Toxins, Cancer and Chemicals, oh my!
I talk a lot about how important it is to be aware of what you are putting in your body, but it is equally as important to be aware of the chemicals you are putting on your body too. Even just what you are spraying around you gets absorbed through your nose and into your lungs.
Our skin is a lot like a sponge, filled with pores that cover our entire body that have the ability to soak up anything and everything we expose it to. That's why it is vital that you are not only careful with what you eat, but also with what skin products you use (lotions, perfumes, body washes, face washes, makeup, sunscreen, etc!) because these get absorbed into the body and can cause serious side effects over time. You may think "well I only use a small amount of lotion every day so it won't make much of a difference" but lets put that into perspective. You use it every day. Lets say you go through a bottle a month. That equals up to 12 bottles of chemically laden lotion that is building up toxins in your body every year. And thats just your lotion! We haven't even added in the perfume, body wash, deodorant, sunscreen, makeup, cleaning products, etc that you also use every single day. What may seem like a small amount can add up very quickly over time with daily use.
Why should we be so concerned with all these toxins? More and more studies are coming out every day directly linking our overexposure to chemicals and toxins to cancer and other diseases. (here is a great article on NY Times about it) And it makes sense when you think about it. We are flooding our bodies with toxic chemicals that have warning labels all over them saying to contact poison control if swallowed, however we are absorbing them into our skin on a daily basis. This also goes for our over obsession with cleaning products. When sprayed in the air we are absorbing them in through our lungs.
Keep A Breast's Non Toxic Revolution has a great 2 minute video on their site addressing this very issue. You can watch it directly here. Their website is a great resource for more information on how to live a "non-toxic" lifestyle.
I am also very excited to announce I will be guest blogging on their site for the month of October and telling you guys what to eat every Wednesday!