Unfortunately, there are chemicals everywhere we look. Everything from materials to paints, items we use around the house, they all contain various chemicals in their composition. Technology and science found out how to create new materials and how to make them more affordable, but they are all made out of chemical compounds.
Once it was thought that they are safe, not being able to produce any harms to people. But, in time, science ended up learning more about these substances, discovering that they can enter our bodies through the products we use, and they can create unwanted health problems.
This shouldn’t scare you because these findings are meant to raise awareness and help you avoid them. Yes, you can avoid them, by being more careful what you purchase and introduce in your home.
If ever we had proof that our nation’s pollution laws aren’t working, it’s reading the list of industrial chemicals in the bodies of babies who have not yet lived outside the womb. ~ Louise Slaughter
What should we be careful about in our homes?
For instance, plastic and PVC products can contain phthalates. They have unwanted effects on the reproductive process and was found to have a connection with triggering early puberty in girls. So you may want to avoid PVC products, recycled plastics with #3 on their tag, and products that have the mention “added fragrance” on their label.
Guys be careful as well since it also lowers your testosterone level.
We can also have in our homes perfluorinated chemicals, which can produce problems of the immune system, can affect our kidney, were found some connections with breast cancer and affect the reproductive process. To make sure you don’t have such substances in your home, use ceramic cookware instead of the traditional non-sticking ones, and be careful with what you clean your carpets and kitchen. Some cleaning products have PFCs in their composition.
Want to know more about this chemical? Read the following research from minddisrupted.org.
Another harmful chemical found in homes are the BPAs or bisphenol A. It can be found in plastics that have the recycling number 7 and in receipts received from various operations. The chemical can create hormonal issues in unborn babies, and it is believed to trigger obesity and heart problems.
Lead is a different compound found in homes, which can affect our brain and hearing, can negatively influence a pregnancy and lowers the chances of conceiving a baby. To avoid it, in case paint is chipping off, you should remove it and not let it linger in the house. Filtering your water efficiently will prevent you swallowing lead and not wearing the outside shoes inside will keep lead out of your home.
Organophosphate pesticides also enter our homes, usually through the foods we consume. Thus, you should wash carefully every fresh produce you eat fresh and remove the first outer leaves of lettuce and cabbages.
Even at relatively low levels, organophosphates may be hazardous to human health. The pesticides act on Acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme found in the brain chemicals closely related to those involved in ADHD, thus fetuses and young children, where brain development depends on a strict sequence of biological events, may be most at risk. They can be absorbed through the lungs or skin or by eating them on food. According to a 2008 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ″detectable″ traces of organophosphate were found in a representative sample of produce tested by the agency, 28% of frozen blueberries, 20% of celery, 27% of green beans, 17% of peaches, 8% of broccoli, and 25% of strawberries.
They are only some of the most known and harmful chemicals that can be found in a home, as the list can continue, being rather difficult to avoid them since their large dispersion.
But, we should try to avoid them as best as we can, and we should stay safe by consuming fresh organic food. Chemicals will have less unwanted effects on a healthy body than on a body that is weak. So a high-quality nutrition is vital for a reliable health.
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