Last Thursday here at New Living we had the pleasure of hearing from Dr. Angela Mosley on how indoor toxins can affect our health. Below are a few highlights that we know you will find helpful!
Volatile Organic Compounds, known for off gassing, are around in several commonly used household products such as paints, upholstery fabrics, air fresheners and cleaners. According to recent studies VOC levels can be up to 2-5 times higher indoors than outdoors!
Being exposed to high levels of VOC’s can cause many different health issues. Short term side effects can include eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea and vomiting. Even worse, long term side effects can lead to cancer, liver and kidney damage. The issue today is that many people do not associate disease and illness with the mattress they are sleeping on or the fabric on their furniture. The fact is, often times we are surrounded by VOC’s without even being aware!
Knowing all of this information leads to two big questions, how do we know if toxins are effecting our health, and how do we rid our homes of toxins??
One method for observing environmental damage is testing the health of your thyroid. A person has four iodides circling their thyroid at all times. When exposed to environmental toxins, the iodide will literally be replaced by toxins such as benzine. This leads to auto-immune diseases and literally causes your cells to resist fighting off diseases, such as cancer. The first is determining the probable sources of VOC’s in our homes. The easiest way to determine if a product is toxic is off gassing. Inspect your home for anything that has a harsh chemical smell. There are also professional indoor air quality investigators or industrial hygienists who can assist you in this process.
Once you have determined the source, the next step is to eliminate it. Things such as sealants, air filters, water filters, and non toxic mattresses are all a great way to help diminish toxins in your home.
Another great way to help decrease the number of toxins in your home is ventilation and climate control. It is important to increase ventilation by opening windows and doors, using fans, and making sure to get fresh air into your home whenever possible.