Are you using the cleanest cleaning products? Are you putting the right products into your body? We think there’s a good chance that you’re not! Before you start your spring cleaning and start washing away the winter, we want to share with you the best ways to detox your life and live healthier! Start off a new season the freshest way by following Emily Walsh’s simple steps! Emily is the Community Outreach Director for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, devoted to raising cancer awareness on social media, she kindly wrote this informational blog for us to share with you. The path to a healthier lifestyle is simply the combination of many small substitutions and alterations. Like most lasting things in life, gradual baby steps are the best way to ensure the “stick-to-it-ness” of a goal, like becoming a healthier, fitter, more aware you!
The following is written by Emily Walsh:
1) Clean out the Cleaners
Cleaning products tend to have a chemical smell to them – that’s how you know their working, right? Wrong. The most blatant asthmatic offenders include quaternary ammonium compounds, or “quats.” The particles become hazardous when inhaled, where they can irritate the lining of organs and potentially develop into asbestosis or mesothelioma cancer. These hazardous materials can be found in many household items such as fabric softener and brand name cleaning products.
What to do: Check the rating of the cleaners in your cupboard on the EWG website. Avoiding toxins is as easy as googling what the chemicals are and switching to all-natural/organic alternatives, like Method or Mrs. Meyers, or even DIY cleaners. For example, a lemon and salt paste can be used to remove dirt and rust stains all over the home. It smells better, it’s healthier, and it cleans just as well – what other reason could you need?
2) Attack of the Plastics
Pretty much all consumer goods come in plastic packaging these days. You must know by now that plastic is not a kind material to our planet, but the health impacts of the plethora of plastic that we use every day should also be acknowledged. Plastics labeled with the number 7 contain Bisphenol A (BPA) – the chemical used in plastics to make them shatterproof – but the cost of that strength is high.
What to do: Switch your water bottles and reusable containers to glass or metal ASAP and especially never microwave in plastic. Many bottles these days even help keep your H2O cold as ice for hours – something that plastic just can’t do!
3) Asbestos, Not the Best-os
Asbestos is a lesser known evil than plastics and chemical cleaners, but perhaps that’s even more of an argument to think about where it might be present in your life. The fibrous material was used in construction and appliances through the 1970s and can still be found in those older homes today. From tiles and insulation to popcorn ceilings, crock-pots and even fake snow…you get the point, the material was everywhere. The particles become hazardous when breathed in and can potentially develop into mesothelioma, of which asbestos is the only known cause.
What to do: The good thing is you’re learning about this now, when you’re young! So take a moment to become acquainted with the place you’re living – how old is the building? Was it renovated since the 1970s? Are there any pieces of old ceiling, insulation, or tiling that are beginning to crack? If so, it might be in your best interest to hire an asbestos specialist to inspect your home and prevent any potential health issues in the future altogether!
4) Sickly Sweet
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that is most often used in low-calorie foods and beverages, like that diet-soda your coworker drank at lunch. Aspartame is 200 times sweeter than sugar; which is a major reason to why many products contain aspartame. Aspartame has been linked to causing migraines and worsen symptoms of depression.
What to do: Read the label! Avoid foods with aspartame in the ingredient list and don’t use tabletop sweeteners such as Equal or NutraSweet. Switching out your gum and breath mints for PUR, getting a regular soda instead of a diet, and baking with plain old sugar are easy ways to prevent any adverse effects.
These small steps could lead to big results. Maybe they’ll even snowball to more dramatic changes? But that’s an issue for another day. Happy switching!
We want to thank Emily for sharing these hacks with us! If you want to read more about that Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, you can do so here!