The Trouble with Toxins
Every day you’re exposed to numerous chemicals in personal products that can poison your brain and body. Toxins can be absorbed through the skin when you apply makeup, rub in sunscreen or lotions, use deodorant, or spray on perfume/cologne. When absorbed into your body, these harmful toxins can negatively affect the brain and every part of the body.
What you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body and travels into the bloodstream. Even small amounts of toxic ingredients in personal products can add up. Over time they contribute to a host of diseases including endocrine disorders, heart disease, and even cancer.
The good news is the Environmental Watch Group (EWG) has our back. The good people at EWG have created a website called Skin Deep, where you can search the products you use. The Skin Deep ingredient hazard scores from 1 to 10 and reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients.
This weekend bring out all of your personal products including lotions, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants — anything that you put on your body. Look them up one by one on the Skin Deep site.
Ideally you want to be in the green under “low hazard”. If your products are moderate or high hazard, get rid of them. Skin Deep has a resource on their home page where you can search for EWG verified products to use instead. These are products that meet EWG’s strict scientific standards for transparency and health.
Sunscreen in particular runs the gamut between safe and extremely toxic. Skin Deep even has a guide to safe sunscreens that you can find here. Basically you want to use mineral sunscreens and avoid chemicals. But don’t trust any old sunscreen that says “mineral” . Many sunscreens touted as mineral contain plenty of toxic chemicals. EWG can sort through the confusing labels and give you a definitive number on how toxic a product is.
Next week, for the final newsletter on toxins, I’ll discuss ways to naturally detox, using foods and simple practices you can do at home.
Are You Feeling Toxic?
If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from obesity, diabetes, thyroid disorders, high blood pressure, rashes, or if you’re just not feeling well, chances are you need to detox. Did you know you can test for toxins in your system and to see how well your liver, kidneys, and digestive tract is processing those toxins? Contact me for a Free 15 minute consultation.