You may be aware of the fact that many chemicals aren’t good for you (such as BPA), but do you know why and how to lessen your exposure to them?
BPA, and a whole host of other chemicals, are classed as endocrine disruptors. Meaning, quite simply, they can mess with your hormones.
Your endocrine system consists of glands that produce hormones. Your hormones are little chemical messengers that travel through your blood and affect all of the cells in your body.
The hormones you make are generally activated by linking up with a receptor. Endocrine disruptors, while they don’t have the same chemical make up as the original hormone, can bind with these receptors. This combo of chemical (that isn’t your normal hormone) plus receptor can be recognized by the body as the active hormone. In this case hormonal activity is falsely increased.
Conversely, the chemical and receptor combo could not be recognized. In this case, the chemical is just tying up the receptors and making that hormones actual activity in the body decrease.
A lot of the endocrine disruptors we are exposed to mimic estrogen, but our hormonal balance can be thrown off by changes in any of the hormones, due to all of them being inter-related.
The good news is, you can get a lot of them out of your home and food with some simple changes. Watch this video to see my home and the things I do to reduce exposure to endocrine disruptors.