The health of our external environment has a significant impact on our inner cell health and we are now surrounded by all kinds of toxins, contaminants, chemicals and artificial additives in the foods we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe, but some of the most common yet overlooked sources of environmental toxicity are personal care products. The average American adult uses up to 9 personal care products a day, exposing themselves to more than 100 different chemical ingredients. What makes things worse is that items like toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, makeup, or deodorant, are not held to the same quality or safety standards by the FDA as food or drugs.
Obviously we need to know more about the short and long-term health implications of using these kinds of products, and we need to be watchful consumers especially when children are involved where any negative effects can be even more serious and long lasting. A great resource that I recommend is the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) online cosmetic database.
Check out my article on this topic in Total Health Magazine