When I started the Detox diet, almost by chance, I had not idea what impact it is going to have on my life.
It happened by a series of consequences when one thing led to another. I thought “OK, I’d give it a try and see what happens”. By the end of the Detox, 3 weeks later, I felt so good—so much better than I’ve felt in the past couple of years! It’s been an eye opener and the ultimate proof how food affects health.
After Detox I literally felt clean from inside, and still do: skin is clean, pain and tightness in muscles and joints went away, rashes healed/nearly healed, and I lost 10 lbs. and felt so much lighter, energy levels went up, and my mood is so much better, and happier.
Since then I also became more aware of the importance of using not only clean food but also clean cosmetics.
Before detox, the skin on my eye lids was so itchy, and in retrospect I know they were also puffy and swollen ( I now know because now it feels normal and relaxed) that I started suspecting one, or all, of the 5 different cosmetic products I used on my eyes: eye liner, pencil, make up remover, cream, and concealer.
As part of the detox, the naturopath doctor talked to me about toxins in cosmetics, soaps, detergents, etc.
In one of our meetings I brought with me a big bag with shampoos, soaps, creams, eye liners, lotions (some were recommended to me by dermatologists and pediatricians!) and we read the labels.
- Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Parabene, Ethylene Glycol, Benzoyl Peroxide, Heavy metals, petrolatum…. are only part of the long list of chemicals and toxins added to these products.
We use this things daily or a few times a week!
All the $$$ I spent on these products… Now that I know about the risks, I asked myself “Should all these go in the trash? Or should I give them to other people who don’t care about this stuff?”
Even most doctors I’ve seen in the past 2 years don’t care!!! This really blows my mind.
“Keep using the eye liner, I wouldn’t worry about it, and use the steroid cream when it itches”, one doctor told me. Of course I’m not going to see her again!
But no, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t give these products to another person, a friend/ family, after I knew that they are bad.
To the trash they went.
With a list of recommended brands and ingredients to avoid, I went shopping for new, cleaner products.
You’d think they will cost a fortune, but no, they actually cost the same as the bad guys brands.
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It feels so much better knowing that I put a cream on my face, on my eyes, on my skin that is cleaner, that is plant-based.
One dermatologist I met mocked the plant-based products. I guess he believes that steroids are so much better… Not seeing him again.
And what about the kids? Their skin, their mouths (toothpaste), their heads (shampoo)…
We make choices for them. I certainly feels so much better knowing that I give them products that are better and safe.
Stay away from products that have these names I mentioned above in the ingredients list. The naturopath recommended this web site for more information and getting updates: http://ewg.org/
Don’t use products with gasoline, GASOLINE, titanium, Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Parabene, or fake chemically-produces fragrances on/in your body. They are toxins.
I spend a lot of time reading labels and consulting with the knowledgeable teams at the better stores and slowly switching to new products.
It feels good.