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What Do Your Nails Say About Your Health?

January 18, 2017 by admin in Health News with 0 Comments

Have you ever stopped to look at your fingernails and toenails? No, not at the manicure session or to make sure they’re clean, but at the nail itself? Your nails are the first indicators of many internal ailments.

There are many different nail conditions and each of them tells a story about what is happening inside your body.

Your nails grow from the nail matrix. This is located just a few millimetres beneath the cuticle, and it is here that abnormalities in the nails first occur, depending on the condition of the nutrients, chemicals, and other substances the nail matrix receives from your bloodstream. This will have an effect on everything from the shape and colour of your nails to the thickness, texture and any defects. So taking a good look at your nails from time to time is a good idea. You may be able to pick up signs of internal illnesses such as liver and kidney dysfunction, heart and lung problems, diabetes, anaemia, and many more.

10 Nail Defects and What They Say About Your Health


White Specs or Flakes in the Nail

This is one of the most common nail defects and many people will experience it occasionally. They can be due to a calcium deficiency. Sometimes small white spots appear due to trauma to your cuticle and nail matric area. These should fade or grow out on their own. In some rare cases the white spots can be a fungal infection. If the spots seem to spread or persist you should seek the advice of a dermatologist.

Yellow Tinted Nails

If your nails have become yellow in colour it could mean several things. In extreme cases yellow nails can be indicative of diabetes or thyroid issues. Psoriasis also causes yellowing of the nails, as do some respiratory issues, due to lack of oxygen supply to the system, including the nail bed area. Sometimes nails yellow with age, or because of excessive use of nail varnish. Smoking can also cause your nails to yellow.

If your nails are yellow, cracked and crumbling, you most likely have a fungal infection, and you should seek the advice of a dermatologist.

Brittle, Dry and Cracked Nails

Needless to say there are various external factors that can cause your nails to become dry and brittle – for example if you spend a lot of time with your hands in water, cleaning products or soaps or if you use nail varnish frequently. However, if you don’t expose your hands and nails to a lot of drying products, but you still suffer from dry and cracked nails, it could be an indication of a deeper problem.

Thyroid disease can cause your nails to become brittle, crack and split, particularly if you suffer from hypothyroidism.

These symptoms can also be due to vitamin deficiencies. Take a look at your diet. Have you been eating a healthy, well balanced diet – or could you be lacking in essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B, A or C.

Fungal infections can also cause cracking and splitting of your finger or toe nails. Be aware of any odour or discomfort with the condition.

Clubbing Nails

Clubbing is when your fingertips become swollen and the nails curve downward around the fingertips in a club-like shape. This condition is associated with lung disease and is caused by the low oxygen in your blood.

Clubbing can also be a sign of liver and kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease and heart disease.

Spoon Nails

If your nails curve upwards at the edges creating a spoon like effect in the middle you may have an iron deficiency, hypothyroidism or heart disease.

Nail Ridges – Horizontal

If you have horizontal white streaks or ridges across some or all of your nails, you might have Muehrcke’s lines. This is caused by a protein deficiency or a zinc deficiency. What happens is that the growth is interrupted and the flow of nutrients is stopped temporarily – causing the lines.

If using a supplement doesn’t improve the situation there is a possibility that it could be due to liver or kidney problems. Other conditions that can cause horizontal nail lines include diabetes, circulatory problems, and psoriasis.

It can also be caused by high fevers or trauma.

Nail Ridges – Vertical

Vertical ridges are a normal side effect of aging and may be experienced later in life without concern. It can be caused by lower levels of vitamin B12 and Magnesium.

Nail Dents and Pitting

These are often a sign of psoriasis. It could also be caused by connective tissue disoreders such as Rieters syndrome. If it is coupled with hair loss it could be an autoimmune disease called Reiter’s syndrome.

Nails Discolorations

Black or brown streaks on your nails could be melanoma and should be seen by a medical professional immediately, especially if painful.

