Making The Natural Choice For Your Family’s Health

Think about what makes the perfect home. You’re likely thinking of beautiful surroundings, wall art that complements the rest of the decor and a loving, homely feel. You picture bright, clean rooms and furniture so perfect that it seems to have been specifically designed. Whether we have lived somewhere forever or are adjusting to a new home, we all want that same sensation.
So that’s the things you want in your home. Style, substance and dangerous chemicals that are known to affect health, particularly for children…
Wait. The last bit isn’t so appealing. Yet millions of us across the world could walk into a room in our home and find something that leaves a dirty trail. We use these items because we’re used to them; they may even be part of what makes a house a home.
Your Mattress

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You fall into bed at night grateful for another day out of the way. You’ve tucked your child in and now the night is your own. You snuggle in, completely unaware of the chemicals that are found in mattresses. Unsurprisingly, they’re not good.
These chemicals – known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are there for their flame-retardant properties. What a mattress should be able to withstand is subject to heavy regulation, and for good, safety-concerned reasons. Dousing with chemicals is the cheapest way of achieving this safety in one respect, but damaging in another.
You can air mattresses out thoroughly, but VOCs are also released over time. The solution is to choose from the likes of  and other organic producers, who have flame-retardant options without the side effects.
Bisphenol A (BPA)
When you crunch the data of BPA, it’s frankly terrifying that manufacturers are still using it. If you have been prompted to buy a reusable water bottle, you may think you’re safe – but BPA is in everything. If you have plastic in your home, it likely contains BPA. And the receipt for the plastic bowl is coated in BPA as well.

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As knowledge of the substantial health risks of BPA has become more well known, some producers have stepped away from it. They will proudly trumpet that an item is BPA free, likely substituting it for another of the Bisphenol compounds. Which, of course, are just as toxic.

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The only solution is to switch to glass, metal and ceramics wherever possible.
Non-Stick Cookware
So you can’t eat off your plastic bowl and now the cookware is under attack. Non-Stick cookware has been a lifesaver, savings us from destroyed eggs and ripped sausage skins since its invention. Yet that material is also a plastic, and when it starts to peel, you can end up eating it. It’s really, incredibly bad for you.

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You might think that so long as there is no peeling it’s fine, but that’s not the case. The tears in the material can be microscopic, but the toxins will build up in your system over time.
Cast iron cookware is more expensive and heavier, but it can actually benefit your health rather than harming it. It’ll also last longer as well as generally producing better results. It distributes heat a lot better than most materials, providing an even cook for eggs, bacon and whatever else you cook in it.

No-one wants to think that their choices are harmful to those they love. And from all the information you’re given it’s easy to think the choices you make are the best. But just bear in mind the impact of harsh chemicals and, if you have a choice, go natural.

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