Chemical Exposure in Cleaners and Hygiene Products Alexandria, VA Chiropractor
Having a clean living environment and good hygiene are some of the biggest turning points in the health of human beings over the past 200 years. People used to routinely die from dirty drinking water and exposure unsanitary conditions. But how far has the pendulum swung? Cleaners, soaps, and hygiene products are being used more than ever before. At first glance this seems like it would be a great thing but as we dig deeper we may see that it is not so simple.
There is no research study on earth that has investigated how the accumulative blend of chemicals we are exposed to will react with our biological ecosystems. Stop and think about how many products you come in contact with over the course of a day. At a minimum we contact chemicals used as cleaners (counter tops, bathrooms, and rugs) and hygiene products (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant). Most off the shelf products sold in most stores contain petroleum compounds, parabens, synthetic fragrances/dyes and other chemicals that get into the body through skin absorption, inhalation and ingestion. Hormone disruption, breakdown in cellular signaling, toxic accumulation, and cancer risk are some of the known effects of items found in these products.
The point here is not paranoia but rather awareness. Many people assume that if something is sold in the store than it is safe for use. The reality is products containing chemicals are assumed to be innocent until proven guilty and that is a lengthy, expensive, and complex process that very few products actually get put through. The key take away’s are this:
- Be conscious about chemical containing products that come into your house – You can’t control the whole world but you can control your living environment. There are great options out there for clean products but it is usually not the first thing you see on the shelf. If you are looking for cleaners I highly recommend Branch Basics, they are the cleanest I have ever seen.
- Decide what anti-bacterial really means to you – The fact of life is that bacteria are all around us always. There are a higher number of bacteria in and on your body then there are cells of your actual body. Although this is an off-putting thought to some it can also free you from feeling that you have to be in a sterile environment 100% of the time. Common sense is king here – washing your hands after using the restroom is still a good idea but you may want to rethink using caustic chemical cleaners with the end goal of trying to eliminate all bacteria from your life.
- For hygiene quality is king – There are many great options online for finding organic, natural based hygiene products to skip a lot of the chemicals you get off-the-shelf. Look at options for make-up, shampoo, and soap. Natural food stores can also be a good option but make sure you are reading your labels not everything in those stores is as clean as you would hope.
Physical stress, emotional stress, and chemical stress are three pillars of challenge that our body encounters over the course of a day. Watching the products you use is the number one way to reduce the chemical stress that your body is being exposed to. This is an underrated and underappreciated aspect of our health and by increasing your awareness and acting accordingly you will automatically give your body a greater opportunity to express it’s health.