World Environment Day 2020

Toxins and chemicals are around us. The food we consume, the water we drink, and every other product that we use daily all contain chemicals and adulterants that have the ability to pose serious risks to our health.

  • 4th Jun 2020

World Environment Day: Toxins and chemicals are around us. The food we consume, the water we drink, and every other product that we use daily all contain chemicals and adulterants that have the ability to pose serious risks to our health. On the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5, we are going to talk about common everyday products that may emit chemicals harmful to health. From carpets to furniture, common household cleaners, mattresses, and dust all contain pollutants that could be toxic.

World Environment day: Common everyday products that contain harmful toxins
1. Radon
Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that is radioactive in nature. It forms from the natural decay of uranium or thorium, which is found in nearly all soils. The gas can move up through the ground into your home through cracks in floors and walls. According to the American Cancer Society, long-term exposure to radon can increase the risk of lung cancer.

2. Formaldehyde
This is a flammable chemical that is commonly used in building materials and the manufacture of household products. It is present in pressed-wood products like plywood, particleboard, disinfectants, glue, and cigarette smoke. According to the National Cancer Institute, when formaldehyde is present in the air at levels exceeding 0.1 ppm, some people can experience watery eyes or burning sensation in eyes, nose, and throat. Coughing, wheezing, nausea, and skin irritation are other symptoms that one may experience.

3. Benzene
Benzene is commonly found in crude oil. It is a colorless liquid that evaporates quickly. It is present in pesticides, synthetic fibers, plastics, inks, oils, detergents, tobacco smoke, and car exhaust. Long-term exposure to benzene can result in harmful effects on the bone marrow. It can also result in a decrease in red blood cells and lead to anemia.

4. Chemicals in plastic
Plastic and plastic products contain chemicals that can affect the endocrine system. Bisphenol A (BPA), pesticides and phthalates are among the most dangerous endocrine disruptors in plastic products. Plastic products contain both natural and man-made toxins that mimic estrogen hormone. It could be especially harmful to pregnant and breastfeeding women. Even low exposure to these toxins can increase risk of obesity, infertility, low testosterone levels, and sperm production.

One can get exposed to these harmful chemicals by some plastic bottles, containers, toys, cosmetics, detergents, bottle tops, water supply pipes, commercially grown foods, and cosmetics.

It is thus important to minimize the use of plastic in all forms. It is especially important to avoid microwaving food in plastic containers. Buy only BPA-free bottles and toys. Use cosmetics that are made from natural ingredients only.

To know more visit:

https://doctor.ndtv.com/living-healthy/world-environment-day-2020-take-note-of-these-toxins-that-can-be-released-from-everyday-products-around-you-2240492

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