http://www.care2.com

16 Dangerous Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

By Diana Herrington
7/17/2013 10:29:01 AM

Breathing polluted air can make you sick, increasing any health problems in your life. I was recently reminded of this when I was visiting a friend in England. Within five minutes in her home my eyes were red and I was sneezing.

I've always been sensitive to air quality and toxic chemicals. This is why I have have worked so much with organic Power Foods, and alkaline balance and gluten free cooking. With all of this balancing, my immune system is very strong but my body still doesn't like chemicals.

In some situations, poor air quality means much more than puffy eyes. You can die when breathing extremely toxic air. You certainly don't want to deeply breath in air that is filled with toxins.

Credit: Care2

The World Health Organization estimates that 6,400 people die every year in Mexico City and more than 1 million people suffer from permanent breathing problems because of air pollution.

People spend 90 percent of their time indoors. Indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.

The good news is, indoor air pollution is created by us, so we have the power to reduce pollutants.

16 Possible Sources of Pollution and Healthy Alternatives

1. Cleaning products are responsible for nearly 10 percent of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers!

Take time to find alternatives or Make Your own Natural Cleaning Solutions.

2. Laundry detergent and fabric softeners can be very toxic.

Very early in my life, I found that mainstream laundry detergents caused itchiness. It's a direct result of the toxic chemicals found in these laundry detergents. For example...

- Sodium lauryl sulfate - EVS Rresearch studies on SLS are linked to: Organ and Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, biochemical or cellular changes and cancer.

- Phenols have been linked to serious health conditions and even death.

- Optical brighteners make clothes look whiter, but studies have shown them to be extremely toxic to fish. They can also cause mutations in bacteria.

Continue Reading on Care2.com >