The products for personal hygiene and care must undergo some security measures so that we can obtain a health guarantee, avoiding exposing ourselves to dangerous amounts of certain substances which are provided in the list below. Thus, you better switch to natural and homemade alternatives.
- Artificial sweeteners – there are natural ones that are healthy, but you need to know which ones are not. Those are: Aspartame (it is related to skin cancer), Acesufalme K (it causes tumor an affects pregnancy), Sorbitol (it does not digest well in the bowels, causes diarrhea, swelling, and gases), and Saccharin (it is connected to bladder cancer because it is indigestible and is excreted by the liver). You better switch to honey or to these natural sweeteners: Yacon Syrup(it feeds the good bacteria in the bowels, alleviating constipation), Stevai (it lowers the blood pressure and blood sugar levels), and Xylitol (it improves the bone density and reduces the risk of dental caries).
- Air fresheners – different chemical products are used for refreshing our house. There are some cleaning substances which are necessary to keep us safe from bacteria, however, many of them can cause health issues like hormonal problems, respiratory disorders, and asthma. The combination of vinegar and baking soda can be used for this purpose as they contain anti-microbial cleaning properties which do not provoke secondary effects like the commercial cleaners do. They can help in the fight against E. coli and Staph Salmonella.
- Anti-dandruff shampoo Head and Shoulders 2-in-1 – it contains methylchloroisothiazolinone and ammonium sulfate that are contaminated with 1, 4-dioxine during the production. They are carcinogenic when combined together and the US Department of Health and Human Services said that they have to be withdrawn from the market. Thus, you better prepare a natural shampoo with cypress and rosemary if you want to get rid of the issue with dandruff. Make a mixture of 5 tbsp. of common shampoo, 3 springs of rosemary, and the same amount of cypress, and 5 tbsp. of lemon or apple cider vinegar. Place them in a container and close it with a lid, using the shampoo 4 times per week until the issue is gone.
- Antibacterial soap – these soaps serve to remove bad bacteria and germs, however, according to the studies from FDA, these soaps contain Triclosan, an ingredient which increases the risk of cancer and infertility, and cause interference with hormonal levels (in the early age and puberty). Try to replace it with a natural one made at your home which are great for the skin and your health in general. Take a bar of mild and chemical-free soap, and grate it. Melt it on a low heat and stir to avoid lumps formation. Then, add 30 drops of essential oil and mix it well. Place it in a container and let it dry. Pick an essential oil like rosemary, lemon, clove, tea tree, lavender, or eucalyptus as they have antibacterial properties.
Make a positive change and improve your health by taking advantage of the benefits provided by natural products. They are much more efficient and so not contain harmful substances that can damage your health.