I have always tried to be conscious of what goes into my body, but it seems my tendencies fluctuate. I’m on a journey to form solid habits this time. Your body obviously runs at its best when it is provided with nutrients, exercise, care. At first glance, this typically makes people think to cut out caffeine, refined sugars, red meat, etc. My goal food-wise, is to eliminate all processed foods. If the contains more than a few more ingredients, forget it. If the label contains chemical additives, as almost everything does, forget it. Veggies, beans, rice, spices. Fuel.
More than the food, I’m looking for help with all the other chemicals that enter our body, mainly, through our skin. Shampoo, soap, deodorant, laundry detergent, lotion, even toothpaste.. these are all things most of us willingly expose ourselves to on a daily basis. I want to lower my exposure. I know it to be possible. I’ve done the ‘no-poo’ routine, in which shampoo is not used for cleansing your hair. Either baking soda & vinegar is used, or nothing at all but water. I’ve tried both with success, and healthier hair than ever.
I’m asking you, HEthens, for any input on the subject, whether you agree or not.
Further, I would LOVE additional information on these options. I have searched over time and found several different threads upon various websites, but I’m hoping for a community that sort of envelops this whole genre of ideas.
So first of all you gotta realize that your body needs none of that shit, most of those “hygiene” products are just a clever marketing scheme that really gives you nothing of value whatsoever. A healthy body cleans itself, pretty much, if it didn’t we would be dying like flies. Water is really all you need.
I’ve been rid of that shit for a long time. And I’m not some dirty hippie or isolated nolifer, I’m very social, I go clubbing a lot, and I do business meetings where I gotta be presentable. It’s been no problem at all, I don’t smell or look dirty, I’m really clean. Cleaner, in fact, than normal people.
Healthy skin stays clean.
As for the foods, if it has more than one ingredient it’s processed and contaminated. And even if it’s just a “clean” ingredient it’s likely processed in some way, pasteurized or so, which fucks it up.
Plus, there’s a bunch of natural things these days that are considered food although they’re really not food at all.
Soy, canola, cottonseed oil, that kind of shit. Large quantities of beans is also bad.
On top of that, there’s the pesticide. Unless you’re eating genuine organic food, you’re eating that poison. And of course that’s no good. Especially not if you live in the US, as they use really really toxic shit, even Agent Orange.
If you really want to be healthy, you must allow your body to flush the bad shit, and that won’t happen unless you treat your body well. There’s lots of bad foods that people don’t recognize as such, simply because they don’t do much direct harm, they do however impair recovery and maintenance. A whole lot.
It’s not just about nutrients, it’s also about balance. Keeping the right PH level is crucial, but most people are acidified like crazy. A healthy omega3:omega6 level is also a necessity for true health. A healthy level is between 4:1 and 1:2, but most people are at 1:20 and a lot are even at 1:30.
These things are very easy to fix, really.
Additionally, you need proper oxygenation and hydration, which most people fail completely.
If your body is working properly, it will have no problem dealing with and flushing out toxins unless there’s a lot of it… but if you’re like most people your body isn’t working well at all.
And what most people call health isn’t really healthy, it’s just slightly less unhealthy.
Hey! Glad a thread like this is up. I’m in the exact same position! trying to eliminate all those nasties… plus the better but still not so recognised nasties that @manimal also mentioned.
Yaaaaaaaaay for a healthier being.
Also about the ‘natural’ thing, natural doesn’t always mean good for you or healthy. cement is natural but no one goes around eating or praising it. admittedly i saw this on a weed poster, but it rang true to me.
@manimal, I can highly appreciate your insight. This is exactly the information, as well as reinforcement we need. I am particularly unfamiliar with the importance of pH levels, so I will absolutely be looking into this. As a cosmetology student, I have learned the importance of pH levels in hair, but as far as the body is concerned, this is new territory.
@francina, In regards to the natural cement comment, I’m assuming this was on an anti-weed poster? In that case, it’s unfortunate, but the statement does apply to many situations well. I did use the term natural a bit too lightly I suppose. I do just need to stray away from everything extra that we do not need, and that causes adverse effects on the body. :)
@bgood, If you are looking for an EXCELLENT replacement for heavily scented and processed lotions:
Mix olive oil with sugar. Use it as a scrub to exfoliate and soften your skin. It feels AMAZING and is so cheap to make!
@birdflyinghigh, That’s wonderful! I had been planning on sticking with pure aloe vera, but I definitely support olive oil! As well as sugar to exfoliate, I’ve been told to use coffee. I have tried it a few times in the past, and felt great after. The caffeine supposedly helps rejuvenate your skin.
