Out Mattress' Can be a Leading Cause to Toxicities - Toxic Mattress Syndrome

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On average we spend almost one third of our lives in our beds. This means this is a place we definitely want to have toxin free and safe for our bodies. However, did you know that most mattress companies make their products with highly toxic chemicals that we are exposed to every time we lay down?

Today there is a new term surfacing called, “toxic mattress syndrome”. This is a term that relates to the health conditions that arise from chemicals within many mattresses. This syndrome can elicit responses such as asthma, respiratory disease, inflammation, contact dermatitis, autoimmune dysfunction and more. So what is causing these issues?

Most mattress companies create their products using mattresses that are standard memory foam or made of polyurethane synthetics. These materials are compounds of building blocks called isocyanates. These isocyanates can be harmful to our health. They are off-gassed by mattresses and can cause a whole host of problems when we are exposed to them. Especially when this is done night after night.

Besides the synthetic compounds most mattresses are sprayed with flame retardants. This is done as a preventative measure to help with fires in a house. However, these chemicals are extremely toxic to our bodies. Most of us do not experience house fires but most of us typically sleep on a mattress every night with these retardants. So the question is, is it worth having these toxic chemicals in our beds?

So, what do you look for and how do you get a safe mattress?

There are three major certifications you can look for when mattress shopping. The first is, GOTS certification. This stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. With this certification you can verify that the materials that made the mattress are not synthetic and organic textiles. Second, is the Greenguard GOLD certification. This means the mattress has met certain standards for low chemical emissions that would be safe or vulnerable populations. Lastly, look for GOLS, this stands for Global Organic Latex Standard. This certification means that if latex is used at least 95% of it must be organic raw material.

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