How to Choose Toxin-Free Personal Care Products

how to choose toxin free personal careA healthy diet is usually the first place that we start when making changes towards living a healthy lifestyle. Diet is so important to our health and well being because the foods we eat are absorbed into our systems and create the cells in our body. A secondary part of a healthy lifestyle is looking at the products that we are putting ON on bodies. The personal care products we use on a daily basis are also being assimilated into our bodies. About 60% of what you put on your skin is being absorbed into your bloodstream. The biggest problem with this is that most personal care products on the market are filled with chemicals and many of them have health implications.

There are no requirements for companies to prove that the chemicals they are using in their products are safe to use. It is up to us to be informed consumers and investigate all the products we buy to make sure they are safe.

When I first realized this was an issue, I started researching all of the products I was using at the time and discovered how toxic they were. I’ve learned a lot about personal care products through my own research and experience. I hosted a live webinar on this topic and we discussed the top toxins to avoid in products that are commonly used by families. The categories I discussed are:

Product Categories

  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothpaste
  • Diaper Cream
  • Moisturizer
  • Body Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Bubble Bath

Some of the Toxins I Discuss…

Honestly, there is a huge list of toxins and chemicals to avoid in personal care and beauty products. It’s a wide range of products and chemicals so I discuss the most common things found in products that are used most often. Here are a few:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

  • Irritant to the skin, eyes and lungs
  • Possible non-reproductive organ system toxicity

Parabens

  • Parabens are estrogen-mimicking preservatives
  • May disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders.
  • Linked to breast cancer

Fragrance

  • Fragrances can contain hormone disruptors and are among the top 5 allergens in the world.
  • Chemicals in “fragrance” do not need to be on the label because they are considered trade secrets

My tips for Making the Best Choices

So, what good is all this information if we don’t know how to use it to our benefit? Not much. These are my top tips for choosing the cleanest products on the market. In the class recording I talk through these tips in detail.

  • ALWAYS READ LABELS
  • When in doubt pick the option with the least amount of ingredients
  • Don’t be fooled by MARKETING claims on the front of the bottle
  • Stick with brands you know are CLEAN
  • Check products on EWG Skin Deep Database (TIP: Try their mobile app!)

There is A LOT more information detailed in the live class recording that you won’t want to miss. Click here to watch the class now for free.

What products do you use that you need to switch to a cleaner option?

3 Perceived as “Healthy” Foods You Shouldn’t be Eating

three perceived as healthy foods you shouldn't be eatingThe interesting thing about nutrition is that there are many theories and diets that work wonders for some people but can also cause a complete disaster for others. Sometimes nutrition theories become popular due to some (weight loss) success stories and turn into fads that can last decades. The low-fat craze is the nutrition myth that sticks out most in my memory. Most people know now that low-fat is not necessarily a good thing. Many food products are a result of nutrition fads and popular theories and most of the time these food products really aren’t healthy. Food companies come up with some pretty convincing points in their marketing but most of them don’t make much sense in reality.

When I’m out and about in the world and I hear people say they trying to be “good” and eat healthy food, it kills me to see what they think is a “healthy” food. I see them suffer through eating some horrible food creation because they think it is good for them but most of the time it is a nutrition myth or a result of misinformation given through a (Monsanto) marketing campaign.

These are some foods I often hear people say they are eating when they are trying to be “good,” that shouldn’t be a part of anyone’s diet at all.

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Try A Different Path This Year

try a different pathNew Year’s Eve isn’t even here yet and I’m already starting to put effort towards my 2015 goals. In fact, I’ve been working on my goals and plans for a couple of months now. 2015 is going to be a good year.

When I first started working on my health 7 years ago, my new years’ resolutions were usually health related. One year it was to quit dairy, one year it was no more sugar, and one year it was cutting the cord on my caffeine habit. These days my goals are more business related because my health is in a good place (except my reoccurring goal of getting in some more yoga).

Rewind back to January of 2014 — you likely made plans back then for yourself. You perhaps even took up some new year’s resolutions.

You likely vowed to improve and transform yourself… to be in better health, to be in better shape, to live a longer life.

Fast-forward back to the present and tell me this: Are you where you wanted to be?

If you are not, don’t be discouraged! I’ve been there many times myself! Don’t feel like you’ve failed or fallen short. Don’t feel like the mountain is too hard to climb.

Most of all, don’t pack it in. Not yet.

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A Little Known Secret About Magnesium & Magnesium Lotion Recipe

magnesium lotion recipe

Magnesium deficiency is a widespread issue. It effects more then half of the US population and it can greatly effect your health. There are some amazing things that have happened for people just from correcting this problem. Magnesium is essential for over 300 different chemical reactions in the body, including maintaining your energy level, helping you relax, and sustaining the health of your heart and blood vessels. If you are wondering if you might be deficient read this post: 17 Warning Signs That You are Magnesium Deficient.

Transdermal Magnesium Therapy

When we think of taking a dietary supplement, we usually think of taking them orally. Transdermal absorbtion – or absorption through the skin – is another way that some supplements and medicines can be taken. The advantages of transdermal absorption are varied including more rapid entry into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract, and increased absorption and bioavailability. Many people have inefficient digestive systems due to poor diet, stress, and medications which makes transdermal absorption a much more effective method of replenishing magnesium in the body. This may seem like a new concept but there are some very common therapies that used this way such as a nicotine patch or a hormone patch.

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17 Warning Signs That You Are Magnesium Deficient

17 warning signs that you are magnesium deficient

Most Americans today are magnesium deficient. This is mainly due to the “standard American diet,” the quality of our food sources, and inefficiencies in the GI tract. Magnesium is essential for over 300 different chemical reactions in the body, including maintaining your energy level, helping you relax, and sustaining the health of your heart and blood vessels. More then half of the US population is not getting enough Magnesium in their daily diet. Since it has so many crucial functions, magnesium appears to protect us from many serious conditions.

How do you know if you are magnesium deficient?

Unfortunately, blood tests are not entirely accurate enough to show if you are not getting enough magnesium so it’s not the best way to find out. A better and easier way to determine if you need more magnesium is to look at some lifestyle factors.

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This Medicine Might be Why Your Child Can’t Kick That Cold

kick that cold

When your child gets sick there are a number of responses from the body that show up as cold symptoms. These responses are natural ways that the body is trying to fight infection, remove toxins and promote healing. A fever is the body’s way of killing off germs, mucus is there as a vehicle to bring germs out of the body, so should these things really be suppressed? The most common way of dealing with a cold is by taking cold medicine, cough suppressant, Tylenol, or decongestants. These are used in an effort to make the cold more bearable but in reality it might be making the cold last longer.

Decongestants seem like a good idea, especially when your child is so congested they can’t even sleep. They do clear up a lot of mucus and get your child breathing but its only a temporary relief that makes the cold last longer then it would otherwise.

So why are decongestants a bad idea?

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