Posted by Dr. Jamie McManus on Apr 6, 2014 in Green Home, Health
You are committed to good health and have daily activities and routines you follow in order to support your health. On most days, you start your morning with a workout or a power walk, then make your high-protein smoothee, and take your supplements, and brush your teeth. Then, throughout the day, you try to make the right decisions about eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, wearing your sunscreen, and putting activity into your day.
All these small steps taken day in and day out lead to a stronger and healthier YOU!
To round out your daily health routine, I want to be sure you aren’t missing an important part of the health puzzle by being exposed to chemicals in your environment.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tracks more than 84,000 chemicals used in commerce. These chemicals, have worked their way into our everyday lives. Now, no matter how clean you try to live, it is impossible to escape exposure from these chemicals that may put an amazingly heavy burden on our liver and other detoxification pathways in our bodies. Chemicals are found in the food we eat, clothes we wear, personal care products we use, and even the very products that we use to keep our homes clean and safe.
Take a look at the chemicals found in common household cleaners:
Solvents used to make fragrances
Dry-cleaning solution, spot removers, carpet cleaners
An antibacterial found in dishwashing detergents and hand soaps
Mostly found in window cleaners, is responsible for the sweet smell
Found in many cleaning products
Another ubiquitous chemical, found in toilet bowl cleaner, mildew removers, laundry products, and even tap water
Potentially harmful effects
Endocrine disrupters: Men with high levels of phthalates in their blood have reduced sperm counts.
The EPA classifies PERC as a possible carcinogen and has ordered a phase-out of the chemical by 2020.
Leads to drug-resistant bacteria and is a possible hormone disrupter.
General irritant when inhaled, at high levels can damage lungs, liver, and kidneys.
When inhaled, it can irritate the lungs and potentially worsen asthma.
Chlorine is very reactive and irritates skin and lungs. It may disrupt the thyroid.
Be sure you only have safe, green cleaners under your sink and in your laundry. Choosing green cleaners means that you are doing the best for your health, the environment, and your family’s well-being!
What is your favorite green cleaning tip?
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