We breathe them in.
We eat them.
We touch them.
We hold them inside.
Our bodies are crying out for us to release them! From food additives to pesticides to heavy metals to EMFs to negative emotions and external stressors, we are inundated with a wide variety of toxins on a daily basis. And we don’t have to even be born yet to be harboring them inside our bodies. About 10 years ago now, Environmental Working Group (EWG) did a study in which they discovered that 10 babies born back in 2004 averaged 200 different industrial chemicals and pollutants in their umbilical cord blood. 287 different toxins were found in their tiny bodies. According to the EWG site:
“Of the 287 chemicals we detected in umbilical cord blood, we know that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. The dangers of pre- or post-natal exposure to this complex mixture of carcinogens, developmental toxins and neurotoxins have never been studied.”
Scary, huh? Just think, though: if a fetus can absorb that many toxins in 9 months, then how much are we each picking up in a year, a decade, a lifetime?
As an ever increasing amount of research accumulates that exposure to toxins can negatively impact our bodies in a variety of ways, our bodies are hungry for us to make cleaner, greener, more informed food and lifestyle choices. If you are overweight, underweight, chronically or mentally ill, then your body truly is screaming out for help in reducing its toxic load.
For the rest of us – and our children: we may not be sick yet, but that’s all the more reason to take a proactive approach, and clean things up before your body’s barrel of toxins overflows. It’s so much easier to prevent disease and/or obesity than it is to cure it.
In part 2, we talked about one major piece of the toxin puzzle: maximizing micronutrients to offset the chemicals. Taking in more fruits and vegetables is a large part of that puzzle, and most of us are not consuming enough.
Today, we are going to focus on the chemicals in our personal care products. If you go into your local drug store, or even a department store, the shelves are lined with chemical based products. Even well known, popular brands contain synthetic materials. Do yourself a favor and check out the ingredients in the products you have at home, and the ones at such stores.
My local drug store has a couple of small shelves dedicated to “natural” personal care products! It’s a tiny percentage of the space in the store. Shouldn’t truly natural products be the rule, rather than the exception? That’s why I rarely purchase anything at a drug store or supermarket. In both cases, toxins line the shelves.
By now you’re probably thinking: why am I reading this? I don’t want to know this! I like my favorite….
Believe me, there are times when I wish I could unlearn some of the things I’ve learned over the years too! But then I remind myself that knowledge is power, and by reading labels, we are fighting for our right to make informed and healthy choices. If we don’t want our barrels to overflow, we need to exercise that right. That process starts by asking this question:
Do your personal care products contain any of Dr. Frank Lipman’s 14 Harmful Chemicals to Avoid?
- DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine)
- Phthalates and Parabens, both of which have been banned in the European Union since 2003?
- FD&C Color Pigments
- Fragrance (hard to believe, yes, synthetic fragrance IS toxic)
- Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Mineral Oil
- PEG (Polyethylene Glycol)
- Propylene Glycol
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate
If so, you are in desperate need of a personal care makeover!
The thing is, once you toss those toxins, it’s not always easy to replace them. You know how the word “natural” doesn’t mean much when it comes to food? Well, it doesn’t mean much when it comes to beauty products, either. Even worse, some cosmetics companies label themselves natural and “non-toxic,” when they still contain potentially harmful ingredients.
So, what’s a concerned consumer to do? Well, you can start by reading the labels and swapping out products that contain ingredients on the above list (or better yet, anything you don’t recognize), one at a time. To make your life a heck of a lot easier, you can go to EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, and check out the safety of each product and brand. Eventually, you’ve found all of your favorites and your work is done.
OR, you can seek out a small, family owned company that offers a variety of products, and uses the purest of ingredients, USDA organic, whenever possible. I’ve finally found that at Poofy Organics! This small, New Jersey based company was founded after a family member was diagnosed with breast cancer. Its mission is “to find the safest and most effective ingredients for our products.” Many of Poofy’s products have been rated on the EWG Skin Deep Site.
The following statement is highlighted on the Poofy About page:
“We promise to avoid toxic ingredients such as synthetic fragrance, parabens, triclosan, PEGs, Triethanolamine, Oxybenzone, GMOs and other harmful chemicals! We use recyclable and biodegradable packaging and never EVER test our products on animals.”
It’s also stated that:
“Products are made fresh, by hand, at our premises in small batches and fragranced only with essential oils and extracts that have long been used for therapeutic properties.”
Imagine that: freshly made products that often come with an expiration date! Now that’s quality and integrity.
I have to admit that there are so many products that I still haven’t tried many of them, but some of my favorites so far are:
- Poofy nail polishes come in a wide variety of colors, and make great stocking stuffers. They are great for little girls and pregnant moms, as they are toxin free, as all Poofy products are. The polish remover works great too!
- Max Deo Peppymint Tea Deodorant – the first natural deodorant that has really worked for me! Poofy also has one for sensitive skin, if baking soda irritates you. Deodorant is one of the first products women should swap out if they are concerned about breast cancer.
- Clean Clappers hand sanitizer comes in a pack of 3, and fits nicely in your pocket book. Convenient, and I love that essential oils do the “dirty” work (ha,ha).
- Flawless Face Daily Moisturizer is light and not greasy. I love it, and it’s available with SPF as well, if you wish.
- Argan Essentials Eye Makeup Remover works beautifully as well! Also available are raw argan oil and argan eye serum, both of which fight wrinkles naturally. Both are on my list to try next, but I’ve heard great things.
- Healing Skin Oil works on just about any skin ailment, and it’s not greasy. I’ve also heard great things about the Ciao Eczema lotion and RUB-ology. All 3 can be found under “natural remedies.”
- Poofy Lip Balms and Young, Wild, and Free Lotions and Lip Balms make great stocking stuffers.
- Vesta Spirited Mint All Purpose Cleaner, Organic Yes, they have toxin free cleaning products too! I love this one. I use it on everything.
The bottom line is that I really wish the world weren’t full of chemicals, but if each of us plays our part, and we support companies that go to great lengths not to harm our people or our planet, then we can do a lot of good in reversing that trend. Your choice is your voice, and a ripple effect that trickles UP to corporate America.
Just as your body sends you subtle messages that you need more of some things and less of others, you can use your consumer power to send Corporate America the message that you will not support their environmentally harmful practices. Every dollar counts.
Please join me in supporting a cleaner, greener body, home, and planet! Your body will thank you for using cleaner personal care products. It feels really good to do something to save not only your own body, but the planet as well. You may not be able to eliminate toxins completely, but you can certainly reduce your exposure significantly. Every small step you take counts.
Have a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for reading my blog.