There are certain moments in a coaches career where you stand up, stick your chest up and feel a sense of pride when a student, athlete and in this case a client and dear friend takes all the information you’ve given them over the last 18 months and absolutely smashes every and any goal they’ve had set in front of them.
My dear friend Kristy (@unsugar_me) has created a resource after a conversation of ours on toxicity and what the body does and doesn’t do when there is an increased toxic load.
What you’ll find here is a resource of which you can use to help with reducing your toxic load through the products you keep at home. These include shampoo’s, conditioners, body wash etc.
I know many of you reading this are going to be lost as to what toxicity is. Odds on you’ve heard about what it does to the body but that’s about where the depth of information usually stops. I want to try and fill in some of the holes and give you some clarification as to what some of these major terms are and the why YOU NEED to concern yourself with them.
So, This Detoxification Stuff Is Pretty Important Right?
The short answer is yes. The long answer is fuck yes!! Let me get down to business and give you some context as to what toxicity means and and it’s place in this conversation.
The body has a natural function of detoxification that allows it to get rid of toxins, chemicals and other substances that it both cannot digest and cannot use. This is an evolutionary system that allows us to function and participate in everyday activities but provides with a barrier and a safe guard against any nasty particles.
The problem that we are experiencing currently is that with the amount of pollution and chemicals in the air means that our body has to work over time to process and detox these chemicals. Studies have shown that there’s currently no where left on earth where chemicals and pollutants haven’t reached. The American Red Cross took 10 umbilical cord blood samples to see if new born babies were affected by pollution and this is what they found:
- 287 chemicals detected
- Pesticides, consumer product ingredients, waste materials from burning coal, gasoline and garbage
- 8 perfluorochemicals used as stain and oil repellants in fast food packaging, clothes and textiles (including Teflon chemical PFOA)
- Dozens of widely used brominated flame retardants
- 180 of the 287 chemicals found are known to cause cancer in humans or animals
- 217 are toxic to the brain & nervous system
- 208 shown to cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests
- 177 negatively impact the immune system
- 275 of the 287 affect either stomach or intestinal health or both
The biggest thing is that this is relevant to infants. Many of our clients have some sort of detoxification priority due to the fact that detoxification is essential for everyday function and survival. We teach our clients on the topic of personal hygiene and how this has a large bearing on your body’s detoxification ability. The personal cosmetics that you wear everyday absorb into the skin, are inhaled through your mouth and nose and all of them need to be dealt with in their own particular way. Be careful and vigilant with products like:
- Moisturiser creams
- Shower body wash
- Soaps and hand wash
- Toothpaste with fluoride
- Shampoo’s and Conditioners
Every product you can rub into your skin has to end up somewhere. When rubbing creams and lotions onto your skin, the product gets absorbed through the epidermis (top layer of skin) and into the blood stream. Spraying aerosols or colognes gets absorbed through your nostrils or mouth and then goes through a digestion and detoxification process. Depending on the type of chemical, it may be hard or near impossible for your body to cope with the load that it puts on your liver, kidneys and pancreas.
Take Home: Anything that is made in a laboratory (chemicals and pollutants) is extremely hard and sometimes impossible for your body to detox and thus causes a build up and elevated toxic load on the body. This can be seen in weight gain, inability to put on muscle mass, and elevated body fat levels
What Are Xenoestrogens
“Xenoestrogens are synthetic, man-made chemicals that have an estrogenic, or feminizing, effect in the human body. These chemicals are found in;
- air fresheners
- cleaning products
- Teflon coating
- food colouring & preservatives
- perfumes & cosmetics
Some of these common chemicals you probably have heard of; for example, phthalates, which are used to lengthen fragrances, and BPA, which has the ability to harden plastics. BPA has also been found in the inside lining of steel cans and on the baking of paper receipts. Does it seem like you come into contact with these things every day? They may not be readily seen, but in the case of xenoestrogens, what you don’t see can hurt you.
With this increasingly toxic world, you would have to be confined to an air tight bubble to avoid toxins… but that’s impractical and also not a very good look. But, with a little more knowledge on what they are, how they affect your body, and simple ways to protect yourself, you can wear even a thin (invisible) bubble of protection that could go a long way in maintaining and improving your health.”
To combat these xeno-estrogens it’s essential that you focus on gut health and make sure your digestion is working effectively. Your gut is a very powerful tool in eliminating these ‘nasties’ from your body. A good probiotic and a fiber rotation protocol will also work very well in increasing your body’s ability to eliminate xeno-estrogens.
Here is what Kristy did…and in her own words.
Ingredients/words I look out for:
- Known xenoestrogens
- Phthalates (often hidden in parfum/fragrances)
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- Sodium dodecyl sulfate
- Sulfuric acid
- Monododecyl ester
- Sodium salt
- Sodium salt sulfuric acid
- Aquarex me/aquarex methyl
- Petroleum jelly
- Mineral jelly
- Mineral oil
If I’m not sure of an ingredient, then I search it in the Skin Deep database.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a great website (and app) for consumers to check hair, skin and makeup products for toxicity. The website is http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ and for the app, search Skin Deep in the app store. You can search by brand, product or ingredient. When using the app, you can scan the barcode of the product you are checking, which is handy if you are at the shops.
ALWAYS check the ingredients, even if the product says ‘healthy’ or ‘organic’ etc. Several products made these claims, but they usually contained ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’ and these almost always contain phthalates, which are known xenoestrogens.
Products I’ve recently purchased
Shampoo by Rahua – http://www.thedetoxmarket.com/collections/shampoo/products/rahua-shampoo
Voluminous Conditioner by Rahua – http://www.thedetoxmarket.com/collections/conditioner/products/voluminous-conditioner
Dry Shampoo – Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo by One Love Organics –
(I have not needed to use this yet since changing to the above shampoo/conditioner)
Facial Scrub – The Clean Dirt by May Lindstrom – http://www.thedetoxmarket.com/products/may-lindstrom-the-clean-dirt
Facial Mask – Mojave Green Clay Powder by Echolife – http://www.echolife.com.au/products/mojave-green-clay-powder.html
Moisturiser – Papaya Ointment with Calendula by Phytocare –
SPF – All Natural SPF 30+ Sunscreen by Soleo Organics –
Makeup – Mascara – Natural Almond Oil (black) by Ere Perez –
Makeup – Bronzer – Pure Rice Powder Bronze Tones by Ere Perez – http://ereperez.com/product/pure-rice-powder-bronze-tones
Rosehip Oil by Essano – for minimising appearance of sun damage and stretch marks – From Woolworths
The goal is reducing my toxic load. As products I’m using come to an end, I am replacing them with natural alternatives where possible. I have given up using certain things straight away, mostly moisturisers, hair care products, makeup (a clean diet virtually renders makeup unnecessary) and perfume. There are a couple of things I’m not willing to give up (yet), but have reduced their use, ie I still get my hair coloured, but less often.
Since making these changes the number of products in my bathroom has greatly decreased.
Next on my list is what I cook with. I’m due some new pots and pans and utensils. Followed by cleaning products. I don’t use many of those, so it shouldn’t be an issue making the change. I will keep you updated with my findings.
Thank You Kristy! You’re a legend among mortals!
Mark Schauss – Achieving Victory In A Toxic World
Bob Guiel – Integrative Health And Fitness
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