What’s lurking in your personal care products?

As I read more about the chemical concoctions that so many cosmetics, shampoos, lotions and hand sanitizers are made up of, the more I find myself in the kitchen “baking” up healthier alternatives!

Here are some popular chemicals we find lurking around:

  • Parfum (fragrance)
  • PEG compounds – Polyethylene glycol
  • Parabens
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Triclosan
  • Dibutyl Phthalate
  • Coal tar dyes – listed as CI followed by a 5 digit number
  • Siloxanes
  • DEA related ingredients
  • Petrolatum

Our skin absorbs much of what we put on directly into our bloodstream and our liver must come to the rescue to neutralize those chemicals.  Our liver is a pretty incredible organ and one we should cherish and love as much as possible!

Many chemicals (drugs, contaminants, additives, insecticides, etc.) are fat soluble, meaning they will reside in the fat cells and can be released in times of stress, exercise, fasting or detox diets).  Simply put, the liver will use 2 phases of detoxification to convert fat soluble chemicals into water soluble chemicals so they can be easily eliminated from the body through bile or urine.

However, excess amounts of chemicals can actually inhibit and overload the liver creating a less efficient detoxification process, leaving more chemicals to circulate in our bodies. This can create numerous issues, especially in the endocrine system – OUR HORMONES.  This is also having a major impact on our youth, who are still developing.

Why do we need so many chemicals?  Short answer:  WE DON’T.  We have been sucked in by marketing to believe that chemicals do a better job at keeping us healthy than actual food and natural ingredients.  More than 80,000 chemicals have been introduced into our lives! Yowza!

How can we make changes?

Food can have a huge impact on detoxification.  Some cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower, possess a compound called indol 3 carbinol, which can actually help detoxify chemicals.  Although, cauliflower is mighty bland looking, it does pack a powerful punch and can be incorporated into your meals in so many ways – pizza crust, “mashed potatoes, or an alternative to couscous.

As well, try using more natural alternatives and even making your own products.  They truly are very simple to make and just as effective if not more so.

Try out my new homemade sanitizer!

Health is our right and doesn’t have to be made complicated.

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Have you made any of your own personal care products?  I would love to hear what has worked for  you!

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