Could your choice of toothpaste, shampoo, air fresheners or scented candles be harming your health? From the pesticides in our foods to the chemicals in our cosmetics; it’s hard to come by something which is completely chemical free! But, the unfortunate fact is that these chemical additives make manufacturing easier, cheaper and these products more appealing to the unwitting customer.
These hidden toxic chemicals gradually build up in the body, causing normal body functions to suffer, create blockages and provide entry to a host of diseases. While it’s impossible to avoid exposure to all environmental chemicals, there are ways to rid your home of many of these potential toxins. Here are some of the most common products and foods that may be hazardous to your health.
Researchers have warned that ‘Triclosan’ – an antibacterial ingredient found in shampoos, hand gels, and toothpaste may cause cancer and liver fibrosis. Animal studies have shown that triclosan may alter the way hormones work in the body. The FDA is looking more closely into the ingredient and is scheduled to finalize its rule on triclosan in 2016. For now, it still says there is not enough evidence to recommend consumers stop using triclosan-containing products. Hence, it is always advisable to use natural ingredients, safe herbal time-tested non-toxic products, whenever possible.
The assumption about chewing gum is that if the gum is not swallowed, then its ingredients should not be a concern. However, the ingredients your gum is made of moves very quickly into the bloodstream because they are absorbed directly through the walls of the mouth. These ingredients do not even undergo the normal filtration process of digestion and can pose serious health hazards. Here is a list of common toxic ingredients found in chewing gums to help you correct the myth that chewing gum is harmless and it strengthens your teeth!
Plastic is a petroleum product and is extremely toxic. The problem of these plastic and petroleum based toxins is compounded when plastic is exposed to heat. Even slightly higher temperatures cause the plastic to become unstable and release toxins and vapor. The process is slow and subtle, but very damaging to health. Read more to find out the adverse health effects of plastics and some suitable alternative solutions for storage of drinking water other than the plastic bottles.
The vast majority of synthetic air fresheners emit significant amounts of terpene, a volatile organic compound that can react with naturally occurring ozone to create formaldehyde. So, if you use synthetic air fresheners, you should know that you are likely increasing your risk of headaches, earaches, depression, allergies, irregular heartbeat, and even diarrhea. Here is a shocking list of toxic ingredients in air fresheners and 10 natural ways to keep your living space fresh.
We are all worried when we go outside to a smog-filled sky. We are concerned with images of toxic waste being dumped into our waterways. However, we let hazardous, toxic, and carcinogenic chemicals into our homes daily in the disguise of common household cleaners. Here is a list of toxic household products that you should quit using immediately. Also, there is an easy recipe for making your own eco-friendly cleaner!
The majority of chemicals that go into our ‘beauty’ products are scarily similar to harsh industrial chemicals. Although many beauty products which claim to be anti-ageing, could actually be doing the exact opposite! They contain carcinogenic ingredients and substances which could ultimately contribute to wrinkles and bad skin. Below is a list of the ingredients that you should be careful of while shopping for your beauty products.
What we eat today is nothing more than ‘dead’ food, stripped of its vital nutrients, flavors, textures and richness through the commercialized ‘processing’ of foods. The only underlying focus is to make this cheap food look appealing with vibrant colors and additives to fool our taste buds. Here is a compilation of 11 banned ingredients that you will still find in your food and that should ideally be treated like ‘toxic’ waste!
Common harvest protocol in the US is to drench wheat fields with Roundup (herbicide). Consuming wheat products increase the glyphosate residue in your body. Roundup disrupts the functioning of beneficial bacteria in the gut and causes systemic inflammation causing conditions like diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, and cancer.
The liver is the organ where sugar is stored in the form of glucose. Eventually, if sugar is consumed every day, your liver will be unable to store the excess sugar and will return it to the blood in the form of fatty acids. These fatty acids are stored in the most inactive areas of your body – The belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs; thus leading to obesity and diabetes. Also, in order to neutralize the blood from sugar (sugar creates an acidic body), calcium is taken from the bones and teeth, thus, decay and osteoporosis may occur.
Processed meats are usually manufactured with a carcinogenic ingredient known as sodium nitrite. This is used as a color fixer by meat companies to give packaged meats a bright red color so that they look fresh. Unfortunately, sodium nitrite also results in the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines in the human body. And this leads to a sharp increase in cancer risk for those who eat them.
A major health concern of the instant cup noodles is the reported leaching of dioxin and other hormone-like substances from the plastic container of the cup noodle, as hot water is added. In addition to this, the toxic chemical TBHQ in instant noodles damages your digestion, slows down your metabolism and is also capable of causing cancer. Instant noodles also contain anti-freeze substances such as propylene glycol that accumulate in the heart, liver and kidneys causing abnormalities and damage.
Research shows that fatty parts of the beef are ‘washed’ in ammonium hydroxide and used in the filling of the burger. Besides the low quality of the meat, the ammonium hydroxide is harmful to health. Check out an interesting video in this post which demonstrates how after selecting the best parts of the chicken, the remains (fat, skin and internal organs) are processed for these fried foods.
Tuna has a certain level of mercury in it. Mercury is a toxic metal that can cause a variety of symptoms depending on what your body’s mercury level is. Extreme exposure can cause severe cognitive decline and dementia. Thus, based on your weight and gender, it is recommended to only eat a certain amount of tuna per week. Read more to find out how much tuna you can safely eat per week.