@bgood, You can use Rebasit Mineral to balance your PH, but you should get tested first how acidified you are to know how much you should take. Otherwise you could take two or three spoons (the spoon that goes along with it) mixed with water (half or full cup, does not really matter) before you go sleeping (2/3 times a week). You can also use this after you have been drinking a lot of alcohol in the evening (before sleeping again) to get your body balanced (can save you from an hangover as well).
@birdflyinghigh, Today I used a mixture of approximately equal parts of ground coffee and olive oil to exfoliate. I left this on for a few minutes before rinsing. I used this as my facial scrub today as well, and having somewhat oil skin, I was a little concerned. Needless to say, my skin is in better moisture health than any lotion has been able to deliver. I think I’ll use this scrub a few times a week, and on the other days, use only water to cleanse.
I washed my hair with peppermint tea today, as I’ve found it is supposed to be good for cleansing and scalp rejuvenation. Upon taking the towel off of my hair, I immediately went ‘uh oh, tangles!’. And so I went at it gently with a brush. Much to my surprise, it brushed out very easily. Anyone who has dry hair might try olive oil on the ends for moisture. The tea, as well I will use a few times a week, eventually using it just once a week, or as needed, and counting on water the rest of the days. I was at a point of only water for a while, but I do like the way the tea makes my hair feel. As well, I’ve read different teas have different effects, most all herbal teas help to close the cuticle, thus strengthening the hair. I will definitely be experimenting with different types of teas to see which work best on my hair type.
I am ecstatic and intrigued by this thread! I’ve been delving into, of course, the less-processed food life as well as things like DIY natural, healthy hygiene.
@bgood, For my conditioner I use a mixture of apple cider vinegar (restoring pH balance), rose water (for scent and diluting the ACV), and olive oil, mixed in a spray bottle. Shampoo is just baking soda.
I’ve found that this method as well as similar ones like the teas is amazing for hair! And it dries so fast cause there’s no unnatural oil.
Also, for a facemask egg whites and lemon juice mixed together is fantastic. It firms the skin and makes the pores smaller.
@bgood, I am intrigued by the coffee idea! I’m going to try this tonight. I’m glad to hear it worked well for you.
I’m still hooked on shampoo and conditioner – my hair is really long right now, and tangles take forever to get out if I don’t use conditioner. I’d never heard of using tea before, so I’ll have to try it!
I’m going to have SO MUCH coffee and tea around now. I will never run out of caffeine. Ahaha.
I used the olive oil and sugar scrub on my face 3 days ago, and my skin still feels noticeably softer and healthier. I think I will use the sugar scrub for when I need to exfoliate, and the coffee scrub for when I just need to moisturize.
@birdflyinghigh, You don’t realize that rubbing sugar into your skin makes it a prime host for (smelly) bacteria, do you?
The skin feels softer because you peel away the horny layer (yes that’s what it’s called) and that’s not really a good thing, because it leaves your skin and pores exposed to dirt, bacteria and chemicals.
To avoid tangles, just brush your hair before and after showering, and once or twice a day. The hair may also need some nutrition, but getting it from your diet is better than applying topically.
I very rarely get tangles, and my hair currently hangs past my shoulder blades. I don’t use shampoo or conditioner at all, I only use water for my hair.
@manimal, Tee hee, you said horny.
I know it probably removes a layer or two, but I like feeling soft. :) Also, the olive oil seals off the skin.
I should start brushing my hair more, good call.
I love to see people paying attention to their health and environment, especially when we get into the toxicity of pretty much EVERY product you would find at any conventional grocery store (I swear I have a panic attack every time I enter one for something quick to eat). I totally agree with everything thats been said, PH balance is important, as well as awareness of products in stores.
Basically, we all gotta find out for ourselves what is actually good for our bodies.
A few highlights that have been prevalent for me:
1. We are what we eat, a diet with plenty of raw fruits and veggies is vital.
– See paleolithic diet:
-Processed foods are not raw, the living enzymes and amino acids are destroyed once cooked or even frozen, basically turning your ‘orange juice’ or ‘milk’ or anything cooked into sugar, thats how your body reads cooked food! Thats why its so important to pair any cooked meal with some raw fruit or a salad.
– Careful eating out! http://www.naturalnews.com/037834_GMO_restaurants_cooking_oils.html
– Buy local! Go to your farmers markets and look for CSA’s in your area
-If you eat meat, look for organic, naturally fed, free range, antibiotic free, hormone free
2. Detoxing is more important than ever!
For me it started with juice and smoothie fasting once a week for detoxing. A couple weeks later I juice fasted for 3 days. Felt great! Now I juice regularly (I use a CSA to deliver a huge box of local organic fruits and veggies every week). I eat meat once a week at most (always hormone, antibiotic free, free range, organic fed) and rarely eat dairy. Other than that I try to eat at home as much as possible and make sure I eat something raw** with every meal.
