We all hear about how nutrition is important for living a healthy life and maintaining a healthy weight, but we keep forgetting about obesogens. Some health scientists are even putting nutrition above exercise as most important for maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.
Though, no one is talking about Obesogens – substances that are known to lead to obesity and how we slather them on us every single day through our personal care products. This article explores what it would mean to have an obesogenic cleanse as a diet.
Your Skin Breathes What You Put On It
Have you ever held a slimy salamander and were told to make sure your hands were super wet to protect them from oils? Salamanders are a type of aquatic-like animal that partially breathes out of their skin. The oils on our hands can block their pores, taking away their steady oxygen supply and impacting their health (aka: the ability to breathe.) We, humans, are strangely similar when it comes to our skin, yet no one is telling us to be careful with what we put on it.
Obesogens are Still Being Put On Your Skin
Your skin is an organ, the largest one in the body, and it absorbs the products we put on it. We are putting known obesogens onto our skin and then wonder how we are so obese. Yes, diet, genetic, environmental factors, and even luck go into playing a part in determining the likelihood of getting obesity. Why not at least try to cut down your chances by simply changing a few simple products?
Changing Your Products May Save Money
I absolutely HATE the argument that well everything will give you *insert disease that seems to occur by chance….*
It’s such a defeatist mentality to just accept the status quo. Most of the time, the solution is as simple as changing products. Heck, Whole Foods just came out with a $5 bottle of shampoo/ conditioner combo. Even I can use it and it puts the cheap stuff a run for their money. Plus it doesn’t have obesogens, endocrine disruptors or carcinogens… unlike most cheap drug store brands that smell disgusting.
Advocate Transparency and Safer Products
People are fickle too and don’t want to change their products. I get it. You found the product of your dreams. It took you several years to find it and everything else leaves your hair in a rats nest. I get it! Personally, I don’t believe it is the consumer’s responsibility to determine what product they should use based on the likelihood that they will develop diseases from it. That is a public health crisis.
Most companies already sell to the EU safe products and sell the normal stuff to America because it is cheaper and they can. Don’t like it? Call your public officials. Tell them that you support funding programs that review these chemicals in our products… and you’re a voter… This site makes it easy.