Search your favourite product and find out!
Toxic chemicals are a major source of inflammation in our bodies. Inflammation has been linked to virtually every disease process we can think of: heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, GERD, digestive disorders, Alzheimers etc. Inflammation is a normal and vital part of healing and responding to injury, but our modern lifestyle bombards our immune system with so many things to “defend” against that it goes into overdrive. Eventually it has trouble determining what is and “invader” and what is a part of us….chronic inflammation results.
There are many lifestyle choices we can make to reduce the amount of inflammation in our body, and allow our immune system to work more optimally. Many of these choices have to do with the chemicals we put on our skin. Our shampoos, soaps, hand sanitizers, makeup and sunscreens often contain toxic chemicals that are not only unnecessary, but extremely harmful.
An environmental watchdog group (EWG) has created a database where you can search your favourite cosmetics and see how they are rated. Sometimes simple changes in our daily routine can create an enormous shift in our health.
Here is the link to the database, simply type your favourite product to search its results. If you have extra time look around the site and the blog, it is interesting how many “anti-aging” claims have been debunked, and how many products that market themselves as “safe” simply aren’t.