Today people are constantly exposed to various harmful chemicals, without knowing it we all have toxic chemicals in our home. In this post we are going to tell you which are the 5 common household items that everyone should get rid of to prevent possible diseases, and which are their natural alternatives.
- Non-Stick Cookware
Maybe you can’t see it, but when you heat up non-stick cookware, its coating starts decomposing at a molecular level, releasing various toxic particles and gases based on fluoride, a lot of which are carcinogenic. Immediately you have to replace your non-stick cookware with ceramic or pans and pots which don’t release dangerous fumes.
- Plastic Bottles and Food Containers
Bisphenol A is chemical that is used to harden plastic in tupperware, water bottles, and other products made of plastic. Bisphenol A affects negatively on our health. The Food and Drug Administration has changed their stance on Bisphenol A in 2010, saying there’s “some concern” over its impact on the behavior, brain, and prostate glands in young children, babies, and fetuses.
In order to prevent yourself and the environment you should go with reusable glass or metal water bottles and food containers.
- Artificial Sweeteners
Never replace sugar with some of its alternatives. Most of the alternatives used are actually lot worse than the regular sugar. The harmful artificial sweeteners include:
Aspartame – is connected to skin cancers and people with phenylketonuria can find it to be deadly
Acesulfame K – might affect pregnancy, cause tumors, and be carcinogenic
Sorbitol – can’t be completely digested in the intestines, so it causes bloating, gas, and diarrhea
Saccharin – indigestible and can cause bladder cancer. It is excreted by the liver unchanged
Our recommendation to replace with:
Erythritol – doesn’t affect the levels of blood sugar, cholesterol, or insulin
Stevia – can reduce blood sugar and blood pressure
Yacon syrup – can help in cases of constipation as it feeds the good intestine bacteria
Xylitol – can enhance bone density and lower the risk of tooth decay
- Air Fresheners
Did you know that air fresheners are very bad for your health and they are releasing fumes that are more harmful than the cigarette smoke, which can cause various respiratory problems like asthma and disrupt the hormone balances?
Public Health England’s Center for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards has conducted a study which showed that overexposure to air fresheners has been connected to throat and nose cancers.
Instead air fresheners you should try with essential oils. They are natural alternative to the air fresheners. Besides creating pleasant aromas in your home, has been shown that they are beneficial for our overall health too.
In a spray bottle make mixture of 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oil and distilled water. Spray it around your home.
- Commercial Cleaning Products
Even if cleaning products are necessary to prevent accumulation of dangerous bacteria in kitchen, bathroom, windows, and other parts of our homes, most of them have been connected to asthma and other respiratory conditions.
Substances like triclosan, parabens, BPA, and phthalates are known to disrupt the hormone balances and they have been found in the content of many cleaning products.
Harmfully cleaning products can be replaced with baking soda and vinegar, and without the side effects of the store-bought cleaners. It was proven that they are effective against salmonella, staph, E.coli and other bacteria.