San Diego Edition
Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print Feed Feed

Household Cleaning Products Affect Babies’ Guts and Weight

Disinfectants Linked to Health Concerns

Twin Design/Shutterstock.com

The heavy use of household cleaning disinfectants may contribute to changes in infant gut bacteria and weight gain, reports a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. University of Alberta researchers collected fecal samples and studied the gut health of 757 babies between the ages of 3 and 4 months; then restudied the children at 1 and 3 years old. They found that children in households that used disinfectants at least once a week had higher body mass index (BMI) scores and elevated levels of Lachnospiraceae, gut microbes linked in other studies to insulin resistance and metabolic disorders. Babies in households that used vinegar or other eco-friendly cleaners had lower BMI scores and much lower levels of a family of bacteria that includes E. coli.


This article appears in the April 2019 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

CBD Oil: Facts for Dog Owners

CBD oil is the fastest growing natural health trend for people—and the same is true for our canine companions.

Designing Exotic, Budget-friendly Travels Abroad

Diane E Lohmeyer, owner of DEL Tours (which stands for Designing Exotic Locations as well as her initials) developed her love affair with international travel nearly two decades ago when she met her husband, Dan, an international consultant.

Refresh Your Skin with a Professional Chemical Peel

Chemical peels can help improve the appearance of pigmentation, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, scarring, sun damage, large pores and rosacea.

Shakti Fest Returns to Joshua Tree on Mother’s Day Weekend

The Shakti Fest community of yogis, meditators, conscious parents and spiritual seekers comes back together for its ninth season, this year on Mother’s Day weekend May 9 to 13.

Letter from The Publisher

What is sustainable living? It means many different things to me. By definition, it’s the practice of reducing the use of natural resources to the best of your ability.

Comments posted are subject to review and removal if they are not in line with publication guidelines. Opinions are those of the person posting them.

Add your comment: