The Importance Of Personal Care Product Safety

Do you know what’s lurking in the personal care items you use every day? Things like shampoo, body wash, lotion, deodorant, etc. It’s important that you do as many contain harsh chemicals that can have adverse effects on your health with repeated use.

A partial list of toxins that may be found in common personal care products:
  • Aluminum: found in antiperspirants and deodorants
  • Fragrance: found in almost anything that has a scent
  • Oxybenzone: found in sunscreen
  • Parabens: found in shower products, lotion, deodorant, and more
  • Petroleon (Mineral Oil): found in lotion, cream, lip balm, and skin care products.
  • Phthalates: found in fragrant products such as soap.
  • Propylene Glycol: found in shampoo, toothpaste, shaving foam, body washes and facial cleansers.
  • Retinyl palmitate or retinol: commonly found in lotion, moisturizer, chapstick, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: commonly found in most skincare products.
  • Talc: commonly found in baby powder and deodorant.
  • Triclosan: found in liquid soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, shampoo, etc.

Use ONLY Pure, Natural Scents In Your Home

Use ONLY Pure, Natural Scents In Your Home

As the weather gets colder you’ll most likely be spending more time indoors. The windows will be closed and the air can get stale. Cooking or baking can fill your house with warm, cozy aromas. For times when you aren’t creating delicious scents you may be tempted to burn a candle or use a plug-in air freshener to make it smell nice in your house.

Where do the fragrances in them come from? Most are created in a lab with chemicals. Very few, if any, come from naturally derived scents. Even if the label says they contain essential oils those oils are probably synthetic. 

Man-made scents are one of the biggest contributors to toxic overload in your body. Fragrance is a term used to identify undisclosed ingredients contained in a product, usually consisting of synthetic chemicals designed to mimic natural scents.


Household Toxins and Your Health

Household Toxins and Your Health

The world we live in is toxic and becoming more and more so. Your home environment is no exception. Synthetic, man-made chemicals are in many household cleaning products. They are found in dish soap, laundry soap, toilet bowl cleaner, multipurpose cleaners, window cleaner, dryer sheets, air fresheners, and more. 

According to the American Lung Association, there are many cleaning supplies and household products on the market that can cause numerous health conditions from minor things like throat or eye irritation to headaches all the way to major things like cancer. Read more about it here.


Create a Healthy Home Environment

Create a Healthy Home Environment

A key ingredient of health and wellness is your environment. You can’t really control much of the external environment but the health and safety of your home you can. Do you give it much thought?

Consider the following:

  • You wipe off the kitchen counter and then prepare a meal. 

  • You mop the floor and kids, grandkids, pets, or you come through in bare feet before it’s dry.

  • You apply makeup every morning before going out to meet the world.

  • You burn candles, spray air fresheners, or have plug-ins to make the house smell nice.

  • You pour cleanser into a bucket, the toilet, or spray it on surfaces and breath in the fumes. 

  • You wash your hair with shampoo and slather your body with soap.

  • You spend countless minutes a day with your hands in dish water.


Leading Causes of Death Linked to Nutrition

Leading Causes of Death Linked to Nutrition

Seven out of the ten leading causes of death in the U.S. have a strong link to nutrition. They are heart disease, cancer, lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and kidney disease. The other three are accidents, influenza and suicide. 

Heart disease is the top killer in the U.S. Plaque, caused by fatty deposits that accumulate in the arteries, hardens over the years and eventually limits blood flow. To reduce plaque buildup reduce the amount of trans fats, saturated fats and dietary cholesterol you consume. Trans fats are found in meat, dairy and processed foods. Saturated fat comes from animal sources and is found in junk foods. Cholesterol is found in eggs and animal foods.

The American Medical Association, AMA, has recommended that meat and dairy be presented as optional, rather than required, in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is slated to release new dietary guidelines by the end of this year.

The AMA stated that dairy, processed meat, and red meat consumption have been strongly linked to prostate and colorectal cancers as well as cardiovascular risk, and noted that Black Americans are at particularly high risk for these diseases. The AMA letter states. “Dairy and meat products are promoted in federal nutrition policies even though they are not nutritionally required.”

Adopting a whole foods plant-based diet has been found to prevent or reverse all seven. Why not introduce or expand the healthy foods you eat and eliminate the ones that can make you sick? 

Eat a diet rich in whole grains, beans and legumes, vegetables, fruit, and green leafy vegetables. Avoid oil, fish, fowl, meat, dairy, and sugar.

It’s important that you know the effects the foods you eat can have on your health. YOU have the ability to take control of your health and wellness. It may mean a change in lifestyle but it’s worth it!

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