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Endocrine Disruptors in Your Water

Chemicals that mimic and interfere with your natural hormones could be in your tap water. 

The prevalence of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) presents a significant concern for public health and environmental well-being. EDCs, whether originating from natural sources or human-made compounds, have the potential to mimic, block, or interfere with the body's hormonal processes, thereby disrupting the delicate balance of the endocrine system. The repercussions of exposure to these chemicals are vast, with documented associations to a myriad of health issues. Sources of EDCs in water range from disinfection processes to industrial and agricultural activities. Understanding the sources and impacts of EDCs in water is crucial. 

Does BOROUX Filter Endocrine Disruptors?

Yes, BOROUX filters numerous chemicals below the standard allowable limit. See the test results! 

What are Endocrine Disruptors?

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with the endocrine system, affecting hormonal balance and function. They can mimic or block hormones, potentially leading to various health issues. When your hormones are disrupted, it disrupts biological processes, including growth and fertility. It also increases your risk for cancer. These compounds are found in various environmental mediums such as air, soil, and water supplies, as well as in food sources, personal care products, and manufactured goods. Due to their prevalence in multiple sources, individuals are exposed to EDCs through inhalation of contaminated air, ingestion of tainted food and water, and absorption through the skin from personal care products and environmental contact. 

Common endocrine disruptors:

  • Atrazine
  • Bisphenol A (BPA)
  • DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
  • Dioxins
  • Estrone
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
  • Pesticides (e.g., alachlor, glyphosate, 2,4-D)
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

How Endocrine Disruptors Get into Tap Water

Endocrine disruptors enter tap water through various pathways, including agricultural runoff, industrial discharges, improper waste disposal, and the use of certain products containing these chemicals. Chemicals used in manufacturing processes or agricultural practices can leach into groundwater sources or surface water bodies. Wastewater discharges from industrial facilities, sewage treatment plants, and agricultural runoff can introduce endocrine disruptors into waterways, ultimately reaching tap water supplies. Contamination can occur during water treatment processes, where disinfection byproducts may form due to chemical reactions between disinfectants and organic matter in the water. Endocrine disruptors contaminate water sources and, consequently, the tap water supply. As a result, this necessitates robust monitoring and treatment measures to safeguard water quality and human health. 

Why Endocrine Disruptors Should Be Filtered

Filtering endocrine disruptors from tap water is crucial to minimize potential health risks associated with their consumption. The disruption of the endocrine system can manifest in diverse ways, with chemicals employing various mechanisms to interfere with hormonal function. Some compounds mimic natural hormones, triggering exaggerated responses from the body, such as heightened muscle growth from a growth hormone mimic. Alternatively, they may prompt hormonal responses at inappropriate moments, like insulin production, when unnecessary. Other disruptors obstruct hormone effects by blocking receptor sites, hindering essential processes like normal development reliant on growth hormones. Certain compounds directly influence the endocrine system, leading to imbalances in hormone production, exemplified by cases of thyroid overactivity or under-activity. Prolonged exposure to these chemicals can lead to various health issues, making effective filtration a necessity.

 Health Risks

  • Hormonal Imbalance: Endocrine disruptors can mimic or interfere with hormones, leading to imbalances in the endocrine system.
  • Reproductive Disorders: Prolonged exposure may result in reproductive issues such as infertility and altered reproductive development.
  • Developmental Delays: Exposure during critical developmental stages can cause delays in physical and mental growth in children.
  • Cancer Risk: Some endocrine disruptors have been linked to an increased risk of certain cancers.

 How BOROUX Filters Endocrine Disruptors

BOROUX water filtration systems utilize advanced filtration technologies to effectively reduce endocrine disruptors from tap water. The filtration process involves multiple stages that target a broad spectrum of contaminants, including endocrine disruptors. This ensures that tap water is substantially free from these harmful chemicals, reducing the associated health risks and providing better drinking water for consumers.


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