Hidden Toxins in Your Home
I have talked in a previous post, how the cycle of “dis-ease” within the body includes toxins. These toxins are chemical stressors in the body that contribute to illness and misalignment in the spine.
WHY ARE THESE CHEMICALS HARMFUL?
According to the Environmental Working Group, we come into contact with over 500 synthetic chemicals daily in our homes. I’ll say it again, OVER 500! DAILY! Our own personal care and cleaning products are some of the biggest culprits because they contain chemicals that disrupt the functionality of our endocrine system, which means that they have a huge effect on our hormone health.
Toxic chemicals are sneakier than ever these days and they are finding their way into our everyday products that we use inside and outside of the home. Your contact with these toxins may occur through diet, air, skin, and water. Since they are just about everywhere this means that we are exposed to them on a ALL OF THE TIME! These environmental toxins mimic our natural hormones, but give us no benefit in return. The chemical stress that we experience from these chemicals can affect the ovaries, adrenals, thyroid, and other glands. From there, our hormones are thrown out of whack and we are left to deal with the unpleasant symptoms as a result. Additionally, these chemicals have been linked to cancer, thyroid disease, birth defects, infertility, and a lowered IQ.
COMMON CHEMICALS AND WHERE THEY ARE FOUND
BPA (Bispenol A)
BPA has been linked to cancer as may be one of the more well known chemicals. You need to be careful with this one because not only is BPA found to be extremely harmful, but the chemicals used to replace BPA can also be sabotaging your health!
BPA is commonly found in:
- Plastic bottles and containers
- Canned foods
- Food packaging
How to avoid BPA:
- Avoid touching paper receipts
- Don’t drink out of plastic
- Do not reheat food in plastic containers or put hot food in plastic containers
- Opt for frozen or fried food (avoid canned goods)
In addition to couch cushions and mattresses, these chemicals can make their way into the dust in our homes. So we are breathing them in along side our children and pets. Grrrr….
Flame retardants are commonly found in:
- Pet beds
- Car seats
- Kid’s pajamas
How to avoid Flame Retardants:
- Always check clothing labels. Stay far away from synthetics in the kids PJ section!
- Check furniture labels
- Choose a flame retardant free mattress and pet bed
- Use an air filter in your home (HEPA)
- Vacuum regularly
- Open windows daily to circulate fresh air
You might have heard of phthalates because they are commonly found in fragrance, which many are learning is a big hormonal no-no. Phthalates are known to cause reproductive health issues.
Phthalates are commonly found in:
- Personal care products
- Plastic food containers
- Plastic toys
- Fragrances in trash bags, diapers, and candles
- Air Fresheners
How to avoid Phthalates:
- Read labels-avoid products that include “phthalates” or “fragrance”
- Ditch the plastic and opt for glass
- Use essential oils instead of air fresheners
- Buy candles made from beeswax only
- Use laundry detergent that doesn’t contain artificial fragrance
WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?
I know this can all be overwhelming seeing as how this can effect life as you know it. Taking small steps where you can is the best way to start to detox from these chemicals and care for your hormone health.
Some of the quick changes that you can focus on first included:
- Eat organic foods whenever possible
- Avoid chemicals in your personal care products as they will absorb directly into your skin
- Use non-toxic cleaning products as a safe, hormone-friendly alternative
- Don’t eat out of plastic containers
- Don’t touch paper receipts from the grocery store, etc
- Use resources and apps that have already vetted products regarding their toxins
Don’t get overwhelmed. Just now that little changes lead to big results. Think of the long-term benefits that you will experience by getting your body and your hormones back in check! Ditching the toxic chemicals is just one more stop on your road to wellness!