6 'Tiny' Toxins That Are a Much Bigger Deal Than You Think

We all encounter toxins on a daily basis. From the food we eat to the products we use, toxins are present in homes across the country. And they're constantly effecting the developing brain. In a seven minute video, Little Things Matters breaks down the continuing effect toxins have on growing kids.

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Exposure to even the smallest levels of toxins actually starts during pregnancy. A woman's intake of certain chemicals can start to have an immediate effect on a child's growing organs, especially the brain. Then, when they're older, the consequences are more visibly seen, in the form of disorders (like ADHD), lower IQs, and developmental delays.

Take a look at the six most harmful toxins and the amount of children they effect:

Mercury:

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A staggering amount of children sampled showed traces of mercury in their system. And the biggest culprit? Eating large fish which has been contaminated by pollution.

Lead:

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All children (absolutely all!) have traces of lead, and it's presence is regardless of race, income, or location, says LTM. And it can mostly be found in paints and lead contaminated dust.

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Organophosphate Pesticides:

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Found mostly in food (and used widely in the agricultural process), organophosphate pesticides were found in more than three quarters of all children.

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs):

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Another universal toxin. PCBs were found in all kids, and although no longer manufactured in the United States, can be traced to insulation, adhesives, transformers, capacitors, plastics, and oils.

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Bisphenol A (BPA):

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Present in almost all sampled children, BPA is present in plastics and tons of everyday items. Food cans, CDs, baby bottles, and different food and drink packages all have traces of BPA.

Polybrominated Dipenyl Ethers (PBDEs):

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These flame-retardant chemicals are found in plastics (which make them difficult to burn), and every single child.

Take a look at the full video here:

How do you limit your children to the exposure of toxins?

 

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