Are YOU Living in a Toxic Environment?

With our planet facing an unprecedented environmental disaster, governments around the world are acting to clean up the air and oceans and save entire ecosystems. Businesses are becoming increasingly environmentally friendly, and action is being taken at household level too. 

Washed up Plastic
Plastic in the Environment

The seeds of change are beginning to take root, with the quality of air in towns and cities improving and more eco-friendly products being produced. 

But whilst the external environment is beginning to improve, millions of people are unwittingly living in toxic surroundings.

A Toxic Household

You keep your house spotlessly clean and tidy. You use organic products and eco-friendly, non-toxic detergents. But your house is STILL full of harmful airborne toxins, in the form of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCS).

What are VOCs?

VOCs are organic chemicals that easily vaporise and enter the surrounding air. Not all VOCs are harmful – for example, some are released by plants, allowing them to communicate with other plants and animals. 

However, many VOCs are dangerous to human health and cause environmental damage too. 

The Harmful Effect of VOCs

Unfortunately, the impact of exposure to many VOCs is not recognised until it is too late; toxic compounds rarely cause severe health problems in the short term (more often than not they are merely the cause of irritation and discomfort). 

Over 400 different VOC chemical compounds have been found in domestic environments. The effects of exposure to these different chemicals can cause a wide range of relatively mild health problems, including:

  • Eye irritation
  • Respiratory problems
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Visual disorders
  • Memory Impairments 

However, the potential health implications of long-term VOC exposure are more alarming:

  • An increased risk of cancer
  • Liver, kidney and central nervous system damage

Groups of people at particular risk are young and elderly people, people with respiratory problems and those with a heightened sensitivity to chemicals.

Where are VOCs Found?

Over 400 harmful VOC compounds have been found to exist in domestic environments. They are most commonly found in furniture and material furnishings, toiletries and chemicals. 

So which household items should we be concerned about?

How Toxic is Your Household?

Carpeting 

Ah – that ‘new carpet’ smell. Unfortunately, the chemical composition of this smell contains around 200 VOCs. And the sheer surface area of carpet means it emits a very high volume of chemicals.

Furniture

Who would have thought furniture could bring dangerous chemicals into your living space? Unfortunately, pressed-wood furniture and sofas bring a high level of VOCs into your home.

Hair-Sprays, Deodorants and Air Fresheners

You may have heard that the chemicals within aerosol products are damaging the ozone layer. It is therefore not difficult to imagine how these chemicals could impact human health. 

Paints 

Many paints release formaldehyde – a chemical which poses a significant risk to human health. 

Other Sources of VOCs:

  • Vinyl flooring
  • Curtains
  • Dry-Cleaned Clothes
  • Shampoos and Cosmetics
  • Varnishes
  • Perfumes
  • Wood-burning Stoves
  • Building Materials
  • Candles
  • Cleaning Agents
  • Smoking

So How Can We Avoid VOCs?

  • Buy solid wood, hardboard or exterior grade plywood instead of pressed wood products
  • Buy antique furniture
  • Look out for ‘Low’ and ‘Zero-VOC’ paints
  • Use non-toxic deodorant sticks in place of aerosols
  • Use plant-based cosmetics, cleaning supplies and essential oils
  • Make the inside of your home a ‘no smoking’ zone

Although it isn’t always possible to completely avoid the use of products containing VOCs, you can manage your exposure to these harmful chemicals.

Airing

Airing newly-manufactured products can dramatically reduce the risk of exposure to VOCs. For example, unwrap a brand-new sofa, and leave it to air in a garage or outbuilding for a couple of days before bringing it into the home.

Sealing

Seal pressed wood products with varnish or paint before bringing into the home. 

Ventilating

Ventilating your home can lower the concentration of VOCs in your home – particularly if you have a new carpet or have recently painted a room. Open the windows and doors, and use a fan to direct air outside.

However, it is a good idea to keep fresh air circulating through your home on a regular basis anyway for the sake of your health.

An Environment of Wellbeing

When considering health and wellbeing, people focus their attention on nutrition, exercise, sleep and mental health. It is therefore easy to miss out the quality of your domestic environment – from the cleanliness and design of your rooms, to the very air that you breathe. 

So eliminate VOCs from your life to help you and your family to become happier and healthier this year.

Find out more about VOCs here.

It’s Dry January… Yet You Need to Drink More?!

Water of Life

Water is essential for life and it is vital to absorb the right amount to be healthy. Water is not only important – it is critical and has major effects on the health of everyone, whatever their age. 

So Why Do You Need Water? 

Water makes up a large proportion of the body – on average up to 70% of body weight in men and 65% in women. Water has many functions in the body including regulating temperature, transporting nutrients and compounds in blood, removing waste products that are passed in the urine and acting as a lubricant and shock absorber in joints. Water is lost in urine and in sweat and is also being lost throughout the day when you breathe and when small amounts of water evaporate through the skin. To avoid dehydration, you need to replace this vital fluid regularly with a recommended 6-8 large glasses of water per day. 

Magnetised Water

What is Magnetised Water?

Magnetising water is another misunderstood area, which can be just as important. The water from our tap and/or from bottles, will have no magnetic properties whatsoever and after centuries of being considered an ‘old wives’ tale’, magnetism is finally coming into its own. We now know that fish return to their spawning grounds by following the earth’s magnetic lines, in the same way that birds do. Recent investigation has also shown this influence also applies to beetles, crickets, bees, grasshoppers and even flies.

Research is currently underway into the effects of magnetic influence on growing plants too. Through such studies, they have discovered that treating seeds with a magnetic field increased the plant’s yield. It has been found that by magnetizing the water source, plant growth, health, and output can be vastly improved. Incidentally, this can also affect the health of people who consume the vegetables, so the water butt, rain collectors may well be smarter than we initially thought!  

Magnetising water has the additional benefit of increasing the alkalinity of the water. This has been scientifically proven to be more beneficial to our health and wellbeing.

Where Can You get Magnetic Water From?

Magnetic water is something that can be easily produced at home using your own water source and a Magnetix water stick . Stirring the water with the stick for just a few minutes will re-energise / magnetise the water, giving you your own instant supply of healthy magnetic water.

Magnetix Water Stick

For further information, check out this short video https://youtu.be/lgKOcTPZTAY

What will Magnetised Water do for You?

Drinking magnetised water will have numerous positive effects on you and your wellbeing. The magnetic influence that comes from a rare earth neodymium magnet will affect you, just as it does all creatures great and small. It may be a few weeks before you begin to feel the benefit; in others it may take just a few hours. It has been used most effectively to help with Acid Reflux, IBS, Constipation, Bloating, Urinary tract infections, Kidney & gall bladder issues and even teething babies! Water also helps keeps the skin naturally moisturised, helps prevent wrinkles and the body and mind remains fresh and healthy. You should always seek advice from your medical practitioner if you are about to make radical changes to your regime.