6 Ways Your Home Could Be Making You Sick

Find out the things in your home that could be affecting your family’s health.

6 Ways Your Home Could Be Making You Sick

By Toni Gasparis

Many places in the home can have toxins without you knowing. Become an educated consumer and homeowner by understanding when your home may be putting you and your family’s health at risk.


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Sofa

Check the inside label of your sofa: some upholstered furniture can contain an average of two pounds of toxic flame-retardant chemicals. These chemicals may be the cause for some thyroid disorders, lower IQ, reduced fertility, and cancer. The dust particles that form from your sofa put those chemicals into the air, where you and your family may then breathe them in. While you can’t just throw away your furniture, there are ways to keep the chemical dust particles under control: try dusting, mopping, and vacuuming as well as washing your hands frequently and thoroughly.

Watch: The Toxic Flame Retardants in Your Home Right Now!

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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