Our skin is the largest organ in the body and it acts as a protective barrier between our internal organs and the outside world. However, the skin is also permeable and can absorb chemicals and toxins from the environment, including the products we use on our bodies and in our homes. This is why it is important to be mindful of the products we use and to choose non-toxic options whenever possible.
Both conventional beauty and personal care products as well as household cleaners contain chemicals that can be harmful to our health. These chemicals can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled and accumulate in the body over time, increasing the risk of long-term health problems. In fact, many of these chemicals in these products, such as parabens, phthalates, and certain synthetic fragrances, are known endocrine disruptors.
Endocrine disruptors mimic or interfere with the body’s natural hormones, leading to a range of negative health effects. For example, some endocrine disruptors can bind to estrogen receptors and promote the growth of estrogen-sensitive tumors, which can increase the risk of breast cancer. Others can interfere with the production, transport, or metabolism of hormones, leading to imbalances and disruptions in the endocrine system.
Exposure to endocrine disruptors can have a particularly significant impact during critical periods of development, such as fetal development and puberty, causing lasting effects on hormone levels and reproductive function. Fertility can also be negatively effected by endocrine disruptors. In fact, research has shown that certain chemicals found in personal care products can interfere with reproductive hormones and decrease fertility in both men and women.
Switching to non-toxic personal and household products can help reduce our exposure to endocrine disruptors and promote hormonal balance and overall health. By choosing products that are free from these harmful chemicals, we can reduce our risk of health problems and promote a healthier body and lifestyle.