To get right to the point, each and every person reading this article does things that are extremely detrimental to our health and most of the time we don’t even think twice about it. We drink, we smoke, we get very little exercise, we watch television, we dwell on something bad, we get stressed out over minor things, etc. Even though some of these things are pretty obvious, there are still many things that we ALL do that negatively affect our health, many of which never even crosses our mind! Curious to know what these bad habits are? Please keep reading…
Today in the 21st century, our exposure to harmful chemicals is becoming a growing epidemic. And the scary thing is most people would consider their chemical exposure extremely low. Let me just shout, WRONG! What is the first thing a parent does when they take their kids to the beach? What do you do in the bathroom other than go to the bathroom? When you clean your house, what are you doing? This list goes on and on and on and the unobvious slowly starts to play out. I believe that it is our exposure to harmful chemicals in our everyday lives that is wreaking havoc on our health! What exactly am I talking about here? The next couple of paragraphs are probably going to change your outlook on the way you do things in your own life. And let me just say, it is very frightening!
What are those things we do everyday that are destroying our health? Well, let me take someone through an average day. You wake up in the morning and jump in a refreshing shower to get clean and start your day. You lather up with some soap and start washing your body. Then you proceed to wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner. You get out of the shower, dry yourself off and go to the sink. From here you brush your teeth and put moisturizing lotion all over your skin to make you feel silky smooth.
Ok, let’s stop right here for just one second! Do you ever bother to read the ingredient list in any of these common everyday products. Probably not and unfortunately many of the commonly used products have ingredients that you can’t even pronounce, ingredients that sound like they are a component of some kind of nuclear weapon! What exactly is sodium laureth sulfate? What about acrylates copolymer? How bout cocamidopropyl betain? Try saying that 5 times really fast!!! These were the first 3 ingredients of the closest chemical I could find, my roommate’s Men’s Axe Shower Gel.
Yes, it is pretty scary to say the least. Let’s move on to the toothpaste you brush your teeth with. Did you know that the #1 ingredient in your toothpaste, fluoride, is absolutely horrendous for your own personal health! Dr. Mercola, who runs the largest internet health-site with over 2 million members worldwide, has hundreds of articles about the dangers of fluoride. Ever notice why Whole Foods and similar natural food stores across the country sell “fluoride free” toothpaste. Read this great article found on Dr. Mercola’s website and learn about the deadly chemical you expose yourself to, recommended 3 times daily!
So now were moving on to the lotion you put on your body. Many of these toxic chemicals are known carcinogens yet the FDA continues to endorse that they are safe. Hmm, I wonder if the FDA is getting any endorsements from these companies to say this? Something seem’s a little fishy here? Remember here folks, you skin is the largest organ in your body and simply rubbing a lotion on top of it does NOT mean that you are not ingesting it internally. Rubbing a chemical on the top of your skin eventually ends up in your bloodstream and IN your body. That’s right folks… Don’t worry, it get’s uglier!
Then you walk in to your kitchen and decide to cook some breakfast. You throw some fish and vegetables into the skillet and can’t wait to eat the super healthy meal! What about the teflon used to coat your pan? What’s that all about! Teflon is a known chemical compound to cause reproductive disorders. And lets not forget about what’s going in the skillet. Let’s say your eating some farm raised salmon with some sautéed bell peppers. If you really take a closer look, you would learn that farm raised fish are pumped full of antibiotics to keep them from being constantly sick. Let’s not forget the chemical dies that are injected into your salmon in order to have a beautiful pink color(FYI: Wild Salmon get their bright pink color from eating krill which are found in natural habitats. Farm raised fish do not get that opportunity so they have to inject chemical dies into them). Chemical dies being injected into fish! Yummy!
Now, let’s move on to the vegetables. Most conventional produce is grown using massive amounts of pesticides. There is something called the Dirty Dozen List given out by the Environmental Working Group every year that list the worst and the best vegetables in terms of residual pesticide residues. Look at the list by clicking on the link below.
Pardon my french here but for christ sakes, you haven’t even gotten out of your house yet and the exposure is incredibly high. It would take me 10 pages to continue the list and go through someone’s average daily intake of toxic cancer causing chemicals. If we go out in the sun, we put sunscreen on, we get in the our car to drive after our vehicles been in the sun(mmm, can’t you just smell that fresh plastic from your dashboard!), our chemical exposure is always there! I rest my case…
So how do we eliminate all our these harmful chemicals from our daily lives. The plain and simple answer is that you CAN’T. However, my advice as a cutting edge health professional would be to reduce your exposure as much as possible. Buy natural bath products when you can. Buy organic produce when you can. Buy wild salmon as opposed to farm raised salmon. When you go out in the sun, don’t use cancer causing sunsreens, either cover yourself up wearing clothing or let the sun’s natural ray’s give you a healthy dose of Vitamin D.(Yes it is true, the sun is healthy for you! Despite being conroversial, the data doesn’t lie. Cultures who get more natural sunlight have LESS risks of developing skin cancer than those who never see the sun, or in most cases, put suncreen on every inch of their god forsaken body before stepping outside). Make conscious and healthy decisions each and every day and your chemical exposure will significantly drop! Afterall, it’s YOUR life were talking about here. Choose Wisely…