For those of you with thyroid disease (read my story of hypothyroidism here), you probably already know that what you put in your body plays a huge role in how your thyroid functions and how well or poorly you feel. If you fuel yourself like crap, you feel like crap. While a healthy diet cannot always 100% heal you (for example, I only have half a thyroid and no amount of healthy eating will bring it back), it can certainly work with your body to support healthy hormone balance.
It’s a simple enough concept but the process of dealing with toxins doesn’t stop with just food or even water.
Did you know 1 in 4 people have what is called multiple chemical sensitivity (1)? This means people can no longer handle the ingredients found in every day products such as air fresheners and even deodorants. Our bodies are unable to intake, process and eliminate all the chemicals in our environment and it’s literally making people sick. And guess what? It’s estimated that women wear on average a big fat total of 515 synthetic chemicals PER DAY (2).
And if that’s said to be the average for all women in America, how many of them suffer from endocrine issues that therefore turn this sensitivity into full blow autoimmune disease?
Imagine your immune system as a bucket and everyone in the world has their own. Every day we each fill our bucket up a bit more with toxins by being exposed to chemicals in varying rates of speed due to our individual lifestyles. But once the bucket is full, that’s when disease sets in, when your thyroid can no longer handle what’s being thrown at it, when your body starts to give out because it’s just too bombarded. The more overwhelmed your immune system is, the easier it will manifest symptoms, diseases, etc. So the reason it’s important to eliminate chemicals in your environment is because your immune system can only handle so much. Some buckets seem to fill up fast, some buckets seem to fill up slow but you only get one bucket in your lifetime and your goal should be to always keep is as empty as possible.
I would venture to say 100% of people who suffer from any form of thyroid disease, whether they realize it or not, are also sensitive to the chemicals (endocrine disruptors) used in cosmetics, perfumes, hair care products, laundry detergents, household cleaners, skin care and much more.
It’s kind of the ‘which came first thing’… do people have thyroid issues (and other autoimmune issues) because of these chemicals? Or are they sensitive to them because of their disease? The answer, in short, is both. It’s a vicious circle.
- Parabens (Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Benzylparaben)
- Plastic Packing (Not limited to simply BPA, avoid especially PVC with recycle code #3)
- Phthalates (look for products without synthetic fragrance)
- Pestisides (plants used in beauty products)
(If you want, you can read the full dirty dozen list, not just limited to skin care products, on EWG.com by clicking here. There’s even a downloadable PDF →)
This is a lot of information, isn’t it? I mean, how are we TRULY supposed to avoid all chemicals in our lives? The sad truth is we can’t avoid them all.
But there are ways to avoid quite a few and therefore set yourself up for optimal health in an environment that seems like the only option is disease.
I’m going to let you in on a powerful resource that can help you take out all the guess work when buying skin care products. ARE YOU READY?
It’s the easiest database in the universe. All you do is type in whatever brand of beauty product you’re thinking of purchasing and it’ll show you how it scored (green, yellow or red). Based off the scores, you can decide if it’s a product you’re willing to expose yourself to! It really doesn’t get any easier than this.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is absolutely committed to empowering people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. They are a gigantic non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment (to give you an idea, they have well over six hundred thousand followers on Facebook alone). Read more about them here.
I gave my Avalon Organics Brilliant Balance Cleansing Gel (pictured above) a quick search to discover it ranks at a 3, making it yellow. Typically, as long as my products are out of the red zone, I feel pretty good about it. By the way, I am a huge lavender fan and this cleanser smells like heaven. Here are the details of the face wash I use…
So, in a nut shell, if you’re looking for skin care products that are safe for those of us with thyroid (or autoimmune) disease to use, make your life easier and search it on the Skin Deep Database first. Here’s a list of my basic top 5 favorites that rank completely GREEN, making them some of the absolute best products on the market to use when you have thyroid or any other autoimmune disease. ♥
- Avalon Organics Refreshing Lip Balm – I have a car balm and a purse balm!
- Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes – I use these as facial wipes and make up removers! They’re significantly cheaper than actual natural make up remover wipes and they work just as good, in my experience!
- Tiger Balm Muscle Rub – Perfect for using after long runs (instead of icy hot)!
- Tom’s of Maine Flouride-Free Propolis & Myrrh Toothpaste – Makes my teeth feel very clean!
- Everyone Soap 3 in 1, Lavender + Aloe – My whole family uses this! Even the dog. 😉
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