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What exactly is an EDC anyway?
If you’re on a quest to lower your toxic load chances are you’ll have come across the term endocrine disruptors, or EDCs. In a nutshell, EDCs are chemicals – both synthetic and naturally occurring – that pop up in food, beauty and personal care products, and can play havoc on normal hormone function. They’ve been linked to breast cancer, reproductive issues and low birthweight as well as metabolic and immune function problems. The main culprits for EDCs are phthalates (plasticisers), parabens, triclosan (antibacterial products and some toothpastes) preservatives and fragrance.
Although only trace amounts are usually found in products WHO believes it’s the cumulative exposure that causes health problems, with mothers-to-be and children the most at-risk.
Here’s our checklist of how to lower your exposure to EDCs
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