Well We all know I love natural products! When we’re faced with so many products that are filled with harmful ingredients, who wouldn’t!
Like a lot of people out there I would become dizzy and often very sick when I used conventional cleaning products.In fact, a few years ago, while cleaning my bathroom I almost fainted because of the fumes! That’s when I deiced I would take a look at the ingredients list of the products I was using. I’m sure this is no shock to you, but I didn’t recognize a single ingredient, so I started doing some research. What I found was terrifying, and if I’m being honest it enraged me. How could companies get away with putting these toxic chemicals in their products! After I made this discovery I was determined to make a change. I’ve been using natural products even since, and I’m loving it! I’m loving it so much, I felt compelled to share my knowledge with others. Below is a list of just a FEW of the many chemicals that have very harmful side effects, and ways to avoid them. Enjoy!
Bisphenol a (BPA) was created in the 1891,and in the late 1930s it was discovered that BPA acted as a synthetic estrogen. Because of it’s ability to mimic estrogenbit was meant to be used as birth control. Soon after the birth control plans failed scientists discovered BPA could be used to make plastics hard. Since then it’s been used in everything from plastic food container, to baby bottles and has been linked to various forms of cancer, as well as reproductive problems and heart disease.
How to Avoid It: Since BPA is found in so many items, it can be hard to avoid. To minimize your family’s exposure, avoid plastics that are marked with “PC” or recycling label #7. BPA is also commonly used in receipt paper, so forgo taking receipts whenever possible.
Dioxin is a carcinogen that can easily build up in the body. It is cause by manufacturing processes such as pesticide manufacturing, and the chlorine bleaching of paper products, and feminine hygiene products. It’s linked to immune and reproductive disorders such as endometriosis.
How to Avoid It: This toxin is commonly found in animal products especially fish, milk, and eggs, So try eating fewer animal products. For all my ladies, out there dioxin is found in conventional pads, and tampons. To avoid this try buying organic feminine hygiene products or consider using a menstrual cup to help your health and the planet!
Phthalates are used in hundreds of products throughout our homes. This chemical helps create flexible, durable, and resistant products such as flexible PVC. Because this chemical is used in so many products it can be difficult to avoid.
How to Avoid It: This chemical is commonly found in toys, plastic food containers and plastic wrap that are made from PVC. Phthalates can also be found in personal care items such as lotion, body wash etc. They are sometimes listed as “fragrances” so be sure to check the labels. Try switching to fragrance free products, or products that are scented with essential oils instead.
The chemical Perchlorate is commonly found in rocket fuel. This component can severely disrupt thyroid function. Decreased thyroid function can cause anything from fatigue, and weight gain to a slowed heart rate and depression.
How to Avoid It: Perchlorate is most often found on fresh produce, and in milk, so avoiding it altogether isn’t possible. You can try cutting out dairy, and buying organic when you can.
Parabens are commonly used in cosmetics and personal care products to prevent the growth of bacteria These harmful chemical can mimic estrogen in the body. Exposure to high levels of parabens is now being linked to the development of breast cancer.
How to Avoid It: Switch to paraben free products, and I can’t stress this enough READ THE LABELS! Companies can say a product is paraben free but when you read the ingredients list it’s a different story. So make sure you always read the labels. If you’d like to make sure your products don’t contain parabens make them yourself. There are tons of fun DIYs for everything from body lotion, laundry detergent.
If you made it this far I’m glad and I hope you found some interesting information. If you have anything in your home that contain these chemicals get rid of them immediately! I’ll be writing a blog post all about my favorite natural alternatives to conventional personal care, and cleaning products. If You’re interested be sure you’re check back for a list of AMAZING companies, and great DIYs.
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