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There has been an organic revolution in the last decade. People are becoming more aware of how toxins in our food and environment are affecting us and contributing to chronic illnesses. There is no doubt that the new world the chemical revolution brought via crops being sprayed and consumer products including cosmetics and plastics was an exciting time and provided us with advancements that made life easier and more convenient. Now we as a people are looking at how this convenience and need for food supply is affecting the world’s population today.

the body’s system can be overloaded and could cause some symptoms

Natural and organic were once the buzz words of alternative living and the hippie lifestyle. Not anymore. Going back to the raw basics is our modus operandi now and it’s spreading like wildfire. The kind of footprint we want to leave on the planet is also one of our biggest concerns. Many countries have introduced bans on certain chemicals in consumer items but there is a long way to go in many others. The list of chemicals in our food is too long to mention but here are some concerning ones living in everyday, domestic products we use are:

  • EDTA (Ethylenedimine and Tetraacetic Acid) – Gets stuck in our water systems and is linked to skin irritations, dermatitis, allergies, kidney damage and fetal and reproductive problems. 
  • Parabens (also known as Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben )- found in shampoos, conditioners, soaps, body washes, shaving creams and gels, lotions, styling products, makeup, and toothpaste.
  • Propylene Glycol – found in skin moisturizers, in brake fluid and as a solvent in plastics. It is also known as "antifreeze", a de-icing solution for roads, boats, cars and planes. 
  • Phthalates (Fragrance) –hazardous to the body and the environment and found in adhesives, building materials, films, pesticides and perfumes. 
  • Sulfates - Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), a lathering compound so found in cleaners and shampoos.
  • Talc –found in baby powders, deodorants, cosmetics and sunscreens and is carcinogenic. 
  • Toluene - found in some nail polishes and hair coloring.

Potentially dangerous chemicals can be found in most rooms of the house so trying to reduce chemical intake and using products that leave these chemicals in our environment is more thoughtful and also healthy for your body. If used as directed and in trace amounts, our bodies are designed to expel toxins. However if you have too many of these toxins in your body, the body’s system can be overloaded and could cause some symptoms to arise in the form of allergies and skin irritations among other conditions. Chemicals are also linked to obesity, infertility, asthma, heart disease and even cancer.

Things you can do to help clean your body of toxins are: 

  • Use less cleaning chemicals or at least earth friendly ones 
  • Eat less saturated fat as toxins can be stored in these fats in the body 
  • Avoid plastics and Teflon or non-stick cooking utensils 
  • Drink plenty of water to flush your system 
  • Exercise as it will sweat the toxins out 
  • Eat organic 
  • Read labels on products. Many are now made paraben free and companies have to state what is in their products. Get informed on what different names apply to these chemicals. 

The Toxicity Test at Home:-

You can even test now through hair, urine, blood and saliva home test kits to see the level of toxicity these chemicals have left in your system. Chemicals and toxins are a part of our life but they do not have to rule your life. The less you use and have them around, the better for your health and for the health of your family.

Natural & Organic

If you are often confused when trying to work out if a product is organic or natural or both, you are not alone. Cosmetics, clothing, produce and other materials may carry labels that are eco-friendly or health conscious but what do these labels really mean? Well it all really depends on the regulations they have passed.

Organic certification ensures that the product meets the USDA standard under the National Organic Program and that the product contains at least 95 percent organically produced and/or processed ingredients. Any product containing less than 70 percent organic ingredients cannot use the organic label.

The government does not regulate the use of the word natural on products, except for poultry and other meats although a label of natural does not indicate anything about the raising, feeding or care of the animals.

And remember, organic isn't necessarily better than natural as some local products might only use organic practice but not ingredients. Read the labels carefully to look for any excessive processing or artificial ingredients. Still confused? Here’s some more info to help you out.

USDA Organic Standards: www.ams.usda.gov

Meat and Poultry labeling terms: www.fsis.usda.gov

Organic Trade Association: www.ota.com

America’s Healthiest Grocery Stores: www.health.com

Organic, Socially Responsible and Eco Fashion: www.stylewithheart.com