It is not only the food that we eat which can makie us sick… Studies have found that around 884 chemicals used in personal care products and most cosmetics are known to be toxic .

It is estimated that women put over 200 chemicals on their bodies before they leave the house in the morning and we are all exposed to thousands of chemicals in daily living.

Chemical products

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Many products such as shampoos, deodorants, lotions, makeup and even baby products contain hormone disrupting chemicals, chemicals that have never been tested for health effects and we are putting these on our bodies, and in our hair day after day and the toxic exposure is adding up.

There is more and more evidence showing that chemical pollutants are contributing to an increase in chronic disease. 

At least 70% of what you put on your skin is directly absorbed into your bloodstream – think of nicotine patches and why they work so well.

What we spray in our homes causes indoor air pollution – spray cleaners make fine droplets that expose your lungs to the harmful chemicals, or land on surfaces that you then touch and are absorbed through your skin.

Finding healthy products

Make sure you use products that are healthy for you, your family, your pets and the environment. Vinegar, lemon, bicarbonate of soda, essential oils and water are some of the most effective cleaning products and, best of all, they are environmentally friendly and non-toxic.

Other toxins come from EMFs from WiFi, our phones, tablets and computers. We are affected more by EMFs when our cells are weak and our immune system is compromised, and if we have high stress levels we can end up with cellular damage and lead to negative health effects.

Swap the chemicals for a diffuser

I recommend using a diffuser, the one I use acts as a mini humidifier, creating a scented and relaxing mist which will spread fragrances quickly and effectively – you can use it to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, or use it with an uplifting oil for daily use.

The range of diffusers I use are safe as they have an auto shut-off so as soon as the water is finished it will switch off.

You just fill the reservoir and add your favourite essential oil switch it on and enjoy.

indoor air pollution_1Take action

Here are some key action steps to be taken to create a safe and health home environment:

Kitchen

– Non-stick cookware releases toxic fumes. 

– Always use glass over plastic, never microwave food. If you do use plastic ensure it is BPA free, BPA is a toxin that leaches from the plastic into your food.

– Filter your tap water

– Use stainless steel or glass water bottle for your water – do not use plastic bottles or aluminium bottles lined with plastic.  If you do use a reusable plastic bottle ensure it is BPA free : there are more and more BPA free containers available but I would advise sticking to stainless steel or glass.

– Cook with fresh or frozen wherever possible; most food cans contain bisphenol-A (BPA), this is a toxin that leaches into the food.  It is a hormone disruptor and can cause many health problems

Bathroom

– Air Fresheners usually contain a number of toxic chemicals that contaminate the air you breathe. Use a diffuser

– Choose fragrance free personal products, “fragrance” can contain hundreds of synthetic compounds and manufacturers don’t need to disclose this as it is considered a trade secret so it always safer to choose fragrance free.

– Toothpaste, choose fluoride free toothpaste – fluoride is toxic if swallowed.  Also avoid triclosan – read the ingredient list of your toothpaste or even better make your own.

– Avoid anti-bacterial soaps, these kill the good and bad bacteria on our skin and we need to keep the good bacteria.  Antimicrobial pesticides in liquid soap, Triclosan disrupts thyroid function and reproductive hormones

Laundry and cleaning

– Check the labels: choose green-certified products whenever possible.  Support companies that disclose all the ingredients – you have a right to know.

– Avoid laundry products you don’t need things such as dryer sheets, fabric softener and bleach, these are all toxic to you and the environment.

Say NO to being contaminated without consent

If you would like any help getting started on detoxing your home and would like a FREE Healthy Home Checklist with Green Cleaning Recipes connect with me by clicking here. You can also find out how I can help create a bespoke plan for you, recommend the right products and get you started right away.

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