Can you put your detergent or fabric softener that you're using into your mouth? Or even swallow it?
In other words, are they safe enough for them to enter into your body? Are the personal care products that you're using scented or fragranced?
Food and liquid are not the only things that goes into your mouth, to be taken into your body for ingestion.
Air and particles floating in it are also go inside your body through breathing. Furthermore, they can make their way into the body through the skin, since the skin breathes and absorbs air as well as substances on the skin, too.
Thus, gases and tiny particles in the air are capable of entering into your body without you even noticing it happening, provided you are not wearing a mask or gears to filter or block them．
So in that respect, being careful of what you eat and drink is not enough to achieve optimal health.
After all, an average adult inhales about 7 to 8 liters of air per minute, or some 11,000 liters per day, whereas the recommended intake of water per day is 2.7 to 3.7 liters; it is also said that an average adult can consume about 5.46 pounds or around 2.5 kg of food a day.
Moreover, as you may have heard of the "Rule of Threes," an average human is said to experience irreparable damages after 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water and 3 weeks of food, though it varies depending on each individual and circumstances.
These numbers alone tell that air is indispensable and needed the most for a human to survive out of the 3 basics.
So, it makes sense to be watchful of what you breathe as much as, or even more so than what you eat and drink, if you want to be healthy.
That is why you want to have a grasp of the household cleaners, personal care products and wash products you are using, what they contain and whether they are safe enough for them to be entering your body.
The problem is that under the U.S. regulations, fragrance as well as flavor ingredients can be simply listed as "fragrance" or "Flavor." The Fair Packaging And Labeling Act requires the ingredients to be listed, as long as they are not "trade secrets."
The FDA website says,
"Fragrance and flavor formulas are complex mixtures of many different natural and synthetic chemical ingredients, and they are the kinds of cosmetic components that are most likely to be “trade secrets. FDA does not have the same legal authority to require allergen labeling for cosmetics as for food. So, if you are concerned about fragrance sensitivities, you may want to choose products that are fragrance free, and check the ingredient list carefully."
FDA website explains that
"Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in hundreds of products. The phthalate commonly used in fragrance products is diethyl phthalate, or DEP. DEP does not pose known risks for human health as it is currently used in cosmetics and fragrances."
However, degree of sensitivity to chemicals can vary for each individual, depending various factors such as the weather, humidity, population density, ventilation, just to name a few.
And the reasoning that phthalates, one of a myriad of chemicals used in scented products, "does not pose known risks for human health because they are currently being used in cosmetics and fragrances," does to not seem to justify or guarantee that they are truly safe.
In fact, more and more people around the globe are suffering from sensitivity to chemicals.
And since triggers of symptoms cannot be identified because they are not written on labels, it is next to impossible to identify and avoid them, unlike food allergies, where you can be vigilant and avoid the causes.
Plus, just because that you are not reacting to those chemicals now does not mean that you are exempt from the onset for the rest of your life. Anyone can succumb to this retractable, complicated, life-wrecking disease.
Going natural and organic whenever possible is not only doing yourself a favor, but ultimately to all of mankind and creatures on this planet, and the Planet upon which we stand on.
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