WELLNESS

Toxic Chemicals Hiding In Your Home

Hello! My Tribe,
As we all know chemicals have totally overtaken our lives. They are all around us because of which we tend to fall sick pretty often. But whenever we face issues with our health, we directly visit the doctor’s clinic without realizing the fact that whatever we are using inside our homes is filled with chemicals and that is what is exactly causing the damage. Barely do we realize that the things we are using to improve our health and well-being are most often the things that contain these toxins which prove hazardous eventually.

A lot of chemicals get penetrated by our skin, but it can also enter through non-dermal pathways as well. Some harmful chemicals can end up airborne, entering into our system through inhalation, depositing in airways, and being absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs.

So today I am going to tell you about a few common household and beauty products that we use on a daily basis that contain chemicals and are causing a threat to our health.

Common Household Products With Harmful Chemicals
When you are on a house cleaning spree or on a mission to keep your house insect free, you most likely use products that are filled with chemical toxins without ever realizing the harmful effects of them on your well-being. These include, air freshneres, polishing agents, scouring powders, surface cleaners and insecticides.

Common Hygiene and Beauty Products With Harmful Chemicals
While maintaining hygiene and looking great should be a priority, you should be aware that many products that you use to smell good or enhance your beauty contain harmful chemicals. These include deodorant, perfume and cologne, soap (including antibacterial soap) and detergent, makeup and cosmetics, mouthwash and toothpaste, moisturizer and sunscreen, shampoo and other hair care products, nail polish and nail polish remover.

Now let us see in which areas of our homes do these chemical toxins hide!

Toxins in the Bedroom
Having a good night’s sleep is the key for maintaining good health. It plays a crucial role in supporting memory, immune function, metabolism, learning, and other critical functions. But the presence of toxins in your bedroom can unfortunately mess with the quality of your sleep.

Mattresses
Foam mattresses as well as baby’s and children’s mattresses which have gained a lot of popularity in the past few years might contain toxic flame retardants. These chemicals, if inhaled, can negatively impact your body’s ability to heal and detoxify. So try a non-toxic mattress made with organic stuffing and without flame retardants.
Additionally, do not place mattresses on a pressed wood or plywood bed frame. These two types of wood release formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals.Mattresses also contain microscopic creatures which are potent allergens. Mites may leave their excrement in your mattresses, pillows, sheets, furniture, and drapes. So, wash your sheets every three days with fragrance- and chemical-free laundry detergent.

Electronics
Devices with a screen that emit blue light slow down the production of melatonin, the hormone that is necessary for healthy sleep cycles. This is why using your cell phone before bed affects sleep quality. Electronic devices also emit a small amount of electromagnetic radiation. If they break or their insides are exposed, metals such as mercury, lead, barium and arsenic can leak. So the best way to have a toxic free sleep is to keep them off the bedroom altogether.

Carpeting
Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are a group of extremely toxic materials that don’t break down in the environment. The most toxic of these is a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) which is extremely toxic in nature is used to produce carpeting and upholstery. This means that if you have a carpet at your home, you are inhaling it every day. Natural hardwood or stone flooring can be a better substitute for a carpet which doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals and is comparatively easier to clean.

Toxins in the Bathroom
You won’t believe the number of toxins creeping inside your bathroom. The area under the sink, cosmetics, the toilet, toothbrushes, and the floor can all be a storehouse to harmful, biological pollutants. Biological pollutants are living organisms or the by-products of living organisms which are small, travel through the air, and can be easily inhaled.

Toothbrushes
Every time you flush keeping that toilet lid open, fecal matter spreads in the atmosphere and lands over everything in your bathroom including your toothbrush. Toothbrush cups may be the biggest station of germs in your home space. So make sure you disinfect them often or replace them with an air holder. Also, thoroughly wash your toothbrush after use and leave it dry. And please don’t use a toothbrush for more than 2 or 3 months.

Sinks
Bathroom sinks facilitate the growth of a fungus called Fusarium which is a common source of infections in humans. In addition to fungus, sinks can have bacterial growth and chemical toxins from home cleaners. Its better to use organic cleaning products to keep this area of your bathroom clean to maintain a healthy environment at home.

Showers
Most of us have water filters for taps, but we don’t consider a filter for our bath or shower. Shower curtains, floors, and walls contain biological pollutants like fungus, mold, mildew, and other types of unhealthy organisms, no matter how much soap, water, and shampoo you use to keep them clean. In fact, the shower is one of the most germ-friendly places in your house and should be cleaned every day.

Taps
Tap water is generally treated with chlorine to eliminate pathogens and harmful chemicals from it, but these chemicals actually make the water toxic. When chlorine mixes with tap water, it releases by products called THM’s aka trihalomethanes which produce free radicals in the body causing cell damage.

Floors
The floor of your bathroom is a haven for germs, dirt, and harmful toxins of all types. Cleaning the bathroom floor one to two times a week with organic cleaning products is essential.Rugs in the bathroom are also a significant repository of toxins and are difficult to clean. Remember that sometimes, the flooring itself can contain surface contaminants like in the case of vinyl flooring. These contain huge amounts of phthalate plasticizers and synthetic chemicals which are extremely toxic in nature.

Toxins in the Kitchen
Grocery bags, keys, purses, and various household and food products that move around your kitchen can become vehicles to carry and deposit bacteria to other places in your home. Food-related bacteria can also be found in many utensils and gadgets like cutting boards which are especially prone to bacteria due to the cuts made in the wood or plastic. Instead you can choose a natural cutting board made of bamboo which is resistant to these cuts. Having separate boards for meat, fruits and vegetables is another way to avoid cross-contamination, which is the main cause of food borne diseases. Also your microwave can be another source of toxicity in your kitchen. Radiation emitted from ovens and microwaves can be harmful if leaked.

Outdoor toxins
Paint cans, paint thinners and fuel containers can be toxic and harmful if inhaled or not properly ventilated and stored. You can replace chemical-based bug repellents and pest control products with organic, plant-based substitutes like basil, lemon balm, lavender, catnip, peppermint and marigold. These can be applied to certain areas of the yard or crushed and rubbed on the skin to ward off the insects.

So these are the things that are lying in our house and are hampering our health by the day. Its time we become more conscious about what we are using, how we are using it and where is it coming from. We need to make better choices when buying and choose health and wellness in all our actions.

Have you been conscious about the chemicals and toxins you have been using in and around your home and have changed a few things? And have you noticed any impact on your over all wellbeing ? Please share with me and my tribe.

Stay tuned for more!
Love and health
Uma


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I am Uma - entrepreneur, award winning television personality,philanthropist and an eternal optimist dedicated to helping you liveyour dreams by bringing daily insights, fitness inspiration, cleaneating and beauty and wellness resources.Join me in this space and lets start this beautiful journey together.

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