Lead is a heavy metal that has well known harmful effects on every part of our bodies. However, it is still found in many everyday items such as drinking water and even the paint on your walls. Avoiding it where possible can greatly help your health in the future.
Lead is linked to a variety of diseases because of the way it can effect every part of our body. Exposure to lead has been linked to permanent brain damage, lowered IQ, hearing loss, miscarriage, premature birth, increased blood pressure, kidney damage and nervous system problems. In fact, it has also been found to alter both reproductive and stress regulating hormones. This is due to its endocrine disrupting effects meaning it interferes with our bodies natural signaling system by mimicking hormones.
So how can you avoid lead? Well, lead is found in crumbling paint and even water. By simply keeping your house clean and avoiding lead based paints, you can reduce your exposure in your home. Purchasing an appropriate water filter can be beneficial as well. Luckily, this process has been made easier with the help of EWG's clean water guide.
Lead is obviously linked to a variety of illnesses. Overall, making even one of these changes can be beneficial to your health in the long run.
By Sara Frawley