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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So first of all you gotta realize that your body needs none of that shit, most of those “hygiene” products are just a clever marketing scheme that really gives you nothing of value whatsoever. A healthy body cleans itself, pretty much, if it didn’t we would be dying like flies. Water is really all you need.
I’ve been rid of that shit for a long time. And I’m not some dirty hippie or isolated nolifer, I’m very social, I go clubbing a lot, and I do business meetings where I gotta be presentable. It’s been no problem at all, I don’t smell or look dirty, I’m really clean. Cleaner, in fact, than normal people.
Healthy skin stays clean.
As for the foods, if it has more than one ingredient it’s processed and contaminated. And even if it’s just a “clean” ingredient it’s likely processed in some way, pasteurized or so, which fucks it up.
Plus, there’s a bunch of natural things these days that are considered food although they’re really not food at all.
Soy, canola, cottonseed oil, that kind of shit. Large quantities of beans is also bad.
On top of that, there’s the pesticide. Unless you’re eating genuine organic food, you’re eating that poison. And of course that’s no good. Especially not if you live in the US, as they use really really toxic shit, even Agent Orange.
If you really want to be healthy, you must allow your body to flush the bad shit, and that won’t happen unless you treat your body well. There’s lots of bad foods that people don’t recognize as such, simply because they don’t do much direct harm, they do however impair recovery and maintenance. A whole lot.
It’s not just about nutrients, it’s also about balance. Keeping the right PH level is crucial, but most people are acidified like crazy. A healthy omega3:omega6 level is also a necessity for true health. A healthy level is between 4:1 and 1:2, but most people are at 1:20 and a lot are even at 1:30.
These things are very easy to fix, really.
Additionally, you need proper oxygenation and hydration, which most people fail completely.
If your body is working properly, it will have no problem dealing with and flushing out toxins unless there’s a lot of it… but if you’re like most people your body isn’t working well at all.
And what most people call health isn’t really healthy, it’s just slightly less unhealthy.
@francina, Thanks! Your breakfast sounds very similar to mine! Oats with cinnamon, banana, frozen raspberries and strawberries, almonds, and raisins (no added sugar of course). The cocoa is a great idea, yuum! I just with I could have fresh fruits, but being here in Maine, good produce is hard to find this time of year, and even harder to keep for more than a day or two.
@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. :)
@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.