Just so we're clear, I'm talking products here. No, I don't have tips on how to smooth things over with your mother-in-law. I'm talking about the problem of toxins in our everyday products, and I want you to know, there is no need to compromise! Most of our life is about compromise, on this thing, this health thing, let's not compromise.
You know I am a messenger. I am not an expert, I am not an aromatherapist, I am not a doctor. I am a mom who wants the best for her family. And, for you, too.
Why does this even matter?
Well, maybe you or someone you know has a gluten sensitivity or eczema or psoriasis. Maybe it's important you shop organic or you're tired of being greenwashed by brands. Maybe it something more serious, perhaps you have asthma, or a chronic illness or you’re a cancer survivor and you really need to be careful about what you bring into your home and put on your body.
Did you know that every day, women in the United States are exposed to more than 168 toxic chemicals? Even unborn children are exposed. Umbilical cord blood has been found to contain over 200 toxic chemicals! Some of the most common are isobutane, aluminum, fragrance, and propylene glycol.
What is this doing to your body?
Have you ever considered how these toxins buildup over time? Your skin, your largest organ, is a carrier—not a barrier. Is it a coincidence that disease rates are on the rise?
Since 2000, Alzheimer’s death rates increased 123%.
Since 1960, breast cancer diagnosis rates increased 150%.
Since 1995, children’s autism diagnosis rates increased 747%.
While there have been advances in diagnosing and documenting diseases, with all the advances of modern medicine, shouldn't those rates be going down, not up?
But, here’s the good news - you can make a difference! Use your dollars to make your voice heard. You are already buying these products, why not buy the safest products?
So let's take a look at three popular gifts you may be planning to give (and how to read the label if your receive them):
It seems there is always a seasonal one or cute holiday labeling. But many of them contain that pesky "fragrance" or "parfum". Those are catch-all phrases. There are an untold number of chemicals hiding under these umbrella terms and you don't know what any are! Many contain phthalates, which are linked with birth defects, breast cancer, diabetes, obesity, autism and ADHD.
Find a hand cream with nourishing ingredients like shea butter and aloe. And the scent? Look for essential oils on the label.
We see the little gift sets you can buy for your bestie or tween and teen but did you know many of them contain ingredients that actually dry out your lips so you have to keep using the product? Did you know woman consume 2-7 pounds of lip product per year?! Make sure you know what is in yours... Ditch the petroleum, alcohol or even lead!
And last but not least, the scented candle. Have you ever noticed when you burn a candle that it gives off black soot or maybe the scent is so strong you can taste it or you get a headache? I have experienced all of those things. Including rashes on my arms.
Most candles are made of paraffin wax, which is actually bleached petroleum. So choose candles with cotton wicks, natural waxes, like non-gmo soy, beeswax, or coconut, and make sure the candle is scented with pure essential oils, not “fragrance”.
The Simple Solution
Get your ingredient to avoid guide right here so you know what to look out for and can make an informed choice. Stick with a company that has done the homework for you and won't compromise! I'm glad I can lead you to an easier, healthier life...
Wife, boymom, and lifestyle consultant. I empower families to live the healthiest lifestyle possible. I leaped from executive assistant to stay at home mom to running my own business. I love what I do and want to lead you to health and wealth.