In 2006 the government passed regulation that all personal care products must disclose all their ingredients on the label. This was good news for the consumer because we can now see exactly what was in the products. However, the downfall is most people don’t have the time to check out what all those words mean!
Preservatives, foaming agents, dyes and fragrances are just a few of the chemicals that are found in personal care products. These chemicals can cause problems. They are not only absorbed into our bodies, but they are washed down the drain into our water systems. These chemicals are in your shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bubble bath, hair products, deodorants, hand cream, body lotions, cosmetics, face creams, hair dyes etc. Women use on average between 7 to 11 personal care products each and everyday, exposing themselves to dozens of chemicals.
The same cannot be said for household cleaning products. These products do not have to disclose what ingredients are in them and cleaning products contain a lot of chemicals! I checked one company whose product showed Tea Tree oil as the ingredient and nothing else. I happened to be able to get an ingredient list for these products and I was astounded to see right on the manufacturers information that several of the ingredients caused cancer! Buyers beware!
Our food is also contaminated with preservatives and additives. These chemicals help keep the products on the shelf longer and enhance the taste, however they can also do damage to our systems. There are also great foods that can fight cancer such as berries, green tea, almonds, Brazil nuts, hazel nuts, tomatoes, cabbage and flax seeds. A great book to read is Dr. Richard Beliveau’s book, Foods that fight Cancer.
Check out my website to see what personal care products and cleaning products you can purchase with less chemicals www.youcare.ca If you want to check out exactly what ingredients are in our personal care products and what harm they can do check out www.cosmeticsdatabase.com.
All these chemicals we are faced with affect our immune system. Our immune system is our built in defense system and when it is not working correctly it leaves us at risk. We need to remove some of these chemicals from our bodies and our environment!