Are you worried about chemicals in your house?

Ongoing research is continually proving how harmful everyday chemicals can be to your body and health. What most of us are not aware of is how many chemicals we are actually exposing ourselves to before we’ve even had our breakfast…

Recent research has made bold claims that the combination of certain shampoos and hair colours can have a really detrimental effect on your hair, and in some cases is even flammable! But it isn’t just the hair we need to worry about. Here at TJK we concern ourselves with the body as a whole, taking the holistic approach. Did you know the highest concentration of hair follicles is on your scalp? These follicles are a direct access point to your bloodstream. Up to 60% of chemicals are absorbed into your body through these follicles.

When products are stability tested for their market viability, there are a number stringent regulations that need to be met, for each individual chemical. However if you think about how many individual cleaning products you have in your house, how many of these will have been tested together?!

Studies show that the combination of household chemicals can be extremely harmful. The average women will use around 200 chemicals before she leaves the house in the morning, from cleaning her teeth, to make up, to showering, to cleaning up after breakfast. If this is just before leaving the house, how many are we subject to once we’re out in the big wide world?!

We are all aware that you should not combine Bleach with Ammonia as this will produce the toxic and potentially lethal Chloramine vapors, but is it always easy to know what products contain what chemicals?!

According to a study by the research task force, Getting to Know Cancer, common chemicals, deemed safe when tested on their own can have adverse effects on the body when combined. Since so many of the chemicals we are exposed to are “unavoidable in our environment and are directly related to carcinogenesis, the way we’ve been testing chemicals (one at a time) is really quite out of date” (Leroy Lowe, President of Getting to Know Cancer).

Spray cleaner misting out of bottleSo how do we limit our exposure?!

This is the difficult part! In this day and age it really would be impossible to eliminate all chemicals from our lives, but we can limit the effect.

When cleaning:

  • Always wear protective gloves
  • Do not mix products
  • If possible, use a natural alternative such as vinegar, fresh lemons or baking soda mixed with water

Food:

  • Always check what preservatives are contained in your food.
  • If possible, buy fresh, local produce.
  • Always ask the seller what preservatives may be contained

Cosmetics:

  • While some chemical based cosmetics may seem to smell and feel better, they really are doing you more harm than good.
  • Try to use the most natural products you can find. There is a wide variety of organic and natural cosmetics available today.
  • Always look for Paraben and Phthalate free products.
  • Visit the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/) website to search for your cosmetic products. The higher the hazard score, the dirtier it is!
  • If in doubt, ask the sales person, and if they can’t answer your questions, don’t purchase the product.

Always be vigilant, safe and aware. Take steps to limit your exposure to harmful chemicals in your home and on your person. It may be difficult at first, but once you’ve mentally made the switch to only buy natural, clean products it then becomes so simple and your body will be eternally grateful!

To find a wide variety of natural and organic products as well as a wealth of knowledge we would recommend Naturisimo – happy hunting!