12 Weeks to a Healthier You: Week 5

This week it’s all about removing toxic materials from your life. There is so many things on the market especially here in the USA that are not safe. You would be amazed at how many ingredients are in things we wear, use, and eat every day. Here are a few chemicals to try to avoid and the reasoning behind it, so always read the product labels!

Artificial Colors:
Many artificial colors are irritants and are linked to anxiety, migraines, cancer chromosomal damage and hyperactivity in humans.

Petrochemicals:
1,4-Dioxane,  Polyethylene glycol (PEG), Triethanolamine (TEA), Diethanolamin (DEA), Petroleum, Mineral Oil, Parrafin, Petrolatum (soft parrafin, white petrolatum, petroleum jelly) can cause brain, nerve and liver damage, birth defects, cancer, asthma, hormonal disorders, and allergies. Petrochemicals are also lung irritants upon inhalation and a non-biodegradable environmental toxin.

Phthalates:

DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate) and DEP (diethyl phthalate) are often found in personal care products such as nail polishes, deodorants, perfumes and cologne, aftershave lotions, shampoos, hair gels and hand lotions.DEHP (di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate) is used in PVC plastics, including some medical devices.BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate) is used in some flooring, car products and personal care products.DMP (dimethyl phthalate) is used in insect repellent and some plastics.  phthalates are endocrine disruptors.

Preservatives:
BHT butylated hydroxytoluene /BHA butylated hydroxy anisole, both can be found in foods such as foods such cereals, chewing gum and potato chips.Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, parabens are common in personal care products such as lotion. DMDM hydantonin (FORMALDEHYDE) is common in hair treatments such as keratin, all these chemicals are Carcinogenic and toxic.

Plastics:

(PET, PETE,HDPE,PVC,LDPE, PP,PS, BPA)

Not safe for reuse and can leach chemicals when heated or in direct sunlight. Safest plastics are # 2 HDPE or #5 PP.

SLS (Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate):
Found in cleansers and toothpaste, gives products lather & foam; skin irritant, can exacerbate skin disorders, plus it almost strips your skin and hair of  moisture.

Plus so many more, for additional information on toxic substances please visit:www.natural-and-organic-choices.com/toxic-chemicals.html.

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