4 Everday Items to Swap Out For Natural Alternatives
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As I’ve gone about my wellness journey, I’ve learned a few things about going organic, specifically how many toxic ingredients are in everyday products.
Aside from food, there are certain products that are more contaminated on the market than others. Many of these products are ones you use daily, and so it is important for you to switch to organic alternatives, for you and for your body.
Dont get me wrong, I’m all about that 80/20 lifestyle, but I also believe in using products that won’t be harmful to your body. So, today I’m sharing six items with you that I’d highly recommend swapping for organic alternatives, as they are some of the most contaminated on the market.
If there is one industry that you should pay attention to as a consumer, it’s the makeup industry. If you’re a woman, you likely use makeup often. Men do too, and it’s important that we all choose our products consciously.
Many makeup products contain toxins in them, some carcinogens even, that are important to avoid for your safety and health. A few of the more widespread toxins include:
- Parabens-A common toxin found in many beauty products, Parabens include Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl. These chemicals can cause hormonal imbalances in the body, and are currently being investigated as a possible cause of breast cancer.
- Phthalates-Also a common toxin found in various beauty and skincare products, they are often hidden in the ingredients lists under the label “fragrance”. These chemicals have been linked to liver and kidney damage, birth defects as well as decreased sperm counts.
- Mercury-Most often found in mascara as a preservative, Mercury is a neurotoxin that inhibits bacterial growth. Although inhibiting the growth of bacteria may sound good, remember that bacteria can come in harmful and helpful varieties. Regardless, both are affected.
- Lead-Commonly found in lipsticks, lead is also a neurotoxin.
- TEA/DEA-Found in concealer and mascara, studies have proven that these two chemicals are carcinogenic.
So, you may be horrified as you’re thinking about what brands are in your purse or bathroom right now, but don’t worry.
There are many nontoxic, natural, affordable makeup brands out there dedicated to helping you go green. These are a few of my favorites:
In talking about makeup, we must also talk about skincare. Skincare products come with similar toxins, often the same as the ones listed above, and can damage many of your organs in the process.
They've been linked to cancer, liver damage, kidney damage, eczema, and much more. So, in order to treat yourself right when treating yourself to skincare, here are a few of my favorite brands I recommend checking out:
As you can see, the recurring theme in this post is beauty, as the beauty industry is highly contaminated. One sect of the beauty industry happens to be hair care. Here are a few toxins that you should be on the lookout for:
- Lead Acetate-Often used in hair dyes, this chemical is a probable carcinogenic, and could be the cause of lung, brain, kidney, and stomach cancer.
- SLS/SLES-Used widely among hair care products, these chemicals cause problems in the heart, liver, brain and eyes. It is a possible carcinogen and can cause cataracts.
- MEA-Use in hair dyes, MEA is a possible neurotoxin. Even just inhaling MEA’s is linked to asthma and damage to the respiratory tract.
You may be surprised at the chemicals that are in your hair care products, considering inhaling certain chemicals has been shown to damage your respiratory tract. But I have been exploring natural alternative hair care products for about a year now, so I’ve got you covered:
- Calia-A great brand! Many people have said that it has helped promote hair growth and that their hair has gotten healthier because of it. I can definitely attest to that and it is one of my all time favorites for hair care.
- Rose Water-I can honestly say this works just as well as conditioner and it leaves my hair feeling smooth on those days when you don’t want to wash your hair but still want some treatment.
- DIY using Coconut Oil-I haven’t personality used this on my hair, although I’ve had many friends who have. The great thing about Coconut Oil is the versatility; you can use this for a hair mask, conditioner, shampoo, you name it.
Toothpaste + Mouthwash
Is your toothpaste harming your body? You may not have thought about it, but toothpaste actually contains a host of toxins. Here’s your chemical cheat sheet:
- Tricolsan-Found in many toothpastes, this chemical is known to impair muscular and skeletal function. It is also a known hormone disruptor, giving you an increased risk of cancer as well as a host of other diseases.
- Fluoride-You see this chemical used all the time, even in the dentist’s office, although it has various harmful effects and actually provides a very thin layer of protection for your teeth. It has been linked to thyroid disease, GI disorders, and is possibly carcinogenic. Not to mention it is POISONOUS, and can potentially have the same effect as arsenic, even if used in small doses.
Again, you are probably freaking out. I mean, I just researched this and realized that for most of the early years of my life, I could have possibly ingested POISON. So yeah, it’s kinda unsettling.
I currently don’t have very many natural alternatives for you. I just figured out my toothpaste, which I thought was all natural, may contain SLS, so I’m in the same boat as you.
Although I cannot personally recommend these brands, I will say that I have heard great reviews from people I trust about these products. Here are some recommendations for you (and now, me too!):
- Dr. Bronners-A highly trusted brand, I recently found out that Dr. Bronners does offer toothpaste and I’ve heard various reviews about it. The products have very positive reviews, definitely a brand I’m considering purchasing.
- David’s Toothpaste-The name of the company, not an actual person...
- The Dirt-One of the cleanest brands I’ve found, the ingredients look amazing and from various reviews the products have a great taste as well.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this post! I know it can be scary knowing what is being put inside the products you use everyday, but awareness is the only way to make sure that you’re doing the best for you and your health.
If you have some natural brands you love, be sure to share them in the comments.
Hope you have a great week and be sure to consider what is in your products before you use them!