Cleaner Living: Identifying and Eliminating Toxins in Your Home

As a chiropractor, my focus is on promoting overall health and wellness for my patients. A big part of this is being mindful of the toxins in our environment and taking steps to reduce our exposure. While it may seem daunting to overhaul your entire home, making small changes over time can have a significant impact on your health.


Below is a quick guide for toxins should you be aware of and what products can you swap out for cleaner versions.


  1. Formaldehyde


Formaldehyde is a colorless gas that can be found in many household products such as adhesives, cleaning agents, and personal care items. It is also found in pressed wood products such as particleboard and plywood. Formaldehyde exposure has been linked to respiratory irritation, headaches, and cancer.


To reduce your exposure to formaldehyde, opt for solid wood furniture instead of pressed wood products. Check the labels on your cleaning products to make sure they don’t contain formaldehyde or other harmful chemicals.


     2. Phthalates


Phthalates are a group of chemicals that are commonly found in plastics, fragrances, and personal care products. They have been linked to reproductive problems and developmental issues in children.


To reduce your exposure to phthalates, choose glass containers instead of plastic. Check the labels of your products to ensure they don’t contain phthalates. Many clean products proudly display that they are phthalate-free!


     3. Bisphenol A (BPA)


BPA is a chemical that is commonly found in plastics and food packaging. It has been linked to hormonal imbalances and reproductive issues. When you use containers containing BPA, this chemical can leach into your food and water, increasing your exposure.


To reduce your exposure to BPA, choose glass or stainless steel containers instead of plastic. Look for food packaging that does not contain BPA or other harmful chemicals. Most water bottles and food storage containers that are BPA-free will proudly display it!


     4. Parabens


Parabens are a group of chemicals commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics, personal care products, and even some foods. They have been linked to hormone disruption, reproductive issues, and cancer.


To reduce your exposure to parabens, look for personal care products that are labeled “paraben-free.” These products use alternative preservatives that are safer for human use. You can also choose to make your own personal care products using natural ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, and essential oils.


By making small changes over time, we can create a healthier home environment for ourselves and our families. Keep this list handy the next time you shop for cleaning products or personal care products so you can make the healthiest choices for your home!


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