Have you ever heard of the term environmental estrogen?  Well, if you haven’t, or know very little about it, the purpose of this blog is to teach you everything that you need to know. It is necessary for everyone to be informed about the sources of environmental estrogens and the consequences of exposure to these foreign estrogens. In order for one to be able to comprehend the toll these estrogens play on one’s body, a fundamental understanding of the natural estrogen pathway and the common sources of environmental estrogens is necessary.

There are many different sources of environmental estrogen. Some of the sources include spermicide, canned foods, dental sealants, baby bottles, plastic food wrap and containers, herbicides, pesticides and detergents whose alkyl phenols release estrogens as they break down [6]. There are some environmental estrogens that are naturally produced, such as saponins in yams [6]. There are environmental estrogens that are purposely manufactured to act as estrogen analogues, such as oral and other contraceptives [6]. Finally, there are environmental estrogens that are manufactured for other human activity, such as DDT, which is used as a pesticide in agricultural communities around the world [6]. The latter of these three categories is said to act as an endocrine disrupter, meaning that once the human body has absorbed the substance, it is seen as the female hormone estrogen and can bind to estrogen receptors. The body cannot tell the difference between harmful environmental estrogens and estrogen that is produced by germ cells in the body. Environmental estrogen can have devastating effects, especially since our bodies have no control over the concentration that is brought into the body.

Although one’s exposure to environmental estrogens may in minimal concentrations, it is important to know that these foreign estrogens are not easily metabolized by the body [5,6]. They are stored within the fat cells of one’s body and can be slowly released over time, causing detrimental effects on cancers, puberty, pregnancy, etc. It is almost impossible to eliminate all known and unknown environmental estrogens, so we have provided a fairly extensive list at the end of this website that explains ways in which to avoid high exposure to these foreign estrogens and ways to accelerate the metabolism of them if they happen to be absorbed.

Throughout this site, we hope to bring about a fundamental understanding of environmental estrogen and the effects of environmental estrogen. From here, you can take charge in your community and educate about all the small changes each one of us can make to start fixing this problem.


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