Endocrine disruptive chemicals include Bisphenols, phthalates, parabens, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and heavy metals
EDC chemicals abound in the environment. They are both naturally occurring and artificially occurring in everyday items.
They have been associated with negative effects on male and female reproduction. They include bisphenols found in tin can liners, phthalates used as softener plasticizers in clothing and personal care products, parabens used as a preservative in food and personal care products, persisting organic pollutants used as industrial lubricants in manufacturing and as flame retardants contaminating products.
Simple steps to reduce exposure wash fruit and vegetables before use. Purchase known local produce. Minimize use of preprocessed or packaged foods Limit intake of fatty meats and oily fishes as the chemicals concentrate in the fats. Minimize handling of receipts as the thermal coating contains Bisphenols (BPA) as doe the lining of tin cans.
Drink water from hard plastic or glass bottles to reduce exposure to plasticizers. Do not heat food in soft plastic containers or with cling wrap – plastics may release dioxin. Avoid perfumed air fresheners volatile glues and solvents cleaners Air your environment frequently to reduce the concentration of inhalable particles, Read the labels of foodstuffs and personal care items with direct skin contact and purchase those low in parabens and other EDC including their packaging