Our skin absorbs most of what we apply to it and this enters our bloodstream and is taken
to other parts of our bodies. What we put on our skin should therefore be as clean as what we
eat but for many it is not! Make up, shampoos and body lotions may contain a host of toxins like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, BHA, Glycols and Phthalates, Triclosan and Triclocarban, Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene, Phenylenediamine (Coal Tar), Parabens, Polyethylene/PEGs, and Petroleum distillates. Some of these are carcinogenic, some cause allergies and some even interfere with hormonal balance.
Sunscreens are particularly loaded with chemicals – you get two types – chemical or mineral. The more harmful and more commonly used are the chemical version which typically include a combination of two to six of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate, many of which are carcinogenic. Many also contain a Vitamin A derivative called retinyl palmitate which has been proven to increase the rate of growth of cancerous cells by up to 21%. They also cause deficiencies in Vitamin D3 which also increases our risk to cancer (and a host of other serious diseases) and although they can reduce the sunburn, they give a false sense of protection that result in people spending more time in the sun than they should.
The safer option are mineral sunscreens that use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide to create a physical barrier. Sun protection from inside the body can be encouraged by supplementing with Vitamin D3 and Vitamin C or other anti-oxidants daily. Coconut oil applied to the skin is also protective. The best advice however is to limit your exposure to the earlier or latter part of the day when the sunlight is gentler.
Perfumes and deodorants commonly contain acetone, ethanol, benzaldehyde, formaldehyde, limonene, methylene chloride, ethyl acetate and benzyl alcohol. Phthalates and synthetic musks are also used. These are all potential allergens with carcinogenic properties. Anti-perspirants usually contain aluminium to keep the skin dry. This is bad news and has been linked to breast cancers and neurological diseases like Parkinsons and Alzheimers. Although unpleasant, sweat is natural and necessary for detoxification and temperature regulation and I find that if you stop it under the arms – it comes out somewhere else.
Natural alternatives include essential oils to make us smell pretty, Natural perfumes available on website like www.Faithful-To-Nature.co.za and Mineral Salt Deodorant Sticks (available at Dischem). This deodorant has no smell but it alkalises the area where it is applied and this makes the environment less friendly to the bacteria that cause body odour.
We live in a very toxic environment and often unknowingly, add to the toxic load through foods we ingest or beauty products we apply to our bodies. Here are some pointers on how to decrease the toxic load:
The water in our taps are full of chemicals, fluorides and other nasties that I don’t want to frighten you with. I believe it is essential that we have a water filter in our kitchens to filter our drinking water. And please teach your kiddies not to leave plastic water bottles lying around in the full sun while playing sports – crazy the amount of toxins that leach into the water through heat exposure.
Glass is always a better option.
The simple remedy is to walk around barefoot in the garden as often as possible. I also sell the Himalayan Rock Salt Lamps that give off negative ions into the atmosphere – and negative ions/Electrons are good for health!!
Natural alternatives include coconut oil, olive oil, bees wax, jojoba oil, shea butter, avocado oil and essential oils. You can blend up your own, look for good products at a health shop or try out the ones that I stock.
Moisturising from the inside is also important so source (or ask me for) a good Omega 3 without mercury and other heavy metal toxins and take the recommended dose in summer months and double that during the dryer, winter months.
BABY PRODUCTS CAN ALSO BE LADEN WITH TOXINS so rather opt for the natural oils listed above or look for the more natural ranges like SIMPLY BEE.
Highlights and hair colouring have even more toxins.
Natural alternatives are available at some health stores and hairdressers and some ladies are experimenting with coffee washes (for brown hair), or fresh lemon and bay leaves (for blonde hair)
It sounds extreme, but the truth is your laundry detergent most likely contains carcinogens. According to recent studies, a full 1/3 of all scented detergents contain at least 1 chemical flagged by the EPA as potentially causing cancer. That's not all. A later 2011 study by the same researchers found that air vented from machines using top-selling scented liquid laundry detergent and scented dryer sheets contained hazardous chemicals, including two classified as carcinogens.
The natural alternatives like Triple Orange are available at health stores or on line and are actually far cheaper. You can add essential oils for extra fragrance.
I am only touching the surface of the new information that is coming out about the effects of all the electromagnetic computers and cell phones that we are constantly exposed to and how this is causing ionisation (a positive charge) in our internal fluids. This increases inflammation, leaches our bones of important minerals and in turn, causes all sorts of health hazards. The Earth however, has a negative charge on its surface and induces favourable physiological and electrophysiological changes that in turn promotes good health.
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