Do You Feel Fully Dressed Without Nail Polish?

Do You Feel Fully Dressed Without Nail Polish?

For some people nails without nail polish is like a face without makeup.  They just do not feel fully dressed without it.  To me, however, nail polish always smells like turpentine.  How safe are they?

It may not come as a surprise that nail polish ingredients are NOT required to be FDA approved before being stocked on store shelves.  Many of these ingredients are ... among other things ... endocrine disruptors.

 Top Five Toxic Ingredients
  1. Toluene - neurological damage, impaired breathing, hearing loss, nausea, developmental impairment, reproductive damage, immune system toxicity and blood cancers
  2. Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) - endocrine disruptor and mimics hormone estrogen in the body, causes organ damage (liver), reproduction and developmental problems
  3. Formaldehyde - considered a carcinogen (throat, nose, blood) by the National Cancer Institute; chronic health issues like asthma, convulsions, nausea, miscarriages, and abnormal fetal development.  Banned 100% in Japan and Sweden
  4. Formaldehyde Resin -  can cause severe skin irritation, allergic reactions, skin depigmentation and loss of nerve sensation
  5. Camphor - shown to trigger severe skin irritation and allergic reactions when applied topically, inhaling its fumes can cause nausea, dizziness, and headaches, organ damage....such as liver dysfunction 
"It Is Only Toxic When Wet"
Actually, a study suggests that we absorb at least one hormone-disrupting chemical per each polish application. 
TPP (Triphenyl Phosphate) ... a hormone-disrupting chemical in about 49% of 3000 polishes ...  is used to make the polish stick stronger to the nail. When TPP is metabolized the body creates DPHP (Diphenyl Phosphate).  In a study urine samples "before" polish was applied were compared to urine samples "after" the polish was applied.  There was a sharp increase after 14hrs of polish being directly applied to the nails.  This is proof that polish chemicals get absorbed long after the polish dries.

What about other types of polish?

Gel Polish
This application may require exposure to UV light, a known cancer risk.  Some are using LED light which is safer.
The removal of the gel polish is destructive to the nail plate: 
     > nails are soaked in "acetone"     
     > buffing/scraping/peeling off polish
Nails can become brittle and dry if worn for long periods.     

Powder Dip Polish
This method applies a bonding polish which acts as an adhesive for the polish. There are two different methods for powder application:
  1. nails are dipped into the powder
  2. powder is brush applied
If a common dipping bowl is used for multiple people, or a clean brush is not used for each client, there is an increased risk of bacteria, fungi and viruses.  In addition, there is a harsh removal process similar to that of gel polish damaging the nail plate.

"Non-Toxic" Polish
Non-toxic polish was first labeled "3-free".  This was an indication that the top 3 toxic ingredients had been removed. Unfortunately, they were replaced with other potentially harmful chemical.  As these chemicals became identified a new "5-free" label was introduced ... then a "7-free" ... a "10-free" and even a "13-free" non-toxic polish.  
The problem with these "non-toxic" polishes is that they still have that characteristic smell of polish.  These polishes can still contain "acetates" ... ethyl acetate for example ... commonly used as solvents for varnishes and lacquers.

So, if you do not want the possible effects of toxic chemicals ... but, on the other hand ... feel naked without nail polish, check out a "Water-Based" polish such as Suncoat or Kapa Nui. These contain no flammable or toxic ingredients.  

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Are Chemicals Making Me Hungry?

Are Chemicals Making Me Hungry?
One morning my husband and I were on our way to our place of worship. We had eaten a nice breakfast. We picked up a young friend to ride with us. When we arrived about 15 minutes later we dropped off our friend and then had to leave. We were having such a hard time focusing and forming our thoughts. And, even though we had eaten breakfast, we were absolutely feeling this deep, hollow pit in our stomachs!! How could we possibly be hungry?

And then, it dawned on me. We were feeling the effects of our young passenger’s perfume!

I know what you must be thinking .... “how can smelling something affect our gut?”

Consider what happens when you smell bread or an apple pie baking? Does your mouth start watering? Do you feel yourself getting hungry and wanting to eat?

