Maintaining Good Health in Our Polluted Environment

Lane Simond:

Natural or man-made chemicals that interfere with the body’s hormones are called endocrine disruptors. These disruptors have been linked to developmental, brain, immune, reproductive, as well as other health problems. Unfortunately, we live in a time when there are thousands of chemical compounds used in everyday products. To maintain good health in our polluted world, awareness is important.

Here are some simple tips if you want to protect your health:

Use fewer products. According to the popular online parent site, Motherly, the average woman uses 12 personal products every day. If you use fewer, you will be reducing your chances of endocrine disruption.

Always read labels. Look out for ingredients like Phthalates that have been linked to everything from anxiety and depression to reduced testosterone production and attention disorders, like ADHD. Also, watch for Triclosan, which is an antibacterial agent found in hand soaps, sanitizers, plastics, and some clothing fibres. Studies indicate Triclosan can be harmful to the gut. Lastly, look for parabens on labels. Parabens are often used as a preservative in cosmetics. Anything that reads “paraben”, methyl, ethyl, or butylparaben should be avoided. Cosmetics produced with minerals and food-based oils are safer.

Switch cleaning products. Ditch the cleaning products you use in your home that have harsh chemicals in them. You can use solutions that include ingredients, such as apple cider vinegar or baking soda instead.

Don’t be fooled by greenwashing. When a product label simply reads, “natural” you should exercise caution because it doesn’t necessarily mean it is healthier. There are no standards for manufacturers to label products as “natural”. Also, look for a legitimate certification label to help you verify whether the product is truly green. To familiarize yourself with some eco labels visit ecolabel index.

Don’t be alarmed if you suddenly discover that you have been using products that aren’t free of harsh chemicals. Health experts tell us that reducing exposure to chemicals can have an immediate positive impact on the body. Some suggest that our bodies can start to eliminate many stored toxins within a week.