There are several things that we use everyday and may not realize that they could be toxic to us. Here is a list of things you might want to think about whether using them is really healthy for you and your family:
1. Canned food: Yes, even canned foods. Some companies are using bisphenol-A(BPA) to line their cans. This has been linked to depression in young girls, obesity, heart disease, cancer and early puberty. Some companies have switched to BPA’s cousin BPS which is also linked to these same health issues. Use fresh, jarred, dried or frozen foods whenever you can. Campbell’s products are the only one we know to be BPA free. On a list online it listed Walmart and Hershey’s with a F and H.J.Heinz an A and General Mills with a B+. Coca Cola and Del Monte was graded with a F as well.
2. Bottled water. People in the U.S. buy half a billion dollars worth of bottled water every week. They usually buy it to avoid any contaminates that might be found in regular tap water. Alot of the bottle water is actually tap water and you are just paying more for it. From the stage of manufacture to disposal bottle water causes a huge amount ofpollution. A water filter and a reusable stainless steel water bottle is much less in the long run.
3. Pesticides: These products are extremely toxic and they linger on surfaces and contaminate the air. They are also tracked in from outside so beware of any spraying where you walk. Find ways to get rid of bugs and weeds without this step. It can harm your pets as well.
4. Dirty cleaners: Caustic cleaners with acids and lye in them can burn the skin or even eyes and internal organs. If you keep up on your cleaning you don’t need this level of cleaning help anyway. Baking soda and vinegar are great cleaners and should be looked at before using any of these toxic products. And you don’t need the toxic fumes from them in your home either.
5. Non-stick pans. Chemicals (PFCs)that make pans stick and stain resistant have shown to cause low birth weight and cancer. PFCs are also found in furniture, pizza boxes, dental flosses, microwave popcorn bags and clothing. It is a good idea to avoid products with avoid products which list ingredients beginning with “perfluoro” or “fluoro” and made with Teflon.
6. Fragrances: Such products as perfumes, dryer sheets and air fresheners can trigger asthma. Some chemicals in these products mimic estrogen and can increase the risk of breast cancer. Diethyl phthalate, or DEP, can be absorbed through the skin and be found in human fat tissue. These are suspected carcinogens and can disrupt hormones in the body. They are being linked to disorders in reproduction. It is best to choose products scented with essential oils or those that are fragrance-free.