Our indoor environments are more polluted than our outdoor environments due to the usage of so many toxic chemicals in everything that we consume; from the paint on our walls & furniture, the materials in our furnishings, the plastic we use, the cleaning products that we use, the perfumes & fragrances that we spray, and so much more…
These toxins can have massive effects on our health & the health of our children, and sadly, we will not know the extent of this until further down the track when more issues start to arise.
A study that tested the blood in the umbilical cord of newborn babies found that they contained huge amounts of toxins that have been passed on through their mothers & the environment. Of the 287 chemicals we detected in umbilical cord blood, we know that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.
The first thing that we can do to counter this, is become a more conscious consumer and only purchase items that are toxic free. There are so many new and amazing companies coming on the market with new alternatives, and there is so much that we can do/make ourselves. The use of essential oils for body care, fragrances & cleaning products, looking at toxic free, natural materials and more.
Another amazing way to help counter this is to look at houseplants as an indoor air cleaners, some of which are more effective than others at filtering out pollutants and toxic chemicals in the air. According to a NASA study where researchers set out to find the best ways to clean the air in space stations, they found the following. The infographic below shows the plants that are effective at removing benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia from the air—chemicals that have been linked to health effects like headaches and eye irritation.
For more information on this study check out www.nasa.gov