Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Paleo Living - I'm using hardly any chemicals

You may of read my post about my new water bottle a couple of months ago. Well I haven't broken it yet and I'm loving drinking from it everyday. Water tastes great from it, and it's good to know that my water bottle isn't leaching chemicals into my drinking water.

Even though my friends may refer to me as a caveman, I must admit that I'm starting to get there! :)
As the title of today's post would indicate I'm using as little chemicals as possible.
My wife happens to make organic soaps and body products which is a huge help of course. You can see her fine products at www.madeinlucyskitchen.com. Some people call their products natural or organic but still have natural nasties, whereas these are products and moisturisers that we use ourselves and for our children, that are completely free from chemicals and just contain butters and oils such as organic coconut oil.

Natural soaps like this that have no chemicals in what so ever are more expensive than the store bought equivalent, but I get to use odds and ends and soap bars that didn't make the cut!

But in general I only use this soap, I don't use hair shampoo, the ingredients list on them are really horrible. What I've been using for months is actually the same soap bar that I was the rest of myself with.

The world that we live in is far more toxic than ever before.
Plastic has a estrogenic effect on us, which can be cancer causing and also changes our hormone levels which can be disastrous for our health. If you can, stay clear of plastic food containers. Plastics shouldn't be used in conjunction with our food or water. Estrogenic substances increase the level of Estrogen in our body. This is the feminine hormone, it can lower men's testosterone levels and provide too much Estrogen for women, which may be problematic during PMS. Not to mention the BPA issue with plastics
We weren't designed to drink or be in contact with a man made product like this.

In fact if you think about it, when we say that these plastics and cosmetics change levels of hormones, we are saying that these things change the structure of cells and how they interact with other cells. We are upsetting the homeostasis of the entire body. That can't be healthy or optimal.

Cosmetics often contain phthalates and parabens, along with other metals like aluminium. For this reason I avoid using normal off the shelf deodorants and instead use a natural option. All shaving foams, deodorants and make ups contain hundreds of chemicals. These topical formulas rest on the skin for long periods and do make it into our blood stream where they are absorbed in to the body.
This is the first time in human history where we have ever used and bathed all day in so many harmful chemicals. Why do it! Instead search for natural products or years old tried and tested methods to get the same results. We don't know what sparks off the cancer genes, but we know that some of the chemicals are cancer causing. So why take the chance just to smell like Lynx Africa?


I also like getting my hands dirty outside every now and again, and while I don't mind getting soil and grass on my hands, if I'm doing something that has chemicals in it I try not to get it on my skin.
For example I like doing some DIY (destroy it yourself!!) on our cars, and that includes changing out the oil, beforehand I would of gotten oil on my skin and not worried about it, whereas now I am conscious that chemicals on the skin can get into our blood stream and do a lot of damage.
Of course there's no need to be OCD about it all, but at the same time why not be conscious about it?

I'm not saying though to always stay away from dirt, as recent research has shown how important it is for us, and especially our immune system to get a measure of dirt and bacteria on our skin and then into our bodies. Then our immune system gets stronger as it fights off all these small infections.

We live in the most cleanliest time ever. Everyone has alcohol wipes and fluid ready to clean their hands right away. But the focus should be on avoiding germs but not eliminating all forms of bacteria.

So that's just another step that I've taken. Not to be too brutal but I use deodorant as little as possible (here come another ribbing from friends), as my wife is currently making a natural option.

Again the same as my water bottle, you won't see the result straight away, but this is a long term lifestyle rather than a fad diet.

Chemicals are very new in our history, and manufacturers use them to make our products last a long time, look and feel the way that we want and expect, and to keep costs low. But no time is being spent thinking of the dangers that it can do. I live a very normal life, and I'm not saying to lose sleep about chemicals, but perhaps be aware of them, and make some wise choices.

Right...where did I leave my cave...