Most savvy consumers know the importance of avoiding nutritionally void fast foods and the sugary, salty, fat laden snacks that can lead your young loved ones down the path of hypertension, obesity and high choldesterol. Smart moms know the value of avoiding the prepared foods aisle and reading the labels to ensure the most nutrition for the spending dollar.
But, did you know the danger of the cleaning chemicals right there in the kitchen? We often try to keep our homes meticulously clean so as to avoid toxins but yet we introduce those very same substances in our homes that make us sick by cleaning, polishing and mopping with chemicals so strong that they take your breath away.
Have you ever wondered what chemicals are in your pots and pans? Let’s take a look three chemicals that are commonly found in the kitchen.
Non-stick cookware is the primary source of perfluorinated carbons . The list includes water resistant coatings for carpet as well. The problem arises when these chemicals reach high temperatures and begin to leach out into the foods that are consumed. That’s a high price to pay for keeping your foods from sticking to the pot. And, keep in mind that these surfaces are easily scratched, which triggers the process of toxins being released into your foods.
Remember the fetal pigs from Biology 101? Yes, they were preserved in formaldehyde. The chemical is also found in embalming fluid. It is found in fabrics treated chemically to have the easy-to care properties. It is also found in pressed wood. No wonder our homes have such a high rate of toxic inhalants and irritants. This is a high price to pay for cuddly ‘fresh and clean’ fabric.
These are flame retardants that are linked to altered thyroid levels and decreased fertility. they are commonly found in household items such as upholstery, TV and computer housings and in mattresses. This is disturbing information since we spend about one third of our lives in bed.
How to protect yourself
Here are some bits of information that can protect you from some of these chemical exposures:
-Avoid highly perfumed cleaning solutions which are often highly irritating to the eyes, nose and throat.
-Also, avoid farm fed fish which is high in PCB and mercury which is neurotoxic.
-Don’t store foods in plastic. This includes water bottles since heat can cause the release of carcinogens.
-Test your water for contaminants. Use a filter if necessary.
-Use ceramic or glassware for baking.
“Common household chemicals linked to human disease in Landmark UN study” www.articles.mercola.com