What is memory foam?
Memory foam is polyurethane with additional chemicals increasing its viscosity and density. It is also often referred to as visco-elastic polyurethane foam.
Even though toxins can now be found in nearly all common household products; from carpets to microwaves, paints, couches and children’s clothing, many of these toxins accumulate in the body and are never expelled. Unfortunately, memory foam, the one used in today’s mattresses, also contains some toxins and may contribute to the level of toxins in our bodies.
When you sleep, your body regenerates and recharges itself. At this time, prolonged exposure to poisonous volatile organic compounds and toxic chemicals when your body is in this vulnerable state should not be taken lightly.
Unlike mattresses of 40+ years ago, mattresses today are manufactured with increased amounts of petroleum based compounds in the form of foams, plastics, and a variety of volatile chemicals, including flame retardants. Research suggests people can become ill by the repeated and continuous exposure to these low level chemicals during the sleep process. These chemicals are in fact evaporating from the materials used to make modern day mattresses. Health effects caused by petroleum chemical exposure can weaken or damage the immune and nervous system. Autoimmune disorders have also been linked with exposure to petroleum-based chemicals and have been found to be the underlying etiology of many common health problems today, such as soft tissue damage, arthritis, etc.
Some mattresses companies market themselves as using natural memory foam in their products. These foams are still petro-chemical based and can be just as dangerous to your health.
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