I also have added many affordable organic herbal/superfoods to my morning routine, right now I start my day with turmeric (blood cleanser), cayenne (detoxificant), zeolite (detox heavy metals!), spirulina! (protein, minerals), kelp powder (iodide- detox fluoride & hormonal balance), chia seeds (protein &omegas), gingko (increase blood flow), dandelion leaf (liver), milk thistle (liver), roobios tea (antioxidants) etc. in a shot of water.
About water .. most tap water and bottled water have added synthetic fluoride, a toxin to be avoided at all costs, I try to refill my 3 gallon water jug with a Reverse Osmosis filter, the only way to filter it out that i’m aware of. You can find a machine at most whole foods. Get fluoride free toothpaste. Fluoride, being in the water, is pretty much in everything, we have enough of this junk in our environment so avoid it as much as you can.
I did an MSM detox for a few months also which sped up my metabolism like crazy, therefore speeds up the detox process (highly recommend it).
I get plenty of exercise at work, bike, skate, drinks tons of water, meditate often. I noticed the past few weeks I have been lucid dreaming almost every night.. I have a feeling its related to detoxing fluoride ..
I smoke organic outdoor buddha which seems to have nothing but positive effects. I quit tobacco over about 3 weeks ago thank god! Nothing fucks me up more than cigs.
Last but not least, things like apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil & raw honey have been very useful in replacing conventional household items and hygiene products, but this area I’m not too caught up on.
@heavydreamz, Wonderful post! A few things I’d like to focus on..
I love rooibos tea! :)
I am a tobacco smoker, and have tried many times to kick the habit with failure. I’ve tried reinforcing my mind-over-matter, smoking herbs instead, using a netti-pot (cleans out the sinuses and makes cigarettes taste grosser than they already are, in my opinion) I’m really interest in the organic outdoor buddha you’ve mentioned, I have no idea what this is.. please do enlighten me.
You’re very correct to avoid fluoride at all costs. I live in a small city, and it is still very difficult for me to avoid entirely, but I’m absolutely working on it. A cheaper and simpler alternative to fluoride free toothpaste is to use plain baking soda. This whitens and cleans! I’d recommend a soft bristle brush, and gentle brushing, as with normal toothpaste, to avoid ruining tooth enamel.
As far as I know, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) would be safe for your health, but now that I’m taking a second glance, I’m not too sure. I also do not know the effects its production has on our environment. If anyone knows more about this, please do share.
That being said, baking soda is also a great product to use for household scrubbing.
Vinegar is a great multi-purpose cleaning agent, as it kills bacteria, mold, and germs. I do not buy bleach, ammonia, toilet cleaner, ajax, etc. Those products are harsh on skin, lungs, and the environment.
And, @birdflyinghigh, I absolutely agree with @beardlike, on the conditioner process. I’ve used apple cider vinegar in the past and gotten excellent results.
@heavydreamz, sick post! I’d love to get my shit together enough to actually have systems in place for even half the stuff you’ve managed to do. Purely for curiousity (forgive me if its rude) how much does it usually cost you in a week all together do you think? all those herbs, spices, fruits and veges. all combined :) i think finances are the only thing stopping me doing that right now. so if i had an indicative idea of cost, i could start budgeting to get it started :)
@francina, For me I realize that there is so much garbage out there that I have a real easy time wasting money on.. But finding out for myself what is worth investing and cutting out the crap has been more than worthwhile. It’s like, buy canned PBR that’s going to give you a hangover because who knows why.. or buy a high quality local brew. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still taking a while to get all that consumerism materialism out of my system, I was born that way, it’s like an addiction, I ate a chipotle burrito earlier for example, sometimes I feel the need to buy some convenient satisfying garbage, but it’s all about working toward the ideal. The social impact is the greater part of it, I’m learning how to see what is marketed garbage and the golden rule appears to be buy local.
@bgood, Trader joes has some good alternative cleaning supplies although i question them also, anything commercial is atleast somewhat sketch. And just quit smoking, once you do.. You might find that your body has a much easier time telling you whats good and what isn’t. Smoking makes you body numb to all thats toxic in our environment. Find some high quality herbs to replace the tobacco for a while, I actually went on a kratom and kava binge to help with my cravings, but you probably don’t need to go that far. Organic outdoor buds I mean, you know, medicine.. rather than the indoor chemical moldy buds people love from the dispensary that’s grown to resemble speed, the stuff I grew up with on the east coast that gave me headaches and made thinking hard.
@heavydreamz, Hah, buds. NOW I understand. I sat here quite some time, trying to figure out what you meant by buddha >_>
I would love to go to a Trader Joes, I’ve just got to make the time/money for it. Being in Maine (which I do appreciate), the closest and only TJ’s in the state, is 140 miles from where I live. We do have some smaller Natural food/living stores in the area, though.