Buildings are filled with toxins and are usually more polluted than the air outside. Toxins are present in many items in most homes, ranging from furniture, flooring material, cosmetics, mattresses, cleaning supplies and more. The chemicals that are present in these items accumulate in the body and can cause severe health issues. However, there are ways to avoid these items and to cleanse the home of these toxins.
How Are Household Toxins Bad for My Health?
The chemicals within certain products cause many diseases ranging from:
- Thyroid Dysfunction
- Liver Issues
- Stomach Concerns
- Poor Immune System
- Respiratory Complications
- Fertility Issues
- Mood Swings
- Autoimmune Disorders
When toxins get in the body, you are unable to detox them out naturally and they accumulate and over time can cause health concerns.
What Chemicals Are Found in Household Products?
- Coal Tar
- Dibutyl Phthalate
- Butylated Hydroxytoluene
- Sodium Laureth Sulphate
- Sodium Hydroxide
These is a list of the some of the chemicals, but not all that are out there. Many are used for fire retardants, and to preserve but have many well known side effects, including being cancer causing agents.
Which Products In My House Contain These Chemicals?
- Shaving Cream
- Body Soap
- Laundry Soap
- Dish Soap
- Shampoo, Conditioner
- Nail Polish
- Air Fresheners
- Surface Cleaners
- Polishing Agents
- Furniture in General
- Some flooring
What Can I do To Eliminate These Toxins?
I know as of right now it sounds like everything in your house might be toxic and that it might be impossible to do anything about it, but that is not true. There are many natural options for cleaning products, cosmetics, self care products, and pest control. Eco’s, Seventh Generation, Mrs.Meyers, and Ecover are some brands that contain plant based safe alternatives to cleaning products such as laundry soap, dish soap and cleaning supplies.
Labels should always be looked at, and should contain plants and or vitamins. If there is anything on the label that you do not know, or any of the above named chemicals than you should choose another alternative.
Fatco is a great brand to use for organic deodorant that is chemical free and still works well, this brand also sells lotions and some face products and baby products.
Even though this is not reasonable for everyone, there is mattresses and furniture out there that is free of chemicals and more eco friendly, so when it is time to replace a piece of furniture keep this in mind and look around for a safer option!
There are many essential oils that can be used as well for pest control, aromatherapy, and cleaning agents that are much safer than the harmful chemicals.
Is is also very important to always drink filtered water, and stay away from tap as many chemicals and chlorine are added to treat it.
Avoiding the use of plastics and heating plastic containers up in the microwave is another important step that must be done to avoid these chemicals.
How Do I Know How Much Toxins are in my Body?
The best method of knowing what is in your body is by doing a GLP-Tox urinalysis immediately. We use Great Plains Labs for this urine test and it screens for 172 toxic chemicals including pesticides, the above named chemicals, phthalates, benzene, and many more toxins. Once you know what toxins are in your body, we craft an individualized detox program to rid the toxins from the body.
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