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Household items should not contain these toxins - a checklist

Household items should not contain these toxins - a checklist Which components in the composition of household items are dangerous for health (photo: Freepik)

Quality and safety of household items are crucial for human health. After all, some substances found in the composition of soap, cosmetics, dishes, and even furniture can trigger various diseases and serious disruptions in the body.

RBС-Ukraine writes about the toxins to avoid, referring to the publication of Ukrainian dietitian Halyna Senyk.

How toxins from household items can affect health

"People often ask me where their Hashimoto's thyroiditis comes from - it's a chronic autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland. The causes are varied, of course, but we rarely pay attention to the everyday objects around us. Yet, this can have a significant impact on our health over time," says the doctor.

She adds that toxic substances from household items can impact:

  • Thyroid gland hormones
  • Female reproductive hormones, reproductive function, and pregnancy
  • Liver function
  • Immune system
  • Contribute to Diabetes
  • Trigger allergies and bronchial asthma
  • Predispose to hormone-dependent tumors

"After learning more about them, your task is not to panic and rush into radicalism, but not to ignore it and critically assess what you buy, what you use for an extended period, in what packaging, and what surrounds you. If you already have issues with hormonal balance, allergies, or if you are pregnant or planning to have children, analyze your cosmetics, dishes, even furniture and carpets," advises Senyk.

Which toxic substances should be avoided in everyday life

The doctor advises avoiding the following toxins in household items:

  • Phthalates - they are found in soft plastics, bottles, toys, rubber, solvents, cosmetics, medical infusion systems, gloves, and other items. It is labeled differently, with various types, so read the product composition.
  • Bisphenol-A - found in hard plastic.
  • Triclosan - present in antibacterial soap.
  • Perfluorinated chemicals - substances that repel water and oil, found in water-repellent sprays and items coated with them (carpets, clothing, leather goods, or eco-leather). Also, check your non-stick cookware to ensure this ingredient is excluded, and when purchasing, pay attention to the labeling.

"So, we take responsibility for our health and learn to analyze and read the composition of what we buy," advises Senyk.

Also, read about the products that should be strictly avoided in case of arrhythmia.