Everyone knows that exercise improves your mood and supports your health. But, were you aware that the toxins in your workout clothes could be undermining those efforts? A recent news report covering research done by Greenpeace is showing startling evidence that our clothes may be contributing to long-term health concerns, regardless of whether you exercise or not. 
The Chemicals and Toxins in Your Sportswear
Recent research showing that sportswear contains dangerous toxins – namely chemical dyes, polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), and solvents – has spawned an international outcry among environmentalists, health professionals, and consumers. Companies like Nike are working quickly to phase out chemical ingredients, and it’s only through more urging by consumers that other companies will follow suit.
Chemicals in clothing tend to rub off on skin, possibly contributing to endocrine disruption. When you’re active and sweating in these clothes, it may become more problematic. Researchers know that PFCs and solvents are linked with many types of cancer! Many countries, particularly those in Europe, have some type of regulation on these chemicals. In the US, however, chemicals in clothing remain unregulated.
What You Can Do
One of the best things you can do to avoid toxins in your sportswear, and in all your clothes, is to purchase 100% organic and/or 100% cotton clothing. There are also companies that make workout clothes made with hemp, flax, and bamboo. You will have to do your research and ask the company you are purchasing from if their brand uses any chemicals during production.
- Amy Westervelt. Sweat it out: could your sportswear be toxic? The Guardian.
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.