8 Steps to Reduce Your Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
Women are particularly vulnerable to the toxic chemicals we find in everyday products. Many of them have been linked to women’s health issues such as asthma, birth defects, infertility, breast cancer and other serious problems.
Below are listed 8 effective steps you can take to reduce your exposure and you family’s to toxic chemicals contain in your everyday household products, to eventually eliminate them completely!
1. Find Alternatives to Commercial Cleaning Products
It is scientifically proven that certain chemicals in commercial cleaning products are threats to human health. Many have been linked to reproductive problems, increased risk of cancer, birth defects and hormone disruption.
It is not true that green cleaning products are more expensive and/or less effective. Like anything else, you may have to do some research but good alternatives do exist and you deserve to take the time to find them.
2. Avoid Synthetic Fragrances
Stop using air fresheners and look for cleaners, laundry detergents, personal care products and cosmetics that are “fragrance-free”. Note that there is a big difference between “fragrance-free” and “unscented”. It sometimes takes even more chemicals to remove scents in a product to make it “unscented” than the “scented” version.
Synthetic fragrances are made of hundreds of chemicals, including phthalates and musks, which are linked to reproductive and developmental problems as well as an increased risk of breast cancer.
3. Research your Personal Care Products
Read the labels to avoid chemicals like laureth sulfate, parabens and oxybenzone. There are over 12,000 chemicals in personal care products, and 89% of them have not been reviewed for safety yet!
4. Go “BPA-Free”
BPA is found in can liners and plastics. BPA exposure is linked to increased risks of cancer, infertility, obesity and diabetes. Opt for fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables instead of canned food, and look for BPA-Free plastics or products packaged in glass or cardboard.
5. Ban Triclosan
Triclosan is a hormone disruptor than has been found in blood and breast milk of nursing mothers. The use of disinfectant has not been proven to be more effective at preventing illnesses than regular soap with water, so avoid anti-bacterial hand soap altogether.
6. Choose Plastics with Recycle Symbols #4 and #5
Recycling symbols #4 and #5 mean PVC-free. PVC has been linked to many serious health problems such as hormone disruption as well as reproductive and developmental problems. PVC is found in toys, cookware and shower curtains just to name a few. Never microwave plastic and use glass containers as much as possible to store food.
7. Close Your Door To Chemicals
Believe it or not, your shoes can track inside your house a huge amount of toxic chemicals like lawn pesticides and coal tar. Always take your shoes off when entering your house and use a door mat to catch dirt at the door as much as possible. Also, make sure to dust and vacuum your house regularly.
8. Don’t Overheat on-Stick Cookware
When heated over 450 F, Teflon releases perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) that has been proven to cause cancer and developmental problems. Try to opt for cast iron or stainless steel cookware when possible or keep the heat below medium with non-stick cookware.
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