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Toxins and your hormones – Phthalates & Parabens

Many of your household products can be harmful to you and your hormones. Synthetic chemicals can have a toxic effect on human health and can factor in fertility issues.

Today we are talking about phthalates and parabens.


❌ Phthalates are found in many household items and personal care products such as hairsprays, aftershave, perfumes, shampoos as plastisizers.

The toxic molecules will often find their way into our body. A few to watch out for dibutyl phthalate (nail polish), Di -2 -ethylhexylphthalate, diethyl phthalate. There is also a significant amount in building materials, furniture, air fresheners, shower curtains, polyvinyl flooring, plastic coated wallpaper.

Phthalates have various mechanisms of action including mitochondrial and endocrine disruption that may impact on thyroid homeostasis by inhibiting of T3 uptake in the cells. Phythalates were found to be significantly higher in infertile men due to the inhibition of mitochondrial function and the adverse effects on the Sertoli cells. Exposure to Phthalates may also alter progesterone and FSH, exposure to high levels during pregnancy may also impact the hormonal of the children when they reach puberty.

The easiest way to avoid phthalates is by avoiding body lotions, perfumes, colognes, plastic bottled water/ beverages, antiaging face creams and look for low tox options for the body and home.


❌ Parabens are one of the most common ingredients in cosmetics and are also found in soaps, shampoos, body lotion, conditioner, cleansers, lipstick, mascara, hairspray, toothpaste, sunscreen just to mention a few.

Parabens are shown to produce some estrogenic activity and impact the breakdown of endogenous estrogens and can lead to mitochondrial function. Impacting the mitochondrial function may impact male fertility. Parabens and their metabolites may also possess androgen antagonist activity, they may also inhibit sulfotransferase activity leading to abnormally higher levels of estrogen.

Keen to know more? Keep an eye out next friday for more information on the chemicals in your home.

To make an appointment with our Naturopath Melanie, please call 8296 4333.

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