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Everyday Chemicals that Disrupt Your Endocrine System

Monday, April 26th 2021 10:00am 7 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

We live in a world with plenty of toxic chemicals. Nearly every part of our modern world is touched by chemicals. Microplastics have been found in remote areas of the oceans. Air pollution in some cities is dense enough to limit vision, and we spray our crops with man-made pesticides.

Each day, we discover more about these endocrine-disrupting chemicals. They negatively impact your endocrine system, which regulates your internal systems like sleep, metabolic function, appetite, libido, and mood.

Why is the endocrine system so important?

The endocrine system regulates complex activities in our bodies though hormones in the bloodstream. Hormones deliver information to cells and maintain homeostasis. Hormones regulate every process from metabolism to reproduction.

The major endocrine glands include:

  • Hypothalamus
  • Pituitary gland
  • Pineal gland
  • Thyroid
  • Adrenal glands
  • Thymus
  • Pancreas
  • Gonads (testicles and ovaries)

Disrupting the endocrine system can disrupt nearly every key process throughout your body.

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