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Protect Your Health And Your Environment By Using Eco-Friendly Products

Updated on July 1, 2014
Help protect our environment with Eco-friendly products
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Protect Your Health With Eco-Friendly Products

Did you know that chemicals in your home could be causing serious damage to your health – as well as to the environment? But you can do something about this! By switching to Eco-friendly products you can protect yourself and your family, whilst also helping to preserve the environment we live in.

Toxic Chemicals In The Home?

We’re now using more chemicals in our homes than ever before, and this is having a disastrous impact on our health. Many chronic conditions that were rare or even unknown a century ago are now commonplace. And the situation is only getting worse.

The cleaning and laundry products we use for example often contain such dangerous ingredients as ammonia, phosphates, chlorine bleach, sodium hydroxide, formaldehyde and many other harsh chemicals. Constant long-term exposure to these can cause respiratory problems, allergies and asthma, skin problems, central nervous system disorders, learning difficulties, birth defects and even cancer!

But it’s not just our cleaning products that are a problem. The personal care products and cosmetics we use may also contain many harmful ingredients. And although these products are not as dangerous as the cleaning products, because they are in direct contact with the skin on such a regular basis they can still present a substantial risk over the long term.

If you suffer from depression, sleeplessness, inability to wake up in the morning, TATT, headaches or immune system dysfunction, these could all be caused by exposure to toxic chemicals in your home.

Most at risk are children and the elderly, but household toxins cause harm to everyone. You may assume that if you use a product and see no immediate effect it must be ok. But this may not be the case, as your body could be slowly being poisoned by these chemicals without you being aware of it.

Furthermore, the toxic effects of chemicals are greatly magnified when combined. Throughout the day you may use mouthwash, hair conditioner, shower gel, perfume/aftershave, deodorant, laundry detergent, toilet cleaner, floor cleaner etc. All these create a chemical cocktail in the body, which can ultimately have serious health implications, many of which are still largely unknown.

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How Toxic Chemicals Get Into Your Body

Toxic chemicals can enter your body in three ways:

1. Ingestion, i.e. swallowing them. This can cause immediate (acute) poisoning, leading to a serious reaction or even death. This happens frequently with young children, as they have a habit of putting things in their mouths, so anything suspect should always be kept out of reach.

2. Inhalation, i.e. breathing them in. This is much more common, and can ultimately be even more harmful than ingestion. Inhaling toxic fumes from cleaning products etc. can sometimes cause an acute reaction, but more often causes gradual poisoning over time (chronic toxicity).

Toxic vapors are inhaled not only while you are cleaning, but also from toxic residues left on clothes and bedding from laundry products. Fumes can also be released even when a chemical is tightly sealed in its container. If you doubt this, simply walk down the cleaning product isle in any supermarket and notice the strong smell of chemicals there. This is known as outgassing.

When you inhale toxic fumes the poisons go straight into your bloodstream and quickly on to your internal organs – heart, liver, kidneys and brain. This can cause headaches, muscle aches and lightheadedness. Many products give off vapors that can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs, often leading to sinus infections.

3. Absorption through the skin. If the molecular size of a chemical is small enough it can be absorbed directly through the skin and spread throughout the body. Nicotine patches and analgesic creams work this way, administering medications into the bloodstream through the skin.

Chemicals can be absorbed through the skin when your hands are immersed in a cleaning solution, or when you come into contact with a surface that has been cleaned with chemicals –even days later! It also happens when you apply personal care products such as creams, shampoos, shower gels, deodorants etc. to your skin.

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The Effects On The Environment

But it’s not just our own health that’s at risk. These toxic chemicals cause immense harm to our environment too. Once they are washed down the sink, or flushed down the toilet, they get into our waterways. Here they damage our aquatic ecosystems and harm our wildlife.

Some chemicals for example have been shown to induce female characteristics in male fish. Others, such as chlorine bleach, are acutely toxic to fish and other aquatic life. Phosphates cause excessive growth of algae, choking the life out of our fragile aquatic ecosystems.

Once in the water, these toxins can easily be spread to our land animals too, as they come to drink or feed at the waterways.

So by switching to Eco-friendly cleaning products, made from plant extracts, and using personal care products and cosmetics that are free from harmful ingredients, we can help protect not only our own health, but our environment too.

Several companies now produce good quality Eco-friendly products that are at least as effective as normal supermarket brands, and usually cost no more to use. Why not give them a try?

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