Are Chemicals Impacting Your Health?

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Monday was Earth Day which gave me the idea to write about the chemical soup we’re all living in.


You may have heard of endocrine disruptors which are man-made and natural chemicals that may interfere with your body’s hormones.


They can impact your brain, reproductive and immune systems.


The average American woman is exposed to 168 chemicals per day through personal products like shampoo, makeup, skincare, sunscreen, fragrance, and personal products. 


Researchers are looking at the correlation between hot flashes and exposure to endocrine disruptors.  Hot flashes are twice as common now as they were 50 years ago.  Women who use products with phthalates are more likely to experience hot flashes.


For the boys and men in your life, these chemicals are equally harmful to them as we are seeing a decline in sperm count and testosterone.  It’s as important to remove these chemicals for their benefit as well.


Where are endocrine disruptors found?


  • Plastic bottles and containers
  • Cleaning products
  • Lining of metal cans
  • Paper receipts
  • Detergents and cleaning products
  • Nonstick pans
  • Pesticides
  • Fragrance
  • Candles
  • Personal Care Products
  • Tap water


Endocrine disruptors can also undermine our ability to lose body fat.  Professor Bruce Blumberg dubbed these obesity-promoting toxins: obesogens.  The body shuttles these chemicals out of the bloodstream and into the body’s stored fat.


A few ideas to help clean up your environment:  


  • Filter the tap water you drink and bathe in
  • Get rid of nonstick cookware
  • Swap plastic storage containers for glass
  • As you use up personal care products swap them out for less toxic choices
  • Get rid of conventional cleaning products
  • Invest in an air purifier


I hired a cleaning lady to do a deep cleaning of my place and she used all the heavy-duty cleaners that are highly toxic.  I felt like I was being poisoned from just the smell alone.  All I could think of was what it was doing to her health.


The next time she came I asked her to use Branch Basics.  She looked at me with such skepticism.  I could see the look in her eye - she thought I was crazy.  With hesitation, she went to work in the bathroom.  


She came out and was in total disbelief.  It worked so well.  I sent her home with a bottle of the concentrate and she gave a glowing review to my friend who had referred her to me.


You don’t have to use heavy-duty toxic cleaners to have a clean home.



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