Everyone desires to feel good, energetic, and physically well every day. There isn’t a soul on this planet who wants poor health. Certainly numerous factors can cause a decline in vitality — environmental toxins however, contribute to many major mystery illnesses and symptoms.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exposure to indoor toxins has had a more significant impact on health than outdoor toxins.
Indoor air has higher concentrations of contaminants than outdoor air due to various pollutants trapped inside the home. People spend roughly 90 percent of their time indoors, making them susceptible to indoor pollutants.
‘Perhaps the greatest threat to our health is from environmental pollutants,’ states Stephen Levine, Ph.D., Director of the EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, in an issue of ‘The Senior Journal.’
‘Pollutants are everywhere — water, air, food, consumer products,’ explains Levine. ‘We’re exposed to them daily, and we can’t escape them.’
Furthermore, toxic contaminants affect the body in many ways: causing respiratory problems, affecting your nervous system, and harming cells and tissues. According to the University of California, research reveals how the average person is exposed to cancerous toxins like arsenic, dioxins, and dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) daily. Consequently, after being exposed, substances like air pollutants, BPA, DDT, dioxins, pesticides, and phthalates can be detected in an individual’s blood, urine, organs, cells, and even breast milk, with more than 200 chemicals discovered in newborn cord blood alone.
Despite these findings, toxic exposures are commonly underestimated and misunderstood. Although the EPA has set various regulations on protecting human health from toxins in outdoor air, they have not done so for indoor air pollutants.
Examples of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
One of the most common VOCs is formaldehyde, a colorless gas with an acrid (sharp and bitter) smell. Formaldehyde is found in many building materials such as plywood, particleboard, laminate flooring, glues and often in very dangerous levels.
Formaldehyde can also be found in
- Drapes, fabrics, and certain types of foam insulation in mattresses and furniture.
- Is often a byproduct that can be found in some children’s toys and toys made of composite wood that contain adhesives that release formaldehyde.
- Acrylic paints – both solvent-based and water-based could off gas formaldehyde.
- Formaldehyde can also be used to bind pigments in fabric (in dolls and stuffed animals) to achieve wrinkle resistance and water repellence.
Triggers that make us sick
Other VOC sources include tobacco products and burning fuels such as gas, kerosene, and wood. VOCs are also found in:
- Air fresheners
- Arts and crafts products: glues, permanent markers, etc.
- Caulks and sealants
- Cleaners and disinfectants
- Cosmetics and deodorants
- Dry-cleaned clothing
- Flooring, carpet, pressed wood products
- Office printers and copiers
- Paint, paint strippers
- Varnishes and finishes
- Wood burning stoves
E.g. – Traditional carpet/rug cleaners contain highly toxic chemicals. Many carpets already have toxins from pesticides or other chemicals added during the manufacturing process. So carpet cleaning adds poisons on top of toxins. If you spend a lot of time indoors, you will breathe in these toxic fumes for most of each day, weakening your immune system, feeding viruses, and causing many problems such as SAD (Seasonal affective disorder).
Therefore you can avoid this by buying “green” carpets—organic cleaners and using a modern “green” carpet cleaning service.
Chemical Induced Ailments
Chemical-induced ailments caused by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) depend on the concentration and length of exposure to the chemicals.
Health problems caused by VOCs (formaldehyde, pesticides, solvents, and cleaning agents), signs and symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Allergic skin reactions, e.g., eczema
- Conjunctival irritation
- Declines in serum cholinesterase levels
- Epistaxis (Formaldehyde)
- Nausea, emesis
- Nose, throat discomfort
Low concentrations are ephemeral, while higher concentrations irritate the lungs, and long-term exposure can cause injury to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system.
“Environmental and lifestyle factors are key determinants of human disease—accounting for perhaps 75% of most cancers”.
Richard M, Sharpe senior research scientist and D Stewart Irvine.
Detox your home by removing toxic products
The most helpful way to improve your health is to detox your home. And your health will significantly improve. For this purpose, go through each area and clear your home of harmful toxic products, one at a time.
The chemicals in synthetic scents (such as air fresheners & scented candles) can lower the immune system instantly. When the chemicals enter our bloodstream, our natural killer (NK) cells, lymphocytes, and other white blood cells absorb them, immediately weakening our immune cells and destroying others. Therefore, our white blood cells need clean, fresh, oxygenated blood.
The simple elimination of toxins in the home improves the air quality significantly and takes an enormous load off the body’s detoxification system. It will also help rejuvenate and strengthen the immune system creating a powerful resistance to viruses and bacterial infection.
In addition, it will improve its ability to manage unexpected exposures to chemicals, natural pollens, dust, and mold in environments that are not within our control.
Most people who have suffered from ailments caused by a toxic environment, “total allergy” or “multiple chemical sensitivity,” have significantly improved their health when all sources have been removed from their environment.
Moreover, when adversely affected by an environmental illness, the best remedy source is from a clinical ecologist specializing in such cases.
Don’t be misled by Catchy TITLES, packaging or by the name “organic” + “natural ingredients”
Numerous cleaning products on the market have catchy titles, the “organic” and “natural” name on their packaging. Which hold little importance in the largely unregulated products in the industry. Also keep in mind that the phrase organic and natural does not always mean good for your health (for instance, lead). Always read the labels!
However, chemical awareness in household products helps circumvent bringing toxins unintentionally into your home and restricts your overall exposure. Visit the EWG guide to healthy cleaning for product guides, label decoders, and tips to help you recognize and avoid the most common toxins found in household cleaning products.
Helpful Tip: Your cleaning products should have ingredients rated a one on EWG Skin Deep. Plus an A rating on EWG Healthy Cleaners Database.
