Nowadays people are constantly exposed to numerous chemicals. Due to this, restaurants and workplaces have to adhere to specific safety measures to guarantee their customers and employees that are not exposed to dangerous levels of these substances.
However, we have to be aware that we also have such things with harmful chemicals in our homes. In this article you will read which are the 5 common household items that everyone should get rid of to prevent possible diseases, and which are their natural alternatives.
𝟷. ɴᴏɴ-sᴛɪᴄᴋ ᴄᴏᴏᴋᴡᴀʀᴇ
This is the most commonly used cookware in the United States.It has been proven to release toxins in the food while cooking. When the cookware is heated up, its coating begins to decompose at a molecular level, releasing numerous toxic particles and gasses based on fluoride, a great part of which are c.a.r.c.i.n.o.g.e.n.i.c. You should replace your non-stick cookware with ceramic or pans and pots, because they do not release dangerous fumes.
𝟸. ᴘʟᴀsᴛɪᴄ ʙᴏᴛᴛʟᴇs ᴀɴᴅ ғᴏᴏᴅ ᴄᴏɴᴛᴀɪɴᴇʀs
Food containers and bottles contain many harmful chemicals. When you eat food or drink something from plastic bottles and containers, you also consume these chemicals and eventually gets digested in your body along with it. One such chemical that is used to harden plastic in tupperware, water bottles, and other products made of plastic is Bisphenol A.
Because of various such studies, the Food and Drug Administration has changed their stance on Bisphenol A in 2010, claiming that there is “some concern” over its influence on the brain, behavior, and prostate glands in young children, babies, and fetuses.
Always go with reusable glass or metal water bottles and food containers, and avoid disposable plastic ones, in order to save your body and the environment too.
𝟹. ᴀʀᴛɪғɪᴄɪᴀʟ sᴡᴇᴇᴛᴇɴᴇʀs
Many people replace sugar with some other alternatives. But, among the many natural sweeteners, the most used ones are actually a lot worse than the regular sugar. The dangerous artificial sweeteners include:
Aspartame – Is related to skin c.a.n.c.e.r.s and can be d.e.a.d.l.y for people with
Acesulfame K – Can affect pregnancy, can be the reason for tumors, and can be c.a.rc.i.nog.e.nic.
Sorbitol – Cannot be completely digested in the intestines, so it leads to bloating, gas, and diarrhea.
Saccharin – Indigestible and can cause bladder cancer. It is excreted by the liver unchanged.
You should replace these sweeteners with the following natural ones cultivated without refining:
Erythritol – Does not affect the levels of blood sugar, cholesterol, or insulin.
Stevia – Lowers the levels of blood sugar and also lowers high blood pressure.
Yacon syrup – Feeds good bacteria in the intestines and can help fight against constipation.
Xylitol – Can improve bone density and lower the risk of tooth decay.
𝟺. ᴀɪʀ ғʀᴇsʜᴇɴᴇʀs
Air fresheners get rid of noxious gas and pungent odors. However, according to recent research, they are releasing fumes that are even more harmful than the cigarette smoke, which can lead to respiratory issues, such as asthma and hormone imbalances.
According to a study conducted by the Public Health England’s Center for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, there’s a “considerable” amount of formaldehyde in the content of common air fresheners, which is classified as a “known human carcinogen” by the United States’ National Toxicology Program. Overexposure to air fresheners has been related to throat and nose cancers.
You can replace them with essential oils. Besides creating pleasant aromas in your home, it has been shown that they are beneficial for our overall health too.
All you have to do is to add 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oil in a cup of distilled water and add it in a spray bottle. Spray this solution all over your house.
𝟻. ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴇʀᴄɪᴀʟ ᴄʟᴇᴀɴɪɴɢ ᴘʀᴏᴅᴜᴄᴛs
You probably have all sorts of cleaning products for your kitchen, bathroom, windows, and other parts of your home. Even though these products are necessary to prevent accumulation of harmful bacteria in your home, you have to know that most of them have been linked to asthma and other respiratory conditions.
So, ingredients like triclosan, parabens, BPA, and phthalates are known to cause hormone imbalances and they have been found in the content of many cleaning products.
Instead of using these products, you should try cleaning with baking soda and vinegar, which will provide better results. It was proven that they are effective against salmonella, staph, E.coli and other bacteria.