so what my skincare and hair products contain toxins like parabens...
Today’s blog is part of my series related to the health risks of toxins in our everyday products. For the last several weeks, I have been writing about the different sources of toxins and how they adversely impact your health, especially your hormones and how they result in some of the common perimenopause and menopause symptoms that you may be experiencing. And even more serious how they may influence estrogen receptors on cancer cells in the breasts.
Let’s talk about parabens, what products you can find them in and how they affect your health.
Parabens are synthetic chemicals, used as preservatives in a wide variety of skincare, shaving goods, deodorants, hair care, makeup and pharmaceutical products to fight fungus and bacteria. They are difficult to avoid as they are in many popular brands of shampoos, conditioners, makeup products, and lotions.
Parabens are one of those toxins that can have a negative impact on menopause in terms of symptoms that you may experience.
Parabens are xenoestrogens or endocrine disruptors that mimic estrogen in your body and can trigger estrogen receptors on cancer cells located in the breast just in the same way that natural estrogen produced in the body can. Parabens can cause disruption in the endocrine system which can significantly influence hormonal changes in a woman’s body that are wreaking havoc during perimenopause.
If it is your intention to reduce the amount of toxins that enter your body so you can live a healthy life, then you may want to start paying attention to the ingredients that are in all your beauty products while also being mindful of the other toxins i have been writing about.
Do yourself a favor, go directly to your bathroom and read all the ingredients in all your everyday health and beauty products and if you see PARABENS, please throw that product in the garbage.
What can you do?
There are so many other healthy alternatives on the market today in your local health food store, many stores that carry natural products and online.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a not for profit organization that research different products and assigns a rating based on the chemicals that are used in the products. You can use it as a resource to search for your products and see how they are rated, which can help you make product buying decisions.
What is the rating of your products?
In Good Health,