I have always tried to be conscious of what goes into my body, but it seems my tendencies fluctuate. I’m on a journey to form solid habits this time. Your body obviously runs at its best when it is provided with nutrients, exercise, care. At first glance, this typically makes people think to cut out caffeine, refined sugars, red meat, etc. My goal food-wise, is to eliminate all processed foods. If the contains more than a few more ingredients, forget it. If the label contains chemical additives, as almost everything does, forget it. Veggies, beans, rice, spices. Fuel.
More than the food, I’m looking for help with all the other chemicals that enter our body, mainly, through our skin. Shampoo, soap, deodorant, laundry detergent, lotion, even toothpaste.. these are all things most of us willingly expose ourselves to on a daily basis. I want to lower my exposure. I know it to be possible. I’ve done the ‘no-poo’ routine, in which shampoo is not used for cleansing your hair. Either baking soda & vinegar is used, or nothing at all but water. I’ve tried both with success, and healthier hair than ever.
I’m asking you, HEthens, for any input on the subject, whether you agree or not.
Further, I would LOVE additional information on these options. I have searched over time and found several different threads upon various websites, but I’m hoping for a community that sort of envelops this whole genre of ideas.
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I love to see people paying attention to their health and environment, especially when we get into the toxicity of pretty much EVERY product you would find at any conventional grocery store (I swear I have a panic attack every time I enter one for something quick to eat). I totally agree with everything thats been said, PH balance is important, as well as awareness of products in stores.
Basically, we all gotta find out for ourselves what is actually good for our bodies.
A few highlights that have been prevalent for me:
1. We are what we eat, a diet with plenty of raw fruits and veggies is vital.
- See paleolithic diet:
-Processed foods are not raw, the living enzymes and amino acids are destroyed once cooked or even frozen, basically turning your ‘orange juice’ or ‘milk’ or anything cooked into sugar, thats how your body reads cooked food! Thats why its so important to pair any cooked meal with some raw fruit or a salad.
- Careful eating out! http://www.naturalnews.com/037834_GMO_restaurants_cooking_oils.html
- Buy local! Go to your farmers markets and look for CSA’s in your area
-If you eat meat, look for organic, naturally fed, free range, antibiotic free, hormone free
2. Detoxing is more important than ever!
For me it started with juice and smoothie fasting once a week for detoxing. A couple weeks later I juice fasted for 3 days. Felt great! Now I juice regularly (I use a CSA to deliver a huge box of local organic fruits and veggies every week). I eat meat once a week at most (always hormone, antibiotic free, free range, organic fed) and rarely eat dairy. Other than that I try to eat at home as much as possible and make sure I eat something raw** with every meal.
I also have added many affordable organic herbal/superfoods to my morning routine, right now I start my day with turmeric (blood cleanser), cayenne (detoxificant), zeolite (detox heavy metals!), spirulina! (protein, minerals), kelp powder (iodide- detox fluoride & hormonal balance), chia seeds (protein &omegas), gingko (increase blood flow), dandelion leaf (liver), milk thistle (liver), roobios tea (antioxidants) etc. in a shot of water.
About water .. most tap water and bottled water have added synthetic fluoride, a toxin to be avoided at all costs, I try to refill my 3 gallon water jug with a Reverse Osmosis filter, the only way to filter it out that i’m aware of. You can find a machine at most whole foods. Get fluoride free toothpaste. Fluoride, being in the water, is pretty much in everything, we have enough of this junk in our environment so avoid it as much as you can.
I did an MSM detox for a few months also which sped up my metabolism like crazy, therefore speeds up the detox process (highly recommend it).
I get plenty of exercise at work, bike, skate, drinks tons of water, meditate often. I noticed the past few weeks I have been lucid dreaming almost every night.. I have a feeling its related to detoxing fluoride ..
I smoke organic outdoor buddha which seems to have nothing but positive effects. I quit tobacco over about 3 weeks ago thank god! Nothing fucks me up more than cigs.
Last but not least, things like apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil & raw honey have been very useful in replacing conventional household items and hygiene products, but this area I’m not too caught up on.
@bgood, Great topic :) great indeed.
I will share with you my personal experience. For cleaning my body, I use only the natural soaps. And when you wash your body, you don’t have to, you don’t need to rub your whole body every time you get under the shower.
Your body (if healthy) will clean itself naturally (as @manimal already wrote), just wash the areas with glands underneath the skin, and intimate zones.
You will improve the immune system of your body, when you let it regenerate all by itself.
