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How Your Shampoo May Be Making You Fat

WHO: Everyday Products May Be Making You Sick

It’s one of the most disturbing reports I’ve seen in years. The World Health Organization (WHO) believes just one issue is linked to higher rates of…

  • Infertility
  • Obesity
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of mental clarity
  • Heart trouble
  • Early puberty
  • Infections and immune problems
  • Abnormal cell growth

What could contribute to all these growing problems? Something called “endocrine disruptors” – EDs for short. These are substances – mostly man-made chemicals – that disturb your normal hormone balance.

And according to WHO’s new 296-page report, the problem is huge… and growing.

A few of these substances are natural – such as chemicals found in soybeans. But most of them are man-made.

In the last 100 years or so, we humans have created more than 78,000 new chemicals. We started using them like crazy – pumping them into the environment – before we knew what damage they could do.

We’ve only tested a tiny fraction of these chemicals for safety. Including the more than 10,500 chemicals used in cosmetics and health care products.

And that’s not the only place you’ll find EDs. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) reports they’re in plastic bottles, food containers, pesticides… and even children’s toys.

Skin care products are a classic example of chemical use run rampant. In recent years, the European Union has banned hundreds of cosmetic ingredients as unsafe.

Here in the U.S., though, regulation of cosmetics is left to the industry itself. So far, the industry’s Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel has banned a total of just 11 ingredients.

Of course, it’s hard to have a reason to ban something when it hasn’t been tested. And one non-profit group reports that almost 9 out of every 10 chemicals used in cosmetics in the U.S. have never been tested for safety!1

You can’t avoid EDs altogether. But you can lower your exposure. Here are a few simple tips for keeping your exposure down…

  • Go organic. Conventional fruits and vegetables are often treated with pesticides containing EDs. At home, avoid using pesticides as much as possible. Research ingredients before you buy.
  • Eat fresh foods. Food packaging – even much of the packaging used for organic products – is often made with BPA, a known endocrine disruptor.
  • Avoid most plastic bottles, especially bottled water. EDs can move from some plastics into water – especially in warm conditions. Install a home water filter and carry water in a reusable stainless steel bottle.
  • Buy and use only natural cosmetics and skin care products. Don’t by anything with any form of the word “parabens” on the label.
  • Detox.

Here are a few nutritional supplements that support your body’s natural detoxification systems:

  • Spirulina and chlorella
  • Milk thistle extract (Silymarin)
  • Dandelion root
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)
  • Green tea extract

Yours in continued good health,

Best Life Herbals Wellness Team

1 “Safe Cosmetics,” Breast Cancer Action.

Other sources:

“Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals 2012,” World Health Organization. 2013.

“Endocrine Disruptors,” National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.” 2010.

“Why this matters – Cosmetics and your health,” Environmental Working Group. Apr 12, 2011.


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