Beware of Monsters that Lurk
In Your Shower Curtain!!!!!
You may ask, what does this topic have to do with a “happy belly”? Remember, environmental toxins can show up in our food, our drinking water, the air that we breathe, the soil that we dig in, the drugs that we take, the homes that we live in – just about anywhere! My passion is living a healthy life and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So when it comes to your diet think outside the box.
Did you know that PVC (polyvinyl chloride) shower curtain liners are toxic? They are. These liners outgas dangerous volatile organic compounds like xylene and toluene. Dioxins, endocrine (hormone) disruptors, and even cadmium and lead are also released! To make it worse, heat and humidity increase the levels of VOCs and other toxins being released into the air-making your showers all the more toxic.
If you must use plastic, be sure to avoid the word ‘vinyl’ unless it also shows a PVC-free, PEVA or EVA identification. PEVA stands for polyethylene vinyl acetate. PEVA is non-chlorine, PVC-free, biodegradable material used mostly as a PVC alternative in toy products, baby bibs and shower curtains. Caution, anti-microbial, antibacterial and/or anti-mildew should be avoided as they are open invitations for more unknown chemicals and contribute to our vast overuse of antimicrobial agents. This overuse is causing many serious medical problems-a topic for another post.
If you want to completely eliminate the health concerns associated with vinyl and plastics, you can install a rain showerhead and an organic cotton shower curtain, without a liner. Rain showerheads drop water straight down without too much pressure, eliminating splash. If you can’t live without a strong spray, your best option is to install glass doors rather than having a shower curtain. It’s a little pricy, but consider it an investment in your health.
Healthy alternatives to vinyl may $$$ more but your health…Priceless!
Here are some links to sites that sell natural fabric shower curtains:
That’s all for now. Stay clean, breathe clean, stay healthy, and above all eat right!
Bon appitite’ mon Cherie,