Toxicity Part 2: Personal Care Products
In Part 1 I talked about how some of the most impactful changes you can make for your help are seemingly the smallest…like what you clean your house with.
A very simple, although not quite as easy, second step in your wellness journey is cleaning up what you put ON your body.
Personal Care products from deodorant, to make-up, to shampoos, to lotions are one of the largest industries in America (annual gross sales in excess of $60 Billion) that have absolutely no accountability and regulations on what they can claim or what they can put into their products. And whatever they put into the products will end up in your body if you put it onto your skin.
Why does this matter?
Well, the main reason is because toxicity levels are cumulative. That means that a single exposure most of the time isn’t going to be a big deal, but small exposures over a long period of time start to build up in the body and will eventually cause parts of our bodies to not function properly.
So besides cleaning your house and bathing, the next thing toxicity wise that you can focus on to help lessen this toxic load is to begin to gradually clean up what you are using on yourself in your bathrooms.
This article from the Huffington Post talks about how the average woman in America puts over 515 chemicals onto her body a day without even knowing it.
THAT’S A TON!!!
The #1 thing that article also talks about to turn the tide is awareness. Just knowing there are healthier options out there is a very big deal.
This list of the “Dirty Dozen” chemicals found in personal care products by Davis Suzuki is a good starting point;
But how would you know??
Well, unless you get a biochemistry degree (who has time for that?!) you need to do two things:
Utilize resources to help you
- A great example is the “Think Dirty” app. You can download this app and scan products in your home to check their toxicity level and get a grade.
Find a company you can trust that carries personal care products and you know they only use plant-based products and either no chemicals or the least amount possible.
- Young Living is the company we has picked for this very reason and have been happy customers of theirs for over a decade.
OK! So here’s your homework:
Go into your bathrooms in your home and find all of the products that you have that aren’t…ehhh…as clean as they should be and throw them out!
Replace your shampoos, soaps, conditioners, gels, lotions, and make-up with a product you can trust that does not have extra toxins in it.
We’ll move onto simple steps in your diet to lessen your toxic load in Part 3, but for now work on your HOME!
Dr. Jim Bob