Choosing Natural Foods and Products for Better Health and Beauty
There are only a few key factors that have the power to influence our overall health. Genetics is one of the biggest indicators, but there’s little that we can do to change those. However, lifestyle, and everything that falls under that category, including the foods we eat, the products we put in our hair and on our skin, and the products that we use to clean our homes, are some factors that we do have control over. What we put in and on our bodies has such a great effect on our well-being and health that many people are seeing the benefit of being more conscious about the products that they choose to buy and use.
Natural beauty and good health starts on the inside.
Whether you are on a diet, or simply looking to feel better about your food choices, sticking to minimally processed fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts means enjoying some of the best, and healthiest, diet foods around. Choosing whole, raw, and fibrous foods will limit the number of chemicals and additives that you consume. You don’t necessarily need to convert to a paleo diet, or go vegan. Choosing healthy foods can be as simple as skipping the prepared meals and processed items, and trying to add a few more raw, or minimally-cooked, vegetables to your meals. Making healthier food choices will result in getting more nutrition and supporting an overall healthier digestive system.
Good health and good skin is supported from the outside with clean, natural products.
Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t throw in its two cents on the subject of natural personal and beauty care products? This means that if you want to navigate the realm of natural products, you need a little background knowledge, and a healthy dose of skepticism when evaluating products that claim to be natural. For example, there are chemicals like Triclosan, 1,4-dioxane, and hexaclorophene that have been linked to carcinogens, and that are commonly used in commercial soaps! Human skin is a permeable substance, meaning what you put on it will, to some degree, gets absorbed. If you’re concerned about limiting the chemicals you put on your skin and into your body, then look for handmade natural soaps, and other beauty care products that put good health before profit.
To top it all off, keep a clean and chemical-free home.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health revealed that out of all the substances that the fragrance industry uses, approximately a third are toxic. It’s easy to forget that the products that you use in your home can also have a direct correlation to your health, especially when the goal of those products is to make your home and your clothes cleaner. Unfortunately, cleaning products are some of the most likely to be unintentionally touched and inhaled. Chemical-laden products may get your counters clean, but they do so at the cost of your personal health. Individuals with asthma or allergies often experience respiratory irritation and headaches due to the chemicals and fragrances that are added to laundry detergents. When choosing products to use in the home, be mindful of the fragrances, dyes, and toxic chemicals that get added in, because ultimately, you’ll come into contact with that product after it has been used in your kitchen or bathroom, or on your clothes.
Choosing healthier foods and products may require a little effort and research. However, the advantage of reducing your exposure to all manner of harmful chemicals and additives is one that many people believe makes the effort worthwhile. These days, it’s easier than ever to find products that have been developed with a conscience, and a mindfulness of what’s better for both our bodies and the environment. Whether you choose to eat more whole fruits and vegetables, use products with more natural ingredients, or clean your home with fewer chemicals, your health will be the better for it.
We hope this helps you start off your new year right!
Becky & Nic