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You can’t open a newspaper or turn on a TV these days without hearing about the latest greatest wellness trend

However if I’m honest, when it comes to health it frustrates me that we focus so much of our time and attention on what we put into our body with minimal awareness or understanding about what we are putting on our body!

I have seen people turn into freaks about food. They ask a million questions in restaurants and cafes and read every tiny detail of every food label in the supermarket. Then they return home and spray toxic deodorants, shower and lather themselves in perfumed products.

The fact is if we really want to empower people to live healthier lives then their environment must be taken into consideration. According to US research one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in our personal care products are industrial chemicals. (source EWG.org) So what are you really putting on your skin? Could your hormonal issues actually be down to your choice of cleanser, deodorant or even cleaning product? Could your skin rashes or allergies possibly be caused by the ridiculous amount of toxins we ingest topically and in the air each day?

I’m not going to lie it’s a minefield trying to sift through what’s actually safe and what’s not. My product philosophy is similar to my food philosophy – Keep it simple & keep it real. However, some experts are now saying that what we put on our skin can actually be more harmful than what we put into our mouth.

In simple terms our skin is our largest organ and recent studies show that

  • the skin absorbs more than 60% of the toxic chemicals in our cosmetics.
  • The average woman uses about 15-20 products each day totaling about five pounds of unnecessary and unwanted chemicals each year.

It’s simply impossible to eliminate all toxins from our lives because today we live in a toxic world plain and simple, however what we can strive for is balance.

We can’t control the air pollution in our cities and towns but what we can control is what comes into our homes and what we use for our own personal care. Our bodies are incredible machines that are capable of detoxifying very efficiently but it comes down to toxic load. These days our bodies are consistently exposed to toxins in many forms whether it is environmental toxins, pesticides, food additives, heavy metals, household products and wireless technology. We are already fighting against so much so really what I’m asking you to do here is really think about the how hard you want your body to work unnecessarily.

 

So what’s in our products?

There is everything from skin irritants in our body wash to hormone disruptors in our moisturizer.  Ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sulphate (SLS), which is a foaming agent found in industrial cleaners, engine degreasers, car wash products and in our make-up and skincare.

Formaldehyde, considered to be a human carcinogen, is found in carpet cleaners, paint, dishwashing liquid…and body soap and baby shampoo!! Octinoxate is an endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen and can disrupt thyroid function.

Parabens, used in a wide variety of personal care products and foods are in fact endocrine-disrupting chemicals which can be absorbed through skin, blood and the digestive system.

Phthalates pronounced THAL-ates are more chemicals, which are linked to endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and even cancer. They have been banned from cosmetics in the European Union, but you need to watch out for them in U.S. products.

The list goes on and on and at risk of it becoming overwhelming I have a simple guide and some top tips about what you can do to get started:

I have personally pared down my cosmetics cabinet and cleaning supplies to more natural alternatives over time and I encourage people to do this in stages or it can feel too overwhelming.

Since taking a Full 360 approach to my personal wellness my health has improved enormously. I live medication free from illnesses like depression, anxiety and asthma and my quality of life is far better too.

  • As your products run out replace them with more natural and chemical free alternatives. There are so many fantastic and affordable brands out there now that there really is no need to use the toxic ones.
  • Start with switching your deodorants to natural ones. Anti-perspirant’s have come under the spotlight because there are concerns about the negative effects of aluminium. Aluminum essentially plugs your sweat ducts and stops sweat flowing, which I used to think was amazing but is it coming at a cost? The less favourable ingredients in deodorants may be absorbed and cause estrogen like hormonal effects and could contribute to breast cancer.
  • Next move to your largest surface area, which is the skin on your body, and look at switching up your shower gel and body cream or oil. Look out for plant-based products, as they are more effective and nourishing. At home I add some essential oils to some coconut oil for a quick and inexpensive moisturiser. I use Dr. Hauschka, Phyts, Anu, Human and Kind.
  • Next try and switch all your cleaning products as they run out. I love Ecover and bio and Lily’s

I hope this helps and I promise you showing some love to your awareness of your environment will pay off. Lets face it if we are going to work on our internal happiness then surely it would be a crime not to keep your face and body happy too.

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Here are some of the top 5 oils for detoxing

  1. Lemon

One of my favourite and most refreshing essential oils, lemon has so many day to day practical uses. Adding a drop or 2 of lemon oil to your water daily can help with lymphatic cleansing and detoxing. It is also helpful to take internally when suffering from heartburn and reflux. Inhaling it and applying it topically like a perfume will help with emotional balance and is incredibly uplifting.

  1. Grapefruit

Grapefruit essential oil is ideal for cleansing and helping to improve kidney function when taken internally. It is a good choice for supporting the body to detox and also assists the digestive system. Adding grapefruit to water or rubbing it on the soles of the feet aids an overall body detox. It is known to help combat sugar cravings so is also useful at a time when you’re trying to avoid adding sugar and toxins to the body.

  1. Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a wonderful purifier with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is useful for digestive issues & mixes well with peppermint. Taking lemongrass oil internally can help to flush toxins out of the body and it supports the liver, kidneys, digestive tract and bladder.

  1. Rosemary

Rosemary essential oil helps with digestive complaints and is also a great detoxifier. It supports the gallbladder and liver function, organs which are important for eliminating toxins from the body.

  1. Juniper Berry

Juniper Berry essential oil is known for its detoxing properties. Taken internally it helps with cleansing, supporting the liver and assisting with elimination of toxins. Applying it topically or taking it in a capsule is also a good way to improve urinary health and avoid water retention.

Top tip: Start your day with 1-2 drops of lemon or Grapefruit essential oil in a glass of water to help your body detox in an easy and natural way.

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When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. Only certified pure therapeutic grade oils should be taken internally or used neat on the skin. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oil if applying topically to children.

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

 

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

Each year we get an opportunity to start a new book and write it according to our own hearts desire. I consider new months to be chapters and days to be pages. Each year we store a different volume of our book away and bring with us the positive lessons and growth from the year before.

Making small changes to your diet and lifestyle can make a big difference to your health. A couple of years ago I introduced a nutribullet into my home and it gets used at least once a day. Smoothies are not intended to replace food. For me they are a great addition to a healthy diet and they come in very handy when I’m in a rush to ensure I don’t skip meals.

Todays I’m going to share my “Blast the Blues” smoothie with you, which has lots of good fats for mood which will help ease you into the new year and help prevent the january blues!!

BLAST THE BLUES

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Ingredients:

  • Large handful of Kale
  • 1 small Avocado
  • Large handful of frozen mixed berries (I buy them fresh and freeze them as I don’t like warm smoothies and these berries are still my wexford berries as I bought a lot and froze them!!)
  • Either a small handful of mixed seeds or a small handful of mixed beansprouts (The Happy Pear sell them/ Supervalu)
  • 1 Tablespoon of coconova extra virgin coconut oil
  • Unsweetened Almond milk

Method:

  • Put all the ingredients into your bullet or blender and fill to the line with almond milk; Blend and serve!
  • To get the consistency you want; play around with the amount of liquid you add; so if you want to have a thicker smoothie bowl for brekkie add less liquid and then you can add fun toppings like goji berries, coconut shavings, nuts, seeds and fruit pieces.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE AND MAKE THIS YOUR BEST ONE YET!

ALI XXX

Here I share another one of my daily habits and as I always say, start your day the matcha way!! I love green tea!!!This green tea is great for detoxing and kickstarting weightloss regimes