Perfumes, cosmetics, non-stick cookware, laundry detergents, cell phones, videogame and TV consoles and canned foods – who can live without these everyday household goods that bring meaning and value to our lives? What about receipts for your grocery shopping that you inadvertently handle? Or, candles, markers and even carpets and mattresses?
What if I told you that there are a staggering number of toxins and harmful chemicals found in all these items that make them extremely dangerous? You’ll probably laugh it off as a joke. Of course, you don’t think baby products, dryer sheets and air fresheners can be toxic! But I am quite serious.
All these items (and many more) that bring comfort and joy to our lives can actually have a detrimental effect on our health and wellbeing. Scientists are still uncovering the extent to which these things can cause us harm. And as new insight comes to light, it is becoming clear just how little we should use them.
Yet, we continue to surround ourselves with things we don’t need and things that are toxic and corrosive. Healthy living should not just be about diet and exercise, but it should also include cutting out toxicity from our lives completely.
In this week’s article, I highlight five common items that you didn’t think were toxic. I recommend that you stop, or in the very least, reduce your usage of them.
1. Household Cleaning Products
Household cleaning products are rigged with chemicals. I am sure you think that the reason they are so effective is because they are so full of harsh chemicals?! Think again! Baking soda, vinegar, soap, lemon drops and warm water – can be just as effective for cleaning, without coating every surface in your home with toxins.
So, the next time you pick a strong cleaning product, choose something with all-natural and non-toxic ingredients instead. Your body will thank you!
2. Plastic Food Containers
Plastic containers are made from chemicals such as phthalates, which can interfere with the body’s endocrine and immune systems. Even food-grade plastic has a life of a few years beyond which it can become toxic. As plastic breaks down over time it releases dangerous chemicals into your food that can produce adverse developmental, reproductive and neurological effects in the body.
Keep a tab on your food-grade plastics, don’t let them get too old. Switch to glass or metal containers wherever possible.
3. Hand Sanitizers & Antibacterial Soaps
Hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps are often advertised as healthy and protective. But the truth of the matter is that these products are full of toxins. More than 75% of hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps, as well as linens, underwear, plastic products, and more, contain the chemical compound – triclosan. Apart from impacting the endocrine system, triclosan has been linked to thyroid disease, allergies, asthma, and eczema. It is also a suspected carcinogenic.
Avoid using hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps. Overusing these products can lead you to build an antibiotic resistance to bacteria, making treating infections more difficult in the long run.
4. Deodorants and Body Sprays
You may want to use deodorants and antiperspirants to avoid odour, but have you considered that these products use aluminium as a powerful “sweat-blocking ingredient”. Aluminium is a leading contributor to breast cancer. Some perfumes and body sprays contain hazardous compounds that can harm the delicate surfaces of our respiratory tracts and cause bouts of sneezing and cough.
Again, natural floral and herbal extracts are effective deodorisers. Choose products with natural and non-toxic ingredients in place of the usual chemical-rich ones.
5. Canned Foods
Most canned food containers are lined by the hazardous compound – Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a hormone-disrupting chemical linked to infertility, heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. Although some manufacturers are claiming to have phased out the chemical from their cans, it’s not clear whether the replacements are safe either.
Wherever possible reduce your consumption of canned foods. Simply opt for fresh or frozen foods instead.
It’s time for Cleanse!
Toxicity is something we’re constantly dealing with! Whether it is toxicity from people or from these products that we use. Whether it is intentional or unintentional, toxicity accrues.
This is why I recommend taking my Cleanse periodically. It is your best bet to safeguard you against toxicity build-up. With my simple DIY tips and guided approach, that you can follow from anywhere you are, you can detox on the go. And, joining a group does wonders for your morale. Try it.
Join my Cleanse now (Click this link). Stay refreshed, rejuvenated and 100% Cleansed.