Why You Should Use Chemical Free Products

Whether you realise it or not you and your family and friends live in an era of chemical overload and toxicity. The air you breathe, the water you drink (if you are on an urban supply) and the foods and toiletry products you use have chemical additives that can play havoc with the human body.

But what does this really mean for you and your health? How does it affect you and what do you need to really know to live as healthily as you possibly can?

Physical Health and Chemicals

Dr David Carpenter, a population health expert says that an exposure to chemicals can have serious long-term effects. He believes governments have a responsibility to monitor environmental chemicals and inform the public of the dangers.[1] Dr. Carpenter has been in Australia and was recently speaking at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital.

Chemicals can enter into our system in a number of ways:

  • Food (fruit, vegetables, meat, grains etc)
  • Household items
  • Air supply
  • Industrial materials
  • Household cleaning products
  • Building materials
  • Beauty and health products

Research is beginning to back up what so-called “health nuts” have known for a long time. Chemicals can really impact our quality of life and undermine our physical, emotional, psychological and mental wellbeing.

The Southampton Study[2]

The Southampton study was released in 2007 and clearly indicated the adverse impact of artificial colourings and also one particular preservative. All these chemicals are deemed safe. The chemicals were tested on run of the mill children without ADHD or other significant issues. Both activity and attention were disrupted by the exposure to these chemicals.

In short, what you are feeding yourselves and your children may be affecting their ability to learn and regulate their own body in a clear way.

Health Problems

There is a whole host of health problems that are associated with chemical exposure.

These include:

  • Brain ageing
  • Weakened immune system
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Hormone irregularities and endocrine disruption in adolescents, children and adults
  • DNA problems
  • Skin conditions
  • Liver and kidney problems
  • Childhood disorders – ADHD, autism, rashes, behavioural problems etc.

And the list goes on.

The Toxnet website can give you more thorough information on what to look for and the specific impact of various chemicals.[3]

Your Home and What You Buy

Short of cutting gout just about every product on the market, there are a few things you can do to help with chemical exposure. You cannot change the air you breathe but you can take heed of the following suggestions.

  • Buy organic food wherever possible
  • Avoid foods with excess additives
  • Eat fresh fruit and vegetables and organic meat wherever possible and wash these thoroughly
  • Avoid petroleum based products and pesticides
  • Think about what your cleaning products are doing to you and your family. While they may be keeping the bathroom clean, they could be causing illness
  • Try to use natural products wherever you can
  • Consult with your natural remedy specialist or naturopathic specialist to get more information
  • Try to use natural health products wherever possible

Remember to steer away from chemicals as much as you can. Do your research and become actively involved in what you bring into your home and use, and what you consume. There is a lot you can do to improve your health by living chemical-free.

[1] http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/environmental-chemicals-and-health/3704382

[2] http://theconversation.edu.au/cocktail-of-chemicals-the-health-impact-of-additives-in-processed-foods-3011

[3] http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/