August 01, 2019
Today I want to share the amazing resource that is the nonprofit Environmental Working Group- "Know Your Environment, Protect Your Health"
I am on a three day getaway to Ocean City to recharge my batteries a bit, and when I was purchasing sunscreen this past week, I used EWG's amazing app to check the toxicity level of the various sunscreens I was thinking of purchasing.
Sunscreens are just one of the thousands of personal hygiene, beauty, and cleaning products that we use in our every day lives. But did you know that sunscreens can be incredibly toxic due to their ingredients? Sunscreens can actually contain cancer-causing ingredients, unless you purchase one that is formulated without harsh, unhealthy chemicals.
In fact, many of our every consumer products contain toxic, manmade chemicals, carcinogens, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, asbestos, bacteria, fungus, and more. There are over 25,000 registered chemicals in use in our products in the US and it is estimated that this number could in reality be upwards of 100,000. Unfortunately, due to profits, ease of use, etc. these chemicals are allowed to be in use.
These chemicals found in beauty products, cleaning products, foods, tap water, and more are disruptive to our health. Our body is designed to eliminate toxins through our detoxification systems, however when our body becomes inundated with these chemicals, we can become increasingly toxic. This can contribute to various cancers, organ damage, skin issues, toxicity symptoms such as low energy levels, body odor, physical aches and pains, brain fog, and more.
So how do you know which products are clean and health-promoting and which ones aren't? Use EWG's website and app! They have an amazing tool that can be found under Consumer Products. They have a registry of over 70,000 products and brands, and have evaluated and rated each on a 1-10 scale, 0-3 being low hazard, 3-6 moderate hazard, and 7-10 high hazard. Start using them to evaluate the products in your life. You would be surprised at what you find! I currently assess most products I purchase with their app on my phone. I have linked to the product checker below: