The word “chemical” is thrown around a lot in the natural health world, as if all chemicals are bad. The truth is, they aren’t. A chemical is merely a substance with a distinct molecular composition. Your tea is a chemical and so is the water that went into your tea. But when we talk about toxic chemicals, we are largely talking about man-made compounds with damaging effects on humans, animals, or the environment. Many of these toxic chemicals are present in our homes and can be eliminated or at the very least minimized.
Here are 5 health-damaging chemicals (or sources of chemicals) that can be found in your home, but can be eliminated:
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical found in plastics, often in food containers like those reusable food storage bowls and lids. It is also found in the linings of canned foods. In either of these places, it can leech into the food, where it is known to disrupt hormones and potentially cause fertility issues, faster development in girls, and even behavioral issues. Opt for the glass alternative.
VOCs are volatile organic compounds which are gasses emitted from certain solids and liquids like paints, pesticides, and scented products for the home like laundry detergent. They have been linked to asthma and cancer. Switch to an unscented detergent and seek out no-VOC paints and lacquers when working around the house.