If you’re living with a chronic illness, getting up out of bed, showering, dressing, and putting on makeup can be a huge challenge in and of itself. Never mind heading out to face the day. But what if, in the process of making yourself feel and look a bit better, you’re making your autoimmune disease worse?
Conventional Beauty Products Contain Harmful Chemicals
The cosmetics, shampoos, conditioners, face washes, and lotions you use every day are loaded with toxic chemicals.
Here is a very short list of what you may be exposed to each time you use eyeliner or wear your favorite perfume:
Dioxins are byproducts of bleaching and herbicide production. Since they do not break down easily, they build up in your body over time, causing your immune system to react in unusual ways.
According to a study published in the Journal of Immunotoxicology, exposure to dioxin can lead to an “increased risk of postnatal autoimmune responses.”
If your cosmetics contain imidazolidinyl urea or DMDM hydantoin, you’re being exposed to formaldehyde—the same chemical morticians use to preserve dead bodies. Products containing formaldehyde have been linked to chronic fatigue, ear infections, insomnia, headaches, asthma, joint pain, and disturbances in mental health.
Triclosan is a synthetic antibacterial agent that has been linked to neurological and immune system abnormalities. It is commonly found in antibacterial soaps, toothpaste, and shampoos.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
A study published in Experimental Dermatology showed that repeated exposure to sodium lauryl sulfate resulted in “concerted expression of various inflammatory mediators and markers.” In other words, the chemical triggered an immune response.
Your Immune System Is Already on High Alert
When you have a chronic illness, your immune system is already extremely reactive. Everything and anything looks like a threat to it. After all, it’s attacking you! When you add synthetic chemicals into the mix, it’s like pouring gasoline onto an open flame.
Your own healthy tissue, which your immune system is already diligently (if mistakenly) trying to destroy, is filling up with synthetic chemicals that make it look like even more of a threat.
First Take Away, Then Add
If you’re living with any type of chronic illness, you must first take away before you add.
I’ll explain: First, take away as many foreign substances from on, in, and around your body as you can. Once you’ve significantly reduced the toxic load in your environment, work on detoxifying your system.
You can eat the healthiest diet in the world and use the best organic beauty products, but if your body is toxic from prior exposure, your immune system will react as though you’re still poisoning yourself every day.
Your system needs to be free of as many synthetic chemicals as possible in order to benefit from the nutrients it takes in.
- Ditch – Get the synthetic chemicals out of your life.
- Detoxify – Get the synthetic chemicals out of your body.
- Do Over – Use organic cosmetics, cleaning supplies, and food.
When you’re looking for safe beauty products, understand that the word “natural” and the word “organic” are about as alike as a frog and a spleen. (Yeah, I know. I like my weird comparisons.)
Since the FDA and the USDA don’t regulate the “natural” label, you could be using lotion made out of lead and giraffe dung (I’m on a roll, here),and the company could slap the word “natural” on the bottle and still get away with it.
Make sure the products you use are labeled “100 percent organic” or “organic”. Any product labeled “organic” product must contain at least 95 percent organically-produced ingredients. If it says anything less, move on. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. You’ve already got enough on your plate.
Speaking of plates, here’s what you should be putting on yours if you have an autoimmune disease.
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