Is There Such a Thing as Too Clean?
Many of us enjoy a clean, fresh smelling home and body. It can be a beautiful thing. But did you know you can over-sanitize and actually compromise your health?
By now you’ve probably heard or read about all the crazy chemicals that are in our cleaning products, cosmetics and personal care products and that making more natural choices can save us from overexposure to these health hazards. What you might not know is, your body is made up of trillions of microbiomes.
What is the Human Microbiome?
Large and diverse populations of bacteria, viruses, and fungi occupy almost every surface of the human body.1It is estimated that there are nearly 30 trillion bacterial cells living in or on each human.2That is about one bacterium for every cell in the human body!2These microbes are collectively known as the microbiome.31Exposure to microbes first occurs during birth and is later influenced by environmental factors, such as diet and exposure to antibiotics.31Due to differences in environment, diet, and behavior, the specific types of microbes that make up the microbiome can vary greatly between individuals.1It is thought that every person’s microbiome is slightly different.4In fact, work is underway to investigate the use of microbiomes to identify individuals, much like fingerprints.4
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This may sound confusing but all you really need to know is you are made up of good and bad bacteria. A healthy body keeps your bacteria in balance and balanced bacteria keeps you healthy. 🙂
By over cleaning and using too many products with anti-bacterial properties you can disrupt this balance. Antibacterial cleaners kill off all bacteria, not just the bad. Your body needs its friendly bacteria.
We’ve been brainwashed for years to believe we need to sanitize and kill all bacteria on every surface. And don’t get me wrong, clean is good. Sanitization practices have saved lives, but like everything, there’s a balance. Going natural with your personal products will keep you clean and fresh without killing off your good guys.
It can be overwhelming to think about what your body and the environment are exposed to on a regular basis.
Look, there are things we don’t have immediate control over, like what factories and cars are spewing into the air and what our neighbors may be spraying on their gardens or farms, etc. But you do have control over what you bring into your home and what you put directly in or on your body.
Your body is your temple. It’s the only one you get for this lifetime. You should be treating it with love and respect. By choosing non-toxic products for personal use, you are also voting with your dollars and affecting your larger environment for the better. It’s win-win.
It doesn’t have to be complicated or confusing. In fact, if you DIY your cleaning and body products, things can get super simple and save you big money. I personally buy premade products from carefully sourced companies as well as make my own.
If you live locally, check out ‘What’s in Store’ in Cobourg. Christine does vigilant research on any product before offering it in her store.
Living Libations offers the most beautiful and pure products I’ve ever come across. And they’re Canadian. 🙂
If you choose to buy premade, learn to read labels. If a company doesn’t list ingredients, don’t buy it. For checking out ingredients safety, there’s no better place than the Environmental Working Group’s ‘Skin Deep’ site.
If you go the DIY route, there are a plethora of recipes available on-line and I’ll share some of my favourites with you in next weeks post.
The number one rule to keep in mind is – “Nature knows best.”
“If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.” is also a good standby. 😉
For house cleaning, think simple –
- Baking Soda
- Sea Salt
- Castile Soap
- Essential Oils
For personal care –
- Sea Salt
- Baking Soda
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- Essential Oils
- Aloe Vera
- Plant/Flower Extracts & Essences
Stay tuned for next weeks post. I’ll share some of my favourite, most effective and easy recipes with you.
May Your Week Be Magical,
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