Terry Nails

It’s normal to have small white half-moons above your cuticle area. However if they take over more than a third of the nail area it could be a sign of renal failure, diabetes or high blood pressure. The condition is known as Terry’s nails.

Final thoughts on nail abnormalities

If your nails are showing any of the above symptoms, it is important to monitor yourself for any other tell tale signs of illness. Most nail symptoms are due to nutrient deficiency in minerals and vitamins. In fact, the majority of the U.S. population is lacking in important nutrients. Not only can this lead to chronic diseases, but your nail (and hair and skin) health will also suffer.

What I would recommend you to do is to start juicing veggies and fruits every day. This will provide adequate nutrients for your body.

If you do not have enough time to do that, go to the next page to find out some superfoods to take instead.



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Emma Deangela is the best selling author of The Alkaline Diet Program and 80/20 Fat Loss. She has helped over tens of thousands of men and women to lose weight and transform their health with sound nutrition advice. Trying to lose weight after the holiday binge? Learn how you can lose weight fast – How to lose weight by adding these alkaline foods.

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Antibiotics in Fast Foods – What’s inside that burger?

December 23, 2016 by admin in Health News with 2 Comments

fast-food-antibiotics2When you read words like “the dangers of fast foods” you probably think about trans-fats, calories and high sugar and salt content.

While those are all very real health issues (many of which we have covered before) there is one health issue that sneaks in with your big name burger that you might not have thought of – antibiotics in the meat.

Most of us are aware that over use of antibiotics poses health issues that range from super-strains of bacteria to resistance to treatment in serious cases. These drug-resistant bacteria are causing around 23 000 deaths per year.

The main causes of death being drug resistant strains of Tuberculosis, Pneumonia and Gonorrhea. So, it is a good idea to avoid over-use of antibiotics.

However, refusing antibiotics from your doctor (unless you’re really sick) is not an assurance that aren’t taking them. The meat that you eat in fast food chains is loaded with antibiotics and all of those immune-system destroying chemicals are being loaded into your (and your families) bodies, every time you eat them. Antibiotic resistance is a worldwide problem which is being aggravated by the fast food industry.

According to a report released by the Center for Food Safety, 16 out of 25 major food chains still score a “Fail” on the antibiotic test. Let’s take a look at the findings of this second annual test.

Safe from antibiotics – A Score

The following fast food Chains received an “A” on the report. They are the only fast food chains who you can eat from without fear of consuming unwanted antibiotics.

Panera– received an A – 100% of poultry and pork are antibiotics free and 33% of their turkey. However they are still busy reviewing their beef policy. They have two major beef suppliers. One of these doesn’t use antibiotics at all, the other does but only if the animals are sick.

Chipotle – received an A – 90% free of antibiotics.

These two companies both offer an array of meats which are antibiotic free.

Almost there – B Score

This food chain is holding the category alone. Their policy limits the use of antibiotics in meat animals. They have made a pledge to be 100% antibiotic free by the year 2019.

Chick-fil-a – Received a B – 20 % free and pledged to be 100% free soon.

Making Progress –C Score

The following companies are adopting policies which are publicly available. They are phasing out routine antibiotic use in some of their meat, they have good policy content and they received points for transparency.

McDonalds – received a C – one out of nine of their companies are phasing out routine antibiotic use in both beef and poultry. They have adopted good policy content, but unfortunately these currently apply only to chicken. They also still allow routine antibiotic use for disease prevention on a regular basis. In their favour they responded fully to the survey and were willing to work with 3rd party auditors and their audit standards are publicly available.

Wendy’s – received a C – As with McDonalds, Wendy’s is adopting publicly available policies. They are also phasing out the use of routine antibiotic treatment in most of their meat supply. They too have a good score for good policy treatment. However, these policies are primarily for chicken. Their pork and beef treatment still makes use of routine antibiotic use.

Taco Bell – received a C – They announced in April that their chicken would be antibiotic free by early 2017. They received top transparency points for working with independent auditors. They are working on phasing out routine antibiotic use.

