Diets, detoxes, cleanses and fasts are all the rage right now, especially with the many New Year's resolutions to lose weight and eat healthier.
Keep in mind, however, that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body.
Personal care products, such as lotion, shampoo, deodorant, makeup, shaving cream and baby wipes, are chockfull of toxic chemicals.
The Wild West in Your Bathroom
You may be surprised to learn that the personal care products industry is like the Wild West--highly unregulated. Companies can use pretty much whatever ingredients they want (untested!) and the FDA doesn't review these products for safety.
Everyday, you and your loved ones are absorbing, inhaling and ingesting hundreds of unsafe chemicals.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the average woman uses 12 personal care products containing 168 different ingredients daily. Guys, on average, use 6 products daily with 85 unique ingredients. And, teenage girls use an average of 17 products a day!
Huge Health Impact
Exposure to these chemicals has been linked to numerous adverse health conditions including:
reproductive organ abnormalities
and many more
How to Detox Your Medicine Cabinet
Check your products and find healthier alternatives on EWG's SkinDeep website, which provides safety ratings for a wide range of items from lotion to lipstick.
"Organic" and "natural" products can also contain harmful ingredients; research these products as well.
Lastly, be sure to look up your kids' products too. Their small, developing bodies are even more vulnerable to toxins.
To Your Good Health!