One of the greatest benefits of investing in all-natural and organic products – be they laundry detergents, groceries or even sex aids – is that you can rest assured that you know exactly what you're being exposed to. These days, especially, it seems that we are just starting to glean some of the potential side effects from commonplace creams and cleansers so many people use on a regular basis. In fact, scientists from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom have just discovered a health risk posed by a metal found in industrial products, mobile phones and computers.
According to a recent press release, researchers discovered a distinct correlation between exposure to the heavy metal tungsten and an increased risk of suffering from a stroke. The scientists used urine samples from a large population to come to this conclusion.
"Whilst currently very low, human exposure to tungsten is set to increase," said lead author Dr. Jessica Tyrrell. Noting that it remains unclear how certain individuals have accumulated such high levels of tungsten in their systems, Dr. Tyrrell stated that "an important step in understanding and preventing the risks it may pose to health will be to get to the bottom of how it's ending up in our bodies."
In addition to its presence in some household items, tungsten may also seep into the environment as it is produced, making the exact routes of exposure hard to trace. The discovery of this potential side effect, however, may lead to more vigilant safety measures.
With this in mind, it's clear that you can never be too cautious when it comes to your health. Rather than taking a risk on chemical ingredients that may eventually be found to do more harm than good, try to seek out all natural products, particularly for anything that makes direct contact with your skin like facial creams or water based lubricants.