Is Your Gym Making You Sick?
As reported by Anna Bragga (NaturalNews 7/13) Ten Signs Of A Toxic Gym
More evidence is emerging of the hidden health threats of gyms. Could your gym
be making you sick?
Some common hazards to watch out for:
The lingering fumes from aerosol deodorants, body sprays and air fresheners are
dangerously polluting. Inhaling common ingredients such as butane, isobutane
and propane can cause headaches, breathing problems, mood swings and nausea.
Phthalates interfere with normal hormonal function, and triclosan is a
Chlorine, the chemical used to kill bacteria in swimming pools, can cause skin
itchiness and stinging, sore eyes. When combined with the sweat, urine and
other waste products from swimmers, it forms a toxic by-product. Poorly
ventilated pools produce air loaded with these irritants which can cause
coughing, wheezing and asthma.
Some rubber mats are manufactured with small quantities of latex which can
trigger adverse reactions in latex allergy sufferers. PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
mats leach hormone mimicking compounds of phthalates and bisphenol into the
A cool environment reduces the amount you sweat and the cleansing effect of
releasing toxins. Air con adds to noise pollution and can transmit infectious
respiratory viruses. Too much of it causes flu-like symptoms, sinus problems,
bodily aches and pains, and?arthritis.?Mold spores spewed out into the
atmosphere cause health problems to people with weak immune systems and
While effective at killing germs, viruses and fungal spores, today's
disinfectants and cleaning products often contain toxic aldehyhdes such as
formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde and phenol. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are
emitted as gases causing a range of health problems including nausea, memory
loss and dexterity issues.
Gym Germs And Virulent Vibrations: How That Workout Could Compromise Your Health
Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteria
Commonly known as 'Staph', this bacteria can be picked up from a shared towel or
razor, touching the surface of exercise equipment or body contact. It causes
mild skin infections, rashes, pimples and boils. If allowed to spread, it can
produce life-threatening pneumonia, sepsis or meningitis.?MRSA
(methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), is an aggressive form of Staph
that is resistant to antibiotics.
When music is too loud and experienced as chaotic and aggressive, it effects not
only our mood, but our heart-rate, blood pressure, metabolism, energy,
digestion, cholesterol levels, and brain functioning. Aerobics classes have
been found to produce decibel levels resembling that of a jackhammer, a level
that can cause noise induced hearing loss - otherwise known as acoustic trauma.
Energy And Protein Bars
Most energy bars are high in fructose corn syrup which causes insulin levels to
skyrocket as our systems become overloaded with sugar. Soy protein is typically
genetically modified and soaked in a toxic solvent called hexane. Most whey,
another common ingredient in protein bars, has been so damaged by heat
processing, it is practically devoid of any nutritional benefit.
Electromagnetic Fields (Emfs)
High levels of EMF radiation have been found in gyms due to the prevalence of
electronic equipment, wireless devices and proximity to pylons, power lines,
cell and broadcast transmission towers. A report
(http://www.bioinitiative.org/table-of-contents) by the BioInitiative Working
Group shows EMFs can damage DNA and genes, effect memory and learning, cause
sleep disruption, cancer and neurological diseases like Alzheimer's.
The surfaces of water fountains are breeding grounds for bacteria caused by
dirty water bottles and hands and inadequate cleaning, according to a survey
conducted by Consumer Focus Scotland. Fountain water is generally tap water
and, even if filtered, may contain fluoride (if used in your area) and other
Anna Bragga is a freelance journalist and owner of public relations company,