I am passionate about wellness! For me & many of my clients that means taking a synergistic approach to Healthy living. It is essential to eat well & exercise but have you taken time to consider the effects avoidable chemicals are having on & in your body.
Did you know 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your blood stream?? This is a BIG deal. Toxic chemicals in your lotions, washes, sunscreens, cosmetics etc have been linked to serious health conditions, so avoiding this matter is not doing your body any favors.
I know it can seem incredibly overwhelming trying to understand what is “toxic” & what to avoid. I hope over the next few blog posts I can highlight those significant avoidable toxic chemicals that you should be primarily concerned with and make an effort to avoid.
Let’s start with Parabens.
What are Parabens ?? Parabens are frequently added to cosmetics to prevent the growth of bacteria. They have been in use since the 1950s and the vast majority of cosmetics use a combination of them, because they are cheap and effective.
Technically, parabens are a chemical compound of para-hydroxybenzoic acid and they are used as preservatives. Most that are added to our cosmetics are man-made and not naturally occurring. Naturally occurring parabens have been found in blueberries, of all places!
Why are Parabens so bad ?? The problem with parabens has been identified because they are xenoestrogens, i.e. they mimic oestrogen in the body. This has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues, including early onset of puberty and reduced sperm count.
Researchers have found parabens in breast tumors and believe there is a relationship between parabens and tumors. And in the July 2002 issue of the Archives of Toxicology, Dr. S. Oishi of the Department of Toxicology, Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory of Public Health reported that exposure of newborn male mammals to butylparaben “adversely affects the secretion of testosterone and the function of the male reproductive system.”
It also appears that parabens can be stored in the body, resulting in a cumulative effect that can damage health over time. Research been found to link them to cancerous cells, but does not compare results with levels of parabens in noncancerous cells. So while there is currently no scientific evidence to confirm that parabens directly cause cancer, it is right to be mindful. Many products are emerging that are paraben-free, so it is possible to avoid them if you are concerned.