Is Your Home Making You Sick?

Every day peoplehousehold toxins are exposed to toxins that affect their health.

Unfortunately, much of this exposure occurs within the supposedly safe confines of the home. Even those who keep their homes immaculately clean suffer from exposure.

As a matter of fact, these immaculately clean homes are some of the worst offenders. Unless you have made an effort to reduce or eliminate the toxic exposure in your home, you and your loved ones are likely putting your body at risk on a daily basis.

Toxins in the home pose several risks. Over time, the chemicals in commercial cleaning products build up in the system, weakening health. Reports show that household toxins account for nearly all poisonings that are reported in the home.

This danger covers everything from accidental ingestion to overdosing on over-the-counter medications. The problem is so serious, government organizations, such as the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency, created groups focused on problems such as lead exposure, low-level toxicity in the home, and indoor air quality levels.

One of the most common places household toxins are found is in products intended to create a cleaner environment. Disinfectants are often culprits of toxicity.

Many cleaning products contain phenols, dangerous chemicals that are linked to toxicity. Phenols are also found in perfumes, glues, air fresheners, and mouthwashes.

Solvents are also problematic. Two of the most common solvents, methyl ethyl ketome and benzene, are known carcinogens that attack the body’s cells. Hydrofluoric acid, found in rust removers, and pesticides, are also problematic and very common household toxins.

Even eliminating all of the toxic products used in your home might not be enough to create a less-toxic environment. The building materials used in homes are also guilty of creating toxicity. Furniture, paint, carpet, and other materials emit off-gasses, some of which contain formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde typically causes respiratory problems and eye irritation, and might be carcinogenic. Lead, which used to be a common ingredient in paint and it still found in many older homes, contributes to developmental disorders, as well as kidney damage and high blood pressure.

Two of the most well-known dangers that might be in your home are radon and carbon monoxide. Many homeowners install detectors for both of these gasses in their home because just a short period of exposure can lead to serious illness or fatality. Exposure to radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer and carbon monoxide causes more than 500 deaths every year. Both are considered silent killers and frequently go undetected until symptoms arise.

Improving Your Home Environment

First of all it’s important to understand that it’s not possible to remove exposure to all household toxins, which is why you need to cleanse the body on a regular basis. A nutritional cleansing program, such as the 9 day cleanse by Isagenix, will help to keep your body from toxins and impurities.

So how do you create a home that is safe and comfortable? Some of the things you can do are preventative. Install detectors for carbon monoxide and radon that alert you to a problem. As you make structural or decorative changes in the home, choose products that are considered safe. Low-VOCs paints, carpeting, and furnishings emit lower levels of gasses, creating a less toxic environment.

There are also less expensive things you can do to reduce the toxicity in your home. Using natural cleaning products eliminates a lot of the danger from household toxins, and is an easy and inexpensive way to create a safer environment. There is no reason to use commercial cleaning products in your home. Natural products such as vinegar, Borax, vegetable oil, baking soda, lemon juice, and water are just as effective as the commercial products that are filled with toxic ingredients.

You can perform surface cleaning with vinegar and water, remove mildew with borax and water, clean your drains with baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water, and wash glass surfaces with vinegar. It is even possible to get your toilets cleaned and disinfected using borax and water.

If you are concerned about exposure to household toxins in your home, start with small improvements and gradually your home will become a safer place. Chances are it will not take you long to notice improvements in your health.

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About the Author:

Tom White, Editor of Cleansing Matters is a popular cleansing website with information on living a clean, toxin free lifestyle, along with information about Isagenix nutritional cleansing products.

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