Do not use pharmaceutical garbage, no matter how hard the pain is. Don’t use any legal drug :) Because it’s legal with purpose to keep you inside the magic circle.
Avoid meat. The most beautiful thing which you can do to your soul, body and your mind, is to going vegetarian.
And remember one thing:
Only the man who think he is healthy,
I proved that when experimenting on myself. I was vegetarian soul for only 8 months. Doctors told me to pay a lot attention on my diet during the winter days, because the amount of food for vegetarians is smaller, and she knew that I am no rich girl to buy vegan stuff, and high quality food just for myself (I have 4 more family members). So… I wasn’t eating healthy, most of the time I was hungry, but I was happy with my life and myself :)
After a few months I tested my blood. It was fu*king perfect ! :) I didn’t lack in iron, no bad cholesterol running trough my veins. So, all in all – eat what makes YOU feel light and healthy. That’s all it matters.
I recommend deodorant stones to everyone!!! they cost about 2 bucks and last forever, it’s a certain kind of mineral in this clear rock-like form, you just get it wet and use it as deodorant. It takes a few days for your body to get used to it but once you do, you still sweat but don’t smell bad. I love it… never going back!
I recently converted from lotion to extra virgin olive oil (the olive oil you use to cook). Its pretty fucking amazing. I will never ever go back to using lotion with all those chemicals & ingredients that I have no clue what they are. Lotions dont even last the entire day. My skin is usual dry by the middle of the day or if i wash my hands & dry them. But with the olive oil, my skin stays moisturized all day.
@birdflyinghigh, Today I used a mixture of approximately equal parts of ground coffee and olive oil to exfoliate. I left this on for a few minutes before rinsing. I used this as my facial scrub today as well, and having somewhat oil skin, I was a little concerned. Needless to say, my skin is in better moisture health than any lotion has been able to deliver. I think I’ll use this scrub a few times a week, and on the other days, use only water to cleanse.
I washed my hair with peppermint tea today, as I’ve found it is supposed to be good for cleansing and scalp rejuvenation. Upon taking the towel off of my hair, I immediately went ‘uh oh, tangles!’. And so I went at it gently with a brush. Much to my surprise, it brushed out very easily. Anyone who has dry hair might try olive oil on the ends for moisture. The tea, as well I will use a few times a week, eventually using it just once a week, or as needed, and counting on water the rest of the days. I was at a point of only water for a while, but I do like the way the tea makes my hair feel. As well, I’ve read different teas have different effects, most all herbal teas help to close the cuticle, thus strengthening the hair. I will definitely be experimenting with different types of teas to see which work best on my hair type.
Hey! Glad a thread like this is up. I’m in the exact same position! trying to eliminate all those nasties… plus the better but still not so recognised nasties that @manimal also mentioned.
Yaaaaaaaaay for a healthier being.
Also about the ‘natural’ thing, natural doesn’t always mean good for you or healthy. cement is natural but no one goes around eating or praising it. admittedly i saw this on a weed poster, but it rang true to me.
I am ecstatic and intrigued by this thread! I’ve been delving into, of course, the less-processed food life as well as things like DIY natural, healthy hygiene.
@bgood, For my conditioner I use a mixture of apple cider vinegar (restoring pH balance), rose water (for scent and diluting the ACV), and olive oil, mixed in a spray bottle. Shampoo is just baking soda.
I’ve found that this method as well as similar ones like the teas is amazing for hair! And it dries so fast cause there’s no unnatural oil.
Also, for a facemask egg whites and lemon juice mixed together is fantastic. It firms the skin and makes the pores smaller.
@kellah, @francina, You might find this interesting! I typically wear only eyeliner. Occassionally I’d use powder if my face is looking red. Since I’ve been trying to make a full chemical free transition, I haven’t been using makeup at all.
Also, I have been using the olive oil/coffee blend for my daily face wash, and let me just say that I’ve had amazing results! I mentioned 6 days ago that I was happy using it, and I still am.. My skin has cleared up the little annoyances it did have and is completely smooth and moisturized. However, I have been missing eyeliner, as I like to apply it some days. I found this article on homemade eyeliner that intrigues me. Opinions would be great.. I’m going to try it out later today..
@manimal, I can highly appreciate your insight. This is exactly the information, as well as reinforcement we need. I am particularly unfamiliar with the importance of pH levels, so I will absolutely be looking into this. As a cosmetology student, I have learned the importance of pH levels in hair, but as far as the body is concerned, this is new territory.
@bgood, I am intrigued by the coffee idea! I’m going to try this tonight. I’m glad to hear it worked well for you.
