You must have no doubt started to notice that the organic and natural movement has grown more mainstream in recent years, and you may be wondering what all the hype is about.
The trend towards choosing organic, GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) and chemical free produce, and using natural and non-toxic skincare products on our hair and skin is definitely something that is worth taking a closer look at so as to be an informed user and consumer. Here is our take on this topic:
Why Choose Natural Skincare and Personal Care Products?
When it comes to choosing personal care products such as skin care, makeup, cosmetics, hair care and other products, it is worthy to note that what gets put onto the skin,hair will eventually also end up in your body.
When you use personal products that are made from organic and natural ingredients, the products will act like food for your body. However, non-natural products which contain toxic ingredients can cause a toxic build up and eventual overload in the body. This can lead to issues with how the lymphatic and blood circulation systems work, which can eventually cause long-term health problems.
Several people in my close family and friends, including myself have eventually developed sensitivity or allergies, sometimes immediately, sometimes over a period of time and at times even after years of usage of chemically laden products. If you body is giving you such ques, it is definitely something you should look into.
How to Choose the right Skincare Products?
60% of what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our blood stream, which is why it is important to minimize exposure to chemicals as much as possible. It might seem slightly alarming at first to find out that there are so many toxins lurking in many of the commercially available skincare, body care, hair care and makeup products that many of us use everyday.
A great way to look up the safety of ingredients of different products is at EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics database at http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
When you find out the ingredients listed on your shampoo bottle include chemicals called obesogens that cause weight gain and obesity, phthalates that are a kind of plastic solvent which disrupts hormones and fragrance that causes behavioral issues and can lead to cancer, it becomes really motivating to want to clear out the old, unsafe products and start using cleaner ones.
The good news is that natural, non-toxic products are also becoming much more affordable and easily available to people. With online stores such as iHerb.com(checkout our review here) providing inexpensive international shipping on a whole range of safe products, the job of stocking up on things that are good for your skin and body is now much easier. It is our favorite go-to for a wide range of organic and natural product purchases.
Why should we eat GMO-free and Organic food?
Another source of toxins is that which we can acquire from consuming conventional produce.
In conventional produce, farmers use hundreds of different kind of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides which remain as residues on your food, and in most cases are also inside the food. Even if you wash your food, these residues will not come off.
About 20% of the 17,000 pesticides in use today are known as systemic pesticides, meaning they make their way into the plant via the roots of the plant and no amount of washing can remove their presence. This means you are being potentially exposed to a lot of chemicals that add to your toxic load when you eat conventional produce.
This is undesirable, because many of these chemical residues mess with our hormonal system. Due to the body’s hormonal system being responsible for the regulation of almost all bodily functions, including metabolism, these small amounts of chemicals when consumed can influence weight and are also linked to neurological problems, reproductive problems and even cancers.
Organic foods that are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals or petrochemicals really are vastly better for our bodies. It is not a fad or a way for supermarkets to make more money- the risks of eating conventional grown foods are real. The problem is that many of the threats that regularly gown produce brings to us are not immediately obvious. But, the risks are there, silently causing toxins to enter our bodies which will manifest in a variety of symptoms in decades to come.
This is why choosing products that are organic, and chemical and pesticide free food is so important for overall health and well being.
It Isn’t Always More Expensive
For some people, the extra cost of buying organic is prohibitive, but if you consider that spending a few extra dollars on your health now makes it completely worth the money. If money is truly a concern, then try to eat organic versions of the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list, and use their Clean 15 for all the conventional produce. By eating the Dirty Dozen as organic rather than conventional, it is possible to reduce overall pesticide levels in the body by 80% in just 4-5 days!
It can also be possible to buy organic and stick within your budget by joining co-ops where the produce comes direct from the farms. This way you can also helps local farmers and supports their livelihood.
In whatever way you can always try your best to choose produce and other products that follow the values of minimal harm to the person and the environment in order to ensure your long-term health and well-being.