Eating Clean by Amie Valpone has completely changed my understanding of how toxins play a role in our everyday lives. From pesticides to preservatives, these substances are present in our food, personal care products and homes. Eating Clean is not just a book about food but an invaluable resource on detoxifying your home, your body, your office, your life!
Toxins and Your Health
Realizing that health is more than choosing salad over fries, my husband and I embarked on a well-being overhaul…which included our armpits!
One of the first changes my husband and I made was switching to an all-natural deodorant.
Ok, ok! Stay with me here! We are not hippies, we do not smell and yes, you can find a product that actually works! Here’s why we ditched the mainstream brands:
Traditional deodorants found in the aisles of your drug store or supermarket contain ingredients such as:
- Artificial Fragrances
- Propylene glycol
These elements are being absorbed into your system every single day! They are suspected to increase your risk for cancer, disrupt hormones, cause allergies, endanger a developing fetus…the list goes on.
Don’t believe me? Do your research. It’s shocking the information you will find about the dangers of personal care products and how little FDA regulation exists for the potentially harmful ingredients used to make them. In fact, other countries have much stricter regulations regarding chemicals in beauty care products. http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/regulations/international-laws/
Your Largest Organ
The skin is your body’s largest organ. It’s porous and absorbs what you put on it. If you wouldn’t eat something, why would you want to rub it on your skin? Eventually, those toxins will end up in your blood stream, organs or lymphatic system.
Would you eat Aluminum, Triclosan, or Parabens? No? Well, even in small doses, over time, these additives can have negative health impacts when used in your daily beauty routine. Developing fetuses and babies are especially sensitive to these harmful chemicals. And, as a woman, I also don’t want to be slathering chemicals under my arms which are right near my breasts.
One of the resources I use to help determine the safety of a personal care product is ewg.org/skindeep. Amie recommends this web page in her book, Eating Clean, and it is truly valuable and educational.
Try a Few!
As far as deodorant goes, everyone’s body chemistry is different. You may need to try several products before you find the one that’s right for you. Make sure to do a 24 hour patch test on the inside of your forearm before applying a new product. This will help prevent allergic reaction to ingredients you may not have been exposed to before.
Natural deodorants prevent odor but still allow your body to sweat. Guess what? Sweating is good! It helps your body to release toxins and stay cool.
Personally, I purchase and use a product on Etsy by Treefort Naturals called Natural Coconut Deodorant Cream. It contains: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Natural Baking Soda, Mango Butter, Essential Oils of Tea Tree and Orange and Beeswax. Or you can try any of the recommendations in Amie Valpone’s book Eating Clean or on her website thehealthyapple.com.
My husband and I have not only changed our deodorant; we buy more organic produce, make our own cleaning products, filter our water and read labels for potential toxins in food or personal care products.
Find out how safe your beauty products are by visiting http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/. This database rates the safety level of personal care and beauty products. Type in the brand you are using and find out exactly what you are putting on your skin.
Eating Clean by Amie Valpone is so much more than “eating” clean. This book has become an essential reference, a go-to resource, a health “bible.” Check out Amie’s website, thehealthyapple.com for more information regarding health related topics.
Stay tuned for more posts on the efforts my husband and I have made to create a healthier life!