B E A U T I F Y and D E T O X I F Y

We talked a little yesterday about the chemicals in food. But why not take a little glance at some of the names of chemicals in our makeup; hand lotion; soap; shampoo and household cleaners?

It's not a new discussion here regarding "things that are bad for you" and some of the names may be very familiar to you.  Let's just go over a few and what are the actual facts regarding each chemical, according to a California State Report.

Phenol, Formaldehyde, Cocamide DEA, Nitrosamine, Propylene glycol, Phthalates, and Parabens are just a few ingredients used in common household cosmetic and personal products, to name a few.

All we have to do is grab a product and read the back of the label, and if they contain any of the ingredients listed above, then you will be taking the first step in "Detoxifying your body" of harmful chemicals.

The purpose of detoxifying your body is to bring you to your most optimal state of health and well being.  Let's begin.

Today we will just look at the first ingredient, Phenol, what it is, what it does, where do you find it, and what can it lead us to.  We will look at the other chemicals in following days, 
if you care to read the blog daily.  

Phenol, what is it?
Taken from the free online dictionary

phenol is defined as

 /phe·nol/ (fe´nol)
1.an extremely poisonous compound,C6H5OH, which is caustic and disinfectant used as a pharmaceutic preservative and in dilution as an antimicrobial and  topical anesthetic and antipruritic. Poisoning, due to ingestion or transdermal  absorption, causes symptoms including colic, local irritation, corrosion, seizure,cardiac arrhythmias, 
shock, and respiratory arrest.

According to the CDC, Phenol has Synonyms & Trade Names, such as:
      Carbolic acidHydroxybenzene, Monohydroxybenzene, Phenyl       alcohol, and Phenyl hydroxide

Phenol, what does it do?
It is used as an antiseptic and was first used in surgery. Today it is used in household cleaners and personal products, such as mouthwash. Also they are used in resins or glues in wood products and plastics, as well as, in bold-colored dyes.

Phenol, where do you find it?

Well this is where you come in.  It is time for you to start reading your labels at home for household cleaners and personal products, and see if you can find any of the following, contained in them:

PhenolHydroxybenzene, Monohydroxybenzene, Phenyl alcohol, Phenyl hydroxide or Carbolic acid

Phenol.  Where does it lead us to?

Well hopefully we are better informed, ready to face the environment in a more prudent manner and better armed to choose what we buy because of how it may impact our health.

Let's recap.
Phenol. Is a toxin found in daily household items that can lead to: serious damage to heart, blood vessels, lungs, kidneys, central nervous system; seizures; coma; birth defects; cancer; death.

(facts can be found in the msds or material safety data sheet, that is used by most companies/hospitals)

Wishing you all good health and wellness today!
Love from Nikki B.


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