Tuesday, June 19

Reduce your chemical exposure - today

The dreaded C word
Sitting in a well-trafficked, surgical waiting room the other day, anxiously listening for word regarding my Mother’s surgery... I was taken back 4 years, to her initial breast cancer diagnosis and surgery #1; the treatment, followup scans and biopsies, with everyone who adores her - holding our collective breath, waiting for each set of results. Then the shock and uncertainty that accompanied it all. Four happy years, seem to have flown by in the blink of an eye, and then came "suspicious results" from a routine test.
My mother is a caring and brave woman; who possesses a strong character, positive outlook, with a well rounded sense of humour... all traits that have helped her to cope well through her health ordeal, with grace.  She has been making lifestyle adjustments for years, in an effort to create a healthy environment for herself and her family.  Since her privileged induction into the growing group of "Cancer Survivors", she has adopted a "2nd Chance Attitude".   My mom has been living her life... seizing opportunities and opening up to fresh ideas. In a nutshell, she has invested her energy in things that she can change.  A good thing to come out of all of this... the entire experience has influenced and helped to shape our family's personal healthy practices as well as Purple Essentials' mission. It serves as added motivation in creating our healthful blends of fresh & natural products, each formulated with trusted ingredients, to help reduce exposure to toxic chemicals.

Toxins accumulate in our bodies
over time - throughout our lives...
Studies abound regarding the health effects that chemicals have on human health - specifically as they relate to:
  • cancer
  • autoimmune diseases
  • allergies
  • infertility
  • birth defects.
Along with the multitude of ways that these chemicals impact the land, air, and water.

The numbers are frightening, disheartening, overwhelming, and definitely cause for concern.

Scientists report that there are close to 100,000 chemicals used in products that consumers routinely purchase and use.  Of those chemicals, up to 85% have not been tested to show how they can affect human health.  In fact, very little testing has been documented on the effects of "chemical cocktails" that get created when we combine a variety of products.  These chemicals enter our body systems through absorption, inhalation, and ingestion.  Our cells are the foundation of our health, and chemical toxins can cause them to deteriorate and malfunction - often damaging or destroying them.  These toxic chemicals can cause our detoxification system,( ie: your liver, kidneys, lungs, colon, and skin) to work overtime and eventually, to breakdown. Recent cancer rates are as high as 1 out of every 2 people and chemical toxins are a leading cause.

You can reduce your toxic exposure by making changes in your diet and environment.
One simple way to take control of your chemical exposure, is to limit chemicals that can be absorbed and inhaled. Think about this; We each have our daily personal care routines... what products/chemicals does your's consist of? Soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, shaving cream, body lotion, face cream, sunscreen, toothpaste? And ladies; foundation, concealer, blush, eye shadow and liner, mascara, lipstick, hairspray, perfume?? Those are just some of the products that are applied before we even leave the house and head out into the world. Look up how your favourite products rate for safety, here.

It isn't my intent to frighten you with this information, but I do hope to encourage you to make changes. Replace some (even many) of the chemical based products that you use regularly, with natural, chemical-free ones.

Just imagine how these changes can add up, to ease the chemical burden on you, your family, even our planet!

Less toxic exposure = less risk and improved health and wellness.

Tip: If the change seems overwhelming, take small steps. Begin by replacing 1 or 2 products in your day-to-day personal care routine. As you become more comfortable, remove additional chemical laden products and replace them with a healthy, natural option, that still suits your needs.

At Purple Essentials we are dedicated to providing pure and simple (PURPLE) products, created with a wealth of skin nourishing, botanical ingredients - that you can trust. We are continually developing fresh and natural products to enhance your healthy lifestyle.

My heart goes out to each of you who have been through - or are currently experiencing, any form of health crisis (personally or with a loved one).
As for my lovely Mother, she is recovering nicely and once again we hold our collective breath and wait...

We LOVE YOU Mom/Nanny  :)

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,
but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
-Maria Robinson

Live Purple!

Things have been a bit hectic around here as of late. Unfortunately blog posts have been a challenge to get to. Thank you for visiting the blog and for your patience :) New posts coming soon.

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