In everyday life, we are easily exposed to harmful chemicals. Be careful with the following 5 common chemicals that will harm heart health.
1. BPA: In canned food, plastic items.
* Should choose products that do not contain BPA.
BPA (Bisphenol-A) is a chemical that interferes with hormone activity, drastically reduces the effectiveness of estrogen, increases the risk of prostate cancer, breast cancer and obesity. It also contributes to cardiovascular diseases. One study found a link between high levels of BPA in the blood and blockage of blood vessels, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Researchers followed the health of 1,600 Britons for 10 years and found that people with cardiovascular disease often had elevated levels of BPA in their urine.
Solution: Buy canned foods and bottled water labeled “BPA free”.
2. Phthalates: In cosmetic chemicals.
These chemicals are also a type of hormone that inhibits hormone activity, which has been linked to impaired fertility, birth complications, obesity and diabetes. One study demonstrated an association between high levels of phthalates in the blood and increased blood flow obstruction. Recently, high blood pressure in children has also been attributed to chronic phthalate exposure. More than 50 medical studies have confirmed that phathalate contributes to cardiovascular disease.
The solution: Stay away from lotions and body care products with artificial scents.
3. PFCs: In a non-stick pan.
Non-stick pans containing PFCs are not safe for health
PFCs (Perfluorinated chemicals) are often found in non-stick pans; In addition to being present in water-resistant clothing and furniture, it affects thyroid function, sperm quality, kidney health and cardiovascular disease. In a recent Danish study of 500 children, it was found that overweight children with high levels of PFCs in their blood had an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, including having insulin levels and high triglycerides (study results were not different in normal weight children).
Solution: Limit the use of non-stick pans and water-resistant materials when not needed. Use a non-stick pan properly when cooking to prevent PFCs from spreading into foods.
4. PBDEs: Found in clothing, furniture, carpets.
New furniture, carpets, mattresses are made with dozens of different chemicals. Think of the smell emanating from a new carpet or mattress. It comes from evaporating chemicals. Another form of this chemical is PBDEs (Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers) that interfere with hormone action and can lower IQ.
A few years ago, a Danish and Swedish research team measured the health parameters of 21 healthy elderly couples while they were living normally at home. Over the course of two days, the team of scientists measured the same health parameters and filtered the air inside the apartment. The air purifier removed more than 9,000 chemical components per square centimeter of indoor air, resulting in an 8% increase in the speed at which small blood vessels operate in study participants. This is enough to lower blood pressure and enhance blood circulation.
Solution: Use a vacuum cleaner, an air purifier or buy furniture, carpets, mattresses from organic materials.
5. Perchlorate: In dry-cleaned clothes.
In addition to effective stain removal, perchlorate protects clothes from wrinkling, dries quickly and can be reused many times. That’s why most dry cleaners use this bleach. But overexposure to the chemical perchlorate can cause dizziness, fatigue, headaches, and nausea. It also causes cancer in mice and is “possibly carcinogenic in humans,” according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The association with cardiovascular disease is uncertain, but the toxic effect of perchlorate on enzyme systems, including the liver, has been recognized.
Solution: Air dry laundry for a few more days before wearing.