TOTAL Home Makeover!! Day 2...
Reading labels is so important. Health and wellness is on the rise, especially with the recent global pandemic. Consumers are becoming more conscious about their purchases and this has marketers and mainstream companies scrambling in desperation to keep your purchase. So many tricky marketing buzzwords and imagery to appear to safe, but are they?

It gives me hope that there are so many people becoming conscious consumers and educating themselves on the risks of toxins. Nearly every product on the market has some "green" or "all natural" product. With that comes a cost increase. Many of those products contain the same harmful ingredients as all the others. Greenwashing is conveying misleading information about a product being more environmentally sound or safe. "All natural" and "Green" do not mean non toxic! In fact there are no regulations on the term "natural" and is incredibly misleading to consumers. Be very wary of product claims. 

There is a list of more than one thousand harmful chemicals that are banned in the European Union, of those only ten appear on the list in the US. Did you know that for food labels the ingredients is listed by quantity? Did you know that in cleaning products and personal care products it is not? Remember yesterday when we discuss that bioaccumulation and that many of the harmful chemicals found in our products are deemed safe in small quantities. (Things that make you go hmmmm...) There is little to no regulation in the US on harmful chemicals in our products, this is alarming!!! So many ingredients with BIG looooooooong intimidating names, just toss them in Google and dig around a bit. You will be loaded with cautions and warning and a realization that many of these common ingredients are carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, respiratory irritants, and causing your body to be in defense overload!

Here is a quick guide of a few ingredients to watch out for...

  • Fragrance is found in nearly everything scented and is linked to cancer, asthma, hormone disruption, nervous system disorders.
  • Parabens found in preservatives and is linked to breast cancer and hormone disruption.
  • BPA is found in plastics, canned food, cosmetics and is linked to heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
  • Phthalates are found in detergents, shampoo, lotions, and soaps and is linked to hormone disruption, breast cancer, and infertility.
  • Propylene Glycol & Butylene Glycol are found in lotions, sunscreens, moisturizers, and cosmetics and is linked to skin allergies and organ system toxicity.
  • SLS/SLES (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Ether Sulfate are found in toothpaste, degreasers, cleaning supplies and is linked to skin irritations, respiratory disruptors, hormone disruption.
  • Triclosan is found in toothpaste, deodorant, bar soap and is linked to thyroid problems, weak immune system, asthma.
  • Petroleum is found in baby lotions, lipstick, shampoo and is linked to cancer, skin irritations, hormone disruption.
  • Oxybenzone is found in sunscreen, hairspray, cosmetics and is linked to cancer, skin irritations, hormone disruption.
    This information was found in "Young Living Lifestyle: Total Home Upgrade. Their list was compiled from information found on Environmental Working Group website.
Eager to get started on toxic free living? Where do you start? Stay tuned, we will chat about that tomorrow! Loads of tips and tricks coming... 

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