In 2015 after 8 years of debilitating pain, doctor visits, medications and treatments, I was diagnosed with endometriosis–a disease in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows in various places, causing extreme pain, inflammation, and oftentimes infertility. For me it was located on my bladder, bowel, and ovary. Three months after my diagnostic surgery I finally came to terms with the fact that although I had a lifelong diagnosis with the potential for further complications and surgeries, I also possessed the power to live a better life through lifestyle changes. I gave up grains, sugar, soy, vegetable oils, and processed foods and focused my energy on eating whole, unprocessed, nutrient-dense and anti-inflammatory foods. I vowed to fuel my health rather than my illness.
It was about a year after committing to this new way of life that I began to understand the importance of not only changing what I was putting in to my body, but also what I was putting on it. Through continued research I discovered that potential toxins lurked in things I used every day like deodorant, toothpaste, lotion, and face wash. I found that many of the ingredients in personal care products were linked to allergies, illness, hormone imbalances, infertility, and even cancer.
Unfortunately for us in the states, there are currently only 30 partially banned ingredients in personal care products in comparison to the European Union’s 1400. Yes, you read that right–the EU has found that 1400 ingredients are deemed so potentially harmful to humans that they have outlawed them in personal care products. And though we have access to the same findings here in the US, we have decided that only 30 ingredients should be partially banned, and 11 completely banned. Those 11 do not include things like formaldehyde, parabens, and triclosan.
It’s also important to keep in mind there are noindustry regulations around:
Luckily for me–someone suffering from a disease rooted in hormone imbalance–I was actively searching for this information. If you’re curious about what may be lurking in your personal care products or those of your children, I would highly recommend visiting the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. There you can discover the ingredients in your products as well as the potential harmful effects that have been linked to those ingredients.
I believe in the power of knowledge and information. Unfortunately this absolutely critical information is not as publicized as it should be. But that’s where people like me come in! I want nothing more than to help you, your family, friends, and neighbors, live the healthiest possible life through delivering information and providing solutions.
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