Studies show that women use an average of 12 products daily containing up to 168 different chemicals!
Men use fewer products but can still use up to 85 chemicals on their bodies and teens use around 17 products so are also exposed to an array of chemicals. It’s important to pay attention to this since many of these chemicals are toxic and can disrupt hormonal function.
Apart from the chemicals we apply to our bodies, we are also exposed to an array of household chemicals which are more toxic that previously thought.
Health and wellness are not isolated to diet and exercise, but must also incorporate the minimizing of exposure to environmental toxins and chemicals.
Here is a continuation of the list of the more obvious chemicals to be mindful of:
The average person applies between six and 12 cosmetic items per day and most of these will include toxic chemicals that are potentially harmful. It’s always a good idea to look for cosmetics that are free of synthetic fragrances, are mineral-based or are made from natural oils. Buying organic products will greatly reduce your exposure to toxins.
Most people wear antiperspirant to avoid body odour, but aluminium is one of the main ingredients used in antiperspirants. Aluminium is a heavy metal that can increase risk for breast cancer as well as cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Aluminium free deodorants are available and bicarb or essential oils can also be used to alleviate body odour.
Insecticides have been shown to cause neurological damage in children. To avoid attracting insects inside, avoid leaving foods where they are easily accessible to flies, ants, and other insects. Keep your counter tops clean and if necessary, use bicarb, borax, citronella, or vinegar as natural repellents.
Chemical free products are more readily available so where possible switch to these to reduce toxic exposure for yourself and to reduce the effect of toxins on the environment.
Listen to my interview with Brad Kirsten from Radio Cape Pulpit on 18 March 2021 to learn more.
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