Anyone who knows me knows housecleaning is my least favorite thing to do. I have two wonderful sister in laws who are immaculate housekeepers, but I guess I missed that gene. I have no problem cooking and baking up a storm, but I have to discipline myself to clean.
That being said, I just read research that makes me want to definitely step up my cleaning game. This new research says chemicals in household dust may promote fat cell growth! Yes, you read that right. Their research showed that “two-thirds of dust extracts they studied from homes in North Carolina were able to promote fat cell development and half promote precursor fat cell proliferation.”
Why is dust such a problem? It is composed of the accumulation of dead skin cells, dirt we track in from the outdoors, residue from furniture, cleaning products, cookware, as well as endocrine disrupting chemicals from plastics, the linings of food cans, toys and detergents.
This study from last year found house dust to be one of the most common sources of chemicals known as obesogens, which, interfere with how our bodies store and process fat, so this info isn’t really anything new. What is different in the more recent study is that it found even extremely low concentrations of these chemicals in dust might spur fat cell growth.
So what to do? Well besides dusting more often, wet dusting as opposed to dry dusting, which can spread those particles back into the air where you can inhale them, using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, using natural personal care and cleaning products and taking shoes off when you enter the house will all help reduce toxic load in your home. And maybe help you more easily maintain a healthy weight!
How often do you dust? Does it surprise you that household dust could impact weight gain?
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