In case you missed yesterday's blog...
Taking A Closer Look At 6 Toxic Products
You Very Likely Have In Your Home...
This week, I’m going to continue to write you short, powerful blogs exploring why I never bring any of these 6 items into my home - and why my clients don’t any more either - and I’ll give you my favourite healthy alternatives.
We've already covered:
- Energy Saving Light Bulbs
- Fabric Softeners
- Air Fresheners
Some of these items might seem quite random and quite harmless to you, but many contain substances which have not been tested for safety, so we're going to dig deeper into the health consequences of having them in your home, and after this week you may think twice about buying them again too.
Everywhere I look these days I see people using antibacterial soap. No longer are they just in hospitals and doctor’s surgeries, but mums with their kids, schools and restaurants, and even on the beauty counters in department stores. I'm guessing that as we enter flu season the UK their prevalence is going to grow even more.
Of course minimising exposure and the spread of germs seems like a wise idea, but what if in the process we are inadvertently making our own immune systems weaker and less able to fight viruses and bacteria?
7 Reasons To Reconsider Using Antibacterial Soap
1. Another nasty chemical - The main ingredient in most antibacterial soaps is triclosan
2. Questionable effectiveness versus strong marketing - In studies plain old fashioned soap and water was found to be just as effective at washing away germs, in fact no significant benefit has been found in using antibacterial soap
3. The differences between viral and bacterial illness - Research has shown that using antibacterial soap does not reduce your risk of catching coughs, colds or flu viruses. Viruses have nothing to do with spread of bacteria.
4. Increasing resistance to antibiotics - Triclosan has been found to cause antibiotic resistance and an increase in allergies.
5. Hormone disruption - Triclosan has also been found to be a hormone disruptor, potentially causing thyroid problems and changes in breast cancer cells.
6. Widespread presence in people's biology - Triclosan is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream of users. Research by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has shown that, "As a result of widespread use of such soaps, 75 percent of Americans have triclosan in their bodies."
7 Tips To Boost Your Immune System
1. The internal environment of the body is everything - A healthy diet, exercise and good quality sleep are far more important than worrying about germs or bacteria when it comes to creating a strong immune system.
2. Regularly detox your body - Your liver functions beautifully and plays a key role in fighting off and defending against illness, so its a good idea to keep it free of toxicity.
3. Stay hydrated - Drink plenty of good quality drinking water so the body is able to perform all its key roles well.
4. Keep your bowels regular - If you're full of poop and not having regular bowel movements, then you're body is going to get pretty toxic pretty quickly and you will find it harder to fend of illness.
5. Hand washing - Don't become obsessive, but good cleanliness and hand washing using soap and water will help stop the spread of bacteria.
6. Supplement if needs be - Both Vitamin C and Vitamin D are great at helping the body fend off viruses and a good probiotic will help with the balance of healthy bacteria within the body.
7. Stress & anxiety - These massively reduce resistance and natural immunity so it's a good idea to get help with your stress levels if you struggle with anxiety.
Look after your body and it will do a very good job of looking after you.