What's Your Poison??
Do you know that you are poisoning your body daily? It’s frightening what our bodies are being exposed to and without our conscious knowledge or permission. We believe that everything that is on the market today is safe for us. If you depend on government agencies like the FDA to protect you from harmful ingredients in the products you use and the food you eat, you are playing Russian Roulette with your health.
There is a chemical onslaught happening right under our noses. Since 1965 more than 4 million chemical compounds have been formulated and at least 250,000 new chemicals are created annually. Approximately 3,000 chemicals are added to our foods through the growing and manufacturing process. Over 700 chemicals have been found in our drinking water, with 400 being identified in human tissues. Have I got your attention yet? Those are chemicals just found in what we ingest!
More than 500 chemicals on average are found in the typical American home. This includes your cleaning products, laundry products, air fresheners, disinfectant sprays, etc. Then we have the personal care products, cosmetics and perfumes. The average woman is exposed to a whopping 515 synthetic chemicals every day!
When you view the below picture of how these products affect the body, it is no surprise we are seeing a rise in men, women and children with symptoms directly related to hormone disruption!
Let’s just investigate one of these chemicals Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). This is a chemical used to make toiletry products foam when they are mixed with water. Why is a dangerous chemical like this being used in our soaps and shampoos? The answer is simple - it is cheap. It works by dissolving the oils on your skin, which can cause a drying effect. This is the same chemical used in car washes and used to dissolve grease off car enginesand we are using and exposing our bodies to this daily!
It is also well documented that it is not only a skin irritant, but it also allows environmental contaminants easier access to the lower, sensitive layers of the skin. Once it has been absorbed, one of the main effects of sodium lauryl sulfate is to mimic the activity of the hormone which has many health implications for adults and even more so for the future health of our children. It may be responsible for a variety of health problems from PMS and Menopausal symptoms to dropping male fertility and increasing female cancers such as breast cancer.
SLS can be found in Soaps, Shampoos, Bubble-baths, Tooth paste, Dish soap, Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener, Children/Infant soaps-shampoos-lotions, Stain Remover, Carpet Cleaner, Body wash, Shave cream, Mascara, Mouthwash, Skin cleanser, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, Sunscreens/After Sun lotions, to name a few. I have even found it to be in products being marketed as “natural” so beware!
Just thinking about the products you use that contain just SLS is overwhelming, so just imagine how your body feels being bombarded every day by all the chemicals you are being exposed to. How long will it be before your body becomes chemically overloaded? Maybe it already is.
Are you or a family member experiencing unexplained physical or emotional symptoms, or have you been diagnosed with issues that never seem to get any better no matter what you throw at it? Your body may be trying to communicate “chemical overload” to you.
We will never be able to be completely chemical free. We live in a world that has not yet awakened to the destructive nature of synthetic chemicals in our environment, but we can take control and take the steps to reduce it in our personal life and in our homes. When we choose “chemical free” products over chemical laden products we not only improve our health and that of our family’s, we are sending a clear message to these chemical manufacturers and our government agencies with where we spend our money!
You may feel chemical free products are costlier but in the long run, what is costlier than the expense and needless suffering of being unhealthy?