While environmental toxins pose health hazards to all people, children are at higher risk than adults for developing negative health effects related to these toxins. This is true for a number of reasons, including the following.

1. Children’s organs and bones are still developing. This means both they are smaller and more susceptible to inflammation from pollutants and that they have the potential to sustain long-term developmental damage as a result of absorbing toxins during growth periods, according to research from UCLA.
2. Children’s higher metabolisms allow them to absorb more of everything. Children absorb more nutrients from their food because their growing bodies need these; however, as the Alliance for Healthy Homes (AHH) points out, they also have the potential to absorb higher amounts of dangerous chemicals, including lead.
3. Children tend to be in toxin-rich environments more than adults. The AHH also notes that concentrations of chemicals such as radon and mercury tend to be higher at ground level, where children tend to play.

About the Author: In addition to serving as CEO of an online retailer of organic and natural products, Lin Merage maintains active membership in a number of green-focused groups, including Always On Go Green Summits and the West Coast Green Conference. Ms. Merage is based in Denver, Colorado.