The majority of a person's essential physical processes are made possible by the endocrine system, which generates hormones that control, among other things, metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood. Your body will continue to release the hormones it needs, to maintain pleasant and well-tuned bodily processes, if your endocrine system is functioning properly.
But there is a threat to this important mechanism!And the threat is mostly from endocrine disrupting substances (EDCs). Let’s understand the basics of EDCs and how they are related to cleaning products at home, as well as their relation with indoor air quality.
What are Endocrine disruptors?
Chemicals known as endocrine disruptors, both natural and primarily man-made, have the ability to mimic or interfere with the action of hormones. Essentially, they are chemical hormone disruptors that, at certain dosages, interfere with the endocrine system and have a deleterious impact on immunological, neurological, reproductive, and developmental processes.
How do EDCs affect humans?
Learning difficulties, cognitive dysfunction, attention deficit disorders, issues with brain development, physical malformations, different forms of malignancies, and sexual disorders, are only a few of the conditions linked to endocrine disruptors. They are known to have an impact on foetal growth as well.
The effects of endocrine disruptors extend beyond humans. They also have an impact on birds, mammals, and aquatic and marine life. They have an impact on our water, food, including fruits, vegetables, and seafood.
Man-made sources of EDCs
Despite, the fact that there are many natural compounds that are thought to be endocrine disruptors, man-made sources exceed them by a wide margin. And, it's getting worse. Chemicals are more common than ever in the world we live in.
Chemicals are used extensively in everything from product packaging to medication, transportation, bottles, and just much every other object you can think of. Chemicals like pesticides, fertilizers, industrial waste, and tainted water even infect the food, we consume.
Sources of EDCs at home
The cleaning supplies you use at home are one of the main sources of endocrine disruptors. The chemicals poison the air inside your dwellings, ensuring that every breath you breathe in exposes your body, to these pollutants.
1: Cyclosiloxanes, glycol ethers, phthalates, parabens, alkylphenols, ethanolamides, bisphenol-A (BPA), and Triclosan, are a few of the home cleansers reported to contain endocrine disruptors.
2: Endocrine disruptors are present in several compounds, particularly pesticides like DDT, which have previously been prohibited in a number of nations due to extensive research and literature, on their detrimental effects on human health. However, a lot of products still contain a lot of EDCs, either in the product or the packaging it comes in, which is bad for the environment and you.
What are Cleaning products and their effects of indoor air quality?
Phthalates are one EDC that has appeared in an increasing number of cleaning products worldwide. The indoor air quality in your houses is actually significantly worse, than the outdoor air quality in our cities, if you use any chemical-based cleaning product with a smell.
1: Phthalates can be inhaled and absorbed through the skin, and they are known to harm the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system. Indeed, air fresheners are arguably more dangerous because we may breathe them in, and the particles can fall on our skin and enter our circulation.
2: Di-ethyl Phthalate (DEP), Di-n-butyl Phthalate (DBP), Di-isobutyl Phthalate (DIBP), Di-methyl Phthalate (DMP), and Di-isohexyl Phthalate, are common phthalates found in air fresheners. These have a history of disrupting hormone levels, affecting genital development in people, and causing problems with growth and reproduction.
3: The majority of the cleaning products with chemical bases actually hurt you, while hardly cleaning what they're supposed to clean. All of the cleaning products you use—for your floors, toilets, kitchen, and brass—are laden with chemicals that are bad for your health, the health of your family, and the environment.
How can we assist?
Netsol Water is committed to protecting the environment and its biodiversity. We offer a wide range of cutting-edge solutions, such as waste management, wastewater treatment, sewage treatment, effluent treatment, air pollution management, water management, etc., thus protecting biodiversity overall. We advise you to utilize cleaning products that are safe for you, the environment, and your health, if you truly want to clean your properties.