Before you lather on the sunscreen and go to the beach, it’s important to know that most sunscreens contain toxic chemicals.
A study conducted by the Environmental Working Group found that out of 1,500 sunscreens on the market 75% contained hormone-disrupting and skin-irritating chemicals and did not effectively protect against the sun’s damaging rays.
To avoid toxic chemicals, we recommend using a mineral sunscreen. While chemically based sunscreen merely absorbs and displaces UVA and UVB rays, mineral sunscreen forms an actual barrier on the skin to reflect the UVA and UVB rays.
However please be wary of “mineral-based” sunscreens, as they contain the same toxic chemicals found in regular sunscreen. When shopping for sunscreen, look for sunscreens that just read “MINERAL” and not “mineral-based.”
It’s always nice to freshen up a room with a new coat of paint. Unfortunately, some paints contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) – which after prolonged exposure,
can cause liver and kidney damage. Ask for low VOC paint.
The Regenera Medical team recommends asking for low VOC paint when shopping at your local hardware story
Before you head out for a weekend mani-pedi at your favorite local nail salon, to avoid being exposed to toxic chemicals both in the salon and on your nails, we recommend trying Côte Shop.
The National Toxicology Program reports that many nail polishes contain cancer-causing agents, such as BHA, and the “toxic trio” of dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde. This trio causes cancer, disrupts the production of hormones, causes kidney and liver failure (when ingested) and affects the nervous system – resulting in drowsiness and respiratory tract irritation.
Côte Shop has a line of in-house natural nail polishes, all made cruelty free with the highest quality vegan products to produce the safest toxin-free nail polish available.
Everyone loves that new car smell, but it can be hazardous to your health.
The smell comes from a chemical called phthalates, found in synthetic leather and vinyl, which can harm a woman’s reproductive organs and result in their male offspring having abnormal genital development.
Before you put on your favorite perfume, be aware that most high-end retailers aren’t telling you the whole truth of what’s in that bottle.
Laboratory test commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found that most name-brands left out 14 chemicals from the label, on average. These chemicals cause hormone disruption, reproductive problems and cancer, in some cases.
The team at Regenera Medical recommends Red Flower NY’s organic perfume or any of the many offerings at Intelligent Nutrient’s. To find more toxin free products, check out the Think Dirty app.
Candles might be great for mood lighting, however they can contain benzenes – a toxic chemical used to create fragrance – which causes respiratory issues, headaches, asthma & cancer.
Regenera Medical recommends beeswax candles scented with natural essential oils, such as lavender.
Drinking water is vital to our health, but what we drink water from also matters.
Plastic water bottles are filled with toxins, including Bisphenol A, better known as BPA. This toxin is known to seep into the water through the plastic. Ingestion of BPA is hazardous to your health.
The Regenera Medical team recommends drinking from a glass bottle. Be sure to wash it daily to avoid any bacteria build up.
Before you go into downward dog, think twice about the mat you’re doing it on.
Common yoga mats contain polyvinyl chloride, which aren’t recyclable, and when incinerated they release cancer causing chemicals.
The Regenera Medical team recommends the Basically Perfect Cork Yoga Mat.
Do you know what’s in your makeup?
Makeup brands are not obligated to conduct safety tests on their products, as stated by the FDA and current laws. Harmful chemicals are masked by deceptive titles, such a “fragrance.” In some cases the chemical might be listed, but the label won’t contain a warning regarding the side effects.
Some common chemicals found in makeup include lead, parabens, and phthalates. These chemicals can cause damage to reproductive and neurological development, as well as cause infertility, cancer, delay puberty, along with many other detrimental health effects.
Heading to the beach and cooling off in the salt water feels great! But, the chemicals in your sunscreen could be harming ocean life.
Oxybenzone, a common chemical found in all types of sunscreens is now killing the world’s most popular coral reefs, leaving over 1 million different types of aquatic species homeless. Oxybenzone is added to sunscreen because it absorbs ultraviolet light. But research shows that oxybenzone can be absorbed through your skin and into the body, which can result in a variety of illnesses.
While companies are marketing “coral reef friendly” sunscreen, there is no government body regulating these claims. To protect yourself and the ocean, the team at Regenera Medical recommends using mineral sunscreen – which forms a protective barrier against UVA and UVB sun rays, and does not harm ocean life.
One of the top five things our founder, Dr. Elroy Vojdani, recommends to all of his patients is to avoid ingesting pesticides by eating organic food as much as possible.
While many grocery stores now offer an organic produce section, purchasing from you local farmers market (such as the Brentwood Farmers Market) gives you a chance to talk to directly to the people who actually grew and harvested the food. Plus it makes a nice Sunday outing.