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PFAS: The Silent Threat Lurking in Our Daily Lives

PFAS: The Silent Threat Lurking in Our Daily Lives
PFAS: The Silent Threat Lurking in Our Daily Lives

Is there really a way for us to be safe in this toxic environment? The bad news is that chemicals are everywhere, and we are exposed to it without us even knowing. So how can we really be safe if they are everywhere? Well, all we can do is to at least limit our exposure to “‘forever chemicals’’, as experts say that no single product is likely to expose us to dangerous levels in one use.

The good news is that, while no one can completely avoid it, we can take particular steps to decrease our exposure and danger to our long-term health.

What’s PFAS and how do we get exposed to it?

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are a class of compounds that make certain products nonstick or stain resistant. 

We get exposed to PFAS, also known as forever chemicals, from some consumer products like food packaging, stain resistant carpeting and water repellent clothing. We can also get exposed by eating food grown or raised in PFAS contaminated soil or water, including agricultural products, wild game, and fish.

How to reduce exposure to it?

Even though exposure in small doses can’t be severely harmful, let’s still be concerned since these chemicals are everywhere, and can build up in our body over time. Thus, it is important for us to begin limiting our exposure to them in order to avoid the risks later on.  

  1. Filter drinking water: Install a high-quality activated carbon filter or reverse osmosis system to remove PFAS from tap water. Look for filters certified to remove PFAS specifically.
  2. Be cautious with nonstick cookware: It can be found in nonstick coatings. Consider using alternatives like stainless steel, cast iron, or ceramic cookware. If you do use nonstick cookware, be careful not to overheat it, as this can release PFAS into the air.
  3. Choose PFAS-free personal care products: Check the labels of products like shampoo, conditioner, cosmetics, and dental floss to ensure they are PFAS-free. Look for terms like “fluorine-free” or “PFAS-free” on the packaging.
  4. Read product labels: Avoid products treated with stain-resistant, water-repellent, or grease-resistant coatings, as they may contain PFAS. Examples include furniture, carpets, clothing, and food packaging.
  5. Be mindful of food sources: Certain foods, especially those grown near industrial sites or contaminated water sources, may have higher levels of PFAS. Consider consuming a varied diet with a focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, and organic products.

Because PFAS exposure can occur from a variety of sources, combining these techniques can help lower your overall exposure. It’s also a good idea to check with your local health department or environmental organization for specific suggestions based on your location.

If you are a woman thinking of other products with PFAS, check out this blog to be more informed.

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