The modern world is full of environmental toxins. It is estimated that there are over 80,000 toxic chemicals used regularly in the US. There are over 500 chemicals stored in our body and the average individual has at least seven pesticides tested in their urine. It is imperative to minimize our exposure to as many dangerous chemicals as possible in order to maintain our health. Unfortunately, many of these we are spraying, rubbing and consuming every single day.
There are thousands of chemicals found in everyday household and personal hygiene products people are using every day. These chemicals affect our neurology, our endocrine system (hormones), our immune system and our detoxification pathways. These chemicals accumulate in our system over many years and alter our physiology and genetic expression.
Five of the many types of chemicals that are endangering the human species include phthalates, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, artificial colors and triclosan.
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in hundreds of products, which promote the elasticity and softness of plastics. Common phthalates include dibutyl phthalate (DBP), dimethyl phthalate (DMP), and diethyl phthalate (DEP). They are found in nail polish, perfumes, lotions, hair sprays, and other various perfumed cosmetics. Also alarmingly noted is that these same chemicals used in many cosmetic products are also found in, plastic wrap, wood furnishing, lubricants, insecticides, and detergents.
Nicknamed, ‘gender-benders,’ these chemicals are causing the males in many species to become feminized. Phthalates also promote an early onsets of puberty, fertility issues, and even possible birth defects.
Parabens are used as preservatives in many cosmetic products, including makeups, lotions, shaving products, and most skin care products.
Studies have indicated that parabens can increase the risk for cancer – particularly breast cancer. Parabens are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. This chemical also has a negative impact on reproductive functions in the body.
3. Sodium lauryl sulfate:
This chemical is a foaming agent detergent, which is located in most household shampoos, soaps, and toothpastes, in addition to other beauty products.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is known for being an irritant to the eye and skin. It may also form into a carcinogen when combined with other toxic chemicals.
4. Artificial colors:
Harmful chemicals that are used to synthesize artificial colors may have FD&C or D&C on their labels, followed by a number. They are “derived from petroleum or coal tar sources.”
The ingredients used to create these chemicals that produce artificial colors are considered to be toxic and carcinogenic, and they may even contribute to ADHD.
Stay clear of products containing the chemical ingredient, triclosan, too. This chemical is commonly found is antibacterial soaps, toothpastes, and deodorants. Its purpose is to limit the growth of bacteria in the products.
This chemical is classified as a pesticide! Not only does it contribute to heart disease and failure, but it also can negatively affect hormones:
Triclosan can affect the body’s hormone systems – especially thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism – and may disrupt normal breast development. Widespread use of triclosan may also contribute to bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents.