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Hormone Disrupters are environmental toxins that can commonly be found in everyday hygiene items in your bathroom. By FDA standards (or lack there of), these additives are considered safe in “trace amounts”, or in many cases are not tested, and even yet in many cases never even listed on our products. The cosmetic industry relies very much on the honor system, and in many regards, hold to the same standard of ingredients since the 1930’s.
Using products that contain hormone disrupting chemicals can not only make you feel downright awful over time (physically and emotionally!), it can also eventually lead to some serious health issues such as autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and even cancer.
If you have been struggling to feel like yourself lately, the following products in your bathroom may be to blame. Put your bathroom to the test and see how your products add up…
1. Hand Soap
Hand soap is definitely an important hygiene item that we, as a civilization, absolutely cannot live without. I shudder to think of what this world would be like if we did away with washing our hands. The plagues that would result would, no doubt, not take long to wipe us out as a species.
But, that being said, not all soaps are created equal. In fact, many brands of hand soap on the shelves today have many harmful (and unnecessary) chemicals in them. I say unnecessary because soap is really already very effective on it’s own, in it’s simplest form. It’s been doing the trick for ages! Studies have shown that “antibacterial” hand soaps do not actually provide any additional benefits compared to those that were not “antibacterial”, but can actually even be harmful for us!
Triclosan, the ingredient that makes hand soaps (and so many other products in your bathroom) “antibacterial”, has been found to disrupt the Endocrine System and effect thyroid hormone levels. Because it acts like synthetic estrogen, it has been linked to breast cancer, according to studies done by the CDC more than 15 years ago.
The fact that these soaps are still commonly seen in our homes, despite these findings, is alarming – to say the least! But we, the consumer, have the power as to what we allow to enter our homes.
The Rose Neroli Bar, by Beautycounter, is very popular – although I have to admit, I have yet to try it. I, personally, really like the beautifully hand-crafted bars of soap made by LoDog Soap Co., available on Etsy. But if the naturally made, or old-fashioned bar of soap isn’t your thing, there are still safe and all-natural liquid hand soaps available out there, in pump form.
Beautycounter’s Citrus Mimosa hand soap smells amazing and is completely safe. Jade Bloom also provides a safer, all-natural, liquid hand soap line that smell amazing as well. The cost may be a dollar or two more per bottle but, in the long run, your life and your health with absolutely be worth it. Do yourself and your family a favor and make the switch!
Check the back for… Triclosan, or “antibacterial”
2. Lotion & Sunscreen
As women, we want to have soft, supple skin and we enjoy smelling nice. Likewise, we know the importance of protecting ourselves and our little ones from the harmful effect of the sun. But at what cost to our health is regularly lathering up worth? And which is more serious, the harmful effects of the sun or the harmful effects of the sunscreens we are using?
Like it or not, most creams, lotions, and moisturizers on the market today are loaded with synthetic ingredients, like Parabens and Phthalates. However, there are also other ingredients commonly found in creams and moisturizers today (which are labeled by the CDC as “likely human carcinogens”), referred to as Periflourinated Chemicals.
As potentially cancerous and harmful as PFC’s seem to be, it is surprising how frequently they can be found in our bathrooms. According to a recent and extensive study done by the CDC, this is another one that has saturated our society. Unsurprising, considering it can be found in shaving creams, nail polish, and even dental floss!
Other aliases include… polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), chlordane, hexachlorobenzene, and perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), such as perfluorooctanesulphonic acid (PFOS).
Thankfully there are still companies out there that are committed to providing safer (hormone protecting) skin care for us. Beautycounter has an amazing skin care line that has been painstakingly tested and proven to be safe, hormonally and otherwise.
(…speaking of dental floss) Number 3 on our list is, without a doubt, used twice daily, as recommended by the American Dental Association… it’s toothpaste!
The FDA’s lack of approval of the chemical Fluoride, has put almost every brand of toothpaste on the shelves today in a questionable state (not to mention our drinking water).
We, as consumers, should also really take a second to use our common sense, however, and seriously rethink paying money to put something in our mouths that clearly states on the packaging that it is “harmful if swallowed”. So I’m gonna say, don’t even bother checking the back for scary culprits, just throw it away! Seriously. Unless you know without a shadow of a doubt that your it is 100% safe, then please rethink putting anything in your mouth.
Between Flouride, Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and titanium dioxide (which is a well known carcinogen), I’m thinking toothpaste might be the worst one on our list!
So let’s talk safer alternative brands…
Extremely effective, all-natural toothpastes can be found online through a few companies that are committed to safer, cleaner products. Jade Bloom has a great all-natural toothpaste line that is not only “safe if swallowed”, but can even improve your oral health, provide immune boosting benefits, and help you re-mineralize your teeth!
There you have it! Just a few of the many bathroom products out there that are harmful to our health over time, and cause us lots of hormone imbalance issues. Remember, it’s up to us to protect ourselves and our families from potentially dangerous products. We control what we bring into our homes! The responsibility is ours alone.
So, how did your products hold up to Naturally Strong Mom’s standards? Are you confident that the products you are using won’t cause you harm in the long run?
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