Epithelial Barrier Theory

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Suggestions for the prevention of chronic diseases

How to reduce exposure to epithelial barrier-damaging agents in homes:

  • Choose sodium lauryl sulphate free and fragrance-free and natural household cleaning products:
  • Avoid detergents, surfactants, and disinfectants that can compromise epithelial barrier integrity.
  • Look for cleaning products made with natural, gentle ingredients.
  • Vinegar is commonly used in many households and no unwanted or side effects have been reported.
  • Stay away from sodium lauryl sulphate containing products.
  • It is possible to dilute the cleaners much more than suggested, you can still get a good cleaning effect.
  • Limit the use of air fresheners and chemically scented products:
  • Many air fresheners, candles, and personal care products contain chemicals that can damage epithelial cells and microbiome.
  • Be aware that fragrances used in cleaning products are not natural substances. They are chemicals that have a similar smell. Use unscented or naturally-derived alternatives.
  • Consider using an air purifier, especially in high-traffic areas.

Microplastics

Approximately ten billion ton plastic has been produced in the world and a huge amount has entered to our lives as plastic pollution and waiting to be degrated in the nature. Microplastics have been shown in amniotic fluid, pericardial fluid and coronary artery plaques. It is damaging epithelial barriers, binding to hormon and other receptors, physically affecting cells and tissues, changing cell and tissue metabolism.

How to Reduce Plastic Waste at Home or Office:

  • Make a conscious effort to substitute plastic and disposable bottles with reusable glass containers for various household and office needs.
  • Opt for eco-friendly refill packs for soap, shampoo, and cleaning products instead of opting for disposable bottles.
  • Use brushes and sponges for dishwashing that are free from plastic.
  • Choose reusable water bottles over disposable plastic ones.
  • Carry your own reusable bags when going shopping to steer clear of plastic bags.
  • Avoid the use of disposable plastic mugs, plates, and cutlery.
  • Reduce packaging waste by purchasing items in bulk using your own containers.
  • Steer clear of plastic straws and consider reusable alternatives.
  • Select products that do not contain microbeads to prevent waterway contamination.
  • Make the switch to a metal razor rather than relying on disposable plastic razors.
  • Opt for bar soap instead of liquid soap packaged in plastic bottles, noting the common presence of SLS/SDS in liquid soaps.
  • Cease the use of plastic toothbrushes.
  • Minimize the use of toothpaste, particularly those containing SLS/SDS.
  • Refrain from purchasing products with new plastic packaging.
  • Eliminate the use of disposable dusting cloths.
  • Say goodbye to wet wipes.
  • Replace plastic water filters with a reusable water filter systems.
  • Try growing your own food and reduce plastic packaging from food shopping.
  • Avoid plastic packaged food.
  • Prioritize the use of glass cups and bottles for storing food, cosmetics, ingredients, and small utensils at home.