Is your environment contributing to your symptoms?

Did you know that tests have shown that the air inside our homes can be more polluted than the air outside? Scary isn’t it.

Whilst the actual cause(s) of fibro remains an enigma to the world, there are many ways we can manage daily symptoms.  I believe by far the most effective way to treat the symptoms that fibro brings is holistically…it’s a lifestyle change! The journey of ‘clean’ eating, exercise, NLP and mindfulness was a bit of a shock to my system but worth every second to regain my quality of life. Part of this journey it taking a closer look at your environment. What’s lurking within your home that could be causing illness and/or fueling your symptoms?

Home Truths

Honestly, my hazardous journey through the murky cleaning cupboard to see what toxic dangers lay in wait had ‘absolutely nothing’ to do with fibromyalgia or how those toxins were affecting mine and my family’s health.  Like so many others I ‘trusted’ that products were safe.  It was all to do with our fluffy four-legged friends.  I’m not sure what woke me, but I became aware of the plight of the poor animals that are exploited to test these products.

Question to manufacturers:  If you know you are putting a toxic product on the market anyway, why are you bothering to test on animals? 

At what cost? 

I’m a stickler for a bargain, as long as the products were effective, the cheaper the better.  But what is the real cost? Our health, our children’s health, and on a wider scale, our environment our rivers…OUR WORLD!

Want to know what’s in these products?

‘Shocking’ that’s all I can say. I couldn’t believe what I’d been exposing my family and myself to for so long believing these products were safe in my home.

We are bombarded with hundreds of chemicals on a daily basis through inhalation and absorbed through the skin:

Air fresheners (anything but fresh) including scented candles.

Washing powders and liquids

Bathroom cleaners

Bleach (the last time I opened bleach, one whiff and I was in bed with a migraine)

Kitchen cleaners

Personal hygiene products

Make-up

Perfumes

And the list could go on forever…so I’ll stop now! 

Now I’m no scientist, not by any stretch of the imagination, so I am not going to go all sciencey on you, I will just touch on the potential damage a few of these chemicals can cause and leave it with you to do your own research.

VOC’s – volatile organic compounds omit a higher amount of gas or fumes at room temperature, and guess what they are frequently found in… Air fresheners, paints, laundry detergents, scented candles to name a few. Now for the really sad part, babies and toddlers are particularly susceptible to the fumes potentially causing asthma, nausea and damage to the nervous system.

Phthalates – are known to be endocrine disrupting chemicals linked to a wide range of reproductive and developmental effects as well as kidney, liver and lung damage.  What are they found in?  Many household products, but to name a few; air fresheners, soaps even toilet paper. Manufacturers usually hide phthalates in the word, ‘fragrance’.

Triclosan – is a possible carcinogen as well as a possibly disrupting the endocrine system.  It can also cause the growth of drug resistant bacteria.  Where is triclosan found?  Many dish washing liquids or hand soaps that are labelled ‘antibacterial.’

2-Butoxyethanol.  – can cause a long-term sore throat but far more sinister when at higher levels (especially when cleaning without the windows open) glycol ethers can contribute to severe liver and kidney damage as well as pulmonary edema. Where is it found?  Kitchen and multipurpose cleaners as well as window cleaners.

I have literally just skimmed the surface of this subject (this post would become a novel if I continued), but I really feel it’s so important to be in the know about the chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis and how to avoid them.

Reverting to ‘clean’ natural cleaning is taking a giant leap towards better health not only for us but our family and ultimately the world and everyone in it. 

I will be adding a few of my own recipes for ‘clean’ cleaning and trust me with 5 teenage boys they have really been put to the test but in the meantime I’ll tell you about my all time favourite go to book…

Check it out on Amazon The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox packed with more ideas than I’ve have had hot dinners, for a healthier, safer lifestyle from everything that we eat to how we clean our homes.  You can check it out on Amazon. 

We’d love to hear from you if you have any effective safe cleaning tips to share with us or changes you have made to make your home environment cleaner and safer, please do comment below.

Have a wonderful day xx

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