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By Fontaine Center
January 09, 2019
Category: Osteopathy

Environmental Toxin Assessments For a Healthier Home

 


Do you need to detox your home? Environmental toxins are risk factors for health issues. Toxins are found in everything we eat, drink, and breathe. Everyday chemicals, including phthalates and organophosphates can be found in food wrap, shower curtains, plastics, electronics, food, furniture, cookware, and even shampoo. They are pretty much everywhere around us. You should never assume that a home – even if it’s brand new – is 100 percent safe.


Health Effects of Toxic Chemicals- Your home may contain toxins that are making you sick. The average house contains 500-1,000 chemicals, many of which we are unable to see, taste, or smell. While these chemicals may be tolerated in smaller doses, problems can arise when someone is exposed to them in large doses. There is an abundant amount of research that links environment toxicity to a myriad of disorders including heart, metabolic, and neurological diseases, hormone disorders, immune deficiencies, autism, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, cancer, thyroid problems, and mental health challenges.

 


How to Detoxify Your Home- You can detox your home to make it a safe place for you and your family. Keep your doors and windows open as much as possible to ventilate. Use green plants as air detoxifiers. Get a portable air purifier for your home. Switch from standard household cleaning products to greener ones. Replace your personal and skin care products with chemical free options. Don’t microwave food in plastic containers. Don’t wrap food in plastic. Have your air ducts cleaned with nontoxic cleaning products.



Environmental Toxins Assessment- You can pay a fee to a professional who will come to your home to screen for environmental toxins. At the least, all homeowners should test for mold, lead, and asbestos. It’s also a good idea to test for mercury, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, radon, carbon dioxide, and volatile organic compounds. Environmental Toxins Assessments offer homeowners comprehensive testing to assess exposure to common environmental toxins. You can use do-it-yourself kits; however, these are often inaccurate—it is best to have a professional test your home.



Reducing your contact with harmful chemicals can yield clear benefits. Depending on your sensitivities, you might experience fewer headaches, skin irritations, and asthma and allergy symptoms. Long-term, you may even reduce your risk of cancer and infertility. Once you have detoxified your home and reduced the environmental impacts of your house, you will have built for yourself an eco-sanctuary you can return to every night for worry-free relaxation and true rejuvenation.