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Why Eating Healthy & Exercise Aren’t Enough to Claim #Healthgoals

Think eating healthy gives you a pass for bragging rights? Think again!

In 2010, I drastically changed my eating habits. At the time, I did a combination of “Eat Right for Your Blood Type” by Dr. Adamo and cutting out beef and pork. Seven years later, I still hold true to that lifestyle and definitely only eat meat sparingly. While all this talk of eating right and only reaching for healthy foods is nice, none of these gestures solidifies actually being “healthy”. I’m also not referring to exercise, neither. I’m talking about something far more common that takes those who thinks their actions are healthy & extraordinary back to basic.

I’m talking about your everyday cosmetic & home products.

Read: Do You Have a Chemical-Free Home?

It’s nice you’re eating clean and all, but you’d be surprised how often and frequently you’re exposed to hormone-altering chemicals in the everyday products YOU buy at the store that have negative effects on the body.

There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies: increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones. -Environmental Working Group

The lotions, creams, body washes, perfumes, nail polishes, lipsticks, deodorant, feminine products, face washes, and a host of other things we use on the daily are probably filled and loaded with things that can cause illness, diseases, allergies, breathing issues, infertility, cancer, and a host of other issues. Sure you are a #bodygoals, #gymgoals, #addwhateverhashtaggoalispopular, but are you secretly killing yourself just to say you buy name brand products? Sure proclamations like “natural” and “organic” can be tempting, but many of the ingredients aren’t even regulated by the FDA, so our products can contain a number of things that aren’t so “natural” and “organic”.

Check it out: Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors

 

It’s important to know where your food comes from and to make sure you get at least 3 days worth of exercising. However, your skin is the largest organ and should be approached with the same care. Resources such as the EWG or ThinkDirty app are great resources to verify if the products you own are polluting your home and currently making you sick.

Now you know better. Do better!

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