Everyday, millions of women suffer from ailments ranging from chronic fatigue to stress and allergies due to the buildup of toxins in their systems. Although millions of men suffer too, women are much more susceptible. It might be because of our smaller frames and higher percentage of body fat, or that we spend more time in the home than men do. The fact of the matter is: there are a number of common household items that could be causing you and your family to feel sick, tired and stressed.
Imagine for a moment, all of the cleaning products underneath your sink. Chances are you probably can not pronounce half of the chemicals listed on the labels. Unless you're a chemist, you certainly do not know what they are or the amount of the harm they can cause. Although you do know that touching, swallowing or getting them in your eyes is certainly not a good idea, has it ever occurred to you that you are also breathing them in?
Airborne chemicals inside the home account for a large part of why many Americans suffer from the effects of long term toxic buildup in their bodies. In fact, you could be breathing in 25 times as many VOC's as the highest dose that is safe for indoor levels.
Each time you spray cleanser, air freshener or any other product like these tiny particles fill the air. Even when used as directed, it is virtually impossible to breathe then these chemicals in. Chemicals found in aerosol sprays, detergents and even air fresheners could have made you sick without you even realizing it!
In fact, one of the largest culprits of such noxious brews is fragrances and air fresheners. According to the Oregon Toxics Alliance , “only about 1500 of the more than 5000 materials used in fragrances have been tested for safety.” These chemicals include formaldehyde, ethyl alcohol and even certain neurotoxins.
Although most of us may never relate any side effects to such chemicals when using these products accordingly, there are certain groups of people, such as women and small children, who tend to be more sensitive to their effects. These chemicals and many others found in common household products can have side effects ranging from chronic asthma, migraine headaches and fatigue. With so many of us using these products and others, it's no wonder we so often do not feel well in our own homes!
What does this have to do with detoxing?
Well, exposure to these chemicals over extended periods of time can cause them to build up in the body. In fact the more body fat you have, the more residual toxins your body is able to store. This is why women and children tend to be more susceptible to their effects. Allowing our bodies to be free from and heal from the exposure of these toxins in an integral part of performing a proper detox cleanse.
Imagine if you will, performing a detox cleanse to rid your body of pesticides and toxins found in the foods that you eat on a regular basis. Now, if you are breathing in the chemicals of many of these household cleansers, you really are not going to be much better off. In fact, you will be right back to square one!
So what is the solution?