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Is Washing Dishes Ruining Your Health?

September 28, 2021

New Research Reveals That Your Dish Detergent May Be Harming Your Gut Health

Is Washing Dishes Ruining Your Health?

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Most people dont give much thought to how they wash their dishes. Its a simple chore that, at first glance, seems pretty inconsequential.

But recent research suggests that how you wash your dishes actually does matter! In fact, your dishwashing detergent could be harmful to your gut health.

The dishes you eat from can have a surprising effect on your health. For example… if you use cast-iron cookware, iron will leech into your food. Since iron is an important nutrient, this can be beneficial, especially if you have an iron deficiency.

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Similarly, when you wash your dishes, trace amounts of detergent remain on the plate, and you end up ingesting the detergent when you eat. In this case, the effect is not beneficial. Most detergents contain harmful chemicals that can negatively impact your health when they enter your body. 

Is Washing Dishes Ruining Your Health?

Triclosan & Gut Health

Triclosan is an ingredient present in many consumer products, such as toothpaste, soap, cosmetics, and detergent. It is also used in hospitals as a cleaning agent due to its antibacterial effects.

People are exposed to triclosan through skin absorption every day when they shower… brush their teeth… or use mouthwash. And people directly ingest triclosan when they eat from plates that have been washed with detergent. Triclosan is also an environmental pollutant and was detected in 57.6% of rivers and streams tested by the U.S. Geological Society.

Recent studies have shown that triclosan can have harmful effects. Its considered an endocrine disruptor (a chemical that interferes with your hormones) and is particularly damaging for your gut.

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One study found that exposure to triclosan in mice resulted in colitis (inflammation in the colon) and colitis-associated colon cancer cell growth… as well as the alteration of gut microbiota and the reduction of diversity of gut flora. The two phenomena are linked: exposure to triclosan resulted in a ~75% reduction in Bifidiobacterium, a health-promoting genus of bacteria that has anti-inflammatory effects.

The above study also found that exposure to triclosan was associated with a significantly reduced lifespan in one group of mice.

Another study on the subject likewise found that exposure to triclosan alters the gut microbiome and leads to inflammation in the colon.

A third study found that the alteration of gut microbiota persisted even when the exposure to triclosan was eliminated. The study linked triclosan to a wide array of diseases and metabolic disorders, including obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome and behavioural and metabolic disorders.

The authors also found that triclosan had a particularly damaging effect on fetuses and infants.

The problem with triclosan is that its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties cause it to have a destructive impact on beneficial bacteria. Not all bacteria are bad for you… Probiotics, or good bacteria, are essential to maintaining gut health.

The benefits of probiotics are wide-ranging. They can help treat diarrhea, stomach flu, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and vaginal infections.

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Additionally, exposure to triclosan is associated with a higher risk of having food allergies. This is probably because of its antibacterial effects. Being exposed to bacteria in healthy doses has an immunizing effect and reduces the risk of having allergies.

Is Washing Dishes Ruining Your Health?

How To Avoid Triclosan

After much controversy, the FDA finally banned triclosan (and other ingredients, including benzethonium chloride) from being used in consumer antiseptic hand sanitizers. Since the ban only applies to consumer soaps, triclosan still appears in many other products, such as toothpaste, mouthwash, and deodorant.

In general, you should avoid products marketed as having antibacterial or antimicrobial effects. They almost always contain triclosan.

Antimicrobial and antibacterial cleaning agents are marketed as being good for your health… but they are actually harmful. 

Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water, said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDAs Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), in an FDA press release. In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.

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Always read the ingredients list when you buy products. Another ingredient to avoid is triclocarban, which is similar to triclosan.

Plant- and mineral-based dishwashing detergents are good alternativesand they are just as effective as antibacterial cleaning agents. Big Green Smile is one example of a brand that makes triclosan-free, organic products.

You can also hand-wash dishes.

The same applies to other products you use in everyday life. Most toothpastes contain triclosan, for example. Toms of Maine and Natures Gate are two brands that make all-natural toothpaste.

dish detergent effects on health

How To Combat This Bad Effect Of Dish Detergent (& Finally Reach Your Weight Loss Goals)

This may shock you, but research also shows that your dish detergent may actually be making you gain weight!

Your innocent-looking household brand detergent may actually be breaking down your healthy gut bacteria the type that keeps your metabolism up.

I get it, not everybody wants to make DIY dish soap, or has the time to hand-wash every single dish its just not realistic.

We like solutions that normal people can do during their busy lives.

The good news is, even if you love your dish detergent and dont want to give it up, you can still reverse its effects.

Even the unexplained weight gain and digestive discomfort

All you need to do is include certain fat-fighting nutrients in your diet that dish detergent typically destroys.

(Its kind of like how doctors recommend taking probiotics after antibiotics, since antibiotics basically turn your digestive system into a desert.)

So heres a short, powerful presentation by a doctor that shows you:

  • What these fat-fighting nutrients are (and how easy they are to use)
  • How to easily introduce them into your diet for MAX health benefits & weight loss (even if you continue using dish detergent)…
  • Plus how this doctor discovered these nutrients by accident and has since used them to help his patients who couldnt lose weight peel off HUNDREDS of stubborn pounds

Feel free to click here now and check it out before washing your next load of dishes:

Click Here For A Brief, Free Video Of A Weight Loss Doctor Explaining How These Fat-Fighting Nutrients Can Restore Your Gut & Help You Lose Weight

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