You Really Don’t Need These 7 Home Health Products
So today I’m going to look at 7 common home health products that are anything but healthy.
You might be surprised – look around your own home. Once you’ve read this, you may wish to throw some stuff away!
Home Health Product #1:- Breath-Freshening Mouthwash
Of course – fresh, minty breath is nice! But if you’re healthy, and brush and floss your teeth every day, then you probably don’t need mouthwash.
Products may advertise plaque protection and other benefits, but studies show that they mainly freshen breath only.
If you have persistent bad breath, it may be linked to another issue (e.g. gum disease, tooth decay, diabetes) which mouthwash won’t solve.
What to do instead: Most people can get by very well without this home health product.
Home Health Product #2:- Anti-bacterial Soap
You want to get rid of the bad bacteria in your home and protect your family, so you buy anti-bacterial soap as the best home health product. However, this ‘war on germs’ could do more harm than good. The good bacteria that live on your skin protect your immune system and help fight off infections.
When you strip yourself of bacteria with anti-bacterial soap, you may be killing the good germs that actually serve to keep you healthy.
Many anti-bacterial soaps are also chemical-heavy, and it’s better to reduce our exposure to multiple chemicals on a daily basis.
Now of course, in certain places anti-bacterial soap may be necessary – think hospitals and shelters for example. People with compromised immune systems may also benefit from anti-bacterial soap.
What to do instead: The average healthy person can simply use any mild soap with water to safely wash their hands.
Home Health Product #3:- Redness-Reducing Eye Drops
These drops may indeed make your eyes temporarily whiter and brighter, but they can cause unwanted side effects.
- They can become addictive
- Overuse can lead to dryness and irritation (the very problem you’re trying to avoid!)
- They can mask a bigger problem such as an infection, allergy or severe dryness problems.
This is a home health product which can cause more problems than benefits, and we can do without them. “Normal” eye drops can help to reduce dryness, especially for contact lens wearers, but the redness-reducing eye drops are another matter.
What to do instead: Don’t waste your money on them. Healthy eating and exercise will give you clear, bright eyes.
Home Health Product #4:- Toothbrush Sanitizers
Do toothbrushes contain bacteria? Absolutely! But, according to the American Dental Association, there is absolutely no clinical evidence showing that using a toothbrush sanitizer provides health benefits over letting your brush air dry after use.
In fact, they recommend simply that you rinse your brush well after use and store upright to air dry.
What to do instead: Save money and Reduce your demand for new “stuff” by not buying an unnecessary sanitizer!
Home Health Product #5:- Facial Toner
Cosmetic companies use the mantra “cleanse, tone and moisturize”. Certainly, toners can restore the pH of the skin and help products to be absorbed easier.
But they may be too harsh, as well as a waste of money.
If you wash your face with a gentle cleanser, it probably won’t alter the pH of your skin, and so you don’t need a toner.
What to do instead: Cleansing and moisturizing are much more important!
Home Health Product #6:- Scented Feminine Products
These products feed off womens’ insecurities about their vaginal hygiene. If you like to use perfumed tampons, sprays, powders and wipes, consider this.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists strongly warns against these scented products, because the vagina’s naturally acidic environment is generally enough to clean itself.
Using scented products can actually increase your chances of infection and irritation. In addition, you’re applying artificial chemicals to a highly absorbent area of your body – and that’s not good.
What to do instead: Always choose unscented products, and opt for unbleached products that are ideally made from organic cotton.
Home Health Product #7:- Cold Prevention Remedies
There are loads of cold-prevention remedies on the market today, but do they work? Nasal sprays, vitamin C powders….. buying them regularly costs more than you think, and in fact there’s very little clinical evidence to show that these home health products work at all.
What to do instead: Wash your hands frequently, sanitize your belongings, and don’t share things with someone who is sick.
Reduce and Save Money
Don’t bother with mouthwash, eye drops for redness, anti-bacterial soap, scented feminine products, toothbrush sanitizers, cold preventers and facial toner.
Reduce your demand for these home health products and you’ll be healthier, save money, and help to save the planet too!
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