Monday, July 27, 2009

Choose an Organic and Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

Before 2 or 3 years ago, I didn't realize that I had a choice about the type of lifestyle I was living. I don't know why this didn't occur to me - but the only conclusion I can draw on is lack of information. As soon as I started to be informed I realized that things are really simpler than we've made them.

I realized that before we had 15 different laundry detergents and 25 different soaps to choose from, there was a lemon. And there was vinegar. And together they were and still are able to kill 100% of germs - unlike the chemical based versions we buy from the store who can only kill 99%. What happens to the 1%? The World Health Organization and the American Medical Association have an answer.

But to be completely honest, the thought of changing over all the current products I was using was exhausting! Change can be intimidating and when you have been trusting and using a product for a very long time, you do develop a relationship with it. You know how your body responds to it, or have certain emotions associated with the experience. So my fiance and I started by replacing just one product at a time.

I frequently run out of shampoo & conditioner. So the next time I had to replace my supply, I chose an eco-friendly and organic option instead. I did my research and learned to look for things that did not include such toxins as sodium lauryl sulfate, which is known to be included in almost every cleanser out there. It is also known to be directly related to things as serious as cancer, and less serious, but still shocking, skin irritation. I suffer from a skin condition called eczema and I was shocked to find out that my condition was probably being perpetuated by my daily shampoo I thought I loved. This list from my aromatherapist at Nature's Creations is also a great resource for what ingrediants to avoid and why.

I knew to avoid artificial fragrances from the preliminary articles I had read. Take this one from a UK newspaper in 2004 that investigated the ban on fragrances by a handful of North American cities including Halifax, Nova Scotia and Santa Cruz, California. The article discusses a catch-all disease that has been named to describe many conditions that most of us take for granted as normal symptoms of daily life. Imagine how much happier, more energetic, and productive we would all be without that sluggish feeling, interrupted sleep, or occasional headache some of us experience on a weekly basis.

After eating organic food and using all natural body and households products I can report that both my fiance and I have noticed the improvement in our overall health and well-being. We have also started to use essential oils to replace artificial fragrance and achieve all natural results in terms of treating common ailments, including acne, headache, bug bites, sunburn, sleeplessness, and congestion. No doubt we still turn to modern medicine should something serious occur, but for our daily lives these solutions are a fulfilling and low cost alternative!

I can only report on my own experiences and share my story. I hope that by sharing my experiences I can motivate a few others to make changes too. I would love to hear your story as well! Please comment below.


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