4 Toxins to Ditch in Personal Care Products
There is something about fragrances that make us and our dwelling spaces feel fresh and clean, but products that contain fragrances may be stressing your body and opening the door for illness to set in. Most of us do our best to avoid artificial chemicals in our foods, never realizing that inhaling them or applying them to our skin is just as harmful as eating them.
Candles, plug-ins, and other room deodorizers often contain phthalates3. According the Environmental Working Group, “studies have shown that chemicals called phthalates can trigger what’s known as “death-inducing signaling” in testicular cells, making them die earlier than they should. Yep, that’s cell death – in your man parts. If that’s not enough, studies have linked phthalates to hormone changes, lower sperm count, less mobile sperm, birth defects in the male reproductive system, obesity, diabetes and thyroid irregularities.”
Look for candles made with beeswax and other natural ingredients, free of artificial scents. Better yet, do away with all fragrance products, and bring in some live plants to improve the quality of air in your home naturally.
Soaking the cares of the day away is one of the most classic go-to home remedies for stress. Unfortunately, even this icon of self-care has been tainted with toxic products, creating a literal bath of chemicals. Be sure to read the labels on your bubble bath, shampoo, body wash, and other latherable items, and steer clear of products that list cocamide DEA. It is among the most prolific of carcinogenic ingredients1.
If you’ve ever taken a biology class, you will likely recognize this cancer-causing chemical as a preservative3. While product labels on makeup and other cosmetics won’t say “formaldehyde,” you may see these formaldehyde-releasing chemicals2 listed: DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol), 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane or Hydroxymethylglycinate.
You could be slathering your body in antifreeze disguised by the beautiful fragrance of flowers. This chemical is linked to liver problems, kidney damage, skin cell growth inhibition, damaged cell membranes, rashes, respiratory damage, immune system deficiency and central nervous system depression3.
Unfortunately, in our modern world, we can’t avoid toxins completely. By incorporating The 5 Essentials, you will help your body’s natural detox channels perform optimally, enabling them to better process toxins that you do come in contact with. So make sure you feed your body maximized nutritious foods, engage in daily exercise, and of course, minimize these toxins whenever you can by reading labels and choosing better options.
If you have questions about any of The 5 Essentials, attend an event in your area, or ask your Maximized Living Chiropractic Doctor about how to get started.
1.Propylene Glycol Toxicity: A Severe Iatrogenic Illness in ICU Patients Receiving IV Benzodiazepines* A Case Series and Prospective, Observational Pilot Study Kevin C. Wilson, MD; Christine Reardon, MD; Arthur C. Theodore, MD; and Harrison W. Farber, MD, FCCP (http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/data/journals/chest/22030/1674.pdf)
2. Johanna Congleton, Environmental Working Group Senior Scientist: “EXPOSING THE COSMETICS COVER-UP: IS CANCER-CAUSING FORMALDEHYDE IN YOUR COSMETICS?” (www.ewg.org)
3. US Library of Toxins: http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=24; http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=14