What are endocrine disruptors?
Known as EDC’s, these chemicals can interfere with the normal production and regulation of hormones and change the body’s normal sensitivity to hormones.
They can increase or lower the effect of hormones on normal body functions and upset a natural healthy balance. Endocrine disruptors have been proven to change the amount of hormone released as well as the concentration in the bloodstream.
Hormones are normally active in the human body at very low doses and are tightly regulated by the endocrine system. Hormones are highly sensitive to disruption by chemicals that mimic or block their normal healthy actions even at low, undetectable levels.
Endocrine disruptors can accumulate in our bodies over time even after we’ve reduced or removed the source of exposure. This is known as body burden which can reduce our bodies natural ability to detox itself.
The endocrine system
The endocrine system is a collection of glands which produce and secrete around 50 different hormones including oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones are important in many key body functions, especially growth, metabolism, and sexual development.