10/04/2011 08:35 am ET Updated Oct 20, 2011

10 Household Hazards That Could Be Making You Sick

Think your home is safe? Think again! More than 80,000 chemicals can be found in the products we eat, spray in the air and use everyday in our homes. How many of these chemicals have been tested for their toxic effects? The answer is shocking: only a fraction.

It turns out that the pollution inside our homes is worse than outside. Your home may smell clean and feel safe when it's actually filled with toxins from cleaners, paint, tap water, furniture and more.

Wondering where these hidden hazards are coming from? The truth is that you're most likely carrying many of them home in your shopping bag. Your family is unknowingly exposed to toxic chemicals every day because there is virtually no regulation of chemicals used in most consumer products in the U.S. -- even those meant for children.

So how are you supposed to protect your family? Stick with me for the next 30 days to learn how these chemicals affect your body and how you can avoid them in easy ways that aren't going to cost you money or convenience.

Get started by taking my Body Burden Quiz to learn which household products are contributing to the pollution in your body. Then let's tackle the top ten things in your home that are making you sick.


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