6 Common Household Items That Are Making You Sick, And How To Avoid Them

Chemicals found in your home and your food are related to many health problems, including cancer, obesity and high stress levels,  but also your hormones, including estrogen and testosterone are highly affected by chemical exposure. So how exactly is your home and diet making you sterile, and what things should you avoid having in your home.
Canned Food (Bisphenol A)
Cans and some plastic products contain Bisphenol A, an endocrine disruptor that acts like estrogen. Long story short, current exposure levels can make it very to conceive a baby, because BPA is linked to a decrease in sperm production, early puberty in girls, and fertility problems for both genders.
If you are not hiking in the mountains, the best prevention against this widely spread chemical is to avoid eating canned food especially when you are trying to have a baby.
Water (Fluoride)
3.4 million people die each year from water related causes. In developed countries, the high levels of fluoride, chloride, pesticides, heavy metals and endocrine disrupting chemicals contained in our drinking water can be a major health hazard.
Fluoride is a highly toxic substance, which is why you can see a poison warning, required by the FDA, on all fluoride toothpastes sold in U.S.A. Also, millions of people throughout India and China now suffer serious crippling bone diseases that were caused by drinking water with elevated levels of fluoride.
To avoid this chemicals you can use water filters (fluoride, charcoal) and avoid swimming in water with high levels of fluoride.
Cooking pans (PFCs)
PFCs (perfluorochemicals) are pollutants used on cooking pans (Teflon). Other products that contain PFCs are stain-resistant clothing and upholstery, microwave popcorn bags or fast-food wrappers. They can affect your thyroid hormone, your liver and can reduce immune functions.
Maybe the saying that grandma’s pan is the best pan is not only true because of the delicious food your grandma makes but also because it didn’t contain any of the PFC’s widely spread today on cooking gear.
Food containers (Phthalates)
Phthalates are found in many consumer products, like shower curtains, flooring, synthetic leather, polishes, paints, food containers and even in some fragrances. The chemicals interfere with testosterone and estradiol, a hormone that affects breast development.
Always store your food in glass, ceramic, or stainless steel containers and avoid synthetic fragrances.
Electronics (Flame retardants)
Flame retardants are known for their impact on the thyroid and on female infertility. It is also thought to affect the IQ levels in children and unfortunately they are still being used in many appliances like TVs, cell-phones or computers. Also anything that contains polyurethane foam, like pillows or mattresses also contain flame retardants.
Air purifying plants, proper ventilation and frequent cleaning are the best defenses against these chemicals.
Furniture (Formaldehyde)
Formaldehyde is a colorless gas with a pungent odor that is used as a disinfectant, a preservative and a precursor for various construction products, pressed wood and furniture. It is a highly toxic known human carcinogen, and is used widely throughout the globe.
Air purifying plants, proper ventilation, temperature and humidity control can reduce the levels of formaldehyde in your home. Also using older furniture instead of new one can reduce the levels, as formaldehyde tends to decrease over time. Also when using glue or paint indoor try to opt for products labeled formaldehyde-free.
Old Paint (Lead)
Found in paint manufactured before 1980 and old plumbing, lead is a neurotoxin that can cause headaches, memory problems, high blood pressure and reproductive problems. It can also impair children’s brain and nervous system development.
Prevent chipping by sealing old paint with a clear, nontoxic sealant. If you have peeling paint hire a professional to check the plumbing and clean immediately. If possible change the plumbing in your home if your home was built before 1980.