All posts tagged: toxins

Toxins we use on a daily basis

Did you know that, on average, every single day, women use 10 products containing around 120 chemical toxins? It’s easy to focus on what we eat, but we forget what we’re putting on our skin. Our skin is the biggest organ in our body; it absorbs at least 60-90% of what we put on it, in a matter of minutes. You will be surprised to know how many chemicals you’re using every day, without even knowing. Think about it: On a daily basis we use shampoo, soap, skin care, toothpaste, makeup, perfume, deodorant and even nail polish, all of which contain countless chemicals that are a risk to our health.  These chemicals are associated with allergic reactions and are known to cause not only asthma, headaches and dermatitis, but also hormone disruption, nervous system disruption, mental illness and even cancer. Now, we know this sounds daunting, but there are plenty of healthy alternatives available to you and you can find them by just reading the labels! It can be difficult to know exactly what you should be …

Antioxidants – nature’s protectors and fighters

Sadly we just haven’t quite found the secret to eternal youth, but antioxidants are arguably the nearest we will come in terms of finding the best anti-ageing, protect and repair elixir that nature has to offer! Antioxidants reduce the damage to our body due to oxidation. When oxygen is metabolised, it creates ‘free radicals’ that steal electrons from other molecules, causing damage. The body can cope with some free radicals and needs them to function effectively, but too many free radicals start to have a damaging effect on the body and have been linked to heart disease, liver disease and some cancers. Stress, cigarette smoking, alcohol, sunlight, pollution and several other factors can also accelerate oxidation – more reason to stay calm and give up the booze and the cigarettes! This is why smokers and those who drink a lot have more skin and tissue damage and are more prone to some diseases than non-smokers/non-drinkers. However, oxidation is a fact of life – but its damaging effects can be reduced by antioxidants, which are found …

How to live a less toxic life

No matter what you do, where you go or how you live your life, unless you’re living under a rock in the middle of nowhere, it’s pretty hard to avoid toxins. Our daily lives are full of them. They’re in the atmosphere, in our food and drink, cans and bottles, in our toiletries, cleaning products, furniture, clothes, house paint, drinking water and even in our computers. We actually even make toxins ourselves through our own stress! These daily chemicals safe or are thought to be linked to issues such as lower IQ, cancer and reproductive problems and could well play a part in all sorts of illnesses. We simply don’t know what their effects are. We’re actually exposed to toxins from within the womb, from chemicals that travel across the placenta and into the foetus. These chemicals can be known toxins such as mercury, lead and BPA (found in plastics) or other unknown toxins that we simply have no idea we’re ingesting. In ABC’s Catalyst programme last week, Dr Maryanne Demasi investigated the chemicals found …

Inspirational woman: Sarah Wilson

The lovely Sarah Wilson is one of Australia’s best-known media commentators in the health, health living and beauty fields; as well as being a journalist, author and magazine editor. In her twenties, Sarah was a restaurant reviewer and editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. She was also the host of the hugely successful first series of MasterChef Australia and face of Lifestyle You. Following her diagnosis with autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s, Sarah began to look at different ways to manage her illness. These ways included following a toxin free, sugar free diet as well as reviewing her attitude to health and exercise. Sarah’s books, IQuitSugar and I Quit Sugar For Life have been a huge success and spawned a successful business,  including a series of cookbooks, which she manages with her Sarah Wilson blog and media work, while cycling and hiking in her spare time. You have a pretty crazy schedule with IQuitSugar.com and your media work; how do you keep up your energy levels, especially when you’re travelling? Meditating once or twice a day and doing exercise every morning, even …