Slow Progress  – D Score

The following companies are in a similar category to the “C” category above, but with slightly lower rankings and ratings in all departments. They have adopted policies that are publicly available. These policies promise to phase out routine antibiotic use over time, in some or all of their poultry and meat. They did receive high scores for adopting a good policy. The D Category Winners are:

Pizza Hut – They were amicable towards the survey and received transparency points. The drawback is that these companies antibiotic policies apply primarily to chicken (Currently) and have not yet started to implement the policies across other meat types.

Papa Johns Pizza – They supplied no supply chain auditing information for evaluation to the survey. So there is no way of knowing if they comply with their policies. Their antibiotic policy for chicken applies to pizza toppings but not to the popular “wings” which they serve.

Flat out Fail

These are the companies who have failed outright on their policies, their practices and their supply chain information. If you eat from these companies you are consuming extra antibiotics.

Dairy Queen – F – They refuse to disclose a policy on antibiotic use in their meat and chicken. They provide no information about their meat sourcing. Customers have no idea what they are eating.

The following brands all FAIL. They disclose nothing to their customers or to the surveyors regarding a policy on antibiotic use. There is simply no telling what you are eating:

Denny’s, Dunkin Donuts Jack in the Box, KFC, Arby’s, Sonic, Olive Garden, Starbucks, Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King, Chili’s, Domino’s, IHOP, and last but not least,  Little Ceasars.

Avoid Antibiotics in your Meat

Needless to say the best way to avoid antibiotic laden meat is to simply stop eating it all together. But that is a bit extreme for most people. So instead you should at least avoid fast food. The reason why fast food joints use this meat is because it’s cheaper. Drugging the animals against bacteria allows the farm factories to produce more meat in less space.

If you buy meat at the store try to find out where the meat is raised and what practices are used. Find out what the treatment plan is for sick animals. If you are buying organic from a smaller store or vendor they should be able to give you this information easily enough – or put you in touch with someone who can.

You must also be wary of the labels used on meat. The USDA does not require meat farmers to have their processes audited in order to use labels like “no antibiotics added”. This is why questioning is always a good idea.

Remember – your body is made up of what you put into it. If you want to avoid being part of the problem, you must be part of the answer.


To protect your body from the drug-resistant bacteria, it is important to boost your body’s natural immune system.

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Are You Breathing The Right Way?

December 1, 2016 by admin in Health News with 3 Comments

breathing_fresh_airYou probably move through your life breathing on auto-pilot, which is understandable, because you can’t constantly be occupying your mind with monitoring how you are breathing. And yet, unlike your heart beat or your hair growing, breathing is a bodily function which you can control. If you have ever held your breath, sighed or taken a deep breath to calm down, you already know that.

Breathing correctly is as important to your health and well-being as, well, air! The average person takes 25 000 breaths a day, without thinking about a single one of them. But you should start thinking about your breathing, because it can have huge effects on your health. Many people suffer from unnecessary stress, anxiety and poor health, just because we don’t breathe deeply enough.

What these things tells you is this: your breathing can affect your mood, your stress levels and your ability to cope. It can even help you to manage panic attacks, anxiety and stress.

Your breathing may reveal clues to your mental and emotional state, but it works both ways. By controlling your breathing, you can actually control your emotions, too. Anyone who has ever taken a deep breath to stop from losing their temper will know that!


Your Emotional State and your Breathing

When you are feeling negative emotions such as stress and frustration your breathing becomes shallower and shorter. Any time you experience stress or anxiety your body reacts instinctually by pumping adrenalin through your system.

Adrenalin prepares you for the flight or fight instinct by raising your heart beat, and causing you to breath in sharp, short breaths. Which is why it helps to take deep, slow breaths when you are consciously trying to calm yourself down. By not breathing properly you are more likely to become depressed and anxious.

Your Breathing and your Health

By constantly breathing in short, shallow breaths you are opening yourself up to health problems such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, insomnia, indigestion, autoimmune problems and increased chances of contracting infection. It also makes you anxious and stressed out.

When you breath deep, healthy breaths your body is able to maintain a higher metabolism, because more oxygen is supplied to your cells. Which means healthy breathing is helpful in maintaining a healthy body weight.

