Toxins are everywhere we turn to, you may have often heard repeatedly or read about it from other sources or health websites.
In this modern world, unlike the Agrarian era when the standard of living was basically organic. Back then, very little or nothing was known about toxins. Then came our highly industrialized world, occasioned by the discovery of petroleum (the black gold), which birthed a lot petrochemical products and plastics in the marketplace that we are surrounded with today.
The Big Question is…
How Healthy Are You In This Era of Plastics?
Take a look around you; you will notice that everywhere you gaze upon there are plastics. From your kitchen to your bathroom; your office; food packages, your water bottle to children’s toys even in your work places.
All these items are made of plastics and plasticizing chemicals (plastic softners) which toxicologists linked to a countless list of reproductive health issues and other medical conditions like breast cancer, prostate cancer, obesity etc.
A study conducted by Greenplace revealed that the world produces 200 Billion pounds of plastics every year. 10% of that ends up on our oceans. 70% sink (polycarbonate; polystyrene and polyethylene terephthalate) causing damage to the ocean floor and the remaining 30% that floats accumulates into massive islands of garbage.
Apart from some of these plasticizing agents used in making plastics escaping into our atmospheric environment, and finally being inhaled by man and other mammals, when these plastics which are non-biogradable are dumped into our ocean/water bodies, aquatic habitats like turtles and fishes feed on them, mistaken them to be foods and unfortunately this enters the food chain, to reach man.
Sources of Your Domestic Plastics:
Now, decades ago our grandparents used materials made from plants and earth to package and preserve their foods.
Did you remember the old African water-pot made from clay?
These systems were the exact secrets to their evergreen fruitfulness and healthy living. Little wonder they didn’t suffer the myriads of diseases many are afflicted with today.
The today’s domestic household items like plastics which are hundred percent petroleum products was designed to last forever, and majority of the plastic products you use domestically are made flexible with harmful and toxic chemicals like Biphenol-A (BPA), Biphenol-S, Phthalate etc. before it’s sold to you, the end-user.
Here are the Commonest Harmful Chemicals:
Biphenol-A is the commonest used chemical by many petrochemical products manufacturing companies. Biphenol as a plasticizer is widely used as dental sealants; in lining of tin foods, payment receipts and other products.
A study carried out in Britain found a high level of Biphenol-A chemical in the urine of people they tested. Biphenol-A is an endocrine disrupter, it mimics human physiological estrogen and acts on cellular estrogen receptors causing chromosomal damages, ovarian dysfunction in women and other infertility conditions.
Biphenol also has been linked to spontaneous miscarriage, birth defect and Down’s syndrome.
Phthalates are a group of industrial chemicals used to manufacture plastics like Poly Vinyl Chloride or PVC (PVC is commonly used to make meat wraps, plastic toys, table cloths etc).
Phthalate have also been found to cause endocrine disruption leading to infertility conditions like incomplete testicular descent in fetuses, low sperm counts, testicular atrophy or structural abnormalities etc.
They are found from processed food packaging, shower curtains, detergents, toys, beauty products like nail polish, hair spray, shampoo, deodorant and fragrances etc.
Tips For Minimizing The Toxic Effects Of Household Plastics:
1. Filter your tap water: learn to filter your tap water before drinking and bathing. Filtering your bathing water may be more important, as your skin absorb these contaminants.
2. Eat organic foods and free-range products, or farm-raised animals to reduce exposure to fertilizers, pesticides and synthetic hormones used to raise these animals e.g. catfish and caged poultry.
3. Store raw, fresh foods. Prepackaged and processed foods are common sources of chemicals such as Biphenol-A and Phthalate which are notorious for infertility issues.
4. Minimize use of plastic baby and children’s toys. Go for those made from natural woods and fabrics rather.
5. Look for products made by companies that are earth-friendly, animal-friendly; green, non-toxic and 100% organic.
6. Use organic brands of toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirant and cosmetics. You can replace many products with coconut oil as an example.
7. Change your usual feminine hygiene products like tampons, sanitary pads with safe alternative.
8. Avoid synthetic fragrances, artificial air-fresheners, dryers sheets.
9. Store your foods and beverages in glass, stainless steel plates or ceramics than plastics.
10. Change your non-stick pots and pans with ceramic or glass cookware.
You might be saying to yourself, can I possibly implement all these tips?
I agree, it may be challenging to do so, but then you can begin with the simple ones then work your way up.
Living a healthful and disease-free life is possible, and the gains cannot be quantified by any means, whatsoever. That is how it is with me, I try as much as possible to maintain an organic and natural lifestyle. Apart from saving a lot of money from buying pills, the benefits have been very priceless and empowering.
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