When looking for ways to improve your health, you might consider the food you put into your body, the exercise you’re getting, or ways to improve your sleep habits. Rarely, however, do you think about products that you use around the house, in the air, or even on your body. Yet these products can play a crucial part in how you feel, and in some cases, could even be the cause of major health woes. Here’s a list of some of the most overlooked, yet potentially harmful products that many of us use on a regular basis.
Our obsession with destroying bacteria is disrupting the microbiome, creating resistant strains of bacteria and weakened immune systems. Ingredients commonly found in hand sanitizer, such as Triclosan, create resistant mutations in bacteria, otherwise known as “superbugs.” You could unknowingly be building an army of bacteria that makes you much sicker than the weaker bugs you were trying to avoid in the first place. The simplest way to keep your hands clean is to use plain old soap and water.