Everyday we come in contact with a lot of items that on a certain level give us risks that may accumulate on the long run. It is recommended to minimize the use of those things and even avoid them to stay safe. We will give you a list of items you need to avoid for your own better health.
10 Everyday Items You’re Better Off Without
The artificial sweeteners that are sucralose or aspartame have been found to be the one tricking the body to store fat and increase the risks of diabetes.
This thing also applies to food or beverages that contain artificial sweeteners, such as diet soda. Apart from aggravating insulin sensitivity and supporting weight gain, artificial sweeteners are also linked to health issues like stroke, heart attacks, and Alzheimer`s disease. These can also induce glucose intolerance and symbiosis in healthy individuals.
2. Plastic Food Containers and Bottles
You need to stop exposing yourself to phthalates, bisphenol-A, and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals by throwing away plastic food containers and plastic bottles.
Our mood, development, growth, metabolism, sexual function, tissue function, and reproductive processes are regulated by the endocrine system. But if we expose ourselves to endocrine-disrupting chemicals we can get a lot of side-effects which can be reproductive health problems, hypertension, reduced IQ in children, impaired learning, hyperactivity increased aggressiveness, and cancer of the thyroid, prostate, and breast.
So start avoiding plastic containers at all costs.
3. Non-Stick Cookware
We recommend you to replace your non-stick cookware with ceramic or glass pots and pans, as the non-stick ones are made of a coating that contains carcinogens, such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has been labeled as such by an independent scientific review.
Once you heat the cookware, the fluoride in PFOA vaporizes and it may kill small birds and harms you and your family members. To avoid the release of toxic fluoride, swap non-stick cookware for glass or ceramic. Simple as that!
Most of the air-fresheners contain 2, 5-dichlorophenol (2, 5-DCP), a metabolite of 1,4-dichlorobenzene, which has been associated with precocious puberty and other more serious health problems, such as cancer. Endocrine-disrupting phthalates can also be found in room deodorizers.
In order to avoid these chemicals and not lose the air quality in the home, try using essential oils, which are actually beneficial for you.
5. Antibacterial Soaps and Detergent
According to some studies, when we disinfect our body, we actually cause even more harm than good. Apart from supporting the development of drug-resistant bacteria, antibacterial compounds like triclosan have been also associated with many detrimental effects, particularly in young children.
Triclosan may affect hormone regulation and interfere with fetal development in pregnant women. It has been linked to endocrine disruption, thyroid dysfunction, inflammatory responses, allergies, and weight gain.
There is currently no evidence that antibacterial soaps are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. So, all you need is some warm water and mild soap. But, for cleaning and disinfecting your surroundings, 3% hydrogen peroxide and vinegar will do the trick.
6. Commercial Cleaning Products
You should also start avoiding the dangerous chemicals by throwing commercial cleaning product away. To help you with the cleaning, we give you a list of the basic ingredients that will help you to make your own cleaning products:
- Liquid Castile Soap
- Spray Bottles
- Microfiber Cloths
- Mixing Bowls
- Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- White Vinegar
- Organic essential oils
- Lemon Juice
You can use baking soda to scrub your bath and kitchen. Combine it with lemon juice, vinegar and water and it works as a window cleaner, and hydrogen mixed with vinegar works as both sanitizer and disinfectant.
7. Personal Care Products
You should remove personal care products from your home to reduce the exposure to toxins.
The report Heavy Metal Hazard: The Health Risks of Hidden Heavy Metals in Face Makeup, Environmental Defense tested 49 makeup items, including eye liners, mascaras, blushes, eye shadows, lip glosses, lipsticks, powders, concealers, and foundations. It has been found that all of them contained heavy metals:
- 96 % contained lead
- 90 % contained beryllium
- 61 % contained thallium
- 51 % contained cadmium
- 20 % contained arsenic
Keep just the products that don’t have the dangerous chemicals, or you can even make your own products. For example, you can exchange many hair products with coconut oil and essential oils of choice.
8. Stale Spices
Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients can be found in spices. But when looking per gram fresh weight basis, herbs rank higher in antioxidant content than fruits and veggies. We can find that some of them also exhibit medicinal properties. Cloves, ginger, thyme, and rosemary are particularly effective in reducing inflammation.
However, freshness is very important, too. Stale spices are flavorless and completely useless, so if your pantry is filed with old spices, swap them for new ones as soon as possible.
9. Electronic Devices
On May 31, 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO)/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a report admitting cell phones might cause cancer, classifying radio frequency electromagnetic fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”. To minimize exposure, avoid carrying your smartphone on your body all the time. Did you know that the cell phone emits radiation, long as it`s on, even when you are not actually using it?
According to Time Magazine,
“Mounting research indicates that information overload—what happens when you use smart devices constantly—is linked to depression and anxiety. Recent studies suggest that this is particularly true for people who are overly attached to their smartphones and tablets, and for those who use multiple devices at once (which experts call media multitasking).
Power down and stow your devices in a drawer at least a few times per week to give your brain a break‚ ideally on a set schedule (for example, weekdays after 9 p.m. or weekend mornings before noon).”
10. Your Chair
The risk of chronic disease and early death can be increased by sitting for an extended period of time. This can happen even if you are fit and exercise regularly. This is the same just like exercise cannot undo the damage caused by smoking; it cannot undo the damage cause by prolonged sitting, too.
Sitting can also raise the risk of lung cancer up to 50%. It basically increases the risk for all health problems, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
- A standing desk
- Avoid sitting for over 50 minutes out of every hour
- A fitness tracker (aim for 7,000 to 10,000 steps daily)