The Battle to Keep Our Children Toxin-Free

Eliminating toxins from your life is an immense undertaking. When I started to dive into what exactly was toxic in our lifestyle, I was blown away by how much we were being impacted. Food, body products (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotions, shaving creams, moisturizers, cosmetics, etc.), toothpaste, cleaning supplies, clothing, and even the plastic containers we were storing our food in contained chemicals that were shown to be toxic to our health.

Formaldehyde, talc, titanium dioxide, parabens, lead, mercury, aluminum, fragrance, phthalates, synthetic colors, triclosan, and thousands of others that we aren’t even aware of exist in these products. They are linked to cancer, fertility issues, endocrine disruptors (which is related to hormones), skin disorders, lung irritants, and other health problems. Behavioral disorders are on the rise as well, including autism, nuerodevelopmental disorders, and attention-deficit disorders as our news reports. This made me downright angry, particularly regarding the beauty industry.

There is no regulation of our beauty industry. There hasn’t been a federal ruling in the beauty industry in over 75 years. The beauty industry is not held responsible for any small or even monumental health risks associated with our use of these products. They are being marketed and sold to us every day, in a large amount, to the female gender of every age. Right down to the lip balm and nail polish our little girls use.

This short video lays it out there plain and simple for us regarding our use of cosmetics and body products. The thing is, it’s up to us to change. That means you and me and each individual to make the decision to not remain blind to the dangerous ingredients that we are being exposed to daily. Is it worth it to continue using these toxic ? Truly? There are safer options out there that can help reduce your exposure that are discussed in this post.

My heart breaks every time I hear about a 6 year old being diagnosed with cancer. Why is this happening? Why is it so prevalent for our younger generations to be struck with life-threatening diseases? The rate of cancer cases continually increases every single year. According to a 2012 WHO (World Helath Organization) report, that rate will go from an estimated 14 million annually in 2012 to 22 million within two decades. That’s a 57% increase. And that’s terrifying.

 

Watching my kids enjoying nature and being healthy – every parent’s hope and dream for their children. Why must the battle to keep them this way be so challenging?!

 

What is it going to take for us to really open our eyes and start implementing changes in our life? I’m so excited to see that people are making steps in their journey to cleaner living. What steps will you take? Where is your journey at in the efforts to keep ourselves and our kids healthy?