As we head into the holiday season, many of us host seasonal events at our homes, or have family and friends from out of town. During this time, there’s always a mad rush to clean the house and make sure every corner has been sanitized and wiped down. However, a new report from the Canadian Medical Association Journal analyzed the gut flora (the community of microorganisms living in digestive tracts) of 757 infants and found that exposure to disinfectants and cleaning products commonly found in the home can disrupt gut bacteria in kids and lead to obesity.
This is why Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics offers many healthy and natural alternative suggestions for both children and adults to stay safe while cleaning the home. The same study found that an association with obesity was not found when families used eco-friendly cleaning supplies.
Hazardous supplies include items such as aerosol sprays, air fresheners, chlorine bleach, detergent and dishwashing liquid, rug cleaners, furniture and floor polish and oven cleaners. Many of these products were found to contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause respiratory problems, allergic reactions, reproductive issues, headaches and have cancer causing ingredients. Air fresheners and scented candles also contain toxins that accumulate in the body over time. The National Resources Defense Council says that these toxins may affect hormones and reproductive health, especially if they are exposed to children.
When shopping for cleaning products, try to use natural alternatives. Never buy anything with antimicrobial chemicals such as, triclosan, triclocarban, benzalkonium chloride (ADBAC) and didecyldimethylammonium chloride (DDAC). It’s also important to stay away from sodium hydroxide, ammonia, chloride bleach, fragrance chemicals and glycol ethers.
Just because a product is labeled “green”, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe for you and your family. It’s important to do research on every cleaning product you purchase. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Environmental Working Group have a list of products that meet a “safer choice” requirement. For their full list, visit epa.gov/saferchoice. Similarly, sites like ewg.org will tell you how toxic your household cleaning supplies are, you can also research your current cleaning products and the EWG will let you know how toxic they are.
There are lots of DIY vinegar cleaning methods available which serve as excellent alternatives to hazardous cleaning products. Simply mix equal parts distilled water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and shake to combine the ingredients. This recipe serves as an all-purpose and natural cleaner.
Written by: Dr. Laura Glenn, Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics
Dr. Laura Glenn is a naturopathic physician at Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics. Rejuvena is located in North Scottsdale and is one of the leading practices in the United States specializing in wellness, hormones and healthy aging. Dr. Glenn bridges the traditional tenets of naturopathic medicine with modern advances in aesthetic medicine to provide her patients with a comprehensive plan to begin their rejuvenation and take responsibility of their health. To learn more, visit www.werejuvenate.com or call 480-551-9000.