Breathing healthily also helps to keep your PH levels at a normal rate. If you breathe too fast  and don’t inhale deeply enough you will also decrease the amount of blood flow to your brain which means less oxygen will be released into your brain. Less oxygen in your brain means it will not be performing optimally, you won’t be able to think as clearly and you will be less able to deal with either cognitive or emotional thought processes.

Slow, deep, rhythmic breathing will slow your heart rate and ensure that your circulation is optimised, taking plenty of oxygen and nutrients around your body. It will ease your anxiety and lower your stress levels.


Are you Breathing Correctly?

Take a minute to think about your breathing. Are your breaths short and shallow? Or are they deep and slow?

Place both your hands on your belly and breath in. Does your stomach rise? Can you feel the air filling your lungs? Or are you breathing in with your chest first?

Now you don’t need to breathe so deeply that you hyperventilate, but you should not be breathing like someone who is about to receive bad news either.

Does your rib cage expand to the sides when you breath in? You should be able to notice a definite expansion of your trunk around the sides when you breathe in.

Are you breathing in through your mouth? Unless you have sinus issues you should be breathing through your nose as this allows for deep breaths.

Do you the muscles in your upper chest, your neck and shoulders often feel tight and tense? If they are you are probably not breathing correctly, because you need to be relaxed to breath easily.

Do you yawn frequently? This can be a sign that you are not getting air deep enough into your lungs.

If your resting breathing rate is more than 10 – 12 breaths a minute then it’s too high. Your breaths are too short and fast.

Do you slouch forwards or have poor posture? You can’t breathe deeply if your diaphragm is constricted by poor posture.


How to ensure you Breath Properly

If you are worried that you aren’t breathing correctly there are things you can do to take control of your breathing. These exercises are not things you will do all day long, but by doing them occasionally, you teach yourself what proper breathing feels like. By dong these exercises every day for a few weeks, you will get your body into the habit of breathing properly and become more conscious of what your body should feel like. Soon proper, deep breathing will become second nature to you.


Abdominal Breathing

Start off by lying on your back and place your hands on your stomach. Exhale through your nose until your lungs are empty. Now inhale through your nose, breathing right into your pelvis. You should feel your belly round and expand with the inhale. Breath out through your nose and start the process again. Be aware of the air and how it moves your body. Do at least ten abdominal breaths.


Get yourself a packet of balloons and blow one up every morning when you do your breathing exercises. The motion of blowing up balloons causes your diaphragm and core muscles to contract properly for breathing. If you want to make it a little more challenging, breath in through your nose instead of through your mouth. You can blow up your balloon in the sit-up position with your feet flat on the ground and your lower back pressed into the floor. As strange as this sounds it is a good way to exercise your lungs.

Exhale through a Straw

Hold a drinking straw between your lips. Breath in through your nose, taking two to four seconds to breathe in. Then Exhale through your mouth, through the straw, taking four to eight seconds to exhale. Do this at least ten times. Breathing this way forces you to slow down and be aware of your breathing.

Chest Resistance

Lie flat on your back and place a heavy book on your upper chest. Inhale deeply. The book will force the air to go past your upper chest and fill your lower lung cavity instead, as with abdominal breathing.


Holding a plank position for a minute at a time is a good way to force your body to breathe correctly. While you are in the position, breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Take a good ten breaths in the minute.


Monitor yourself every Day

Any time you are feeling stressed out or unwell, take a moment to think about your breathing. If you are not breathing optimally take the time to do some of the breathing exercises above. Slowing yourself down can help you improve your emotional and physical health, and ultimately make you more productive, effective, and healthy.


Besides breathing properly, it is important to eat the right foods to strengthen your body against toxins. Go to the next page to learn more.



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Is Your Starbucks Coffee Healthy?

October 28, 2016 by admin in Health News with 17 Comments

starbucks-coffeeWhy do we drink Starbucks Coffee? For most modern people our high-paced lifestyles means that we are constantly under strain and on the run. To help us cope with the seemingly never-ending pressure, most of us fall to coffeeto keep going. But because we are in such a rush, we don’t take the time to make it. Enter Starbucks.

