12 Mar Detox Your Home
As we all strive to live our most healthy lives, we tend to pay a lot of attention to what food we put in our bodies. We read the labels, check out the ingredients list, try to buy organic and we want to feed our families in the best way we can. But did you know that the exterior of our body, our skin, is one area that we don’t tend to realize is also very important to pay attention to.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and also the thinnest, most permeable organ. Everything we put on it and come in contact with, gets absorbed into our bloodstream and integrates into all of our bodies tissues. Try this experiment….rub a clove of garlic on your foot and see how long it takes to actually taste it in your mouth. This could happen in less than 15 minutes and then think about how many products you put on your body each and every day, how many different soaps, detergents, lotions, creams, and sprays, etc? Looking at the labels and ingredients of our beauty and cleaning products is essential to optimal health.
Quality in all things we put in or on our bodies is top priority! We use many beauty and cleaning products because our mothers also used them, or our best friend recommended them or that online advertisement kept popping up, tapped into a fear that we have, and we ordered it right away. Many ingredients in popular beauty products are harmful to our health and household chemical cleaners pose some very serious health risks. It’s time to educate ourselves about these products and the solutions we can easily find!
First, let’s become more aware of what we do have in our homes that may be harmful and replace them with more natural, equally effective and sometimes even DIY products. I have personally found it much less expensive and much less toxic to make my own products using just a few ingredients, especially when it comes to cleaning. Have you ever used baking soda to scrub your tub? It’s like homemade soft scrub. What about white vinegar and water to wash your windows and mirrors in your home, office or car? Yup, just 50/50 and you are good to go! How about lemon juice and salt to clean the grill or the cutting board? It’s really that easy and inexpensive!
Beauty products are a whole other story because we’ve probably been doing the same thing in that realm for a very long time. An important thing to remember is that marketing of products is for the company to make lots of money, not for the good of our health, body or skin. Be very cautious if using products with Phthalates, Parabens, Triclosan, Sodium Laurel Sulfate and more. Start first by investigating what you have in the house. Next look for products without these ingredients, the good news is that there are many.
All we can do, is the best we can do and learning more about how to best take care of our bodies is a great number one priority. You only live once, YOLO!
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