There are toxic chemicals in our food, water, the products we use and even the air we breathe. We’re surrounded by harmful toxins that endanger our health and well-being. We are estimated to be exposed to more than 700 000 different chemicals every day. Can you believe it?
Research from the University of California “shows how the average person is exposed to cancerous levels of toxins like arsenic, dioxins, and DDE. These toxins aren’t only made available to our body, organs, blood, and cells when we eat and drink them and when we breathe them or simply come in contact with them.” So the real dilemma is how do we control our external environment and minimize our exposure to chemicals and toxins?
As you may have guessed already, it would be impossible to eliminate your contact with chemicals entirely. But that doesn’t mean we can’t become more active. Believe it or not, we voluntarily choose products that contain some of the most dangerous toxins. When I say freely, I mean you pick it off the shelf and spend money on it, skipping over the small list of ingredients at the back of the package that reads: Coal Tar, Lead, Fragrance, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Talc, Mineral Oil and a bunch of other ‘ingredients’ that cause irritation, reproductive toxicity or even cancer.
How to Reduce Your Exposure to Chemicals
Here, we will focus on two significant areas of your everyday life: cosmetics and cleaning. While your intention is to take care of your health with the help of these products or to keep your home clean, the opposite ends up happening. Instead, you make yourself vulnerable to ingredients that do you harm. But it’s not all bad news. Fortunately, this is the area of your life where you have complete control and authority. What you purchase is entirely in your hands. So let’s read labels, learn the ingredients and choose wisely to reduce the toxic chemicals in your everyday life!
The Cosmetic Industry: Learning to Read Labels
The cosmetic industry uses thousands of synthetic and toxic chemicals. Let’s try to visualize this: lipstick, lotion, deodorant, shampoo, mascara, and the list goes on. There are two things all these products have in common: they come into close contact with you (through the skin, eyes, mouth), and they contain hazardous chemicals.
To put things into perspective: “many of these substances are also used in industrial manufacturing processes to clean industrial equipment, stabilize pesticides and grease gears. In the U.S., major loopholes in the federal law allow the cosmetics industry to put thousands of synthetic chemicals into personal care products, even if those chemicals are linked to cancer, infertility or birth defects. At the same time as untested chemicals have been steadily introduced into our environment, breast cancer incidence has risen dramatically” (Breast Cancer Fund).
How can we reduce our exposure to chemicals when we’re unaware of the toxic ingredients that show up in our everyday beauty products?
Here are a few of the top toxic ingredients you want to avoid
- Phthalates: refer to a group of chemicals used to make plastics. Also exist in many personal care and cosmetics such as aftershaves, colognes and creams.
- Coal Tar: is a carcinogen prohibited in Europe but still utilized in some parts of America. Widely used for dry skin treatments and shampoos for dandruff.
- Mercury: Known allergen that impairs brain development. Found in mascara, some eye drops and faces creams.
- Mineral Oil: a secondary product of petroleum, which is commonly incorporated in lotions and hair gels.
- Triclosan: found in antiseptic supplements such as sanitizers and antiperspirants. Known to be a causing factor in cancer.
- Parabens: a group of compounds widely used as an antifungal agent to preserve. Used in lotions, creams and other cosmetics.
These are a few primary toxic ingredients you’ll want to avoid when shopping next. Remember, you have the right to interrogate the products you buy and choose toxic-free options.
The Truth About Cleaning Products
Reality check: many of the products we use to ‘clean’ our homes are instead filled with toxins and chemicals that are extremely dangerous to our health and the environment. Think about how much time you spend at home. Think about your family, children and pets.
The home is our safe haven – the place where we go to relax, spend time with our loved ones and be ourselves. So why should it be contaminated with chemicals that endanger our health and safety? The ironic part is that we’re contributing to a toxic environment to clean and improve our homes.
Your regular cleaning products contain dangerous ingredients such as Phthalates, Perc, Triclosan, Ammonia and Sodium Hydroxide – substances that are dangerous for the body cause damage to the livers, kidneys, nervous system and even the brain. Check out our natural cleaning recipes for simple and easy ways to avoid all this nonsense and keep your home safe, Earth-friendly and, of course, clean!
Natural and Toxic-Free Alternatives
We’re looking at cosmetics and cleaning products because we all use them. In fact, a large portion of the 700 000 toxic chemicals we discussed earlier come from the products we buy. Which means the solution is as easy as saying NO to products that contain harmful ingredients and toxic chemicals. The good news is that there are brands that go against the mainstream, offering safe, clean, and healthy products. In fact, it is our mission to provide alternative brands that keep you, your family, the Earth and even the animals happy.
What Does Living Life Natural Offer?
Living Life Natural Blog is a Blog resource for all-natural, organic and healthy products. Our mission is to promote a lifestyle that is sustainable for everyone. This means we offer anything from cosmetics to cleaning products. Our promise is to keep things simple, safe and toxic-free for you and your loved ones.
Imagine personal care items made from natural ingredients that don’t contain alcohol, dyes, animal ingredients or artificial preservatives. How about a natural toothpaste that cleans your teeth, fights plaque, freshens the breath but contains no harsh abrasives, gluten, fluoride, SLS, animal ingredients or testing.
If you’re looking to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals, you’ve come to the right place. You can browse worry-free knowing that every product is made with love, prioritizing your health over anything else. But our commitment doesn’t stop there.
Keep in mind that by changing our shopping habits, we communicate our discontent with businesses that sell products containing chemicals and harmful ingredients. But, this is bigger than shopping! When you select natural and organic products, you are choosing a new lifestyle that promotes environmental sustainability, is conscious of animal rights, and is proactive about personal health. Join us on our journey!
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