I’ve recently attended an educational course on detoxifying your life and adding essential oils instead of chemical alternatives. It was moving and mind blowing so I feel the need to share this experience, in a nutshell. If you’re anything like me I’ve made some changes in my life to become more “natural,” especially in my treatment room but didn’t consider much about what I’m doing at home. More and more people are becoming aware of the potential dangers of toxicity in everyday living. While we can’t control everything all the time we can make small steps here and there and become empowered by the knowledge we obtain. Did you know that the majority of the toxicity we absorb comes from what’s inside our homes? It may seem scary but for me it was good to hear because it meant I was more in control of how much my family and I were exposed to. By eating better, using better health and beauty products as well as cleaning our house differently we can eliminate lots of carcinogens.
What are carcinogens? They are substances that have the ability to cause cancer, in short. Look for signal words like “caution” “warning” “danger” or “poison” and avoid them at all costs. How about eating better, cleaner. When you can go Fresh, Organic, Free Range, Without Hormones, No pesticides. Clean your food well and with meat, reduce. Stay away from plastics either when drinking or when heating. Take in lots of antioxidants(fruits, veggies, green tea, & cold water fish) they fight free radicals which are exactly what cause our bodies(and skin) to break down.
Cleaning the house, go for plant based products like oils made from citrus, seed, vegetable, or pine instead chemical and stay away from “phosphates.” Try vinegar, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, or lemon juice. Health and Beauty Products, well that’s definitely my area of expertise. I would be more than happy to help you with not only choosing quality skin care products that are formulated for your skin type but that are less toxic than what’s OTC(Over the Counter). When reading labels look for words that contain “parabens” “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate” “Petrolatum or Mineral Oil” “Chemical Sunscreens,” “Sodium Myreth Sulfate,” and “Sodium Laureth Sulfate.”
Whew, feeling a bit overwhelmed and confused? Me too, take a deep breath and start detoxing your life slowly with one item at a time, baby steps. Also, don’t rely on one place to receive your information, knowledge is power and it is your and your families lives at stake. I encourage you to read labels, understand what you are using and breathing. While at times we may feel very small compared to the large corporations we can speak loudly by the way we consume and spend our dollars. Good luck and happy shopping.