I’m still hooked on shampoo and conditioner – my hair is really long right now, and tangles take forever to get out if I don’t use conditioner. I’d never heard of using tea before, so I’ll have to try it!
I’m going to have SO MUCH coffee and tea around now. I will never run out of caffeine. Ahaha.
I used the olive oil and sugar scrub on my face 3 days ago, and my skin still feels noticeably softer and healthier. I think I will use the sugar scrub for when I need to exfoliate, and the coffee scrub for when I just need to moisturize.
@bgood, woot! that looks fantastic! My exams finish tomorrow so i’ll add that to the top of my list of things to do!! haha, i love almonds. I bet it would work fine with any other nut too though.
What parts oil did you add to the coffee? and how much coffee grinds? I dont want to use an exfoliator every day because my skin is super sensitive and it makes it flare up if i do.
Also, do you think that the coffee/oil would work for legs and stuff too? I’m so down to have a hippie day making all these things hahahah
@francina, In regards to the natural cement comment, I’m assuming this was on an anti-weed poster? In that case, it’s unfortunate, but the statement does apply to many situations well. I did use the term natural a bit too lightly I suppose. I do just need to stray away from everything extra that we do not need, and that causes adverse effects on the body. :)
You should check out Lush if you don’t already know about it. Kinda pricey but all of their beauty/bath products are made with natural organic ingredients and environmentally friendly. Plus OMG the smells. =)
@birdflyinghigh, You don’t realize that rubbing sugar into your skin makes it a prime host for (smelly) bacteria, do you?
The skin feels softer because you peel away the horny layer (yes that’s what it’s called) and that’s not really a good thing, because it leaves your skin and pores exposed to dirt, bacteria and chemicals.
To avoid tangles, just brush your hair before and after showering, and once or twice a day. The hair may also need some nutrition, but getting it from your diet is better than applying topically.
I very rarely get tangles, and my hair currently hangs past my shoulder blades. I don’t use shampoo or conditioner at all, I only use water for my hair.
also @heavydreamz, @bgood, http://www.newrealities.com/index.php/articles-on-health/item/532-the-healing-benefits-of-cinnamon–honey this was really cool too reading about cinnamon and honey. Like Baking Soda, super cheap but super good for you!
@bgood, If you are looking for an EXCELLENT replacement for heavily scented and processed lotions:
Mix olive oil with sugar. Use it as a scrub to exfoliate and soften your skin. It feels AMAZING and is so cheap to make!
@francina, I didn’t measure when I made mine, but I’ve read recommendations stating equal parts of coffee and oil. I just added some oil to an old shampoo bottle and put coffee in and shook it all up. I kept adding enough coffee until I had a paste. I also shake it before I use it to get it all mixed up again, as I think it may settle in the shower. Where you have sensitive skin, maybe you could try putting the coffee through a coffee pot first, or even just boiling the grinds. This may soften them up a little.
I use the mix on my face daily and on the rest of my body every 5 days or so. All other days I just clean with water and a loofah.
Since I’m not using chemicals on my body, I don’t need soap to remove them. I am still using witch hazel for deodorant, and have also tried adding a little baking soda as well when I apply it to my underarms. Being that I feel I sweat a lot, typically, I have had no complaints at all, by myself or others, about the lack of typical antiperspirants.
Overall I’m really happy, my skin is in great condition, and my boyfriend has still been telling me I smell well. :)
@birdflyinghigh, That’s wonderful! I had been planning on sticking with pure aloe vera, but I definitely support olive oil! As well as sugar to exfoliate, I’ve been told to use coffee. I have tried it a few times in the past, and felt great after. The caffeine supposedly helps rejuvenate your skin.
@bgood, thats really good to hear. I’ll check back in once i’ve made my own stuff! I was gonna do a deodorant out of baking soda and coconut oil. i love the smell of coconut as it always makes me think of summer so hopefully the oil smells just as good lol.
A staple everyone should have is coconut oil. You can use it as lotion, teeth whitener/toothpaste, as shave gel, hair conditioner, facial moisturizer, deodorant… the list goes on, I’m in love with this stuff. Also I haven’t used regular shampoo/conditioner in over a year. Always baking soda and patchouli or lavender oil(which makes the hair soft and shiny). I haven’t used regular lotion or perfume either really, and the one or two times I did it felt and smelled gross to me. It’s always coconut oil as lotion and essential oils for scents.
I also try not to take any medicines like nyquil or tylenol. There is a tea/herb for pretty much any ailment. Next time you have a headache or any other pain try boiling some basil and drinking it as a tea.