We tend to overlook the fact, that the food we put in our mouth, is equally important to the “food” we apply to our skin. Soaps and shampoos are filled with heavy metals, stabilizers and other harsh chemicals that don’t exist naturally in nature. Labels that warn against accidental ingestion make you wonder how these products affect your overall health. If you wouldn’t consume it, why force it into the blood stream through your skin’s pores? It is no surprise we are fighting unidentifiable allergies and irritations. Your skin is an amazing barrier for harmful substances but it’s defenseless to the moisturizers and soaps you rub all over it. Why do you think doctors use creams and ointments as an alternative way to deliver prescriptions into the bloodstream?
The endocrine system facilitates the release and regulation of hormones in the bloodstream, crucial to the proper function of metabolism, growth, development, mood, and tissue function. When these hormones are blocked or destroyed by harmful chemicals, the body cannot properly respond to stimuli. These foreign invaders silently build up in your system eventually wreaking havoc. As an example, many deodorants contain aluminum to prevent sweating. The aluminum shuts down the pores, the bodies natural detox system, inhibiting the elimination of harmful toxins and heavy metals. Research has shown that parabens, a group of chemicals found in numerous products, are also linked to disruptions in the endocrine system.
Start reading ingredient lists. Chances are, a product with a long list of ingredients and a warning label is probably not the best option for you and your family. Foreign ingredients are not only harmful for you but your environment as well. Shampoos and soaps enter the water system, disrupting the growth of bacteria and organisms in our ecosystem.
Purchasing all natural products and/or making your own from natural household items will help decrease your exposure to these harmful toxins. Here’s a list of common pantry essentials that can double as soap, lotion, and deodorant:
Honey, Baking Soda, Corn Starch, Olive Oil, Apple Cidar Vinegar
Visit One Green Generation to find a recipes for natural deodorant and shampoo made out of these items.
Your complexion will thank you!