Did you know that body care bottles are supposed to be thrown out in the toxic waste bins and not go out with your weekly garbage pickup? Things like shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, deodorant and other toiletry product containers. I was shocked when I heard this. I knew I had to ask the person of whom I trust the most when needing to find out about environmental toxins. Click here to listen to her answer
This was all new to me when I first started my detox journey. My health and stress management system was never something that I related to environmental toxins. The only reason that I started, (if I am being honest), is because my son was suffering from severe eczema and other health issues and as his mom I was doing everything could to help him. I thought I was grasping at straws with this one, but OMG it was eye opening! And a game changer for me; taking a HUGE stress load off of my body.
Our skin is our largest organ. And as we discussed in last weeks blog hormone disruptors mess up our sleep, moods/anger, energy, reproductive system, libido and more. This results in more and more stress and health issues to our body. You only need to absorb a very small amount to create this chaos in your body which is why today we are talking about how to detox your bathroom.
Here’s where to start…
We are going to keep it simple, so I will teach you how to detoxify your body care products.
- Write a list of all of your body care products.
- Download the Think Dirty App on your phone.
- For fun you can scan each product you have and see if it pops up on the app. Note- some barcodes are specific to stores like Costco, Walmart and have their own code which will not scan. If this happens, type the name of the product in the search bar manually. IF your item pops up see where it falls on the dirty scale. 10 is bad, 0 is good.
- At the top in the search bar type an item you’d like to replace such as toothpaste. A list will pop up of items from lowest to highest on the dirty scale that you can replace your current toothpaste with.
Here’s what I use…
In our house, we often buy our items online and order in bulk. This saves money and saves us searching for non toxic items in stores.
The Green Beaver brand is great for toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, sunscreen (we use the baby one as it’s the newest in their line and not greasy). Castille soap, Soapworks Emu oil soap is great for dry skin and eczema and 7th Generation is the brand we like for dish soap.
“Your life is full of so many stresses that you can not control. “
As you can see it does not take a lot of extra work on your part to eliminate environmental stress triggers. Knowing how hormonal toxins negatively affect your stress management system, makes it a simple and smart decision to change up your products to non toxic options. The more stress you can take off of your body, the more able it is to handle the stresses that you can’t.
Preventing your burnout as a Police Officer or First Responder is not about eating clean and being active. You will see that there is a lot more to it, as we focus this month on Environmental toxins.
There are so many things you can do to help you get a solid sleep, boost your energy, calm your anger/short fuse and stop fearing burnout. Which is why I created 911 Stress Management, my free FB group full of Officers, First Responders and their families. I wanted to create a place where we can support one another while learning what can be done to reduce your burnout.
Click this link to join us today. We’ve love to have you become a part of our community.
The advice provided in this article is for informational purposes only. It is meant to augment and not replace consultation with a licensed health care provider. Consultation with a Naturopathic Doctor or other primary care provider is recommended for anyone suffering from a health problem.
About the Author
Andi Clark is a mom, wife of a Police Officer and the founder of 911 Lifestyle.
Andi suffers from a genetic stress condition that puts her body in an increased stress response state all the time, similar to what Police Officers and First Responders experience when they put on their uniform and have to mentally prepare for whatever may happen in their day.
Through years of research and studying, Andi formulated a completely different way to look at and handle burnout. One where it is possible to reverse and prevent an officer from getting to a point where they struggle to get through their days by taking a preventative approach instead of a reactive one. And one that reduces the negative effects of shift work on the body.
Through her husbands career as an officer her focus has been on preventing burnout, exhaustion and tanked immune system that she knew can result from poorly managed stress, not to mention the toll things take on family life.
As she watched his co-workers struggle with everything from sleep, exhaustion and anger leading to divorce, PTSD and even suicide it became apparent how LIFE-SAVING the foundations she was laying down for her husband actually were, because not only was he tolerating the shiftwork lifestyle, he was thriving in it.
Andi knew that the strategies her husband was using MUST become available to all Police Officers and other First Responders. She couldn’t watch others suffering when she knew there was a solution. And 911 Lifestyle was born.