Everyday Health Dangers to Avoid

As much as we like to believe the things we buy and bring into our home are perfectly safe and healthy, new research and findings are always being conducted that may make you want to throw things out! This is especially true when it comes to food, beauty, and how we get around. Below is a list of three simple ingredients to be aware of so that you can make the best decisions for your health.  

Talc 

Talc has been widely used for generations of women of all ages. But recently, has been found to be potentially dangerous, and a possible cause for ovarian cancer, but most women still use it every day in their cosmetics and personal care, sometimes without even realizing it. Check your powdery cosmetics like eye shadows and powders, and read the ingredients list for talc. It’s usually the first ingredient! Although talc is usually linked to ovarian cancer, women need to be careful about applying a carcinogen no matter where on the body. 

A lot of studies are linking the health concerns surrounding talc with asbestos. These two materials are usually mined in the same places and look very similar.  No matter the exact cause, as long as we don’t know which talc is contaminated with asbestos and which isn’t, it’s best to throw away the makeup and seek out alternatives.  

Parabens   

This word has seemed to crop up a lot more recently, especially on makeup and personal care things. A lot of women have been asking “What are these?” Basically, a paraben is a preservative, and these ingredients can cause disfunction in the hormonal systems of the body, especially with estrogen. This is especially concerning to women because estrogen is a major hormone in our bodies. These days, most labels will proudly say if they do not contain parabens, so it’s good to check the labels. 

BPA  

BPA compound usually found in plastics. BPA was thought to be harmless for many years, but. recently, BPA has been been linked to fertility problems and other health conditions. Because it is an ingredient in many hard plastics, it’s been used in close proximity to foods for many years, especially in reusable containers and water bottles. Although some studies report that BPA is harmless, many people are choosing to limit their exposure. To decrease exposure, it’s important to be sure that the reusable materials you buy don’t have BPA in them. Most labels will say if the item does not contain BPA, and if you can’t find that on the label, it’s best to find a different product.