Processed food, boxed, tinned and packaged foods are not the only things that contain chemicals and poisonous substances that affect our mind and bodies.
We often forget or aren’t aware that we should be checking the labels on our personal care products and household cleaning products. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that 884 chemicals used in personal care products and cosmetics are known to be toxic.
In fact many of these are the same very harsh chemical toxins used in heavy industrial processes. Recent studies have shown that most adults have over 700 chemicals in their bodies1
The hidden poisons
How many personal care products did you use this morning?
Shampoo, deodorant, lotion, make-up – the average woman uses a dozen or more personal care products containing over 168 chemical ingredients every day. Men use about six products a day containing 85 chemicals. We absorb, inhale and ingest many of these chemicals into our bodies – our skin is our biggest organ, so whatever you put on your skin is absorbed directly into your body and we end up suffering from the adverse effects of all these chemicals.
These chemicals can affect and be stored in our organs and glands whilst others are stored in the fatty tissues of the body and they can cause and contribute to symptoms such as:
- Muscle aches and joint pain
- Depressed immune systems
- Brain fog
- Sleep problems
- Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes and itchy skin
- Food cravings
- Trouble losing weight
- Constipation and more…..
Many products from home cleaning products, fragrances, sprays and personal care products such as (shampoos, deodorants, lotions, makeup and even baby products) contain carcinogens, hormone disrupting chemicals, chemicals that have never been tested for health effects and we are putting these chemicals on our bodies, our faces and in our hair and the toxic exposures are building up.
So it is likely that you are toxic, BUT don’t rush out and do the next detox you can find! The best way to detox is slowly by changing your diet, lifestyle and the products you use.
We work with our clients to ensure that they do a supported detox that helps the liver in clearing out the toxins and allowing it to return to its “normal” duties without being overburdened.
A sudden, hectic detox can you do you more harm than good as your body can suddenly release all the stored toxins, your liver becomes overburdened and can’t process and get rid of the toxins.
Please seriously consider your skin care, personal care and sun screen products and find products that are organic and free from the following:
- PARABENS – linked to oestrogen overproduction
- SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES – many contain synthetic chemicals that are harmful to health
- GMO INGREDIENTS – not enough is known about the long-term implications
animal testing – unnecessary and cruel
- SILICONES – coat the skin, impeding its natural function
- PHTHALATES – reported to have toxic impact on human and animal life
- NANO – not enough is known about the long-term implications
- MINERAL OILS – derived from petroleum, have a tendency to block the skin
- EDTA – doesn’t readily biodegrade
- PROPYLENE GLYCOL – derived from petroleum
- CARBOMER – derived from petroleum
- DEA – associated with known carcinogens
- ACRYLATES – derived from petroleum
- BHT – linked to breathing and lung impairment
The best database to keep an eye on is the Environmental Working Group (EWG)
They continuously update their website with toxins to avoid such as:
Harsh cleaning products
Non-stick cookware and bakeware
Roundup ready food
VOCs – Volatile organic compounds ( VOCs)
Purify your home
So now we have discussed the nasties, what do we do, how do we get rid of them and what do you use instead?
There are a number of indoor plants that will help to improve the quality of the air in your home, here are my top three:
Mother-in-Law’s Tongue : an evening oxygen factory
Areca Palm: a daytime oxygen factory
Money Plant: filters and removes formaldehyde and other volatile organic chemicals from the air.
I also recommend using an essential oil diffuser rather than synthetic, toxic plug in sprays or canned sprays.
Use microfiber cloths with essentials oils such as lemon, cinnamon, pine, eucalyptus and rose, these do need to be diluted by adding a few drops to water and then used for cleaning counter tops, floors, adding to laundry.
Make sure you buy pure essential oils and keep them safe and away from children and pets. Vinegar and bicarbonate of soda are also a great addition to your non toxic cleaning routine.
As mentioned previously upgrade your personal care and skincare routine to natural, organic products as well as your household cleaning, by following these simple steps you are well on your way to purifying your home.
If you would like a copy of my free e-book with more information and specific recipes then connect with me by clicking here, and find out how we can help you. We work closely with clients to help reduce their toxic burden both at a household and personal level, increase their energy levels, reduce symptoms and achieve optimal health.
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