But what are you drinking when you have a Starbucks coffee? One thing we can tell you before we start is that takeaway coffee from big chain stores like Starbuck is nothing like the simple drink you brew at home.

What is inside a Starbucks Coffee?

GMO Milk

The first and most obvious thing you will notice about Starbucks coffee is that it is made with a lot of milk. The milk used in Starbucks coffee (and many other chain coffee outlets) comes from cows that are fed GMO crops and antibiotics.

Most GMO crops are actually used to feed dairy cows. The genetically altered “Monsanto” crops used to feed cows to promote a large milk yield.  GMO crops are weaker against natural pests than regular crops. Because of this these crops have to be sprayed with chemical herbicides like Roundup, which is also manufactured by Monsanto. Both the GMO’s and the Pesticides cross from the mother cow into her milk, which is then going into your Starbucks coffee. You may think you don’t eat GMOs or foods treated by pesticide. But if you drink Starbucks coffee you are still being exposed to these chemicals.

Most mass dairy factory farms blanket treat their cows with antibiotics to keep them from getting sick. These antibiotics then cross into the milk and ultimately end up inside your coffee, too. But enough about the milk.


The next scary ingredient on the list (before we get to the real chemicals) is sugar.

Unless you order a Sugar-Free coffee, the chances are your Starbucks coffee is loaded with sugar. Some flavoured coffees, such as the Caramel Macchiato and the Chai latte, have been found to have up to 25 teaspoons of sugar per cup!  That is three times the maximum daily intake of sugar, recommended by the American Heart Associations.  Starbucks has claimed that it is committed to bringing down the Starbucks coffee sugar content by 25% by 2020.

Sugar by any other name…

Starbucks sneaks sugar into everything by calling it something else. There are all kinds of other ingredients listed in their beverages which are, essentially, just different forms of sugar. For example, “Organic evaporated cane juice”. Cane is the plant that sugar comes from. Evaporated cane juice is sugar!  They have just added the word “organic” to make it look healthier than it is.

Corn Syrup is another culprit. It may sound harmless but corn syrup is just as bad as sugar, if not worse. Corn Syrup is sweet because it extremely high in fructose. Fructose is a concentrated form of sugar, and it has all the same effects on your body.

Why do we hate sugar? Sugar causes your insulin levels to spike. The raised insulin levels in your body have a long term effect of making you more likely to develop type two diabetes. In the short term insulin spikes cause you to become tired, sluggish and lethargic. Considering that most people are drinking coffee to stay alert and awake, it’s interesting to note that the sugar levels in your Starbucks coffee is so extreme that it actually causes your energy levels to crash after an hour or so. What happens next? You reach for the next cup of coffee to try and wake yourself up, and the whole process starts again.

What about the sugar -free options?

Most of these are sweetened by non-nutritive sweeteners. The idea behind them is that they are not supposed to make you fat, because they don’t give you any nutrition. The problem is that they have two other characteristics which are almost worse than sugar: They are full of toxic chemicals, and they are addictive.

Non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame have made headlines over the last few years for the cancer causing effects they have – and yet they remain present in our foods.

These sweeteners also have the effect of making people compulsively over eat and drink, because they are addictive. There is not much value in drinking a “sugar-free” drink if you can’t stop drinking them.

Other Harmful Ingredients in Starbucks Coffee

Aside from Sugar and Milk, there are all kinds of other ingredients in Starbucks coffee that you don’t want to put into your body. Even the Dairy free milks contain Guar gum and Carrageenan, not to mention large quantities of salt and preservatives, emulsifiers, thickeners, and flavourings.

Dairy-Free Milks Coffee Ingredients:

Below is a list of ingredients inside the dairy free milk offerings at Starbucks:

Starbucks Almond Milk: Filtered water, Almonds, Sugar, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Xantham gum, Guar gum, Vitamin A palmitate, Vitamin D2.

