Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Do you know what these are? If not, continue reading to find out what you are using for “personal hygiene” that come from hair products, skin products, and mouth products.
Am I calling these brands bad? No, but am I trying to highlight the fact that some of the ingredients used in their products are in some ways? Yes. For example, the sulfates – sodium lauryl, ammonium lauryl, and ammonium laureth – aren’t necessarily the greatest of products. Studies have shown that Sodium lauryl sulfate, unfortunately, is linked to organ toxicity, irritation, and mutations. Taken from articles.mercola.com, though, it’s not so much the one-time use of a product that can cause these things, but rather “it’s the gradual, cumulative effects of long-term, repeated exposures that are the real concern.” And that is exactly right. Again, the problem isn’t the one-time use, but the long-term use.
Let’s discuss parabens. In my opinion, parabens even sound scary. Livestrong.com used a quote as well from Mercola.com that said: ”Parabens can mimic hormones in the body and disrupt functions of the endocrine system.” There was also a study conducted in 2004 that linked parabens to breast cancer. Please note once again that all of these chemicals do not harm people in small amounts but in large amounts. The problem is that if you consider the amounts of these chemicals, whether through shampoo, skin products, and so on that we use daily, weekly, monthly and yearly, these chemicals are being used in rather large amounts.
Also, let me tell you about Plyethylene glycol. Let me say it right out in front – According to nlm.nih.gov, large amounts can cause diarrhea. It can also cause skin toxicity, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. What? I know.
I would continue listing the various chemicals and health concerns they bring but I think all of you get the point. Even though I’m not yelling at y’all to go “all natural and organic,” I do hope that this blog really did switch on some lights and make you all think. To be honest, even though I don’t “feel better” by using pure and organic products, let me say two things: 1) In all honesty, my skin is clearing up. 2) I know that I am going the safest route and protecting myself more from diseases and potential toxins.
Ah, and to answer the “all-natural and organic question” that some of you may be thinking…
When I say that, I am talking about products without the use of harsh and dangerous chemicals. Safe brands to use are:
Shampoo – Avalon, Nature’s Gate, Kiss My Face, Aloe 80 Organics
Body Wash – Aloe 80 Organics, Jasön, Alba
Lotion – Dr. Bronner’s Magic, Nature’s Gate, Avalon
Deodorant – Toms, Lafes, Nature’s Gate
Chapstick – Dr. Bronner’s Magic, Alba, Kiss My Face
Toothpaste – Jasön, Nature’s Gate, Miessence
Mouthwash – Jasön, Riddell’s Creek Organic, Toms
sources: http://www.goodguide.com, livestrong.com, nlm.nih.gov, mercola.com, ewg.org, google.com