Updated: Feb 10
Another important aspect of holistic health is to reduce your exposure to toxins that your body would otherwise spend time detoxifying, and which can ultimately lead to disease.
Remove toxic household cleaners
A great start is to make your own household cleaner. Simply mix ½ white vinegar and ½ water in a spray bottle, adding an essential oil like orange, lavender or peppermint for an enjoyable scent. Use throughout the house on kitchen counters, the stovetop, bathroom surfaces and more!
The World Health Organization (WHO) has suggested a ban of endocrine disrupting chemicals in order to protect the health of present and future generations. Endocrine disrupters such as Bisphenol-A (BPA), Bisphenol-S, phthalates and agricultural pesticides are all associated with health problems such as non-descended testes, breast, prostate and thyroid cancer, nervous system defects, and ADD/ADHD. *
Replace toxic body care products
Coconut oil is a great skin lotion replacement. It moisturizes and also protects against free radical damage (it’s anti-aging!). It can help skin issues like eczema & psoriasis and also has some naturally occurring SPF (2-8). For the highest quality, look for organic, extra virgin coconut oil.
Most lotions and body care products are scented. If it’s not from an essential oil, it’s from chemicals called phthalates, which can damage cells and increase risk of birth defects. Most products also contain parabens, which are hormone disruptors. You can check the ingredients on your personal care products in the EWG Skin Deep database.
An alternative to conventional deodorant that really works!
Antiperspirants have aluminum in them, which is a carcinogen and is linked to breast cancer, prostrate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Conventional deodorants also have parabens, which disrupt the balance of hormones & contribute to organ toxicity, phthalates, which damage cells and are linked to an increased risk of birth defects, and atricoslan and/or triclosan, which are classified as pesticides by the FDA.
Simply put baking soda in a small container with a puff ball/pad and apply. For a scented touch, add dried lavender flowers. If baking soda is irritating to the skin, try ½ baking soda and ½ organic cornstarch or arrowroot.
These days there are so many natural alternatives to antiperspirants that actually work. As all people are different, some may work for you while others may not.
These changes may take some experimenting on your part but you will find what works for you, your family and the environment!