Posts Tagged ‘natural’

The True Story of Cosmetics

May 1st, 2012

Since the advent of petroleum ingredients in the mid 1900’s, chemicals have been proliferated throughout our world. The practice of using some substances with the assumption that it was safe until proven otherwise became routine. Only limited research has been done on many of the chemicals that can be legally used in cosmetics.

 

Chemicals in skin care products

Chemicals & Petrochemicals

 

There are three types of chemicals that are of particular concern. These are commonly found in skin care products and cosmetics:

1)     chemicals that cause cancer or damage our DNA

2)     endocrine disrupting chemicals or hormone disruptor which interfere with our hormonal systems

3)     persistent organic pollutants that won’t dissipate in our body or the environment and accumulate and cause increased exposure levels over time

There is growing concern that daily exposure to a combination of toxic chemicals found in most cosmetics, skin care and personal care products could result in detrimental long term health effects.

 

“Personal care products expose children to an average of 60 chemicals every day that they can breathe in or absorb through their skin.” 

Environmental Working Group

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Whole foods, more than just good food…

April 12th, 2012


Whole foods are commonly defined as foods that have not been refined or processed and are closest as possible to their natural state.

According to Jude Blereau, a natural foods chef, author and whole foods expert, the true meaning of whole foods is much more than this. It is an understanding that food is part of the web of life and how we choose to grow food will affect our ecosystems.

 

Whole foods expert

Jude Blereau

Good food starts in the field’s healthy soil which is rich with microorganisms and dense in nutrients. Good food should be organic or biodynamic because these farming practices do not use toxic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilisers.

 

Organic and biodynamic farming practices help to eliminate chemical leaching into our environment, create healthier habitats for native animals, promote the balance of our native ecosystems and encourage preservation of the natural biodiversity.

 

Whole foods are good because when a food is whole with all its natural macro and micronutrients intact, it works effectively at its optimal level just as nature has intended.

 

Good food is ‘real’, made with true and natural ingredients unlike processed foods that are produced using toxic chemicals such as synthetic flavour enhancers, colourings and preservatives.

 

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