Endocrine disruptors have emerged in the past few years as an important public concern.
But what exactly are they? How do they occur? And could endocrine disruptors be in your water?
While you may have never considered the answers to these questions prior to now, it’s worth exploring them for your overall health knowledge.
What Are Endocrine Disruptors?
According to Wikipedia, endocrine disruptors are “chemicals that, at certain doses, can interfere with the endocrine (or hormone) system in mammals. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.”
As you can see, these are some pretty serious concerns. Further, we could be exposed to endocrine disruptors in several ways and not even know it. That’s because endocrine disruptors can be found in items such as plastic bottles, metal food cans, detergents, flame retardants, food, toys, cosmetics, and pesticides.
How Endocrine Disruptors Work
Endocrine disruptors can have adverse health effects in a number of ways:
- They can replicate or partially replicate natural hormones such as estrogen, androgen and thyroid hormones. This can create overstimulation leading to further complications.
- Disruptors can attach to a receptor in a cell and block the endogenous hormone from binding. This means the normal signals fail to occur and the body no longer responds properly.
- Finally, endocrine disruptors can interfere or block natural hormones which can alter their metabolism in the liver.
Endocrine Disruptors in Water
Your drinking water may be contaminated with atrazine, arsenic, pthalates and perchlorate, all of which can throw your endocrine system for a loop.
And while these levels may be low at the source, the means by which the water is transferred can have much higher levels. Phthalates are chemicals that are used as plastic softeners. They make normally rigid plastics easier to bend. Phthalates are commonly found in PVC pipes which is becoming a more popular means of water delivery.
Additionally, dioxins, which can also be a toxic chemical are found in PVC plastic manufacturing. This further increases the likelihood of endocrine disruptors showing up in your water.
While filtering your water can help protect you and your family, the absolute best thing you can do is choose an alternate means for transporting the water from the source to your home.
Linkplus Stainless Steel Pipes
If you want to improve the quality of your water, Linkplus stainless steel pipes are an excellent alternative to plastic or PVC pipes.
Since stainless steel pipe does not cause post-treatment contamination, it is an ideal material to convey drinking water from source to consumer. In fact, authorities predict that stainless steel will become the material of choice for water conveyance and may be mandated for use in the future by government agencies, cities and towns.
Now that you know all about endorcrine disruptors, isn’t it time you discovered the 10 advantages of using Linkplus stainless steel pipes?