Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Anything that we put on our skin is absorbed directly into the body. Think about that...
How many products do you put on, or in your body each day. Here is a list of possible options:
Hair Styling products
Makeup (eye liner, mascara, blush/bronzer, foundation, eye shadow, cover up)
Lip balm/Lip stick/gloss
Here is a list of chemicals you may come into contact with each day:
A company called Bionsen did some research and found that the average woman puts about 515 synthetic chemicals on her skin each day. Have a look:
Its the job of the liver to detoxify our system. In today's world with all the chemicals we encounter in body products, food and the environment, that is quite a burden. When our liver's detoxification system gets backed up, either from too many toxins going in, or not enough substrates to supply the detox reactions, we can feel it: fatigue, nausea, headaches, skin irritation, body pain, abdominal tenderness, pungent sweat to name a few. An over burdened system can also look like hormone imbalances, since it is the liver that processes and removes old and excess hormones from our bodies: weight gain, acne, painful periods, fibroids and PMS.
What can I do to decrease my toxin load
1. Eat Organic!
Eating organic eliminates all the pesticide toxicity that one would encounter from food. For more information on pesticides check out my article on Glyphosate here. An easy way to start eating organic is to have a look at The Dirty Dozen list. These are the foods that are sprayed most and which should be avoided. There is also a Clean 15, the foods you can buy conventionally which will have a lower pesticide incidence.
2. Use Natural Household Cleaners
Products with orange essential oil and vinegar are examples of natural house hold cleaners. They don't use harsh detergents or chemicals to get rid of bacteria but they work just as well. We like to use Frog Wash for our household cleaning needs.
3. Use or Make Your Own Natural Body Products
For the last few months I have been using a deodorant that I made myself with a simple recipe. It works REALLY WELL! I have used it in both tropical and North American climates and it stands the test. Best of all it smells great. Regular antiperspirants have aluminum in them, which has been linked to the development of early aging in the brain and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia.
2 tbs coconut oil
2 tbs baking soda
2 tbs cornstarch
5-8 drops Essential oil (Rosemary, Tea Tree, Lavender, Sage, its up to you!)
- In a saucepan on low, heat the coconut oil up just until it melts. Add in the other ingredients and stir. Pour into a small glass container or an old deodorant container and voilà. If you are using an old deodorant container, keep it in the fridge. It is easier to put on when it is solid.
- Remember: to dip your fingers in when they are clean, and do not double dip. There is no preservative in your natural product so you don't want to contaminate it with bacteria.
To learn more about having radiantly healthy skin, natural body products and detox send me a message or book an appointment today!
Dr. Ariel Jones ND