During these 40 days, I challenge you to take a look at the other toxins you’re exposed to every day. This might seem a little extreme, but when you are inhaling tons of toxins and slathering them all over your skin, you’re basically unraveling all of the hard work you’re doing with your diet!
Household cleaning products are expensive and bad for our health. We are surrounded by advertisements telling us that we can buy 20 different products in their specially designed and wasteful packages, in order to get the cleanest counter tops, windows, toilets, tubs, wood floors, table tops, and AIR. We buy half a dozen types of disinfectants, which are actually harmful to our immune system. And meanwhile we’re overloading our bodies with toxins by breathing and touching these chemicals. Inhaling toxins is actually more dangerous than eating them because they go straight to our blood stream without going through the organs that we were given to help protect us.
Besides, it is a total waste of money! This may be difficult, (and when we first did this, we still hoarded a few cleaners “in case of emergency”) but I recommend that you dump it all. It will rid your house of clutter, too! Here is a good blog of recipes, complete with a list of all the ingredients you’ll need. You can do this one product at a time for budget reasons. We started by replacing our cleaners with an all-purpose vinegar solution. Now, we always have the ingredients to make a cleaner for any need that arises. If you have the money and not the time, there are also some safer products that you can buy. But it really doesn’t take much time or prep to make these.
Beauty and Hygiene Products
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it absorbs everything. We don’t think about it. We put all kinds of things all over our skin and don’t realize that what we put on our skin is as important as what we put in our body. If you’re gluten intolerant and your shampoo has gluten in it (they do. I don’t know why.), you’re going to have a reaction. I gave up soy in my diet, but knew there was still soy in the all-natural soap that we use. So we have to switch soaps. There are probably toxins in just about everything: shampoo, conditioner, face wash, tooth paste, deodorant, body wash, chap stick, make up, lotion, perfume, mouthwash, etc. I am STILL slowly throwing things away from my bathroom. I realize that some of you can’t sit around the house researching ingredients and making concoctions in your kitchen. I have started this group so that we can help each other find the best way to lessen the harmful chemicals in our lives.
- Shampoo: There is a long list of harmful chemicals in shampoo, and we’re also addicted to it. It dries our hair out and forces our scalps to increase its natural oil input…and then our hair is oily so we have to shampoo again. I recommend that you stretch out the amount of time you go without shampooing, until it’s only once a week or less, and look into some “no-poo” options (some people are comfortable just buying more natural shampoo brands. I am very mistrustful, myself, though.) I use a dry shampoo like this or this in between washes; I rinse my hair thoroughly with water every time I shower; and every few days, I wash with this homemade shampoo.
- Toothpaste: Most toothpastes have fluoride in them. You CAN buy toothpaste without fluoride, so you don’t necessarily have to make it. Here is a list of recipes to get you started if you do want to make your own. I recently made a cinnamon nutmeg toothpaste that is pretty wonderful.
- Deodorant: Here is why you want to stop using the usual stuff. Last time I needed some, I just bought some mineral salt spray deodorant from the Vitamin Shoppe. You can probably get some from the health food store, and there are a couple options at Trader Joe’s. Or you can try some of these recipes here. You don’t want something that keeps you from sweating. You just want something that kills the bacteria so that it doesn’t smell.
- Lotion: I’m not even going to get into the stuff that they put in lotions these days. You just have to remember that if you don’t know what it is, and you wouldn’t eat it, you probably don’t want it on your skin either. I have a healing balm that I use as a lotion, or I just use coconut oil. There are a ton of different recipes you can use, but there are some brands that are fine to buy as well. Eos makes one, actually, though it isn’t exactly cheap.
- Chapstick: Eos is all good ingredients and, as long as you don’t lose it, it lasts a long time, so the expense isn’t a big deal.
- Shaving cream: Just use soap.
- Soap: You don’t want soy in your soap because of the estrogenic effects, which is why we have to switch from our normal “all natural” soap (just because soy is natural doesn’t mean it’s healthy). This is a good option, and Ivory soap is okay too.
I just wanted to give you a quick summary just so that you will take a look at what is going into your body. This isn’t a graded class, so if you don’t take my advice, only you will know! 🙂 But I think it’s important to note that food isn’t the only thing that affects our health (though it is a big one), and if we lessen our use of these toxins, then we might notice a bigger difference in the long run.