Home is our safe haven, our place of peace and rest, where we live our days and nights and shut out the world (when we can). There’s no place we want and NEED to feel safe like our own homes, but are they as safe as we think they are? Studies have shown there can be hidden toxins in your home that you may not be aware of. Careful research has proven what substances are there and where they come from. We will take a look at some of these items and the toxins they contain. A safe home is an informed home!
Mold is a terrible toxin and one that occurs far more easily and frequently than you might think. It only takes anywhere from 24 to 48 hours for mold to grow, 3 to 12 days for the mold spores to colonize, and 3 weeks for you to actually see the mold after it has germinated. Being exposed to mold can cause people to cough, wheeze, and have throat and skin irritation. If you can stop mold in its early stages you can halt the spread. But if it has overtaken a large part of your home you will need to call in professionals to help remove it. Doing whatever you can to rid the air of moisture in your home will help prevent mold from forming.
Perfumes and air fresheners have been in the news for awhile because of the potential harmful chemicals they contain, known as phthalates. There isn't a law in place right now that requires fragrance and air freshener companies to list all the chemicals in their products. These phthalates can cause digestive issues, dizziness, headaches, and nausea along with those allergic to phthalates who experience more severe reactions. A safe, healthy alternative to these products are essential oils.
Babies don't have fully developed immune systems. Their immune system doesn't really mature until they are 3 months old and a child doesn't develop a full immune system until they are 7-8 years of age. So toxic chemicals in baby products are alarming. Baby wipes have been known to contain Bronopol, which can be harmful to the skin, lungs and immune system. Some baby bottles and plastic toys contain BPA and this can affect a baby's hormones, so look for all natural, BPA free items. Always check ALL ingredients on your children’s care items and do your research about what is good for them and what is not.
One of the worst toxin causing agents you will hear about in a home is found in insulation. For a long time asbestos, now commonly known as a carcinogin, was the key ingredient used to insulate homes. More current insulation is made from materials that are flame retardants. These are called brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and are supposed to keep your house protected from fire but are, in fact, toxic chemicals because they are known to cause cancer and impairments in the brain. There are healthy alternatives to these harmful kinds of insulation. Sheep's wool, untreated, is a great choice for insulation and it also can filter out harmful toxins in the air of your home.
These are just a few of the many household products and items that can cause potential health problems if not resolved. ALWAYSdo your own research, ALWAYSbe aware of what you use and what is in your home, and ALWAYS do whatever you can to inform, educate and protect yourself and your family!!
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