Most of the toxic chemicals we are exposed to daily can wreak havoc on all of our physiological systems (including respiratory, reproduction, nervous, endocrine, circulatory etc.) which can then affect our body’s ability to stay healthy and strong. Many of the major chemicals found in conventional toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent and air fresheners have been found to be carcinogenic or estrogenic in nature and may play a large role in the development of many illnesses and diseases, especially cancer.
Our exposure to household chemicals can occur in three ways; inhalation, ingestion and contact with the skin. Once the body has been exposed to chemicals it could reach the liver via the blood stream. The liver and kidneys will do their best to excrete any harmful substances, however the body may not be able to remove all of the toxins.
``Environmental toxins are all around us. From the food we eat and water we drink to the products and energy we consume. Toxins have been found in beauty products, household cleaners, carpets, furniture, mattresses, house dust...Being surrounded by chemicals on a daily basis can have some harmful effects on your health. `` Melissa Young, MD
What toxins are lurking in your home?
According to a report by the David Zukuki foundation, most chemical ingredients in cosmetics have never been tested for their effects on human health and the environment and although Health Canada has created a list of many prohibited or restricted ingredients it does not enforce it.
As stated above, toxic chemicals don’t just exist in cosmetic products, they can be also be found in furniture foams, carpets, curtains and other textiles, paints, food packaging, home insulation, appliances, toys, electronics (laptops, televisions, phones, cables, wires and circuit boards), car seats and other automotive parts, and many baby products. According to an article written in the Guardian, there are many ways we can reduce our toxic exposure.
How can you achieve better health?
- Reduce stressors – avoid, eliminate or find strategies to get through challenging times (talk, write, breathe).
- Eat smaller meals more often – reduces stress on the digestive system.
- Minimize time spent on the computer – get up and move when possible.
- Get outdoors and breathe the fresh air – don’t rush, walk and enjoy the journey.
- Add more exercise to your week – this can be as simple as going for a nice brisk walk.
- Drink good quality water or beverages (herbal tea) through the day – keeping hydrated is important for healthy skin and weight.
- Set a good sleep pattern – important for repairing and rejuvenating the body.
- Detox your home – look at all the chemicals you and your family are exposed to everyday. Cut them out or find better alternatives.
So take the time to investigate what toxins surround your life. Make some changes and choose cleaner options that will be healthier for you and your family.
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About the author
Cindy works hard to live a clean life, while supporting the environment. She tries to educate other about the importance of reading ingredient lists and using resources to get educated about products that can impact our health.