Thyroid is a vital organ but there are a number of items found in your household that are putting it in grave danger.
In one of the most recent studies conducted by the Epidemology journal, it has been discovered that over 10% of people who drank water contaminated with perfluoroctanoic acid (PFOA) reported that they have some form of thyroid problem.
PFOA is one of the non-stick chemicals that you may have in your home. There are plenty more and they all pose a threat to you and your family’s thyroid health:
• Furniture: Non-stick chemicals are used on furniture to repel stains. Look for furniture pieces that did not go through this kind of treatment.
• Carpeting: Carpets are also treated with chemicals that may harm your thyroid health, but you can avoid such danger by opting for untreated hardwood, which you can coat with a much safer product.
• Personal Care Products: Shampoos and other products have non-stick chemicals. Check the ingredients list first and make sure it does not contain anything that begins with “perfluoro.”
• Non-stick Cookware: Non-stick pots and pans do not need scrubbing after using. However, chemicals could be present in your meal. To be on the safe side, use stainless steel, glass, enamel, or cast-iron cookware.
• Dental Floss: Flossing is important, but it can do more harm than good if the product contains non-stick chemicals. Choose a dental floss that contains natural ingredients to avoid thyroid problems.
• Fast Food Boxes: Containers you get from fast food often have non-stick chemicals to keep grease from seeping out of the boxes. Now you have one more reason to stop at a fast food restaurant and order a takeout.
• Paper Plates: Just like fast food containers, paper plates also have non-stick chemicals to prevent spillage. You have regular plates at home – use them.
• Popcorn Bags: These bags also have grease-repelling chemicals, so you do not have to worry about oil leakage. Make your own popcorn at home or go for a brand that does not use chemicals in its ingredients or bags.
• Rain Gear: Boots, raincoats, and umbrellas can repel water, but they also promote thyroid problems. Go for safer options, such as jackets that use polyurethane and boots that are wax-coated.
• Dust: Even if you avoid non-stick chemicals, they can still be in your home through dust. Vacuum your home regularly and make sure the cleaning equipment has HEPA filter.
By being aware of the direct connection between non-stick chemicals and your thyroid health, you can avoid the harmful effects of the household items listed above.