There are a number of ways your body absorbs toxins - from the environment, toxins in toiletries, chemicals in household products, food additives and preservatives and any drugs you take, whether prescribed or not. What you eat or drink is absorbed through your digestive system. Your skin will absorb, to some degree, whatever creams or lotions you use and the products that you clean with, and your lungs absorb any fumes from your environment.
After performing body cleansing, it’s a good idea to make changes to reduce your exposure to avoidable toxic chemicals. If you eliminate avoidable toxins in toiletries , you’ll relieve much stress from your body freeing it up to use its energy to process the unavoidable toxins.
You may be surprised to find out that toiletries on the market today are laden with chemicals that can cause many health problems including some that are known carcinogens. As a matter of fact a study done by a natural deodorant company found that the daily grooming and make-up routine of the average woman contains over 500 synthetic chemicals.
Toxins in toiletries can be found in products such as toothpaste and deodorant and even baby shampoos can contain potentially harmful ingredients. When you apply these ingredients they enter your body through your skin. Unfortunately, the FDA is lax in regulating toxins in toiletries.
There are safe and natural products from which you can choose. Many companies, though, loosely use the term “natural”, so it’s a good idea to read labels.
The average nail polish contains toluene , which can cause tiredness, nausea, memory loss, and can effect the liver and kidneys, formaldehyde,a known carcinogen, and dibutyl phthalate or DBP which can cause nose, throat or eye irritation, may harm a developing fetus and male testes.
Some toxins in toiletries such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate can be found in shampoos and toothpastes as well as baby wipes, baby shampoos, bubble baths, hair conditioners, facial cleansers and body washes. Basically used as a foaming agent, it is an eye and skin irritant and can contribute to mouth and gastrointestinal ulcers. It has been shown to cause scalp irritation, eczema, and other scalp conditions. If combined with other ingredients, it can form nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic. It can damage the immune system, penetrate the skin easily and can enter the heart, lungs, liver and brain. Shampoos also can contain tetrasodium and propylene glycol.
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Propylene Glycol is used in automatic brake and hydraulic fluid and industrial antifreeze. In cosmetics it is used as a humectant and wetting agent and a solvent. Found in skin and body moisturizers, it can cause eye irritations and irritation of the respiratory tract and skin, kidney damage and liver and brain abnormalities. If found in eardrops,it can actually cause irreversible deafness and there are reports that propylene glycol has caused respiratory arrest and seizures in epileptics.
Parabens, another toxin in toiletries, including ethyl paraben, methyl paraben, butyl paraben, benzyl paraben and propyl paraben are used to inhibit microbial growth and extend the shelf life of products. These can be found in shampoos, hair conditioners, skin cleansing creams, moisturizers, hair dyes, shaving gels and toothpaste. They have caused allergic reactions and skin rashes. They affect your hormones and their estrogenic properties may cause breast cancer.
BHT ( butylated hydroxytoluene) Another highly toxic chemical is used in jet fuels, rubber, pharmaceuticals and even embalming fluid! Used in foods to preserve their taste and color and in cosmetics. BHT is linked to allergies cancer and neurotoxicity
Methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone
are used as preservatives that may cause allergies and affect the nervous system.
Dimethylol dimethal (DMDM) hydantoin and imidazolidinyl urea used as preservatives. They are known to release formaldehyde which is a carcinogen.
Triclosan and triclocarban both used in hand sanitizing lotions and gels can possibly cause thyroid problems.
A few years ago, we heard of some lipsticks containing lead, which is dangerous in itself, but they can also contain polymenthyl methacrylate, which is a possible allergen but more importantly has been linked to cancer.
What about eyeshadows? There have been over 20 chemicals found in them including polythylene with possible links to infertility, hormonal imbalance, damage to organs and cancer.
The phthalates contained in nail polishes have been linked to infertility and problems with developing babies.
Products containing aluminum are antiperspirants, many body lotions and creams, shampoos and conditioners, soaps, suntan lotions, and many cosmetics including lipstick as well as some pharmaceuticals and even food products. Aluminum is found in higher amounts in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and use in antiperspirants is believed to increase the incidence of breast cancer tumors.
There are also toxins in toiletries such as hairspray, blushes, make-up foundations, fake tan products and even perfumes.
So What to Do?
All of this sounds quite scary, but armed with knowledge you can make better and healthier choices.
There are many products that do not contain the above toxic chemicals. You can find them at your local health food store or on line.
One of the products which I find very versatile is extra virgin coconut oil. Besides putting it in my smoothies, I use it to wash my face as well as take off makeup including eye makeup. Just rinse very well. After, before going to bed, you can reapply it as a moisturizer. It can also be left in your hair overnight as a great hair conditioner. Rinse and shampoo in the morning.
I carry a hand sanitizer made with thyme oil which is very effective and there are others out there made with tea tree oil or oregano that are just as good.
You can also make your own skin and body lotions using very natural ingredients.
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There are body moisturizers that you can find without parabens, but you can use a light oil such as almond oil or apricot oil and mix it with your favorite essential oil.
Apply a light film after your shower or bath and then pat dry. This will lock in the moisture and leave your skin very soft.
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There are many shampoos and conditioners with natural ingredients. You just have to read the labels,
Many toothpastes do not contain sodium laurel sulfate. Just be aware they don't make suds like the toothpastes you are probably using now. Again, read labels and avoid fluoride as well. Fluoride is a toxic substance and if swallowed in enough amounts can cause poisoning. Children are especially vulnerable.
I brush my teeth with plain old baking soda with a few drops of peppermint oil added. This leaves my teeth feeling very clean and my mouth refreshed.
As for deodorants, I use a product called Herbal Magic by a company called Home Health and am very satisfied with it.
Again, the more aware you are, the better protected you can be, and if you take the time to read labels, you will lessen your bodies intake of toxins in toiletries.
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