How To Reduce Your Chemical Exposure
The FDA recently ordered that all antibacterials be removed from consumer soaps within the next year. Since 1978, they have been investigating triclosan, the chemical used in most antibacterial soaps, and after almost 40 years they have found no proof that these chemicals help reduce illness. What the FDA has found is that high doses of these antibacterials can affect the way the hormones in your body work. This new change has a lot of people asking what else they are being unnecessarily exposed to and what they can do to reduce their chemical exposure.
When looking for ways to reduce chemical exposure, one of the first places you should look is your cleaning supplies. When you are cleaning your home you are breathing in the chemicals and exposing your skin to chemicals. This exposure happens not only while you are cleaning but repeatedly as you touch the chemicals left on your surfaces. Consider switching your cleaning supplies to Norwex. Norwex gives you the ability to clean most of your home with just our cloths and water with no harmful residues left behind.
The next thing you can do is limit your personal care products. The average woman uses 12 personal care products each day. Chances are at least one of these products contains dangerous chemicals that can be harmful to your health. With the use of the Norwex body cloth or the new Norwex body mitt, you are able to clean your body without soap. It only takes 26 seconds for the chemicals applied to your skin to absorb into your blood stream. Have you looked into what is your body taking in while you are getting clean?
Another way you can reduce your chemical exposure is by eliminating fragrances in your home. We all want our homes to smell fresh but that could come at a price. Inhalation of fragrances could contribute to the development of health risks like cancer, common allergies and even asthma. Instead of melting wax or adding air fresheners around your home, consider pure essential oils. Add a few drops to some water and spray it around your house. If you miss the ambiance of candles, purchase an oil diffuser that creates a soft glow.
Lastly, when looking into reducing your chemical exposure, you need to be careful when buying “natural” products. Unfortunately, because our cosmetic and personal care products have few regulations, companies can add terms like “natural” or “organic”, when only a few of the ingredients are actually made of natural substances. If you want to make sure what you are buying is actually organic, check the labels and make sure the product is certified by a reputable certification company.
What are you going to do to reduce your chemical exposure? Are you ready for a change?