Did you take a shower this morning?
Did you shampoo your hair?
Just before you got dressed did you use a deodorant?
Did you use make-up? A bit of mascara because you don’t want your eyes to look piggy and some eye shadow to bring out your eyes?
Did you splash on a bit of perfume before you left the house?
When you cleaned your house the other day, did you use floor cleaner, window cleaner and cleaning products to spray your worktops and surfaces?
When you finished cleaning your bathroom did you use a bit of air freshener?
If you answered yes to the above, then you have been introducing nasty toxins to your body without even realising.
When you jumped in the shower this morning, your shower gel and shampoo contained a deadly cocktail of chemicals including Parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, DEA, cocoamide etc. which you absorbed through your pores.
After showering you introduced DMDM Hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea and limonene via your deodorant.
When you put on your make-up, your eye shadow contained bronopol, propylene glycol, and formaldehyde.
Through your mascara you added some nano particles.
When you splashed on some of that nice perfume on yourself, you sprayed your lungs with a healthy dose of alcohol and isopropyl phthalates.
When you were cleaning your house, you inhaled dangerous fumes including triclosan through your cleaning products.
When you sprayed your bathroom with air freshener, you filled your lungs with a toxic dose of limonene and linalool.
It’s early morning and you have successfully managed to fill your body with excipients, chemical preservatives, stabilisers and countless hazardous toxins!
You still haven’t stepped outside your house, where car fumes, pollutants and more deadly toxins await you!
Toxins are in everything. We are told they are in small doses. They may be in small doses but small doses every single day add up to a whole lot of doses in a life time!
Whilst we can’t totally eliminate toxins from our daily lives, we can learn to read labels and look out for hazardous chemicals which are slowly poisoning us.
If you see the word parabens on the label, usually in shower gels and shampoos, don’t touch! They have been known to cause breast cancer.
Hydrogenated oils which are prevalent in most foods can in the long run cause heart diseases.
So avoid toxins where you can.
Below is a list of everyday Toxins to watch out for.
|TOXIN||WHERE USED||WHAT IT DOES||HEALTH HAZARD|
|Acesulfame K||Food products and carbonated drinks||Artificial sweetener||Possible carcinogen; disrupts thyroid function|
|Aspartame (NutraSweet)||Used in soft drinks||Sugar substitute||Seizures, headaches and dizziness. Can activate cancer hormones in humans|
|Benzaldehyde||Perfume, hairspray, laundry and dishwasher products||Fragrance||CNS depressant; causes kidney damage and irritation to lungs, throat, eyes|
|Benzyl Acetate||Perfume, fabric softener, deodorant||Fragrance and food flavouring; also a solvent||Irritates respiratory tract. Carcinogenic, linked to pancreatic cancer|
|Bisphenol-A (BPA)||In plastic bottles used by the food and toiletries industry||Chemical used to harden plastics; synthetic oestrogen||Damages DNA and sperm in men; mimics oestrogen and disrupts hormones|
|Bronopol||Facial exfoliants, moisturisers, make-up removers, body wash||Anti-bacterial preservative in cosmetic and pharmaceuticals||Releases formaldehyde and carcinogenic nitrosamines|
|Butyl benzyl phthalate||Floor tiles; upholstery||Plasticizer for vinyl and foam products||CarciButyl benzyl phthalatenogenic|
|Colours (e.g. Tartrazine, Sunset yellow, etc)||Used in cosmetics and food products (juices, cereals, coffee)||Add artificial colouring||All coal tar dyes are carcinogenic; evidence that colours may react with other chemical ingredients|
|Di-,Tri-, Mono-ethanolamine (DEA, TEA and MEA)||Children’s bubble bath, shower gel, shampoo, facial cleansers||Foaming agent||Hormone disruptor; can release cancer causing nitrosamines; liver and kidney cancer|
|Diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP)||Fragrance base in perfumery and cosmetic products||Used a plasticizer in PVC and plastic products||Damages gastro-intestinal and respiratory tracts; endocrine disruptor; can cause irregular heart patterns|
|DMDM Hydantoin||Antiperspirants, multiple skin and hair products||Formaldehyde-forming preservative||Joint pain, depression, headaches, insomnia, asthma|
|Fluoride||Toothpaste, water, food products||Allegedly prevents cavities and strengthens teeth||Neuro toxin associated with dementia, depression and central nervous system disorders|
|High Fructose Corn Syrup||Used in fruit drinks, desserts and cakes||Food sweetener||Causes obesity, raises cholesterol and increases risk of diabetes, liver damage and stroke|
|Hydrogenated Oil||Margarine, spreads, crackers and biscuits||Increases the shelf-life of food products||Linked to heart disease, cell deterioration and nutritional deficiencies|
|Hydroquinone||Skin products||Skin lightener and moisturiser||Has been shown to cause skin cancer in rats|
|Imidazolidinyl Urea||Baby bath soap, body products, nail polish, antiperspirants||Antimicrobial preservative||Releases formaldehyde. Asthma, chronic fatigue, heart palpitations; carcinogenic|
|Isopropyl alcohol||Hair colourants, body and hand lotions, after-shave||A solvent and denaturant (toxic substance that changes another substance’s natural qualities)||Depression, headaches, dizziness, nausea, narcosis|
|Lead and Mercury||Hair dye, amalgam fillings, infant vaccinations||Preservative||Neuro toxin, also linked with ADHD|
|Limonene||Shaving cream, air freshener, varnish remover||Fragrance and food flavouring; insecticide||Respiratory problems. Carcinogenic|
|Linalool||Hand lotion, shaving cream, after shave and perfume||Mainly used as a fragrance; but also flea and cockroach insecticide; mosquito repellent||Eczema; Central nervous system disruptor. Narcotic. Attracts bees and wasps.|
|Methylene chloride||Aerosol sprays, paint stripper; tea and coffee||Solvent used to decaffeinate coffee and tea||Carcinogen and CNS disruptor; reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood|
|Nano particles||Sunscreens, make-up, mascara, eyeshadow, antiperspirant||Micro-fine particle technology (smaller than 100 nanometers)||Faster absorption of
chemical ingredient; greater damage to skin and organs
|Monosodium glutamate||Used in sausages, salad dressing, Chinese food, canned soup and fizzy drinks||Increases the shelf-life of instant and ready-made food||An excito-toxin that suppresses nerve impulses and causes cell death|
|Parabens||Multiple toiletries and cosmetic products||Preservative||Implicated in breast cancer due to oestrogenic properties|
|Propylene glycol (PG), (PEG)||Used in anti-freeze, brake fluid, shampoo, shower gel, moisturizers||Industrial wetting agent and solvent||Dermatitis, liver and kidney damage|
|Silica||Face powder, eyeshadow||Caking agent||Easily inhaled; crystalline silica listed as carcinogenic|
|Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)||Engine de-greaser used in shampoo, toothpaste, etc||Foaming agent||Forms cancer-causing nitrosamines when reacting with other chemicals. Damage to eyes and skin; collects in heart, lungs, liver and brain|
|Sodium nitrite||Used in foods like sausages, bacon and other processed meat products||Colour-fixing chemical used to create red pigment in meat||Potentially carcinogenic|
|Triclosan||Soaps, toothpastes and deodorants||Anti-bacterial||Central nervous system disruption. Detected in breast milk; interferes with testosterone|