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Harmful Dioxins Found in Feminine Hygiene Products

If you are a woman, you use feminine hygiene products. However, did you know that traditional sanitary pads contain chemicals that could be very dangerous? One of these chemicals is dioxin.

How Dioxin Is Formed

Dioxin is a chemical by product of the bleaching process. The makers of traditional feminine hygiene products use chlorine in the manufacturing process to bleach the products so they are a brilliant white. They feel that this helps sell more products because it give the impression of cleanliness and purity.

Chlorine is commonly used to bleach paper, paper products, and tissue products. However, the chlorine used in the bleaching process chemically bonds with the carbon compounds in the papers and tissues to create dioxin.

The Problem with Dioxin

Dioxin is a powerful carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent, even in small doses. In addition to causing cancer, it can result in other ailments such as achiness, headaches, liver damage, weight loss, insomnia, irritability, acne, immune system disorders, and reproductive problems in both men and women.

Dioxin when released into the environment can cause problems as it enters the food chain. It is stored in fatty tissues and becomes more and more concentrated as it passes from one organism to another, thus posing health risks for both animals and humans.

Avoiding Dioxin

You can reduce your exposure to dioxin by avoiding pads that have been bleached with chlorine. Not only will you not directly expose yourself to the dioxin, but if enough people start avoiding these products, it will send a message to manufacturers that we want and deserve better.

As a woman, you can avoid the dioxin in feminine hygiene products by using sanitary pads that are totally chorine free, or TCF.

At the Treehugger Company, we carry the Maxim brand of feminine hygiene products. Maxim feminine hygiene products are different. They are totally chlorine free. Instead of using chlorine in the bleaching process, they use hydrogen peroxide which doesn’t create any dangerous by-products.

In addition, Maxim pads are made with 100% natural cotton. There are no synthetic ingredients or wood pulp used in their production. They are Hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and biodegradable. Making them both healthy for you and the environment.

Try Maxim Feminine hygiene products to keep you and your family safe and healthy from the harmful effects of dioxin.

Skincare for Pregnant Women

As a pregnant woman you are probably aware that what goes in your body has a direct impact on your baby. You try to eat the best foods so that when your baby is born, she will be healthy. But did you know that what goes on your body is just as important? The chemicals from the lotions, creams, and makeups that you put on your body are absorbed through the skin and enter your bloodstream and can have an effect on your baby.

There are two main compounds that you want to avoid putting on your skin while you are pregnant because they have been shown to be harmful or cause birth defects. The first of these chemicals is Retinoids. Retinoids are derived from vitamin A and are in many anti-aging products because they reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone. Retinoids have several different names in products, including Differin, Retin-A, Renova, Retinoic Acid, Retinol, Retinyl Linoleate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tazorac, and Avage.

Another chemical that should be avoided during pregnancy is Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Acid is used to treat acne because it is able to deep clean pores. Other names for Salicylic Acid include Betahydroxy Acid and BHA.

There are several other compounds commonly found in skin care products that are questionable for use during pregnancy. To avoid potential negative effects of these chemicals, it is best to choose natural skincare productsmakeup, and other cosmetics.

In addition to choosing natural, organic products, to keep your skin healthy during your pregnancy, you want to make sure you are taking a good prenatal vitamin like Noor Prenatal Vitamins. This supplement is a blend of all of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay healthy inside and out.

You want to give your baby the very best and healthiest start possible. You can do this by paying just as much attention to what you put on your body as what you put in your body. Use skin care products that are natural and organic and don’t contain chemicals that could harm your baby. Also take a good prenatal vitamin to keep you healthy on the inside and outside.