My husband and I have prided ourselves in trying to achieve wellness in all dimensions of our families life, physically, personally, financially, environmentally, etc. so we can honestly say that we have been a positive influence in teaching our children the importance of taking care of the themselves. Believe it or not, you don’t have to be a “tree hugger,” as everyone says, to know the environment has a huge impact on our wellness. People either don’t know how much it impacts them and their health or they don’t care. We are the sickest generation because of our toxic environment, inside and outside, and our lack of nutrition. Through all the research I’ve done and education I’ve gotten so far on the subject (I’m continuing to find out) has really opened my eyes as a mother to how much danger we are put in on a daily basis through what we put on our bodies and use around us.
Everyday Products Are Harming Us Without Our Knowledge
On our road to wellness Levi and I got all the chemicals out of our house to start with from toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner to our cleaners and laundry soap. Behold, all the sicknesses and eczema went with them. I guess you can call me a Go Green fan or hippie mama! Here’s the reality though, there’s even carcinogenic cleaners that pose as green products on the shelves in the store which includes one of the biggest name brands Seventh Generation. I have found even making your own natural laundry soap using Borax and other commercial brand detergents is still toxic. Google the ingredients (do not simply google the product itself but the actual ingredients in the product. If you want more information to why this is important contact me) or call the poison control hotline. Did you know that what you put on and in your body goes within your blood stream within six seconds? So frankly I would like to know what I am putting in and on my body and my families. I have recently learned there is a difference between natural and plant derived. I always assumed that if something was natural it had to be plant derived but I got a wake up call and learned otherwise. A product being plant derived is the only way to be natural and environmentally safe.
Our everyday products that we use: dish washing detergent, laundry detergent, cleaners, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, and many more have been found to have carcinogenic fillers such as triclosan, phosphates (phosphorus), nitrates (nitrogen) and fluoride among others. These not only do harm to us causing varies diseases and illnesses but also disrupt our aquatic system. Every time you wash dishes, take a shower or brush your teeth you’re washing these chemicals back into the water ways and we are re-affected in once again an unhealthy way.
According to https://www.epa.gov/nutrientpollution/problem nitrogen and phosphorus are nutrients that are natural to aquatic ecosystems along with other positive attributes and nitrogen is the most abundant element in the air we breathe; however, with these fillers being added more and more into our every day lives we are putting way too much of it back into the environment – the air and water can become polluted by causing algae to grow faster than the ecosystem. Nutrient pollution has impacted many waterways over time resulting in serious environmental and human health issues, and thus this impacts the economy. People can get sick if they come into contact with polluted water, consume tainted fish or shellfish, or drink contaminated water. Infants are vulnerable to a nitrogen-based compound called nitrates in drinking water. Excess nitrogen in the atmosphere can produce pollutants such as ammonia and ozone, which can impair our ability to breathe, limit visibility and alter plant growth. When excess nitrogen comes back to earth from the atmosphere, it can harm the health of forests, soils and waterways.
What I choose…. So Will You?
I always wondered why environmentalists were so passionate about what they do and it finally clicked when I started learning how to better my families lives. We are slowly killing ourselves off by choosing to support all these toxic companies that take pride and joy in making the next dollar. People can call me a Green Fan, hippie mom, tree hugger or a crazy environmentalist but really I am just trying to do better for the environment so we can have our food source, our source of oxygen that by the way if you haven’t noticed we live on, and our water source. Just the foundations for living. I don’t use anything with formaldehyde, phosphates, chlorine bleach, nitrates, triclosans and many more carcinogenic fillers and don’t support companies that chose to dump toxic waste into our society. Will you do the same? This is one step closer to achieving environmental wellness so will you help us save our environmental well-being a little bit at a time.