How to Lower Your Family’s Chemical Body Burden Story

The term body burden refers to the total accumulation of toxins in the body. From dangerous metals like lead or mercury to pesticides and food additives, our bodies can carry quite a heavier burden than they were meant to.

You may eat only organic, limit processed foods, and try to buy more natural body care products. But have you ever wondered what your chemical body burden or toxic chemical load is?

I’d been writing about toxins in everyday products such as baby lotion, antibacterial soap, sunscreen, and in our food, water and air intensively for years. When a friend from the Vermont Public Interest Research Group asked me if she could forward my name to participate in a body burden study, I knew I had to do it.

How to Reduce Your Family’s Chemical Body BurdenIn the end, I learned that lifestyle alone can’t protect us from chemical exposures. But certain changes can help:

Filter Your Drinking Water

According to the Environmental Working Group’s report on tap water, your water could be contaminated with heavy metals, Chromium-6, cleaning agents like chlorine, or some 300 other chemicals and pollutants.

Switch to an Organic MattressIf you spend 8 or more hours a day inhaling flame retardants and other chemicals, your health will suffer. Babies and kids (and their growing brains and bodies) are even more susceptible to the dangers of mattress toxins.

Reduce PBDE (Polybrominated diphenyl ethers) ExposureVacuum regularly with a HEPA filter vacuum. And be sure to vacuum in areas of potential PBDE dust, such as behind TVs, around couches and under the bed.

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