What are Quats? Quats is short for quaternary ammonium compounds, and are used as disinfectants or antimicrobial agents in a variety of products. They are commonly found in household cleaners, sanitizers, fabric softeners, water treatment, personal care products like toothpaste, nasal sprays, deodorants, eye drops, and food service operations to name a few. As you can imagine, almost everyone is exposed to quats on a regular basis.
It has been in use since the 1940s, but more recent studies find that Quats inhibit the mitochondrial function (which is the body’s source of energy to function), plus they disrupt the estrogen signaling in cells indicating fertility issues.
The Mitochondria is the body’s powerhouse where energy is made for all bodily functions. It’s ability to function property is vital to health. Quats were found to impair mitochondrial function which is associated with numerous health problems and Parkinson’s disease.
Quats also interrupt the sex hormone estrogen’s response in cells. A scientific study on animals showed not only a reduction in fertility but also leads to neural tube birth defects. In fact, it causes reproductive toxicity in both females and males.
What can you do?
Start by reading active ingredients and look for terms like: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, centrimonium bromide, distearyldimonium chloride, hydroxyethyl methyl ammonium methyl sulfate, diethyl ester dimethyl ammonium chloride, benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride, quaternium-15, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, centrimonium bromide, polyquaternium.
Despite proliferative exposure to quats, we can work toward minimising exposure to quats, as a preventative for you and your family’s health.