Take a second to imagine your daily grooming habits.
To start the day, you may jump in the shower and lather yourself with shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, and body scrub. After the washing, lotions and creams are soon to follow. Finally it’s time to apply make up, brush your teeth, and maybe even splash yourself with a tad a perfume.
Now imagine lathering yourself in antifreeze, garage floor cleaners, followed by drinking fluoride, and rubbing on chemicals that completely throw your hormones out of whack.
How do these two scenarios relate? Well, by the time the morning routine has taken place- you may have overloaded your body with over 515 of these particular toxic chemicals that are wreaking havoc in your body in ways you never would imagine.
Toxic Chemicals that are illegal to put in food are the main ingredients in almost all main stream personal care products. The truth is, it is more dangerous to put these ingredients on your skin than it is to physically eat the chemicals. How? Anything you put on your skin is directly absorbed into your blood stream in 26 seconds. It does not go through your liver or kidneys to filter the toxins like food does. Your body has no defense.
Personal Care Products and Hormone Disruptions
That lotion and shampoo you are putting on every day may be throwing your hormones out a whack more that you know. Certain ingredients can alter hormonal chemistry in a couple of ways. They can increase circulation of certain hormones by mimicking their activity in the body, or they can reduce the level of sex hormones in the body or block their activity. This can impact fertility, lead to early menopause and influence things like mood, length and severity of the menstrual cycle in women.
Common ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate and parabens are known Endocrine Disruptors, which means they are substances that alter your natural hormones.
Some ingredients in body care products may cause estrogen dominance in the body. They do this by mimicking your natural hormones. Endocrine disruptors cause hormonal imbalance. Many fertility problems in women are linked to an over abundance of estrogen in the body, including endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, PCOS, breast cancer, irregular menstrual cycles, heavy periods, and PMS.
We all want balanced hormones, happy moods, and easy periods. By switching to body products that do not contain endocrine disruptions, you allow your body to function properly by not flooding it with the burden of toxic chemicals causing hormonal imbalances.
Go ahead and check the ingredients in your body products now. More likely than not they will contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, or propylene glycol. Toss them for a body free of chemical burden.
You can find a list of other hormonal disrupting chemical ingredients found in personal care products here.
As with food, the fewer ingredients the better! All of these chemical concoctions are actually causing major imbalances in the body. The next time you rub a lotion or cream on your skin, imagine the ingredients that make up that product entering immediately into your blood stream. If you don’t recognize an ingredient, neither will your body and it will automatically begin to fight off the invader causing inflammation and hormonal imbalance.
Check out EWG’s Skin Deep Data Base to see how the products you are using rank on the toxicity level!