Everyday, women in the United States are exposed to more than 168 toxic chemicals. Yep -- that's right. Every single day. Teens are exposed to even more, and men a bit less. Even unborn children are being infected with these toxic chemical. Umbilical cord blood has been found to contain over 200 toxic chemicals!
Where are are these toxic chemicals hidden? In our shampoo, soap, household cleaners, and many other personal and home care products.
Here is a brief summary of four of the top offenders you should watch for in your products:
Triclosan is an antibacterial agent found in toothpaste and hand and body soaps. It's linked to endocrine (hormone) disrupting health concerns such as cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.
Aluminum is used in antiperspirant. Why? Aluminum is what clogs up your sweat ducts, preventing you from sweating. Why does your body sweat? To rid itself of toxins!! Aluminum accumulates in your system, causing adverse health effects. A 2005 study found that repeated use of antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride or aluminum chlorhydrate (aluminum salts) could be related to an increase in breast cancer cells because of the compounds' ability to mimic estrogen in the body. It has also been linked to the formation of a protein that is often found in the brain of Alzheimer's patients. I am happy to say that when I work at Health Expos, more and more people come up to my booth looking for a non-toxic deodorant because they have been told by their primary care physicians to stop using the typical store bought products. There is progress being made -- even if it is very, very slow!
Fragrance is required to be listed in a product's ingredients, but do you know what it means? You probably think it has to do with how a product smells. It really doesn't. The word "fragrance" is used to provide companies with an opportunity to hide their recipe as a "trade secret". They are not required, by law, to disclose which ingredients are combined to create their "fragrance". "Although fragrance looks like it's one ingredient on the label, it's more likely a blend of many ingredients," confirms the AAD, which says about 5,000 fragrance molecules are used in heavy rotation. The topic of fragrance is so complicated, and so harmful, that it will be the subject of it's own blog post in the near future!
Propylene glycol is a petrochemical. It's a by-product of oil refinement, which is well known to be a toxic substance. Where else can you find propylene glycol other than your skin care and hair care? In antifreeze, airplane de-icer, ferilizer and paint!!
You'll notice that in the beginning of this blog post, I said "women in the United States". Do you know why? Because in cosmetics alone, EU has banned or restriced more than 1,300 chemicals while the US has outlawed or curbed just 11.
Yup, only 11. So that means it's up to YOU, the consumer, to educate yourself and know what you are putting on your body. What you put ON your body can be more hazardous than what you put IN your body! Our bodies have our kidneys and liver to filter out the toxins in the foods we eat. What we put ON our skin is absorbed directly into our bloodstream in less than 30 seconds.
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