Things You Probably Use Everyday... That Are Toxic!

Like many, when trying our best to lead a healthier lifestyle, many of us place focus solely on diet and exercise. However, it’s essential to recognise that well-being is also about other factors, things such as limiting exposure to toxic substances that we may be unknowingly coming into contact with everyday. 

Over the years we are increasingly discovering that the chemicals present in numerous household products are more toxic than previously believed. Awareness and taking action are key when it comes to minimising the risks associated with these toxins, which can lead to a buildup of harmful substances in the body. Let’s explore some common items you likely use daily, unaware of their potentially toxic effects, and discover ways to reduce your exposure!

1. Perfumes
Did you know that fragrances can contain hazardous chemicals such as benzaldehyde and acetone? These chemicals, when inhaled, can cause a range of issues from dizziness to kidney damage. Consider natural alternatives or essential oils to replace commercial perfumes and reduce your exposure to these toxins.

2. Mattresses
Many mattresses contain PBDEs, a harmful compound linked to brain and reproductive damage. Since we spend a significant portion of our lives in bed, investing in a mattress free from these toxins is crucial for overall health and well-being! We love the brand Avocado Green Mattress!
3. Cleaning Products
Common cleaning products often contain phthalates and chemical surfactants. Opt for natural alternatives like baking soda and lemon with hot water or vinegar. These alternatives clean effectively without exposing your home to toxic chemicals.
4. Plastic Food Containers
Plastic containers, especially those containing phthalates, can interfere with the body's endocrine system, causing negative effects. Switch to glass containers to prevent dangerous chemicals from leaching into your food over time.
5. Plastic Drink Bottles
While most plastic bottles are now BPA-free, they can still release toxic chemicals. Whenever possible, choose glass bottles to avoid these harmful substances entering your drinks.
6. Cosmetics
Cosmetics often contain toxic chemicals. Opt for products that are not synthetic, fragrance-free, mineral-based, or made from natural oils. Organic products significantly reduce your exposure to harmful toxins.
7. Antiperspirants
Some antiperspirants contain aluminium, raising concerns about its link to metal toxicity! Switching to aluminium-free alternatives or natural deodorants is a safer choice. See our top recommendation here.
8.Fabric Softeners
Fabric softeners may cause skin irritation and respiratory problems due to chemicals like quaternary ammonium salts. Consider natural alternatives or skip fabric softeners altogether to reduce your exposure.
9. Non-stick Cookware
Polytetrafluoroethylene found in non-stick cookware emits toxic gases at high temperatures, which can cause a range of health issues. Tune into episode 115 of the Health Formula Show to learn about safe vs toxic cookware.
10. Air Fresheners

Air fresheners can release toxic levels of pollutants. Ensure proper ventilation when using them, or opt for natural alternatives like essential oil diffusers to keep your home smelling fresh without compromising your health.


Being aware of these everyday items and their potential toxicity is the first step toward a healthier lifestyle. You can also take action by testing for toxicities, here are the top Functional Medicine tests we recommend:

Mycotoxin Test: Mould can grow in hidden areas of your home or workplace, such as behind walls or under carpets, making it difficult to detect. Mould toxicity can manifest in minor, uncomfortable symptoms that can range from fatigue, skin irritation, runny nose, sensitivity to light, change in appetite, mood changes to allergies and coughs. This comprehensive test screens for eleven mycotoxins and forty species of mould from a single urine sample.

Organic Acid Test: Specifically designed to identify candida overgrowth and gut imbalances, this test is crucial for understanding the microbial balance in your body.

Comprehensive Stool Test: To detect parasites, bacterial overgrowth, and H. pylori, a stool test is invaluable. It offers a detailed analysis of your gut health, essential for overall well-being.

Hair Tissue Test: This test is pivotal in revealing high levels of heavy metals in your body, which can have severe health implications. Identifying and addressing these metal imbalances is vital for your health.

All of these tests are available for purchase on the Synergised website. Every test purchase includes a FREE 30-minute consultation with a Synergised Integrative Health Practitioner to interpret your results and make actionable lifestyle and diet recommendations based on your specific needs. This process empowers you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your health.


Reducing Toxicity Levels

The good news is, you also have the power to reduce your toxicity levels significantly. Our bodies possess remarkable self-healing abilities, especially when provided with the right support. Here's how you can actively lower your toxicity levels:

Functional Medicine Detox: Consider a functional medicine detox at least twice a year. This structured detoxification process is non-negotiable in our toxin-filled world. We highly recommend the 21 Day Reset, backed by extensive research and proven results. This program offers a holistic approach to detoxification, focusing on nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle changes. By following this regimen, you can overcome chronic health issues and prevent future complications. Many have already benefited from this reset, and it could be your key to a healthier, toxin-free life.


By making informed choices and opting for natural, toxin-free alternatives, you can significantly reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals. Prioritising your health includes not just what you put inside your body, but also what you surround yourself with. Stay mindful and make choices that contribute to your well-being and overall quality of life.

To assess your toxicity levels in less than 6 minutes, head on to our Toxicity Assessment here

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