Starbucks Coconut Milk: Water, Coconut Cream, Cane Sugar, Tricalcium Phosphate, Coconut Water Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Carrageenan, Gellan Gum, Corn Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2.

Starbucks Organic Vanilla Soymilk: [Organic Soymilk (Filtered Water, Whole Organic Soybeans), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Sea Salt, Carrageenan, Sodium Citrate, Baking Soda, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin B12].


Carrageenan – Carrageenan is used as a thickener and emulsifier to keep ingredients from separating. Unfortunately it causes digestion problems for many people and is contaminated with as much as 25% “degraded carrageenan”. As reported in a new study published in Nature, emulsifiers are cited as being partially responsible for the “rising incidence of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease by interfering with microbes in the gastrointestinal tract”. Most mainstream brands have removed carrageenan from their products,but it’s still found at Starbucks coffee.

Gellan Gum and Guar Gum– Both of these ingredients are known to cause stomach problems like bloating, gas and IBS.


The worst Starbucks coffees – what to avoid


Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

If you think that this beverage is healthy because it has “pumpkin” in it, just take a look at the extensive list of unnatural ingredients in it: GMO milk, sugar, contains 2% or less of fruit, flavourings, annatto, salt, potassium sorbate, monoglycerides, diglycerides, carrageenan, vanilla syrup (corn syrup),potassium sorbate, and sulfiting agents.

Starbucks Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte

The Ingredients in this “skinny” are less than skinny: The main culprits are sucralose (a non-nutritive sweetener associated with cancer), natural and artificial flavourings which have been proven to cause compulsive, addictive eating.

Starbucks Caramel Macchiato

The Caramel Macchiato contains high fructose corn syrup. This sweetener is usually made from GMO corn, and it’s been heavily linked to type 2 diabetes and stomach cancer.

Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha

This drink contains monoglycerides, which is a by-product of oil processing which contain trans fatty acid. Trans fatty acids are responsible for clogged arteries, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The whipped cream is thickened with carrageenan, which we have described above.

Starbucks Citrus Green Tea Latte

This may sound like a healthy drink, but in truth it’s loaded with sugar. In fact it contains more sugar than most of the other drinks at Starbucks. It also contains maltodextrin, corn syrup, flavourings and sweeteners, emulsifiers and, in case that’s not enough it also contains preservatives.

Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refreshers

This beverage is full of artificial flavourings and sweeteners. It also contains synthesised, chemically pure erythritol. It also contains Truvia, which is extracted from Stevia using chemicals such as methanol,ethanol, acetone, acetonitrile and isopropanol.  Many of these chemicals are associated with cancer. None of them should be in your food.


The drinks listed above are examples of your average Starbucks beverages. There are many variations and flavours, but the ingredients above are what you will find in most of them. In truth you are much better off making your own coffee at home and pouring it in a travel mug to take along with you.

Even if you add sugar you will most likely only add one teaspoon full instead of 25, like some Starbucks coffees! Instead you can make your coffee with organic milk, real honey and organic coffee. No hidden preservatives, corn syrup or thickeners and emulsifiers.

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Is Your Perfume Toxic?

September 26, 2016 by admin in Health News with 1 Comment

perfume-toxicIf you have ever been stuck in a car or a tight space with someone who’s wearing an overpowering perfume or cologne, you will probably understand what is meant by the term “second-hand fragrance pollution”. What you may find surprising is that you are not wrong to be upset by the overpowering smell, nor should you be reveling in the strong scents that you do like.

Because it turns out that your perfume could be toxic. In fact, anything with a strong smelling fragrance, be it lotion, shampoo, deodorant or aftershave, is full of unregulated chemicals and toxins.

Whether you are wearing the scent yourself or breathing it off of someone else, artificial fragrances are bad for you. They are linked to respiratory tract problems, allergies, hormone disruption and in some cases even cancer.

It may only be a smell – but the truth is it can hurt you, even if you are not the one wearing it!

What’s inside your perfume product?

