How Toxic Is Your Home And What Can You Do About It?

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 3 years ago | News

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The human body is exposed to more toxicity today than perhaps ever before. With airplanes constantly flying over our heads, seasonal fruit and vegetables now available year-round and radiation-emitting cell phones constantly pressed up to our ears, there is little denying that this toxic load can be a lot for our maxed-out bodies to process everyday. But there are some things you can do to help reduce the amount of toxins present in your home environment. 

I think most of us are aware that simply replacing conventional cleaning products with organic versions can make a huge difference around the home. The same also goes for food, which means that buying local, organic or in-season produce can help to limit the amount of pesticides that we’re ingesting on a daily basis. But what about the more insidious toxins — the ones you mightn’t necessarily know you are exposing yourself to? These are some of the top sneakiest hormone-disrupting toxins to keep an eye out for if you want to understand just how toxic your environment is.

1) Is there BPA in your home?
You may have heard of BPA, because it’s the most widely studied endocrine disruptor on the market. Starting out as a synthetic estrogen given to women, this particular hormonal chemical is now commonly found in the linings of food cans and some plastic products like water bottles. It can lead to fertility problems and has even been linked to heart disease, obesity and increased chances of miscarriage. So to detoxify BPA from your home, replace store-bought plastic bottles with reusable ones and opt for fresh produce instead wherever possible.

2) Are you wary of synthetic fragrances?
Phthalates are another big one to watch out for in your home. These chemicals interfere with your hormones and have been linked to increased rates of breast cancer. Found in some plastic cling wraps and food containers, phthalates are also particularly prominent in the synthetic fragrances that are present in many cosmetic products. So storing your food in glass jars and reading your makeup ingredients lists is a great place to start in terms of banning phthalates from your home.

3) Are you ingesting lead?
Despite having a long list of associated health problems, lead is another common one that seems to sneak its way into our homes. It is present in lead-based paint and can even crop up in our water supply. Which is a huge problem, considering that lead interferes with the hormones regulating our stress levels. Feeling especially stressed out lately? This could be why. So avoid lead-based paints wherever you can and invest in a good water filter for home, to extract the lead from your drinking water.

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