The part of our brain called the hypothalamus helps control our hunger. When the hypothalamus is stimulated it signals the pancreas to release hormones to adjust the blood sugar as needed. For example, when carbohydrates are eaten the hypothalamus signals the pancreas to produce insulin to help lower the blood sugar. If blood sugar needs to be raised, glucagon is released. In turn the liver is prompted to release stored glucose.

This efficient control of blood sugar gets disrupted when someone has environmental illnesses such as MCS or Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. Due to damage from toxins such as heavy metals and free radicals those of us with these conditions may feel exaggerated brain related symptoms from high blood sugar.....a so-called “heightened” sugar sensitivity.

What comes next is the well-known “sugar crash” followed by hunger. This is exactly what we experienced and I still experience.

So, can environmental fragrances affect our gut? Absolutely!!! They are “external” stimulants just like food smells are. These can include:

  • Carpet chemicals
  • Paint
  • Mold
  • Detergents/Dryer Sheets/Cleaning Products
  • Hair/Personal Care Products
  • Perfumes/Colognes
  • New Cars/Furniture/Clothes
  • Air Fresheners
  • Herbicides/Pesticides
Everyone and their neighbor typically use lawn chemicals whether for weed or mosquito control. One summer was so bad that even though my husband ate like a horse … he still “lost” weight and he didn’t have any extra to lose.

So, can what we breathe affect our gut health? Absolutely!!

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Not Sleeping? Check Your Organ Clock......

Not Sleeping?  Check Your Organ Clock......
If you are having trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep, or staying awake during the day.....the solution may be found in your organ clock.

Perhaps you may have heard of the internal "body clock"?  Well, in oriental medicine, an organ clock is where each organ is assigned a 2 hr window and has the responsibility to promote an internal balance with the body's vital energy.  If that organ is experiencing an imbalance or overload ..... toxins or emotions ..... it can't do it's job.  As a result you may just find yourself waking up at all hours of the night.

Check Your Liver
Waking up between 1-3 in the morning?  It could just mean your liver needs some time away from the extra stressors it has been experiencing such as alcohol.  Perhaps try to reduce the exposure to unnecessary toxins.  Sometimes a mild detox may be suggested.

Deep-rooted emotions such as frustration and anger are particular stressors for the liver.  I have personally found it beneficial to apply this over the liver/gallbadder area every night.

Check Your Lungs
What if you find yourself waking between 3-5 in the morning?  This is an imbalance in your lungs....either respiratory problems or emotional disturbances that need to be let go such as grief.  There are several different approaches to clearing away emotions such as grief.  You might want to give this one a try.

Why Sleep Is So Important
Whether it is short-term or long-term.....lack of sleep definitely wreaks havoc on our body.

It can affect our ability to focus, remember, increases stress and can even increase the risk of having a car accident.

Long-term sleep deprivation affects our body in an even more profound way:
  • Increased blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • heart attack/heart failure
  • stroke
  • obesity
  • mood swings
  • decreased immunity
  • increased cortisol means premature aging of skin  
Can you see how important it is to make sure we get enough sleep?  So, the next time you wake up during the night, check your organ clock.  It just may be needing an adjustment.

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Do You Have a Rusty Body?

Do You Have a Rusty Body?
A "rusty body"?.....that's right. I hate to tell you but we are all getting rancid and rusty inside.

The Symptoms
Take a car for example.  The older it gets and is exposed to the elements.....what happens?  The metal starts to oxidize and change color. Then little by little it turns to rust.  This doesn't just happen overnight.  It may start with a small spot near the wheel well or on the door.  If left unchecked, it eventually will spread throughout the body of the car.

Our bodies are much the same. We are not consumed with "rust" inside our bodies overnight.  Most of the time it is a gradual process.  The beginning signs may be an occasional cold or sniffle....or maybe a headache.  We all have these.  As time goes on these things start to occur more frequently and with more intensity.  You might see symptoms become more noticeable and occur more frequently:
  • extreme fatigue
  • joint pain
  • muscle pain
  • autoimmune disorders
  • digestion issues
  • migraines
How to Fight Back
Just as rusty spots can be repaired on a car, so too, there are ways to build our bodies back up.  This oxidizing process can create what is called "free radicals".  These free radicals mess with our cellular metabolism, even to the point of interfering with our DNA.

