“You are what you Put on your Skin.”

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Vancouver Naturopath Article of the Week

We have posted before talking about how ‘you are want you eat.’ Now, people are thinking more and more about what they are putting on their skin. There are a whole lot of ingredients in everything from tooth paste to shampoo, to cleansers and make-up. There aren’t many of us that are free and clear on this one. Think about your morning routine, at the very least you brush your teeth and wash your face. An eye-opening quote from the article What Your Put ON Your Body is as Important as What You Put IN it, states, “According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington DC-based advocacy organization, the average American uses approximately 10-15 personal care products with a total of 126 different ingredients daily. This figure doesn’t even take into account re-applications of products throughout the day.” That certainly puts it in perspective.

Not only should we be more careful reading the labels on our food, we need to think about what is in our personal care products! There has been a “dirty dozen” list established for things that you should be extra cautious to avoid, and they are: parabens, phthalates, sodium laurel sulfate, propylene glycol, DEA, diazolidinyl urea, butyl acetate, butylated hydroxytoluene, ethyl acetate, toluene, triethanolamine, petrolatum and “fragrance.” Parabens, in particular, could be referred to as estrogen “copy cats.” Estrogen is a key hormone that regulates a number of pathways, if our body was to think we had this influx in estrogen, a host of issues may arise.

Click on the article mentioned above for more information and links on how you can live cleaner!

Photo credit: back to nature by kaybee07

If you have more questions about how these substances may be effecting you please feel free to get in touch with the clinic to visit with one of our very talented and compassionate Vancouver Naturopathic Doctors. There is always a cause for a symptom and these products may have been meddling with your natural balance. With the availability of this information and the limelight that it is in, this might be the perfect time to book a consultation with your Vancouver Naturopath!

We are Broadway Wellness – a friendly and community focused, Vancouver massage therapy based clinic, with additional focus on naturopathic medicine, and as a chiropractic clinic, offering services in a beautiful and expansive centre, conveniently located in the heart of Fairview – near Broadway & Oak, in Vancouver BC, Canada.

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