Lowering the Toxic Load without the Freak Out!
This world we live in can be a maze of information, this is right, that’s wrong; this is good, that’s bad; have more of this, less of that… it feels almost impossible to feel good about the actions we DO take when we can finally work out which action to take! BUT I believe exactly that: we need to feel good about any actions we take, small or large that lead us to living a better, healthier, and more inspired life.
While we cannot avoid every chemical in this world, we can make a conscious effort to choose to use some things over others, therefore reducing our toxic load over time, both environmentally and personally.
There are natural or naturally derived alternatives to most of your everyday skincare, cosmetic, beauty and cleaning products, and they largely can be found for a reasonable price.
If you swap one or two products out at a time for a natural beauty alternative you’ll be less toxic faster than you realise! Choose to swap out your moisturiser this month, and your soap the next… whatever works for your family. This is a great place to start in swapping your synthetic products for something non-toxic or natural:
- Anything you spray – perfume, deodorant, hairspray. As a spray they are widely-dispersed and easily inhaled.
- That one thing you apply most to the largest area of skin, (could be your soap, or moisturizer). By swapping out something you apply all over, you have eliminated the absorption of potential toxins everywhere, in one fell swoop!
- Things that go near the lips (lipstick, makeup, processed food, toothpaste). You end up eating them as a result, so let’s just not. Pretty logical.
Why Bother Using The Best Natural Beauty Products?
I know right, who cares? Does it really matter? Is it that big of a deal?
It certainly can make a difference to allergies, irritations, the way we feel, our mood, and have effects we probably don’t consider when we are surrounded by chemicals for long periods. Also, illnesses can be revealed from long-term exposure in some cases so the risks of exposure are not always known upfront. In the case of the synthetic term ‘fragrance’: this term can be used in place of over 500 chemicals which don’t have to be disclosed, and which have been thought to cause disruption to hormone function, skin issues, allergies, and so on. The choice is always up to the individual about whether to choose natural or synthetic, but I guess it could be argued why expose yourself to such things if you don’t absolutely have to..? So if natural is an option, and you can readily and easily make the choice without a science degree to work it out, then make that choice! It’s good for you and good for the environment.
THE NUMBER ONE THING TO REMEMBER ABOUT GOING AU NATURALE..
It’s about progress, NOT perfection. Making small changes is better than making no changes at all, so don’t get overwhelmed by what you think is expected of you and how you ‘should’ be living. Do what you can within your capacity, and take time phasing things out so it’s sustainable over the long term (if that’s what you choose to do) rather than a total shock that flips your world upside down. One. Step. At. A. Time. This is what will work better for most, rather than rapid and major changes.
You should feel really good about the conscious effort you are making in whatever form that may be for you, and know that for everyone that’s different. Kudos to you for caring about what may affect your health and the function of your body, the environment, and those you love. It’s not on everyone’s radar, so props to you! Living consciously will only ever take you great places!
And remember, while some may be all about their beeswax wraps, and aluminum and glass everything, others still use plastic and are trying to limit the excess paper towels and Glad Wrap we use each day… ya know, different journeys, different priorities, different messes, different LIVES. So don’t compare yourself to Mr or Mrs Whatsit down the road, or in the wholefoods aisle… just do you, and do you REALLY well.
With small changes over time you create lifelong habits and form new beliefs and ways of being and doing… before you know it living a low-tox life will be second nature to you!
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