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How to Avoid Common Toxic Chemicals in Your Everyday Life

There are toxic chemicals in our food, water, the products we use and even the air we breathe. We’re surrounded by harmful toxins that put our health and well being in danger. It is estimated that we are exposed to more than 700, 000 different chemicals every day. Can you believe it?

Research from the University of California “shows how the average person is exposed to cancerous levels of toxins like arsenic, dioxins, and DDE. These toxins aren’t only made available to our body, organs, blood, and cells when we eat and drink them, but also when we breathe them or simply come in contact with them.” The real dilemma is how do we control our external environment and minimize our exposure to chemicals and toxins?

As you may have guessed already, it would be impossible to fully eliminate your contact with chemicals. But that doesn’t mean we can’t become more active. Believe it or not, we voluntarily choose products that contain some of the most dangerous toxins. When I say voluntarily, I mean you pick it off the shelf and spend money on it, skipping over the tiny list of ingredients at the back of the package that reads: Coal Tar, Lead, Fragrance, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Talc, Mineral Oil and a bunch of other ‘ingredients’ that cause irritation, reproductive toxicity or even cancer.

How to Reduce Your Exposure to Chemicals

Here, we will focus and look at two major areas of your everyday life: cosmetics and cleaning.While your intention is to take care of your health with the help of these products, or to keep your home clean, the opposite ends up happening. Instead, you make yourself vulnerable to ingredients that do you harm. But it’s not all bad news. Fortunately, this is the area of your life where you do have full control and authority. What you purchase is entirely in your hands. Let’s read labels, learn the ingredients and choose wisely to reduce the toxic chemicals in your everyday life!

The Cosmetic Industry: Learning to Read Labels

The cosmetic industry uses thousands of synthetic and toxic chemicals. Let’s try to visualize this: lipstick, lotion, deodorant, shampoo, mascara and the list goes on. There are two things all these products have in common: they come into close contact with you (through the skin, eyes, mouth) and they contain seriously dangerous chemicals.

To put things into perspective: “many of theses substance are also used in industrial manufacturing processes to clean industrial equipment, stabilize pesticides and grease gears. In the U.S., major loopholes in the federal law allow the cosmetics industry to put thousands of synthetic chemicals into personal care products, even if those chemicals are linked to cancer, infertility or birth defects. At the same time as untested chemicals have been steadily introduced into our environment, breast cancer incidence has risen dramatically” (Breast Cancer Fund).

How can we reduce our exposure to chemicals when we’re unaware of the toxic ingredients that show up in our everyday beauty products? Here are a few of the top toxic ingredients you want to avoid:

  • Phthalates: refer to a group of chemicals used to make plastics. Also exist in many personal care and cosmetics such as aftershaves, colognes and creams.
  • Coal Tar: a carcinogen that is prohibited in Europe, but still utilized in some parts of America. Widely used for dry skin treatments and shampoos for dandruff.
  • Mercury: known allergen that impairs brain development. Found in mascara, some eye drops and face creams.
  • Mineral Oil: a secondary product of petroleum, which is commonly incorporated in lotions and hair gels.
  • Triclosan: found in antiseptic supplements such as sanitizers and antiperspirants. Known to be a causing factor in cancer.
  • Parabens: a group of compounds widely used as an antifungal agent to preserve. Used in lotions, creams and other cosmetics.

These are a few of the major toxic ingredients you’ll want to avoid when shopping next. Remember, you have the right to interrogate the products you buy and choose options that are toxic-free.

The Truth About Cleaning Products

Reality check: many of the products we use to ‘clean’ our homes are instead filled with toxins and chemicals that are extremely dangerous to our health and the environment. Think about how much time you spend at home. Think about your family, children and pets.

The home is our safe haven – the place where we go to relax, spend time with our loved ones and be ourselves. Why should it be contaminated with chemicals that put our health and safety in danger? The ironic part is that we’re contributing to a toxic environment all in an effort to clean and improve our home.

Your regular cleaning products contain dangerous ingredients such as Phthalates, Perc, Triclosan, Ammonia and Sodium Hydroxide – substances that are dangerous for the body, cause damage to the livers, kidneys, nervous system and even the brain. Check out our natural cleaning recipes for simple and easy ways to avoid all this nonsense, and to keep your home safe, Earth-friendly and of course, clean!

Natural and Toxic-Free Alternatives

The reason we’re looking at cosmetics and cleaning products is because we all use them. In fact, a large portion of the 700, 000 toxic chemicals we discussed earlier, come from the products we buy. Which means, the solution is as easy as saying NO to products that contain harmful ingredients and toxic chemicals. The good news is that there are brands that go against the mainstream, offering products that are safe, clean and healthy. In fact, it is our mission to provide alternative brands that keep you, your family, the Earth and even the animals happy.

What Does Living Life Natural Offer?

LivingLifeNatural.com is an online retailer of natural, organic and healthy products. Our mission is to promote a lifestyle that is sustainable for everyone. This means we offer anything from cosmetics to cleaning products. Our promise is to keep things simple, safe and toxic-free for you and your loved ones.

Imagine personal care items that are made from natural ingredients that don’t contain alcohol, dyes, animal ingredients or artificial preservatives. How about a natural toothpaste that cleans your teeth, fights plaque, freshens the breath but contains no harsh abrasives, gluten, fluoride, SLS, animal ingredients or testing.

If you’re looking to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals, you’ve come to the right place. You can browse worry-free knowing that every product is made with love, prioritizing your health over anything else. But our commitment doesn’t stop there.

Keep in mind that by changing our shopping habits, we are communicating our discontent with businesses that sell products containing chemicals and harmful ingredients. This is bigger than shopping! When you select natural and organic products, you are choosing a new lifestyle – a lifestyle that promotes environmental sustainability, is conscious of animal rights, and is proactive about personal health. Join us on our journey! 

Comment below to share your thoughts with us and tell us about your favorite natural products.

By | 2017-08-11T15:30:35+00:00 January 13th, 2016|Categories: Organic and Natural Living|Tags: , |0 Comments

About the Author:

Zahra Khosroshahi
Zahra is a Ph.D. student at the University of East Anglia (UEA), looking at the representation of women in contemporary Iranian cinema. When she’s not consumed by films, she likes to write about environmental and health issues. It all started with their family business www.LivingLifeNatural.com where her research turned into a lifelong passion and mission. Zahra believes that we all need to take better care of our shared and only home. To get to know her better, check out her Instagram @zahra_livinglifenatural.