with whole foods, including beets and radishes daily, “green” cleaning products, and toxin-free bath, body, and beauty care. Then compare the changes physically, emotionally and spiritually! Take back control and prepare to be amazed as you begin your Living Well life!
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