You may be shocked at what's in your home!
Do you realize you may be breathing in indoor toxins every single day within your home? You may think that the air in your home is safe, but recently the EPA actually has stated that in many cases the air inside your home may be even more polluted than air outdoors.
How can this happen? Well, common household chemicals are often the problem.While you may think that your home is the place where you can be safe, you would be surprised at all the toxins that you breathe in within your home. The main reason that there are so many toxic chemicals in your home air is because of all the chemicals that are found in everyday products that you use within your home.
The reality is that toxins can have a concentration that is 100 times higher than the toxins that are in outdoor air. This is an astounding fact, one reason this is true is because of the way your home is sealed. Houses are made to keep air out, or in. This means that the toxins are actually sealed into your house.
The air in your home could have many different toxins coming from a variety of different household chemicals. Some of the chemicals in the air come from various everyday items that you use. They can come from paint, cell phones, glues, pesticides, detergents, perfumes, shampoos, soaps, disinfectants, air fresheners, beauty products, and cleaning supplies.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Services has found that one chemical, 1,4 DCB may actually end up reducing lung function. This chemical is found in many air fresheners, as well as in mothballs, cleaners for your toilet bowl, and other products used for deodorizing. Every time you use these products, you could be contributing to a decrease in your lung function and that of your family.
There are even scientists that are a part of the NIEHS, looking into how indoor pollutants can affect children's health. Some believe that these pollutants actually have a role in all the children's health problems occurring today, such as ADD, autism, cancer, asthma, and brain disorders.
When it comes to indoor air pollution caused by harmful toxins, there are both immediate and long term effects that can occur. Some of those health problems you are having may be the results of exposure to simple household chemicals. Some of the immediate effects of these toxins can include throat irritation, eye irritation, fatigue, headaches, coughing, and dizziness. The immediate problems that occur can depend a lot on your age as well as any other medical conditions that you may have.
Often people don't even think of these effects, thinking that they have the cold or flu. The effects can be very similar, so you should be trying to see when and where the symptoms hit you to figure out if they are being caused by indoor toxins.
According to the EPA, there can be long term health effects that take years to show up and may take repeated exposure for these effects to occur. Some of the long term effects can include cancer, heart disease, and various respiratory diseases. These problems can be severe and in some cases even fatal.
How many cleaning products do you use in your home? Probably quite a few if you care about keeping your home clean. Of course the problem here is that many of these household products for cleaning include harmful toxins in them. Every time you clean, you think you are doing a good thing, but so many of the chemicals in your cleaners could actually be doing more harm than good.
Some of the chemicals just found in household cleaners include amyl acetate, butyl cellosolve, crystalline silica, DEA, phenol, sodium bisulfate, and TEA. These are all chemicals that can have negative effects on your body. TEA can severely irritate eyes, sodium bisulfate can damage eyes and skin, and phenol can cause hives, pimples, and swelling. Crystalline silica can irritate the skin, eyes, and your lungs, causing breathing difficulty. (http://www.lifekind.com/catalog/chemical_glossary.php)
It's time you start realizing how many toxins are in your home. Information can only help you, allowing you to figure out the problems and how you can solve them. Make sure you not only learn about chemicals that can be harmful, but also learn how you can improve the air in your home to lead a healthier lifestyle.
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