Updated: Dec 20, 2018
I know that the title of this blog can make you think it may be going in a few different directions, but I want to talk about removing toxins from tupperware, body washes, soaps, shampoos and conditioners, nail polish, makeup, deodorant, perfume, face masks, body lotion, moisturizer.. etc. It's important that we as consumers are aware of what is in our products and what we are putting on and in our bodies.
I wasn't made aware of how toxins in everyday items can be exposing us to carcinogenic properties, toxicity to organs, can impact fertility, and cause allergic reactions. Companies today are not required to notify the public about the harmful toxins in products that could have chemicals linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, developmental toxicity, immunotoxicity, organ toxicity, neurotoxicity, and many other health concerns are hidden in the cosmetics women and men are using on their bodies every day. Recently, an organization called EWG Skin Deep has gone in front of Congress to emphasize how important it is for companies to be transparent about what is in their products.
So, what are these toxins and scary harmful things that are in products we should be avoiding? Well, there is a laundry list and I'm pretty sure you aren't reading this blog to read every single chemical. If you want to do that then check out the website crunchi.com where you can read a full list of products that are on their 'blacklist'.
Some of these chemicals are called parabens, phalates, sulfates, BPA's, and more.
What are these things?
BPA: Bisphenol-A, an estrogen-imitating chemical used to produce reusable plastic products, such as baby bottles, toddler sippy cups, and common plastics you might use for storing leftover food.
Paraben: Parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. Chemically, they are a series of parahydroxybenzoates or esters of parahydroxybenzoic acid. Parabens are effective preservatives in many types of formulas
Phalates: A family of industrial chemicals used to soften PVC plastic and as solvents in cosmetics and other consumer products, can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system — particularly the developing testes
Sulfates: Sulfates are surfactants – molecules that can attract both oil and water: One end of the molecule clings to the oily dirt, while the other clings to water. Translation? They can lift the grease and grime off of our skin and hair, dissolve (emulsify) it into solution and then rinse everything down the drain.
How do you avoid products containing these chemicals? It's more simple than you may think! Switch out your plastic tupperware for glass tupperware. Shop for bpa free water bottles, purchase bpa free canned goods. When it comes to purchasing cosmetic products, facial soaps, body washes, and shampoos/conditioners it can get a little more complicated. Luckily, EWG has a database of products that are low in toxins and harmful ingredients, not just to us but also the environment. You can look up any product that you are currently using on their site and it will tell you how dangerous it is for you. If you want to purchase a product you can use their app and scan any product you are shopping for. If you really aren't sure where to even start EWG has an entire site where you can shop products that are approved by them.
I recommend for everyone to see what is in their products and to make sure they are living the healthiest lifestyle that will set you up for a long life.