When I first started getting into health and wellness I only really investigated endogenous (internal) factors and how they impacted my overall health. As my knowledge grew my research shifted onto exogenous (external) factors. Through hours of research I was shocked! To my amaze I realised I was using so many everyday household items and toiletries that were potentially affecting my health. From washing detergents, to hand/body soaps, to floor cleaners, the list just went on. What sacred me even more was how we use these products so freely and don’t realise the detrimental effects they could be having on our health.
One of these everyday items was toothpaste. Through research I discovered that toothpaste has some dangerous ingredients that we need to look out for. Some of the main ones I want to share with you are:
- Sodium Lauryl sulphate (SLS): this is a synthetic ingredient that is added to products as a foaming agent. It is readily absorbed in the body and considered to be highly toxic. It is known to possibly cause skin irritations, hormone imbalances and mouth ulcers. Interestingly it can also be commonly found in engine degreasers and garage floor cleaners but here we are putting it in our mouth! It doesn’t take a genius to figure that there is something very wrong with this.
- Triclosan: is another toxic ingredient found in commercial toothpaste. Researchers have found that when triclosan is mixed with chloride in our tap water it forms the highly toxic compound chloroform. Animal studies have shown that triclosan can alter hormone regulation further causing systemic complication in the body.
- Fluoride: is not an essential nutrient and the body has no need for it. It’s however highly toxic (more so than lead) and is the main ingredient in rat poison. Intake of fluoride is known to cause dental fluorosis (disturbance of tooth enamel) in children. It is also highly linked with hormone disturbances and gastrointestinal tract complications.
Toothpaste is only one of many household items that you may want to start substituting for more ‘natural’ options. You need to start somewhere and I think toothpaste is definitely not such a dramatic shift. Not only are you putting it into your mouth, but also you are more than likely swallowing it. Even though the levels are quite small, I am sure you don’t want the above three ingredients lingering in your blood stream. After all it’s the build up and long term exposure of these toxins we need to be concerned about. So get into your local health food store and get yourself some natural toothpaste!
* Disclaimer: My posts are not to be used to treat or diagnose health concerns and provided as information only. They should not be used as individualised treatment plans and programs. Contact your health professional to investigate what advice is best for you.