The Dangers of Every Day Products
Thousands of chemicals can use the term “fragrance”. This umbrella term can be used on any ingredients list without disclosing which specific chemical is inside the product. Companies are protected by “patents” laws and can claim these are trade secrets.
75% of fragrances are linked to cancer, infertility, pregnancy loss and birth defects. Fragrances are also common triggers of asthma, migraines, allergies and sinus problems.
Fragrance can be found in your chemicals, soaps, household cleaners, laundry detergents, personal care products, baby and children’s products, shampoos, deodorants and more.
Another dangerous chemical to look out for are those that we call Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals. These substances are often found in our every day personal care products, pesticides and manufactured products. They interfere with the normal function of your endocrine system (a network of glands and organs that produce, store, and secrete hormones). They block hormones from doing their job, and according to The Hormone Health Network these can lead to severe health consequences such as:
- Sperm quality issues
- Abnormalities in sex organs
- Early puberty
- Issues with nervous system function
- Poor immune system function
- Breathing problems
- Metabolic issues
- Heart health abnormalities
- Neurological issues
- Learning difficulties
- and more, because hormones effect nearly every function in the human body.
How do we protect ourselves? It can be hard because our supermarket products can look eco friendly due to clever marketing, packaging and imagery.
It only takes 26 seconds for a household cleaner to enter yours and your child’s bloodstreams when they are in the room. What are you and your family being exposed to and breathing in? There is no such thing as flushing out these chemicals or building up a tolerance. Our bodies accumulate these chemicals for a long time, they mix, find a home in our bodies and wreak havoc.
Being Low Tox should be a priority. You don’t have to be a master of DIYs and you don’t need to spend a fortune. You can take it one month at a time and slowly “switch and ditch” these chemicals and upgrade them for safe products. You can choose your own pace and work to your own budget.