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Natural Beauty: Avoid the Beauty Industry’s Toxic Shortcuts

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Beauty truly does come from the inside – out.

But even those in the beauty and self-care industry apparently don’t realize that having a non-toxic, nutritional lifestyle is the best way to optimal health and therefore, external beauty.

Our ancestors didn’t use expensive creams, serums or procedures. They ate whole foods without additives, weren’t surrounded by environmental chemicals, and weren’t confined to the indoors.

What you may not know is that many body care products contain ingredients that can potentially alter hormones, cognition and sleep, and even affect cardiovascular health.

At Natural Heart Doctor we always recommend environmental testing to see how your body is being affected by your lifestyle and what is in your surroundings.

I see all too often that seemingly harmless daily routines are actually sources of hormonal imbalance, inflammation, sleep disturbance and so much more. 

If you’d like to run this test, go here.

When purchasing self-care products, always buy natural and organic whenever possible. Even some so-called ‘natural’ labels can be misleading.

Many of the following ingredients are banned in other countries like the EU and Canada, but the FDA still allows for use in the US.

Ingredients you should AVOID when purchasing body care products:

Phthalates: you often won’t find this listed under the ingredients section of products, as it can frequently fall under the category fragrance. This is already banned in Europe as it is a known endocrine disruptor and can lead to fertility issues, menstrual cycle irregularities and increase your risk for metabolic disorders like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Oxybenzone: This hormone mimicking compound is frequently found in sunscreens and has been linked to early puberty in girls, low sperm count and male infertility, and an increase in hormone-related cancers in men and women.

Toluene: Found often in hand sanitizers, this antimicrobial chemical can be detrimental to thyroid and reproductive hormones. The US has moved away from this in antibacterial soaps, however it is still on the ingredient list of many other products.

Methylene glycol: aka formaldehyde dissolved in water. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. Exposure can lead to eye problems, nervous system problems, respiratory tract problems, nausea, chest pain, vomiting, and rash.

Parabens: This preservative is added to many products to prolong shelf life and prevent bacterial or mold growth. Butyl, propyl and ethyl parabens have been linked to hormone disruption.

Fortunately, many companies have begun to formulate without these ingredients. For more information on what to avoid and help sourcing cleaner brands, visit https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Stay tuned next week for my favorite natural anti-aging products and supplements!

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