We are the gatekeepers to our homes, and our families!
My name is Kaili Ets and I've been passionate about natural alternatives to health and wellness for the past couple of years. Let me tell you a little bit about why….
It wasn't until I had by first-born, 3.5 years ago that I realized that what you put ON your body/skin affects your health just as much as what you put IN your body. I was very concerned with the products I was choosing for my newborn, and as I started reading and researching the best option, I really started to notice that everything I was using from the store was full of toxins, and yes, even some of the things found in health food stores! The seemingly 'clean' and 'green' products still had a lot of these harmful toxins and chemicals. Chemicals that can cause cancer, disrupt your endocrine system, affect your mood, your weight, and more.
The more I read and researched, the more I learned that skin is our largest organ and anything we put on our skin gets absorbed through the skin into our bloodstream. Which means that, the products you put on your skin end up in your blood, which travels to all parts of your body and brain.
And while ingredients are present in very small amounts, research is showing that even small amounts of hormone disrupting chemicals are affecting our health – from reproduction, development, metabolism, fatigue, and more. And the amount of products we use, with small amounts of chemicals and toxins, add up as we layer and lather them onto our skin.....and with a cumulative effect, as it takes our body a long time to rid itself of these chemicals.
In a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood……200 chemicals!! Of the over 280 chemicals in this study, 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.
Other studies conducted since have verified this information and shown that even more chemicals are showing up….and they are showing up in our children! It is estimated that 1 in 5 children today has a chronic illness. One in 38 boys has autism. One in 2 children also has food allergies, asthma, eczema and obesity.
We live in a toxin-filled environment that is affecting not only our health, but the health of our children, and every generation to come. The only thing we can do to create change is to take control of the things we can change in our own household. These toxins are found in our food, the air we breathe and our water, as well as our household, personal care, and beauty products!
Some of the chemicals to avoid include: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Mineral Oil, Phthalates, Parabens, Urea, Talc, Fragrance, Ceteareth-20, Aluminum, PABA, Triclosan, Oxynenzone & Octinoxate, Petrolatum, DEAs, Formaldehyde, Retinul Palmitate, Glycol, Nanoparticles, Siloxanes, Butylated Hydroxytolulene (BHT and BHA), Isobutane, Methylisothiazolinone and others with the same ending, anything ending with '-eth'.
We are the gatekeepers to our homes, and our families, and this is why I share so passionately about the importance of natural health. We now live in an age with more freedoms, education and choice than ever.
We can choose products that are as nature intended. That work in harmony with our body and support it to work optimally versus products that cause imbalance, sickness and dis-ease.
I double dare you to download the ThinkDirty app (put out by EWG) and scan 3 of your most-used body care, baby care, and cosmetics. You can also search by brand name or ingredients in the search bar if the barcode doesn't work. Review the ingredients in each, their ratings and decide whether you want to replace or keep what’s on your shelves.
And if you want some additional help with detoxing your home, your medicine cabinet, and the products you use on yourself and your children, then please don’t hesitate to reach out!