This weeks Real Food Challenge is something I feel very passionate about. In fact, the very first video I ever made was about this very subject.
This weeks challenge is for women only (sorry men, not to single you out but you have to have a period to participate in this one!) and is to throw out your conventional tampons and replace them with 100% cotton, organic tampons. Or the Diva Cup if that’s more your style!
I know, you’re probably going okay what? Why? And I thought this was a food challenge? My challenges are not going to be solely about food, Real Food is just more implying that it’s the RealFoodology challenge. Healthy living is so much more than just food. It’s also what you put on your body (and in your mind)!
The reason I want you to dump the conventional tampons can be easily broken down into 3 simple reasons
1. Conventional tampons use cotton that has been sprayed with Glyphosate. Cotton is the #1 dirtiest crop in America, meaning is it sprayed with more pesticides than any other crop we have. The World Health Organization declared Glyphosate as a most probable human carcinogen last year and the state of CA has plans to label it as a human carcinogen. The vagina walls are very thin and vascular (meaning there are a ton of blood vessels down there), so all of these pesticides get absorbed straight into your bloodstream
2. Conventional tampons are bleached. For some reason unbeknownst to me, they bleach tampons to get them that pristine white. But WHY? They stay white for about 30 seconds, lets be real….
And then yep, that bleach gets absorbed!
3. Conventional tampons contain little to no cotton & the fibers they use put you at risk for TSS. Yep you read that right. Most don’t contain any cotton (or very little) and are a mixture of rayon and other synthetic fibers. These synthetic fibers put you at risk for developing Toxic Shock Syndrome because they attract the bacteria that can lead to it. Don’t believe me? Read this story http://www.vice.com/read/meet-the-model-who-lost-her-leg-to-toxic-shock-syndrome-611 about the model who lost her leg to TSS and is on a mission to get the word out.
This information is not meant to scare you, but to empower you!
For more info on this I have a whole video about why organic tampons are the way to go! Please share this with all of your girlfriends, daughters, wives, friends. Anyone who gets the monthly visitor!
I want to encourage you to share your participation online. Encourage your girlfriends to participate with you so we can get the word out. I know talking about periods and tampons is taboo but we need to change that stigma around periods. As women we have been taught to feel ashamed of our periods & hide them as though they're some unforgivable act but WHY? We literally give life to this planet with the whole mechanism surrounding our periods. If men had periods you know that sh*t would be plastered everywhere- they'd paint the town red!
If you share it online please don’t forget to use the Hashtag RealFoodC & if you post on Instagram tag me @Realfoodology so I can see it.
If you are concerned about the cost, I find my Organic NatraCare Tampons on Thrive Market for just $3.95/box. You can sign up for it here. It’s like Amazon for organic food, beauty products and pretty much anything organic and natural your heart so desires.