Detoxing is all the rage. Chronic inflammation from toxins are a factor in autoimmune problems, cancer, chronic pain, heart disease, and the increasing number of allergies. It can seem overwhelming. Where do you start? You start by starting. Yes, it’s that simple and small changes add up to big results down the road.
The month of January’s detox recommendation was to switch out your anti-perspirant to a non-toxic deodorant. I recommended two different brands that I found works … doTerra natural deodorant and Schmidt’s natural deodorant. Have you implemented this tip? If so you are decreasing the amount of synthetic fragrance, endocrine disruptors, and toxic aluminum that would have entered your body. Hurray!
How about checking out your shampoo and conditioner this month? These products go on an area directly near your brain and are absorbed through the skin. You want to eliminate artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, sodium laurel sulfate, and xenoestrogens (estrogen mimickers that wreck havoc with your hormonal system).
Synthetic fragrance may be simply listed as ‘fragrance’ on the label. Synthetic fragrances are linked to asthma, allergy, and cancer. This doesn’t mean you have to give up all aromas. Not all fragrance is bad, good fragrances are made from natural plant botanicals, herbs or essential oils and they will be specifically listed on the label as such – as natural.
Sodium laurel sulfate is a cheap cleansing agent that has links to skin and eye irritation, organ toxicity, endocrine disruption, and developmental toxicity. Check the ingredients list of shampoos and conditioners to eliminate this one from your bath or shower.
Estrogens in the proper amount promote tissue health and development. Too much leads to tumors, weight gain, and endocrine problems. Xenoestrogens mimic estrogens and bind to the same cell receptor sites leading to an overactive estrogen response.
Xenoestrogens are absorbed directly into the skin, bypassing the liver for detoxification. We are exposed to a large variety of xenoestrogens through the food we eat (animal growth hormones), contraceptives, soft plastics (water bottles), insecticides, soy proteins, dryer sheets, and beauty products.
What to watch out for in hair products regarding xenoestrogens – PARABENS. Check labels for Methyl paraben, Propyl paraben, Isobutyl paraben, Ethyl paraben, Butyl paraben, or E216. These xenoestrogen endocrine disruptors are used to provide cheap protection against bacteria and microorganisms but other safer chemicals can be used as preservatives to improve shelf life in place of parabens.
I use doTerra’s natural shampoo and conditioners and the salon owner who works on my hair raves about how healthy my hair is. And I feel good that my hair products are not adding to a toxic load on my body. I also like POSH products and Arbonne (available online). Even Suave has natural options for shampoos and conditioners. Check ingredients online and then make informed choices. Do your best to eliminate hair products with artificial colors, synthetic fragrance (except natural aromas from herbs, plants or essential oils), sulfates, and parabens. Put it on your list to detox your shampoo and conditioner this month!