It was found 16 percent of fibromyalgia patients also suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), a common condition showing symptoms such as headaches, exhaustion, pain in the abdomen and joints and brain fog etc. MCS can easily be triggered by exposure to chemicals in the environment and everyday products. These products that we use daily can emit low-levels of harmful chemicals which enter our body through our skin and the air we breathe.
#1 Lead Lipstick
Lead is a neurotoxin that is used to make lipstick. A high level of lead was found when the US FDA examined over 400 unique products of lipsticks. Lead is very dangerous for pregnant women and little children as it can inhibit brain development of the child. To prevent this, check labels and purchase safe and non-toxic lipstick.
#2 Bottled Water
People buy bottled water, assuming that it is safe and uncontaminated. However, bottled water can be as contaminated as tap water– after all, it is tap water packaged in plastic bottles to be sold. Right from the time it is manufactured to the time it is disposed, the plastic bottle can emit chemicals harmful to the enviroment and human, making it less worthy of drinking. Be safe by investing in a water filter or a stainless steel water bottle.
#3 Nonstick Pans
Nonstick pans contain a chemical known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), that causes cancer in experiments with animals. The non-stick lining of these pans can be scratched or chipped off and enter your food during the cooking process. To be safe, use stainless steel or cast iron cooking utensils and olive oil for a natural non-stick effect.
#4 Air Fresheners
Air fresheners, synthetic candles or plugged-in scents contain chemicals known as phthalates, that are hormone disrupters and cause reproductive problems and asthma. Some chemicals found in these products resemble estrogen, that may increase your risk for breast cancer. They are also suspected to be carcinogens. These harmful chemicals can easily enter our body when we breathe. Instead of these products, get natural fragrances from fragrant plants or essential oils.
Phthalates are also found in perfumes. They mimic estrogen, which could increase the chance of developing breast cancer. This happens when diethyl phthalate (DEP) is absorbed by the skin and accumulates in the fat tissue. Phthalates can be carcinogenic and hormone disruptors that could cause reproductive problems. In order not to suffer these problems, choose products with natural scents like essential oils.
#6 Food Heated in Plastic Containers
Don’t heat or reheat foods in plastic containers as the process of heating plastic causes chemicals to be released into your food. Instead, place your food in a glass or ceramic dish to microwave.
Several antiperspirants come with aluminum-based compounds, apart from other chemicals, that get absorbed into the sweat glands. Some antiperspirants also contain DMDM hydantoin and imidazolindinyl urea, two preservatives that are formaldehyde components. They have the potential to cause asthma, cancer and joint pain. The high levels of aluminum content, can damage brain cells and cause Alzheimer’s disease.