Surprising Toxins that May Reside in Your Mattress

Modern people are concerned about their lifestyle, and being healthy is their top priority. Therefore they work out, they pay close attention to what they eat and drink, and try to avoid stress as much as possible. What no one suspects is that the very thing they sleep on could harm them. The mattress can be your worst enemy, and I bet you didn’t even suspect it! Next, we are going to talk about the toxins that may reside in your beloved mattress, so you can be aware of the dangers it imposes on your health.

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDE, are effective flame-retardants that release bromine to rob the air of the oxygen that is necessary for fire. They were used in the manufacture of many foam mattresses until 2005, after which they were forbidden. The law requires mattresses to have flame-retardants incorporated, and PBDE seemed like the most effective choice. PBDE is very dangerous to our health, disrupting the hormone levels in the thyroid gland, reducing fertility, and affecting the neuronal pathways. The most concentrated exposure to PBDE comes from sleeping on mattresses manufactured using this flame retardant. It even showed up in human breast milk from women who slept on such mattresses, automatically affecting the infants who consumed the milk as well. The best thing to do is to throw out your mattress if it’s manufactured before 2005, and get yourself a new one.

Antimony trioxide

Even though it hasn’t yet been proven if the presence of antimony trioxide in the manufacture of mattresses is dangerous, it has been proven that cancer occurs to people who have professions where they inhale this toxin. Although antimony trioxide might be flame-retardant, it is a known carcinogen as well. Unfortunately, it has replaced polybrominated diphenyl ethers in the manufacturing of mattresses. In the end, it is a toxin, and with time it will be proven to be dangerous in the manufacturing of mattresses most probably. After all, inhaling a toxin for eight hours while you sleep surely isn’t healthy.

Boric acid

Boric acid has been used in the manufacture of mattresses for over thirty years, and since then hundreds of studies have emerged that clearly show how dangerous boric acid is to us. The worst part is that boric acid can harm us without external symptoms; it doesn’t always give rashes to the affected person or any other sign that the body is being harmed. History showed us that meddling with toxins is dangerous for our health, but we continue to manufacture the very thing we sleep on using toxins. In order to avoid the risk of coming in contact with the toxins presented above, we advise you to opt for a mattress made with natural materials. The best choice is a natural latex mattress or even a quality spring mattress. Unless you have serious back problems, it is best to avoid memory foam mattresses as they are made with many synthetic and toxic materials.

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