Why should I buy natural and organic personal care products?
Just like we were created to digest natural, organic and fresh food, the same principle applies to what we put onto our skins as it gets absorbed through our skins, into our blood systems which feed the cells and tissues of our bodies. When we apply man made synthetic and harmful chemicals onto our skins that the body can’t identify as normal and healthy it will have a rebound affect with health implications. They weaken our immune system which helps to fight of bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites etc. If we do not have a strong and healthy immune system to fight them off, we become very vulnerable to their attacks in gaining entry into our bodies causing sickness, disease and possibly death. If you can’t identify an ingredient to be of a natural base, then rather refrain from applying it onto your skin. We can’t sow seeds of toxic chemicals into our body and expect to reap a harvest of health!
How can I further minimise the intake of harmful chemicals into my body?
Cosmetics: Change all your cosmetics (skincare, body care, nail care, hair care, make-up etc) from a conventional to a natural and organic range. You will have to educate yourself on what is harmful, start reading labels and avoid what is potentially harmful. To find out more about the safety of the ingredients of your cosmetics go to the database of the following website www.ewg.org. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an independent non profit organisation that uses independent research companies that are not affiliated to any pharmaceutical company or government department, and its aim is to create factual awareness of potentially harmful chemicals.
Food: Source your meat, fruit, vegetables and milk from local farmers that do not support conventional farming methods with the use of synthetic fertilizers, growth hormones and antibiotics and restrict their animals to confined feed locks, but rather allow their animal free range movement outside where they can enjoy their natural surroundings. Drink lots of clean, pure and fresh water to help flush out toxins in your body. Enquire at your local nursery for air purifying indoor plants to increase the oxygen levels around you and reduce your carbon print. Remember that the bottom line of any sickness and disease is poor nutrition and toxic overload.
Thoughts and words: Think positive thoughts and speak positive words. Negative emotional such as anger, bitterness, unforgiveness and resentment are very harmful to your health, as they have the ability to change your chemistry, weaken your immunity and make you physically sick. Be thankful for everything your have, be quick to forgive and count your blessings.
What are Parabens and how are they harmful to my body?
Parabens are used widespread in most cosmetics and medications as preservatives. They are cheap and readily available. They are known to have hormone disrupting side effects by mimicking oestrogen on a molecular level, attaching themselves to their receptor sites and thereby making the body more oestrogen dominant. This causes an interference with the natural oestrogen and progesterone balance of the body’s endocrine system. The following signs and symptoms are linked to oestrogen dominance: headaches, depression, moodiness, irritability, foggy thinking, lack of concentration, severe PMS, irregular menstruation, infertility, water retention and excessive sweating.
How does my deoderant affect my pregnancy and subsequently my baby?
It is important for pregnant women to try and minimize their toxic chemical exposure, as harmful chemicals put onto the skin can reach the foetus through the umbilical cord or the baby through their mother’s milk during breast feeding. Chemical exposure in the womb or during infancy can be dramatically more harmful than exposure later in life. According to EWG, which is an independent non profit organisation relating to a wide range of public health issues, say that the umbilical cord of most babies born into a westernised society, contain on average 250 harmful chemicals, which are linked to cancer, neurological diseases and hormonal problems later on in life, to mention just a few. The umbilical cord is a baby’s lifeline, bringing nourishment and oxygen. If we want to give our babies the best start in life we need to reduce our exposure to harmful chemicals and what we use under our arms is just one of many routes into our bodies. If you are not sure about an ingredient, this organisation can help you find out more about the safety of your personal care products and help you to identify good or bad ingredients and also explain why. For more information go to www.ewg.org.
What is the difference between a deodorant and an anti-perspirant?
An anti perspirant was designed to stop you from perspiring by adding aluminium, which we now know is extremely harmful to our health (more info on this under product features). We were created to get rid of toxins through perspiration, and we are living in an extremely toxic environment so our bodies are already overloaded and are working extremely hard to get rid of toxins in our bodies. By using an anti perspirant, we are not only forcing toxins back into the body, which is detrimental to our health, but we are now also adding another carcinogenic substance, namely aluminium. A deodorant on the other hand allows you to get rid of toxins through perspiration. All the ingredients of our Free & Fresh deodorants not only very effectively destroy the bacteria that when combined with perspiration causes body odour, but also reduces perspiration.