PFAS stands for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, a group of chemicals that do not occur naturally in the environment and have been used for decades in various industrial and consumer products due to their water and grease repellent properties. PFAS are found in products such as coatings for textiles, paper and cardboard, non-stick pans, water-repellent clothing and make-up, but also in food.
PFAS are harmful
They may be practical, but they are definitely not healthy. PFAS are harmful for several reasons. First, they have a very long persistence time in the environment, meaning they break down very slowly and can accumulate in soil, water and living organisms. As a result, they have been widely found in the environment worldwide , including in drinking water sources (go for that water filter, right?).
Secondly, PFAS are known as forever chemicals because they are very stable. This means they can continue to circulate in your body for many years after being absorbed. Some studies have shown that PFAS can accumulate in organs such as the liver, kidneys and also in blood . Not a very nice idea.
Negative health effects PFAS
In addition, PFAS are associated with several negative health effects. They are associated with hormonal disruption, weakening of the immune system, reduced fertility, increased risk of certain cancers (such as kidney and testicular cancer), impaired growth and development in infants and children, and problems with the liver, thyroid, and cholesterol levels.
Due to their harmful effects on health and the environment, efforts are underway worldwide to limit and regulate the use of PFAS. Many countries have implemented specific regulations to ban or limit the use of certain PFAS. If you know that PFAS substances have been processed since the 1940s, it's about time!
Testing for PFAS
By the way, you can test yourself for PFAS types, such as PFOA and PFOS. For example, if you live or work under unhealthy conditions (read: home/workplace next to the highway) , it may be interesting to put it to the test. If you dare, of course, because the outcome can be quite daunting.
Disclaimer (Do Your Own Research): We are happy to share with you our experiences and knowledge that we have gained in our quest for a toxin-free life. At the same time, we want to emphasize that you are solely responsible for your health (that goes without saying, right?). The information we share here is for general educational purposes and is not personal medical advice. Everyone is unique, and what works for one may not work for another.