Did you know the average person leaves the house with over 100 toxic chemicals in and on their bodies each day?
You are eating healthier, reading labels and buying organic whenever you can. You know it is important to help the body detox by adding in lots of fresh organic greens. You are becoming more educated and informed about what you are putting in your body.
But hold on a minute! Are you also educating yourself about what you are putting on your body? And what is truly being absorbed by your skin, your largest detox organ?
Lets start with something a lot of you may not have ever given a lot of thought to–your toothpaste. Holy Cow! How can that be? We have been brushing our teeth since we were little and have never really given it much thought. We just know we need to do it.
Lets take a closer look at your toothpaste.
Sodium Fluoride: My question is, if fluoride is so great for the teeth, then why are we still getting so many cavities?
Fluoride is a known carcinogen, but don’t worry they tell you a little poison is okay–but every day, sometimes three times a day, day after day? Boy that starts to add up doesn’t it?
Some other uses of sodium fluoride:
- Rat poison
- Glass etching
- Cockroach powder
- Industrial products such as dyes & plastics
- Fire extinguishers
What does the label on most fluoride toothpastes say? I will let you make your own decision on what type of toothpaste you want to use every day for the rest of your life, but I suggest you may want to do a little more research. Most of the labels with this ingredient say: “If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.”
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
This is a strong and harsh detergent that started off as on industrial de-greaser and garage floor cleaner. It is what gives toothpaste its wet feel and foaming qualities. It unfortunately can be absorbed by the delicate mucus membranes in the mouth, which can lead to elevated levels of toxins in the bloodstream. Oh boy not what I want going into my body. But again, you decide.
Blue Dye No. 1 or Red Dye No. 40?
Or how about none!
Did you know many synthetic dyes are made from petroleum? Just google the dangers of synthetic dyes, and you will find that they are linked to everything from asthma, to ADHD, to cancer, and even reproductive problems.
During the past 50 years, the amount of chemical dye used in foods has increased by a whopping 500%. Could it be one of the causes of the alarming rise in child behavioral problems, aggression and ADHD? Studies show it’s a definite possibility. Shall we just move on now?
Did you know that the ingredients they use to make toothpaste make it taste horrible? That is why they have to add even more toxic chemicals to make it taste better. (Wait we are not supposed to eat toothpaste are we?) These can disrupt hormones and endocrine system.
There is a very eye opening movie to watch called “The Great Culling – Our Water
This is another petroleum-based chemical used as a sweetener in toothpaste and is 350 times sweeter than natural sugar.
Break the Cycle
What can you do to make a simple lifestyle change and reduce your exposure to these toxic ingredients? One simple action is to change your toothpaste. Toothpaste is supposed to help protect our teeth from cavities not subject us to unhealthy chemicals.
I hope I have opened up your eyes to the harmful effects of the toxins that we expose our bodies to every day without even giving it a second thought.
Words are like toothpaste. Once it comes out you can’t put it back.
Some Natural Toothpaste Brands I Suggest