We've talked before about the importance of removing toxic things from our environment, and I think spring is a great time to bring it up again. There are many things that we could consider toxic: pesticides in our lawn or garden, cleaners for our kitchens and bath, and we could even think about all the cosmetics we use on a daily basis. Women interact with between 150 and over 500 chemicals on any given day with all the products used in a normal routine. Yet, we have no idea what serious affects this is causing.
I started paying attention to chemical exposure at a young age. I was at a party, and I literally couldn't breathe. I was 13. The amount of hairspray, perfume, and cigarette smoke that wafted through a basement family room was very overwhelming. I had to step outside multiple times until the gathering was over, simply so I could breathe. In early adult hood, I found out that I have sensitive skin, which made me pay attention to ingredients of all body products. This solidified what I knew I had to do: I had to go all natural with anything that touched my body. I had to because I didn't want to risk a breakout from an unknown combination of chemicals.
While we were potty training our son, I noticed another layer of sensitivity. Many times he wore a pull up to bed, so we could avoid a wet bed the following morning, he would wake up with irritated skin that mapped where the pull up touched his body. We had tests run, and they were all inconclusive. But, the point was clear: we needed to be super careful what we put on our delicate son's body.
Be kind to your body this spring! Do a spring cleaning of all the products in your home. If you think they are questionable in chemical makeup, give them a toss. Here in the Portland Metro region we can take all our chemicals to the local Hazmat facility, where for a small charge, they will dispose of them safely.
I feel very lucky to have a cache of natural solutions to turn to. With these natural solutions, I can keep my body and my skin in optimal health and in turn take those benefits to my family.
References & Research
The Average Woman Puts 515 Synthetic Chemicals On Her Body Every Day Without Knowing
Not so pretty: women apply an average of 168 chemicals every day