What are some ways we can reduce "free radicals"?
  • reduce stress
  • limit red meat
  • limit alcohol
  • avoid smoking
  • avoid high glycemic foods
  • eat foods high in antioxidantssuch as:
    • Blueberries (2,400µTE /100g)
    • Goji Berries (30,300µTE /100g
    • Spinach (1,400µTE/100g)
Why are antioxidants important?
Antioxidants increase cell life and our immunity for a stronger resistance against damage from environmental pollution.

You may think of air, water and light as environmental pollution.  Because of the age we live in, however, there is one that affects all of us no matter who we are.....radiation.  Radiation is found in the products we use every day....cell phones, computers, electrical appliances, microwaves, TVs....the list can go on-and-on.

Because of this I want something with the absolute highest antioxidant power available.  Did you see how Goji Berries has a value of 30,300µTE /100g? I thought that was good until I saw that Clove essential oil has a value of 1,078,700µTE/100g.

But then I found one that had an antioxidant value of 1,511,025µTE /100g! 🤯 You can find it here.  Just imagine the immune power and cell life you can get from that! 

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Noodling Around

Noodling Around
The other day, when I was shopping for some food items on the internet, I couldn’t help but realized how things have changed.

Let’s face shopping isn’t what it used to be. Take macaroni for example. There may have been a few different brands but they were all basically made with the same ingredients....fortified semolina or durum wheat. They could be found in any store....displayed proudly on the shelves where a box could easily be grabbed and tossed into the shopping cart.

My preferred brand of choice? Creamette, of course. It is what my mom used.

Then came the era of allergies, food sensitivities, diet changes and food limitations. Creamettes were to be no more. Now, the search was on for "gluten-free". No longer was it a quick trip to Copps or Piggly-Wiggly.

A quick in and out was now a thing of the past. Every trip now required a thorough search of ingredients of every “gluten-free” box of noodles....only to find out it had not been manufactured in a “dedicated gluten-free" facility. And, so, the search continued.

Most products used white rice or corn as a substitute for the glutinous ingredients of wheat, barley, rye and oats. However, rice and corn only added empty calories and carbs. We all know what that adds up to!

In no time necessity required gluten-free to be replaced with “grain-free". However, time also brought a revolution to how foods were being made. Now, foods with new and different flours were being introduced....chickpea, black bean, lentils. And, let’s not forget the nuts and seeds....almond, cashew, pecans, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, sunflower. The list could go on and on. It would seem a whole new world of banquet eating had just opened up!

Enter AIP (Auto-Immune Paleo)
Not familiar with an AIP diet? I am so happy for you because, hopefully, you do not need it!! 😂😂

Seriously, though, it is a way of eating that focuses on reducing the inflammation that people with auto-immune disorders tend to have by removing “inflammatory” foods from the diet. These foods include nuts, seeds, grains, dairy, and nightshades. For me eggs are also excluded. No more banquet of new foods for me!

The Internet
Many people find the internet to be a quick and convenient way of shopping.

What if someone wants macaroni and cheese and can’t wait for it to be shipped? No worries. Creamettes can still easily be found on your local grocery store shelves. And, don’t forget the ketchup for the mac ‘n’ cheese. (You know who you are.)

Internet is Quick?....Let me tell you....I entered a search for “grain-free” noodles....30 mins later I found an acceptable macaroni that had only 2 ingredients.

Frustration and Anxiety
Emotions play such a huge part in our health. Imagine how frustrating it is using all that time just for one item.…and, still may not find what you are looking for.

Perhaps, you are wanting to travel. Do you know what it is like to look at a restaurant menu and not be able to find something to order? Or, maybe it is gluten-free but not grain-free....or, grain-free but not dairy-free. “yes”, they say...we have grain-free buns and noodles”. Your excitement starts to build only to wane because they are made with almond flour or lentils or eggs.

Sadly, grocery shopping and meal preparation is no longer quick or easy. But this does not mean we are left to wallow in our sorrow. Sometimes, it just requires a fresh, new approach and perspective to gain back that freedom to enjoy life again.

So, the next time you see me on my phone for hours....I’m probably doing my grocery shopping. And, by the way, I was quite thrilled with my newly discovered, 2-ingredient, grain-free macaroni noodles. 👍

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