The very nature of personal care products involves their contact with our bodies, often in very sensitive locations. This category of products includes diapers, feminine hygiene products, lotion, and shampoo, and it deserves more attention regarding chemical ingredients.
Most manufacturers provide little information about ingredients and materials. For the most part, you’ll be making blind choices when you select these products unless you choose products specifically marketed as safer alternatives to mainstream brands.
Types of Chemicals Present in Personal Care Products
Independent researchers have found phthalates, specifically DBP and DEHP, in multiple brands of disposable diapers and sanitary pads. Exposure to these chemicals could lead to developmental or reproductive problems. Volatile organic compounds, commonly known as VOCs, are prevalent as well. VOCs can cause respiratory and skin irritation. Kidney and nervous system damage are possible as well. Menstrual pads frequently contain VOCs like xylene, toluene, and methylene chloride.
Tampons might boast of being made from cotton, but the bleaching process leaves dioxin residues. Dioxins are recognized as cancer-causing toxins that also threaten the endocrine and reproductive systems. The cotton itself, although a wonderful natural fibre, is generally grown with heavy pesticide applications, and pesticide residues can linger in the products.
You probably enjoy lathering your hair with shampoo, but shampoos are mostly a cocktail of various chemicals. Parabens are preservative substances commonly used in shampoos and cosmetics. They act similarly to the hormone estrogen and are associated with breast cancer.
Parabens are also pervasive in body and hand lotions. Lotions are notorious for various unspecified chemical combinations used to create fragrances. You could encounter endocrine-disrupting phthalates and irritating VOCs in lotions.
Your Vulnerability to Chemically-Laden Personal Care Products
Diapers, tampons, and sanitary pads come into prolonged contact with genital areas. The thin, highly sensitive skin in these areas can absorb substances into the body easily. As for lotions and shampoos, daily use results in ongoing chemical exposures that could impact your health over time.
Shop Health and Beauty Supplies at Famous Foods
Our natural food store in Vancouver stocks many personal care products from responsible manufacturers who use nontoxic ingredients. Your health extends past your dinner plate, and we invite you to explore healthier personal care products at our store.
Rejuvenation is the essence of spring, and the season is a great time to detox your diet. After a winter of semi-hibernation and comfort food, your body needs some spring cleaning. A healthy diet will naturally reboot your liver and digestive system’s ability to remove toxins. Curbing or halting your intake of sugar, alcohol, and unhealthy fats while consuming meals of nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats will deliver the energy-boosting results that you seek.
Eat Fruits and Vegetables With Every Meal
Just as herbivores relish the fresh shoots of spring, you need to centre your diet around fruits and vegetables. Their nutrient density and fibre supply your body with the tools to repair cells. Add fruit to your cereal in the morning. Choose a salad instead of a sandwich at lunch. Make sure that your dinner includes vegetable side dishes.
Cut Down on Sugar
Reducing your sugar consumption will make you feel better. Your body will stop dumping excess insulin into your bloodstream that inflames your arteries and strains your heart over time. In addition to eliminating obvious sugar bombs like soft drinks, sports drinks, and cookies, check labels on cereal, yogurt, and granola bars. Their sugar content can vary wildly. You’ll want to choose low-sugar products.
Improve Gut Health With the 3 Ps
The 3 Ps stand for pulses, prunes, and pears. Pulses are beans, chickpeas, peas, and lentils. Regular consumption of pulses strengthens gut tissues and counteracts gut diseases like irritable bowel syndrome. Prunes nourish good bacteria. Finally, pears possess prebiotic fibre that also helps beneficial bacteria to flourish.
Reduce Alcohol Consumption
This may not be popular advice, but your body will appreciate your temperance. Alcohol dehydrates you, which stresses your body. Drinking also makes you more vulnerable to the temptation to eat junk food.
Eat Healthier Fats
Partially hydrogenated fats can increase levels of bad cholesterol. You’ll see this type of fat in many processed foods. You’ll want to avoid those. When you’re cooking or making salad dressing, use healthier monounsaturated fats like olive oil, sesame oil, or peanut oil. Nuts, seeds, and avocados contain this healthy fat as well.
Take the opportunity this spring to detox your diet by shopping at Famous Foods. We’re an ideal place to find healthy foods, including organic produce.
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