The healthy food movement has increasingly gained momentum over the last few years, attracting followers from all over the world who spend a lot of time focusing on which foods to buy and which ones to avoid. Unfortunately, avoiding pesticides and other harmful chemicals is a full-time job, and it's not just spent examining the food we eat.
We're frequently exposed to a multitude of chemicals through a variety of other sources including personal care products, plastics and industrial products such as furnishings, motor vehicles and electronics.
A particularly prevalent group of chemicals that pose a real threat to society right now are endocrine disruptors, some of which are referred to as estrogen mimickers or xenoestrogens. Endocrine disruptors alter the normal functioning of hormones, interfering with signaling processes that tell our tissues what to do.
"When chemicals from the outside get into our bodies, they have the ability to mimic our natural hormones; blocking or binding hormone receptors," reports WomeninBalance.org. " This is particularly detrimental to hormone sensitive organs like the uterus and the breast, the immune and neurological systems, as well as human development."