It's common knowledge that cleaning products aren't the best thing for your body and overall health. It's why we usually try to use gloves or masks to cover our mouths whenever we want to do some spring cleaning. Though if there's one side effect most Canadians wouldn't have thought would come from exposure to cleaning products, it's definitely an increased chance in growing up overweight.
This new information comes from a Canadian research study that has concluded that chemicals found in everyday household cleaning products you probably have in your pantry right now have the potential to influence whether a child will become overweight or not.
In order to conduct their study, researchers gathered 757 babies between the ages of 3 to 4 months and looked at their gut flora. From there they monitored the babies while they were exposed to the cleaning products their mothers used in their homes while growing up.
What the study found was that the chemicals in these cleaning products can substantially change gut flora in children aged three to four months old. These changes found in the body have now been found to be a direct result in the way a person can retain weight. Though the most prevalent changes in the babies surveyed were those living in houses where multi-surface cleaners were routinely used throughout the house.
This change in gut flora resulted in many children in the study becoming overweight when they reached the age of three according to one of the researchers, Anita Kozyrski. They believe that exposure to these cleaning chemicals resulted in a higher level of gut microbes to grow in their system, such as Lachnospiraceae.
It was even discovered that babies in households where the products were used as little as once a week were twice as likely to have gut microbes such as Lachnospiraceae in their system that would influence weight gain in their toddler years.
Now before you write off using cleaning chemicals altogether, the study did find that eco-friendly household cleaning products had a lower risk of affecting young babies. In fact, it was found that babies who lived in houses where eco-friendly products were used had completely different microbiota in comparison to the babies who were exposed to the non-eco-friendly versions. Meaning they were less likely to become overweight in their toddler years.
So, clearly, you may want to consider swapping out your cleaning products for the eco-friendly versions. Even if you don't have children in the house, the idea that a multi-surface cleaner can completely change the way your body is supposed to work is definitely not a reassuring feeling, and who knows what else it could be doing on top of that!
Source: Huffington Post Canada