When you purchase a personal care product that lists “fragrance” as an ingredient, you are buying something that contains any one (or more) of the 5000 stock chemical ingredients used by the fragrance industry. Most of these chemicals are tar or petroleum based. All of them are synthetic.

According to the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, cosmetics companies are to list all ingredients on their labels, except for those used to create the fragrance. Because of this the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics commissioned laboratory tests to analyse 17 bib-name fragrances. They found 38 chemicals in these which were not listed on the labels. The Average fragrance was found to contain 14 unlisted fragrance chemicals! Many of these are chemicals which are known to cause bodily harm, especially when built up in the body over time after frequent exposure through the skin or by breathing them in.


Common Ingredients in Perfume and Fragrance

Most fragrances are based on tar or petroleum and then manipulated with other chemicals until they smell like what you recognise as perfume. Some other common ingredients include:

Parabens: These preserve the scent. They are known to complicate normal hormone functions in both men and women.

Synthetic Musk: Also linked to hormone interference and disruption, synthetic musk accumulates in the human body over time and can be found in body fat, breast milk, and umbilical cord tissue. It also accumulates in the environment.

Phthalates: These are a synthetic preservative which are used to stop the fragrance from changing or becoming weaker over time. They are carcinogenic (cause cancer) and have been conclusively linked to all kinds of hormonal and reproductive issues, including low sperm count, early breast development, and birth defects. They are also known to cause liver and kidney damage.

With over 5000 chemicals used in the fragrance industry it is impossible to list them all here. Suffice to say that of those 5000 chemicals only 1300 have been evaluated, and even those have regulations imposed on them for their health risks.

It’s Only a Smell and it Will Hurt You

Any chemical that you can smell is already inside your body. To be able to have scent, a molecular structure must become airborne, enter the nose, and come in contact with scent receptor sites which allow us to perceive smell.

Many of these substances bypass the blood-brain barrier and enter your brain for identification.  So if you are in a closed space with a strong smell you are absorbing the chemicals in it through your nose. Anyone who has ever seen an old film where someone is drugged with formaldehyde will know that absorbing chemicals through your nose does have an impact on your health. The same goes for smoke and other chemicals.

If you find that you used to be able to smell something (such as your laundry detergent) and now you can’t, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t harmful to you anymore. It just means that you have already absorbed so much that your brain is not bothering to register the smell anymore. Just like a smoker can no longer smell the cigarette smoke in their own clothing and furnishings.

Could Perfume be as big a problem as Second Hand Smoking?

In short, yes.

Fragrances are not regulated like tobacco smoke is, so whereas people can’t smoke in public places, they can sit right under your nose with as much perfume as they like. Perhaps you have someone in your office who wears perfume every day? Or maybe you have been wearing it yourself? The point is it’s hard to get away from, and a more delicate matter to deal with when trying to protect your own breathing space.

It’s not only perfume. It could be the smell of someone’s fabric softener or dryer sheets, their soap or shampoo. All of these are potentially toxic chemicals being released into the air for everyone to breath.

Many people suffer from allergic reactions because of this.


Alternatives to Fragrances and Perfume

A rose by any other name….

There are so many alternatives to using fragranced products! To start off with you can make sure you are buying your detergents, soaps and personal care products from a reputable organic and eco-friendly trader.

If you want to smell like roses, what better way to do that than by using actual roses? How? In the form of essential oils. Essential oils are simply the oil from real, organic products that have been pressed or distilled for their oils. The fragrances are actually stronger and more pleasing than synthetic fragrances. You will usually have to mix them with a bland carrier oil.

Alternatively, you can buy ready mixed body sprays and oils from reputable aromatherapy and essential oil stockists.

Not only are these scents natural and pleasing to the nose, many of them even have healing properties which can help with things like anxiety, headaches and stress.


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Emma Deangela is the best selling author of The Alkaline Diet Program and 80/20 Fat Loss. She has helped over tens of thousands of men and women to lose weight and transform their health with sound nutrition advice. Is your blood acidic? Watch this video presentation and find out how to alkalize your body..

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