Naturopathic Basics Part 1: Read Labels!
We’re all used to seeing ingredients listed on food stuffs. Can you read it out loud without feeling foolish? Do you know what all the ingredients are?
The first thing I recommend to all new patients and clients (and
other interested parties) is to READ LABELS. Read what you put in your mouth; read what you put on your skin. Why? Because YOU are important and you deserve REAL ingredients!
Your body cannot be expected to run properly if you don’t give it the fuel it requires. Food is fuel! If you can’t wrap your lips around how to say the ingredients out loud, chances are very good that it isn’t food; therefore, it isn’t worthy of going between your lips.
The same applies to the products you rub on your skin. Did you know your skin is a huge organ of both absorption and elimination? Whatever you slather on topically will, to some extent, be absorbed into the blood stream.
There are rather elaborate, really thick books outlining in detail all the chemicals currently being allowed in both our foods and our health/beauty supplies (lotions, toothpastes, make-up, etc). I’ll break the thick books down with just a few lines to keep things simple:
Avoid hydrogenated oils, trans fats, chemical sugar substitutes (Splenda, Nutrasweet, Equal), nitrites/nitrates, artificial ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, sodium benzoate, and anything you cannot pronounce. Topically, avoid sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, mineral oil, aluminum.
Simple, right? Easy, too! Okay, there will be “favorite” items that contain these above listed toxic ingredients. I’ll bet you could take your wrappers or other packaging to a better quality food store and ask for a less toxic (or even healthy!) version of same. Or contact me. I, too, can help!
Next week, I’ll break down the break down listed above and clue you in to WHY those particular items are the worst to ingest. For now, though, please consider being GOOD to yourself and AVOID non-food “foods”.
Yes, the showcased label DOES come from a delicious chocolate bar. Living well doesn’t have to taste bad!
Wishing you WELLness,
Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh