So, why “Clean Living” as the topic? Because it encompasses so much about our lives that matters today. Basically when I was pregnant I asked my doctor if she knew of ways to prevent Autism (a really hot and controversial topic for sure these days) and her answer surprised me. She said, “well the best study I have seen to date makes a huge correlation with not being outdoors on high pollution days”. Oh wow. So how to do you avoid that exactly? I am indoors a lot more than I would like because of work life and well housework, grocery shopping, you know, working mom life! So now my crazy indoor life became a good thing while pregnant. We have no idea sometimes of the things we are exposed to on a daily basis just by stepping outside and breathing or even staying inside with items that off gas inside our homes! Even the normal products we have used for years can sources of chemicals that are suboptimal for our bodies. Did you know the average US woman puts on crazy amounts of chemicals every day when just getting ready in the form of personal care and make up? Below is an excerpt from the Beautycounter website.
“Across the pond, the European Union has spent the past two decades restricting or banning approximately 1,400 harmful chemicals and ingredients from personal care products. In Canada, the number of restricted ingredients is a little less than half that, at around 600.
The United States? 30.”
Here in the good old U.S.A. we do not ban chemicals like we should. Things are generally slower in terms of legislature and tend to favor the big businesses financial gains over the health of us residents. (Check out the book “Slow Death by Rubber Duck for more details about that) I know it seems crazy to think that products that are in mainstream media are not safe for us and partially it is because many products have trace amounts found to “not be harmful at such small quantities” in each individual product but if you combine the load of toxins together (i.e. use multiple products at the same time) then you paint a different picture, one that can lead to ill health effects. Many of the chemicals allowed into products are known carcinogens, this means Cancer causing. For breast Cancer alone it was 1 in 20 women diagnosed 40 years ago and now it is 1 in 8 women. We need to start looking at how to decrease our exposure to toxins and decrease the risk of developing diseases due to these toxins.
There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry. I feel that it is time to start looking for ways to detoxify yourself and your loved ones, even kids! To decrease your exposure whenever possible and to find non toxic ways to live. There are some simple changes you can make that will profoundly decrease your exposure to harmful chemicals and in many cases even make you feel better! So for tips on this and much much more stay tuned!