Seven things that you can change immediately to improve your health
Our homes can become veritable poison havens without us even realizing it, from conventional cleaners and air fresheners to furniture and clothing made with toxic chemicals. But don’t worry – there are steps you can take to make your home a clean and healthy space for you and your family. Read on for tips on how to create a non-toxic environment at home.
1| DETOX YOUR HOME OF SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES
Did you know that the word “Fragrance” functions as a single title for up to 5,000 different ingredients protected under “Trade Secrets?” In fact, nearly 95% of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from crude petroleum oil, which contains an outlandish amount of carcinogenic chemical additives. For example, common fragrance chemicals include phthalates linked to allergens as well as reproductive and developmental harm.
Synthetic fragrances hide in various household products such as air fresheners, candles, cleaning supplies, clothes saturated in fungicides, dryer sheets, furnishings, home sprays, laundry detergents, perfumes, and soaps. These toxic chemicals are easily absorbed through the skin and linked to allergies, cancer, congenital disabilities, nervous system disorders, and more.
The chemicals in synthetic scents can lower the immune system quickly. When the chemicals enter our bloodstream, our natural killer cells, lymphocytes, and other white blood cells absorb them, instantly weaken our immune cells and destroying others. Our white blood cells need clean, fresh, oxygenated blood; with chemical scents, our white count becomes limited.
2| ABOLISH YOUR TOXIC CLEANING PRODUCTS
Cleaning products are the most toxic class of products found in the home, contributing to various health problems. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), household cleaning products rank among the most toxic every-day substances to which people are exposed.
Such toxic products are absorbed through the skin, inhaled into the lungs, and ingested as chemical deposits that remain after laundry, dishes, and other household items have been thoroughly cleaned. They have been linked to asthma, cancer, congenital disabilities, endocrine disruption, headaches, learning difficulties, neurological problems, obesity, and reproductive disorders, to list a few.
For an effective chemical-free cleaning option, try my homemade recipe using essential oils.
3| BEGIN A NEW HEALTHY CHEMICAL-FREE LAUNDRY ROUTINE
Laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets have the most significant potential for undermining your health. They contain proprietary signature fragrances comprised of hundreds of toxic chemicals that are never tested for safety.
The chemicals in most laundry products are hazardous to humans. And after use, these chemicals reside on our clothes and rub against our skin. One study found that chemically scented products emit more than 100 volatile organic compounds (VOCs). That’s equivalent to breathing in paint fumes all day. Many of these chemicals are deemed carcinogenic (cancer-causing) and contribute to air pollution.
4| CHOOSE NON-TOXIC COOKWARE.
Most non-stick cookware on the market are coated with a synthetic polymer called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). PTFE is extremely dangerous because it is composed of carbon and fluorine atoms.
This polymer has been linked to cancer, endocrine disorders, congenital disabilities, and more. In similar, avoid buying products made with PFC, such as Teflon cookware and Scotchgard.
5| REPLACE HARMFUL PLASTIC WITH GLASS.
Various plastic containers contain phthalates, which can interpose with the body’s endocrine (hormone) system.
Bisphenol A (BPA) has been linked to causing reproductive, immunity, neurological problems, congenital disabilities, endocrine disruption, impaired immunity, and various cancers. Trade plastic for glass when possible.
6| FILTER YOUR DRINKING WATER.
Most people would regard their drinking water safe; however, the answer: No! Especially if you are drinking city water.
City water is abundant in harmful chemicals like arsenic, chlorine, fluoride, perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), and toxic heavy metals linked to cancers, high cholesterol, hormone-related disorders, thyroid disease, and ulcerative colitis. The same as “well water,” your well water can contain vile pollutants as well.
Metals like arsenic, mercury, lead, aluminum and cadmium, which are prevalent in many areas of our environment, can accumulate in soft tissues of the body. For an effective detox to remove heavy metals from your body, try this delicious Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie.
Having your drinking water tested for safety and using a water filtration system is one of the best health investments you can make.
7| OPEN YOUR WINDOW & LET IN THE FRESH AIR EVERY DAY.
Although we cannot see the harmful chemicals we breathe, they affect our health significantly. EPA studies prove that indoor air pollution is typically two to five times higher than outdoor air, and natural ventilation is healthier than breathing stale air from the indoors.
New air is chemically different than the recirculated indoor air that most people breathe. High-quality air is electrified. Airing out your home every day improves the quality of the air you breathe. Utilizing an Air Purifier in each room, especially in a bedroom while you sleep, will significantly help as well.
Fresh, clean air contains the life-giving oxygen molecule that is negatively charged or “negatively ionized,” which has remarkable effects on behavior, such as alleviating anxiety and behavioral problems. It also helps our mood to be cheerful and optimistic, with an improved sense of well-being.
Therefore negative air ions are seen to be a tool with potential theoretical and remedial applications. Get as much fresh air as possible, especially during winter months, open your windows for at least 15 minutes a day.
Read Ingredient Labels –
It is perfectly legal for companies to use ingredients linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and reproductive harm in products we use every day.
free of harmful fragrance
human safe: zero eye irritant, skin irritant, and lung irritant
free of harmful preservatives
plant and mineral-based
Every small change adds up over time. Resulting in a toxic-free home and a much healthier and happier YOU!
The “Dirty Dozen”
2-Unintentionally Produced – Result from some industrial processes and combustion.
- aldrin ¹
- dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT)¹
- hexachlorobenzene ¹,²
- 1- polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) ¹,²
- 2- polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins²(dioxins)
- 3- polychlorinated dibenzofurans² (furans)