Mothers pass toxic chemicals to their babies through their umbilical cords, according to a groundbreaking study.
The recent study commissioned by Washington-based Environmental Working Group found an average 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants (body load) in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in U.S. hospitals.
Exposure to chemicals is a huge concern with infants. Because the blood-brain barrier – the body’s defence that keeps contaminants from reaching the central nervous system – is not yet developed, babies can suffer more neurological harm.
And of course, female babies are born with the eggs that could become their own babies, meaning later generations will also be exposed.
Making your home environment as clean and green as you can is a great way to help reverse this damaging trend.
Green your Home Environment Tips:
- Eat fresh plant-based foods: Opt for organic fruits and vegies. Choose milk and meat without added growth hormones. Limit canned food and infant formula, as can linings may contain bisphenol A (BPA).
- Pick plastics carefully: Some plastics contain BPA, which is linked to cancer. Avoid clear, hard plastic bottles and choose baby bottles made from glass or BPA-free plastic. Don’t microwave plastic containers.
- Filter your tap water: Use a reverse osmosis system or carbon filter to reduce your family’s exposure to impurities in water. Mix infant formula with fluoride-free water.
- Wash hands: Frequent hand washing reduces you and your kids’ exposure to chemicals. Skip anti-bacterial soaps, since they can contain pesticides that are absorbed through the skin.
- Skip non-stick: When overheated, non-stick cookware can emit toxic fumes. Cook with cast iron or stainless steel instead.
- Use a HEPA-filter vacuum: Kids spend lots of time on the floor and household dust contains contaminants. HEPA-filter vacuums capture the widest range of particles and get rid of allergens. Leave your shoes at the door for obvious reasons.
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