Updated: Dec 5, 2019
You don't have to know me well to realize that I'm really passionate about Real Estate, Design and also Health & Wellness. And so I'm really excited about being able to merge these passions of mine into one amazing podcast! Blooming! Is a podcast dedicated to discovering the many different ways we can create a Healthy Home by Design.
These are the show notes from Episode 4: The 2 Most Toxic Products You Have in Your Home
On this episode we had a special guest, Karen Wainie, the founder of Love Your Life Wellness and she shared her experience battling fibromyalgia and how getting rid of toxic products in her home made a profound difference and finally allowed her body to heal.
If you are like us, we spend a lot of time and energy trying to be “healthy”. I eat a mostly plant based diet and even have my celery juice on the daily, I’m exercising 3-5 times a week and I even include meditation in my morning routine! So I was shocked to learn about all the many products that have toxic chemicals and that they are being marketed without proper labelling of all the hidden ingredients! Manufacturers have been using chemicals to increase shelf life, stabilize or to even kill germs, but it turns out many of those chemicals are making us sick, causing disease and have even been linked to cancer. Research has shown that formaldehyde is specifically linked to leukemia - it’s a possible carcinogen found it tons of household products!
The US Department of Health & Human Services has great website that will tell you what specific items, brands and everything have formaldehyde in them for example. You can simply look up the ingredient and it will tell you which products to stay away from. So that’s super helpful. You might be wondering, how can we make more informed choices if not all products are labelled properly? What do we look for? Karen emphasized that it doesn't need to be difficult and that if you take a broader view and look at the companies that represent these products and you what drives them and what they stand for, then you will know.
Is it profit or bottom line driving the policies and product development? Or is the company philosophy and core values all about creating products that support healthy families and our environment?
Unfortunately the largest companies in the beauty and cleaning product spaces have seen how much money there is to be made in the "wellness" space and have begun buying out many of these smaller companies. Toms of Main, Method, 7th Generation have all been bought by much bigger profit driven conglomerates and you have to hope that their business philosophies and core values have not changed with the buyout, or you can look to purchase from other health driven companies. And once you know the difference, the it's simple. If this is something you want to discuss further, feel free to reach out to Karen or I and we'd be happy to talk with you one on one.
The 2 most common toxic products you will find in your home are #1 Cleaning Products and # 2 Beauty Products.
The majority of cleaning & beauty products you find in stores have un-safe ingredients. EVEN the products that are marketed as safe or natural can sometimes be in this category! For example anything that has the word "antimicrobial" usually means it has Triclosan. This pesticide (yes, a pesticide) is a hormone disruptor found in thousands of products like toothpaste, cutting boards, yoga mats, hand soap, and cosmetics. The reason it's used as an antimicrobial agent because it has been shown to kill bacteria. It has also been shown however, that it may not kill ALL bacteria leaving some bacteria to become more resistant. Because of the widespread use of triclosan, it has been found in waterways and even human breast milk. Triclosan is a potent mitochondrial toxin. It interferes with muscle function disrupts hormone regulation and alters immune function. But because of its possible contribution to the development of antibiotic-resistant germs, many companies have begun removing it from their products.
How can we avoid Triclosan? Don’t get antimicrobial: Avoid using handsoap and other household products labeled as “antibacterial” & check ingredients. Avoid products with triclosan.
We all love to make our homes and our bodies smell good. But not all fragrances are created equal. Whether its designed for for your home or your body scented items usually contain Phthalates. More info: household plug-ins, aerosol sprays
You can find Phthalates in and on things you use every day: shampoo, shaving lotion, nail polish, air fresheners, laundry detergent, cleaning products, insect repellent, carpeting, vinyl flooring, shower curtains, raincoats, plastic toys, and even the dashboard, gear shift and steering wheel of your car. We concerned with phthalates because they are hormone disrupting chemicals and have been linked to fertility issues, birth defects, asthma, obesity and more. Pregnant mothers are urged to be especially careful to avoid phthalates as exposure can lead to children being born with behavioral issues, lower IQ and birth defects.
How to avoid phthalates: While we are focusing on products that are toxic it's also important to mention that a majority of our exposure to phthalates comes from our food indirectly being contaminated when in contact with processing equipment or packaging that has phthalates. So to limit our exposure, eat in as much as possible. Studies have shown that people who eat out often may have higher levels of phthalates than those who don't. And whenever possible, avoid using plastic containers. Opt for glass food storage containers, and choose bottles and cups that are made of stainless steel, silicone, or glass. Heat can accelerate the leaching of chemicals so avoid heating your food in plastic containers. Avoid buying cosmetics and household products that indicate “fragrance” or “perfume” on the label which almost always means phthalates.
Instead, look for items that say, “no synthetic fragrance” or “scented with only essential oils” or “phthalate-free.”
This information isn’t meant to cause fear, it’s really meant to arm you with awareness so you can make healthier choices for your family! I hope that you found this post helpful! Below are links to several articles so you can do your own research and find out more.
We all deserve to live healthy, happy lives and we can do that by being more aware of the choices we are making. Thank you so much for reading! If you'd like to hear the associated podcast, click here. Our special guest Karen tells her own story in the podcast and talks about how she was able to reverse her fibromyalgia.
Website Links: Household Products Database by the US department of Health & Human Services Right To Know Secret Toxic Fragrance Chemicals Report - Sept. 2018 Formaldehyde Dangers Triclosan
To get in touch with Karen Wainie click here.
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