But, as I open myself up to working from an office again I am certainly plotting ways to continue to progress with healing while working, and also ways to make sure the environment I work in is healthy.
5 Ways to Make your Workplace Conducive to a Healthy Microbiome
1. Dealing with EDC’s
During this household exposure study, researchers took indoor air and dust samples from 120 homes on Cape Cod and measured concentrations of 89 different endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Their research found 52 compounds in air samples, and 66 in dust, with an average of 26 in each house dust sample.
So the average home had over TWENTY different types of EDCs floating around.
The concentrations that were detected exceeded government health-based guidelines for 15 compounds. The other 28 compounds had no guidelines at all. But even so, the existing guidelines didn't consider endocrine effects.
These compounds have been linked to so many increasingly common conditions. Everything from metabolic disorders and infertility to cancer.
EDCs are so important to look out for because they don't always adhere to "the dose makes the poison"! There is a whole body of research that clearly shows that VERY low-level exposures to certain types of substances (like EDCs) behave in very unpredictable ways.
Exposure to EDC’s can be reduced with an air purifier as well as by eliminating soaps, candles and other products containing fragrance. We can also reduce EDC exposure by avoiding the use of glue, solvent and nail polish in the office.
One of the ways that EDC’s make it into the home/office is via our shoes. Some of us may want to keep a pair of slippers/shoes specifically for the office which don’t leave the office.
Finally, if you have the option purchase furniture with-out flame retardant.
2. Standing desk or bouncy ball as chair.
The best brands for standing desks include: Varidesk and Fully Jarvis.
3. Practice Vagus Nerve Stimulation at work
4. Bring a home prepared lunch at least once per week
For those of you who live in the city, you may have access to meal delivery (Skip the Dishes) which can be great too, depending on how healthy the options are.
5. Keep a plant at work
6. Music for the Nervous System
7. Chlorine and Fluoride
8. Receipts and BPA
If you work with receipt printing paper you may potentially be able to source BPA free printing paper - just make sure it isn’t simply one of the BPA sister compounds - BPE, BPF, BPS.
Even better would be to switch to an alternative emailed receipt system.
If neither of those options are available consider using gloves when handling receipt paper
9. Cleaning Crew
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2003 Endocrine disruptors measured in indoor air and dust in Cape Cod homes. Silent Spring.
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