Your home is your castle. The home is where most of us spend 80% of our time – eating, sleeping, relaxing, living, entertaining, growing up… The home is also where your body is exposed to the most environmental pollution in the form of hundreds of different toxins and synthetic chemicals.
This may come as a surprise to you – surely air pollution and industrial pollutants in the environment are far more of a concern? The reality is that while air and other kinds of pollution may be harmful in some circumstances, we just don’t really know how much our bodies are exposed to, and its something quite out of our control. On the other hand the presence of toxins in the home is something each and every one of us has utmost control over. You choose every one of the products that comes in through the front door of your home – cleaning products, bath products, cosmetics, air fresheners, toothpastes, detergents and soaps.
What you may not know is that each of those products contains a long list of ingredients – some of which have been proven to be harmful to human health, toxic, poisonous, carcinogenic, hormone disruptors and skin and eye irritants, which may link directly to eczema symptoms. Many of these substances are also contentious or suspected to be harmful to your health – but it’s just not fully proven yet.
The difference between external pollution and the chemicals in your home is proximity. Rarely does anyone intentionally rub pollutants on their skin, breathe in large amounts or put them in their mouth. But in the home you may be unknowingly doing just that. And this means that they can be far more harmful. The products you use in your home to keep it clean, to bathe and to wash and moisturise your children contain a huge range of synthetic chemicals, some of which are also used as industrial chemicals and pesticides.
Have you ever wondered why those strong bathroom cleaners have to be disposed of in the hazardous waste collection? Have you ever researched online the type of chemicals that are used in common laundry detergents or toothpastes? I hadn’t either, but when a friend pointed this out to me and I started to Google the ingredients in my household products I was shocked.
Even the supposedly ‘green’ dishwashing liquid I had chosen contained SLS, or sodium lauryl sulfate, as a main ingredient. SLS is an industrial engine degreaser and garage floor cleaner linked to cancer in animals and/or humans, a proven skin and eye irritant and a respiratory tract irritant. SLS also accumulates in the organs and is toxic to aquatic organisms. If you check your labels you will find SLS or its derivatives in many products in your bathroom – shampoos, bubble bath, hand wash, shower gel, toothpaste… No wonder these kind of products trigger your eczema!
When you use these products in the home, put them on your hair, your body, in your mouth they are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. This can be far more harmful to your health than the air pollution you may be worried about outside – and SLS is just one example.
If you suffer from eczema a home detox is essential for you. If you are concerned about your health, removing all avoidable toxins from your life is one of the best preventative measures you can take. You have the power to choose the kind of environment you want in your home. If you don’t know that the ingredients in your home products are safe, then it’s time for a full home detox.