Every day we expose ourselves to chemicals that cause sickness. Worse, most of these toxins are found in the home. According to the Environmental Working Group and the Keep-A-Breast Foundation, there are 12 toxic compounds found in our homes that cause hormonal imbalances. These toxins could cause reproductive problems, metabolic disorders, cancer and other health problems. To keep the family safe, here’s a list of everyday household items that can cause hormonal problems:
Receipts are usually printed on thermal paper. Thermal paper contains BPA, a type of chemical used in making plastic containers. This compound is known to mimic estrogen in the body, increasing the risk of breast cancer. BPA is also associated with reproductive problems, heart disease, and obesity. Studies suggest that BPA may also play a critical role in the onset of early puberty.
You might not know it, but that innocent can of chicken soup could be disrupting your hormones right now. The container used in canning preserved foods is also laced with BPA. This compound can wreck a person’s hormones, causing a myriad of health problems, including cancer and infertility.
Meat, Fish, and Dairy
Dioxin is a hormone-disrupting chemical used in industrial processes. Unfortunately, this chemical has found its way into our food sources. Exposure to dioxin can lead to hormonal problems such as poor sperm quality and low sperm count in men and infertility in both sexes. This chemical is also one of the leading causes of cancer. Dioxin contamination is so prevalent that animal products like meat, fish, eggs and dairy contain trace amounts of this chemical. Sadly, there is very little you can do to avoid dioxin.
Who knew that using non-stick pans is detrimental to your heart? This type of pan is treated with perfluorinated chemicals. As you might’ve guessed, perfluorinated chemicals can disrupt the endocrine system, causing various ailments including heart disease. How? These chemicals raise the cholesterol level in the blood, causing fat to accumulate within the veins.
Non-Organic Fruits and Veggies
Non-organic fruits and veggies are treated with a cocktail of pesticides and insecticides. Exposure to these chemicals can affect brain development, behavior, and even fertility. Common fruit pesticide atrazine, is linked to breast cancer, delayed puberty, and prostate inflammation. Some pesticides contain organophosphates, chemicals that do not break down at all.
Clinical tests show that tap water contains traces of toxic compounds like perchlorate, lead, and arsenic. Perchlorate is an ingredient in rocket fuel. It can damage the thyroid glands, causing brain, metabolic and organ problems. Lead is a poisonous compound that can cause severe organ damage. Same thing goes for arsenic, a powerful poison that can damage the glucocorticoid system. Exposure to arsenic leads to obesity, immunosuppression, insulin resistance, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure.
It’s no secret that cleaning products contain a cocktail of dangerous chemicals. But how dangerous are these chemicals? Blue-colored bathroom cleaners contain 2-butoxyethanol (EGBE), a compound that cause severe reproductive disorders. This chemical is linked to shrunken testicles and low sperm count in men. It can cause infertility in women too, among other hormonal problems. EGBE is also found in makeup, paint, and brake fluid.