Chemical Facts

As crazy as it sounds, everything we know is made up of chemicals. This ranges from the food we consume to the water we drink. Our favourite outfits, our beauty products and basic necessities. So although this means we are commonly 'exposed' to a variety of chemicals, what does a “chemical exposure” actually mean? Let us explain...

The term “chemical exposure” is simply a measurement of an amount of and the frequency a substance comes into contact with a person or the environment. How much of that chemical yourself or the plant comes in contact with and it's strength can differ from person to person, object to object. So phrases stating that a product or substance is “chemical free,” or, alternatively, is “chock full of chemicals” can be misleading or may not tell an accurate story about the potential effects that these chemicals might have on a person’s body or the environment.

As crazy as it may seem, the air we breathe is composed of chemicals as well, these are; nitrogen, oxygen and small amounts of argon and carbon dioxide. Simple things such as brushing our teeth with toothpaste expose our mouths to chemicals such as fluoride because it help's strengthen and protect teeth as well as sodium bicarbonate which help's remove plaque . You wouldn't think your morning orange juice or coffee would contain chemicals would you... but yes, they do! These are naturally occurring chemical ingredients like acrylamide, fructose and aldehydes. The biggest shock of them all, our WATER, yes, water, is made up of two elements on the Periodic Table – hydrogen and oxygen. So chemicals are basically, everywhere. The good news it, contact and presence of a chemical alone is not enough to create a potential risk to a person’s health. Even though most of us go through 2-4 cups of coffee a day, (containing 95 to 200 mg of caffeine) it's not enough to pose a health risk.

Be careful though, if you were to drink around 115 cups of coffee, 30 times a typical daily dosage that wouldn't be good for you at all and would potentially be a lethal dose of caffeine.