Four Things You Want To Buy Natural

Friday, December 2, 2016

If you know me, you know natural and organic living is something I'm really passionate about. Of course I don't do perfectly, but I'm constantly on the pursuit of bettering my health. Today I want to talk about four products that you want to buy natural. I would tell you to buy every bath and beauty product natural, but these are four that I feel are of the most important. I included a list of alternative brands* that you can buy instead of the regular, chemical filled brands.

Toothpaste is a really important one. You're putting it in your mouth, and whether you mean to or not, it's being swallowed. Toothpaste such as Crest, Colgate, etc, have toxins and chemicals in them that are harmful to your body and your teeth. "When did you last brush your teeth with rat poison? Probably this morning!" Sodium Fluoride is the active ingredient in insecticides and rat poison. It is proven to be harmful to us as well. Other dangers in our toothpaste include artificial dyes, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (used in cleaning products & harmful to skin tissue and much more), and Triclosan (a cancerous pesticide) just to name a few. A couple weeks ago we ran out of natural toothpaste and I used a little tube of Crest until we were able to get more. It didn't even clean my teeth! My mouth felt dirty all day even after brushing multiple times. That just proved to me that natural is better. I highly suggest looking into an alternative to your toothpaste.
Dr. Bronner Peppermint Toothpaste
Tom's of Maine
DIY Toothpaste

Antiperspirants are designed to stop your body from sweating, therefore it cannot release the toxins and bacteria that it needs to. Not only that, but when using antiperspirant you are applying toxic chemicals on your skin which go directly into your body without any filtering. Most forms of breast cancer develop in the area closest to the lymph nodes, the area exposed to antiperspirant. There have been carcinogens found in antiperspirant as well as pesticides, hormone disruptors and so much more. If you look at the back of your deodorant, you can't pronounce a thing. There are many people denying that antiperspirant has any link to breast cancer, but don't take their word for it. Either way, those chemicals are not something you want on or in your body.
Crystal Deodorant
Tom's of Maine
DIY Deodorant

Shampoo and Conditioner
Shampoo and conditioner go on your head. Your brain is in your head. You are applying toxic chemicals on your head which then seep into your brain. Okay, that was a little harsh. But I just want you guys to get it. Then when you wash the shampoo out of your hair, your entire skin is being exposed to those toxins in your shampoo as well. Some chemicals found in your shampoo and conditioner are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (also found in toothpaste), unnatural fragrances, parabens (toxic, irritates the skin, affects hormonal balance), and a ton of other chemicals I cannot pronounce. Read about 16 chemicals you want to avoid in shampoo and conditioner here.
Not only is regular shampoo bad for your health, but it's so damaging to your hair. It's constantly stripping it of it's natural oils which you need. I had super healthy hair and just recently I bought a non-natural shampoo and it completely destroyed and dried out my hair. By using natural shampoo, your body will thank you and your hair will thank you.
Burt's Bees Shampoo (I love the pomegranate and baobab scents!)
Shea Moisture
DIY Shampoo

Feminine Hygiene Products
Organic tampons and pads are so important to use. Cotton is one of the most genetically modified crops. Along with GMOs, a chemical called glyphosate, which is in Monsanto's Roundup, was found to be in tampons and other feminine hygiene products. This chemical has been classified as "probably carcinogenic" ooooooookay. It definitely is.
Pads and tampons are also often made with rayon. Chemicals such as carbon hydroxide, sulfuric acid, etc are used in the process to make rayon. Tampons are also often bleached with chlorine. That then creates dioxin which according to World Health Organization, is a toxic carcinogen. That's even more chemicals added to your tampons and pads, which are then being absorbed into one of the most important, and most absorbent part of your body. Honestly, the list goes on. These things alone should be enough for you to want to make the switch.
Organic Tampons and Pads
Menstrual Cup (I have yet to try. Maybe one day I will be brave enough!)
Sitting on a hole like they did in the olden days

The list could go on but I just wanted to talk briefly about some of the most important things to buy natural. By no means did I list every brand that would be a good alternative, I only wrote the ones I have used myself and liked.
By using natural and organic alternatives, you are reducing your exposure to chemicals in your every day life. Please consider making the switch to more natural and organic bath and beauty products.

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