Monday, May 9, 2011

"Searching for the real thing ..."

"No more waiting, anticipating
We're searching for the real thing

No more waiting, anticipating
We're going for the real thing"

~ 2 Unlimited ~ The Real Thing ~

Well we just ended week 9 and onto week 10 of the therapy.  Actually it is kinda funny how fast the days go by.  I am sure some may wonder "what do you do all day" and I would direct them to my blog on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 "Time After Time" to see what my daily schedule looks like.  But there has been some modifications after my test results last week, some medications have been decreased as well, one less coffee treatment (whahoo!).  Looking forward to seeing my next progress report in about a month.

In the meantime, and between time of the therapy, I have been doing some research on Organic Beauty Products ~ The Real Thing see, I am a sucker for nice smelly stuff, bubble baths, Epsom salt soak, hair colour, hair straighteners and body cremes.  But while you are on the Gerson Therapy, the aforementioned are not allowed.  Mainly because they are made up of numerous toxic chemicals.  And basically we are what we absorb.  I found out that our skin is our body's largest organ.  The analogy use is that every single pore on our body is like a thirsty mouth, drinking up and absorbing in whatever you give it.  That being said, the average adult uses 9 personal care/cosmetic products on a daily basis, and is exposed to more than 160 chemicals each day - linking to cancer, potentially harmful to our reproductive systems or fetal development, and disruptive to our hormones.  
Yikes!  and here we thought we were doing so good with our "natural" moisturizers and foundations.  In some cases we are, but what troubles me is reading that there are some loopholes within our laws to allow companies to label any ingredient into personal care products with little pre-market safety tests.

As you can imagine, there is an enormous amount of information available, and over the next little while, I will be exploring fabulous organic products.  First things first, I am trying to understand the difference between Natural and Organic.

Basically this implies that one/some/all of the ingredients used are unprocessed such as fruits, sugars, vitamins and minerals.  But it doesn't mean they were grown or gathered organically.  So, all the ingredients come from nature but could be mixed with synthetics.  Natural does not always mean safe.

These ingredients must be produced without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, genetic engineering, or irradiation.  As well, they are minimally processed without artificial ingredients or preservatives - there are fewer toxins released into the environment and less likely to make it into our products.

So, like anything else, Buyer Beware.  If you find you are concerned about certain ingredients, educate yourself and look for products you are comfortable using.  

Remember, you have to be comfortable in your own skin.

1 comment:

  1. Mini

    Great information! I have been using and educating women about Arbonne for 12 years now. All of their products are formulated in Switzerland and they are very strict about ingredients.