Weird. Over-sensitive. Crazy. Hypochondriac. Such nice ways to describe people, right? But these were my labels in my teens and 20's.

I used to have multiple chemical sensitivities. If I sat too close to someone with perfume, got a whiff of cigarette smoke, or smelled fabric softener, instant headache, sick stomach, coughing. Oh, the laundry detergent aisle in the grocery store. It was ridiculous! Especially for a teenager in the 1980's. As hard as this is for someone to deal with now, imagine it 30 years ago. I was a joke!

Except that I wasn't. I was the canary in the coal mine. And truthfully, I'm happy to have had that experience because it led me to detoxing my world. And to be sure, there's a lot of detox to do. I'm not doing it all. My goal was two-fold:

Clean up the diet: this was a gamechanger for my chemical sensitivities, especially removing gluten, dairy and sugar!

Clean up the house: getting rid of endocrine (hormone) disruptors in my house, using more natural products, makes a difference, and here's why.

Watch a day from my 28 Days to a Healthier You series to learn more about chemical overload.

When your body is chemically overloaded, it's kind of like your bucket is full. You can carry a lot in your bucket, but it only takes one drop to overflow it. And a lot of times, it's food that tips the scale.

Most often we don't have something catastrophic happen when we are chemically overloaded. Mostly, it will show in what doctors will say are minor symptoms: tiredness, lack of focus, sleep trouble, chronic inflammation, pain, skin issues, hot flashes, stress, anxiety, fear.

Think about this, your skin is largest sponge around, comprising about 10% of our body mass. The skin absorbs chemicals very quickly, which is why many medicines are now on patches. The average woman puts 300 chemicals on their body in a day. And most are not regulated by the FDA. Maybe the reason so many women have autoimmune disorders.

You have the power over the toxins in your home. What are they?

1st remember this: although the FDA may say these things are safe at certain levels, they build up in your body. If your body can't eliminate them (do you sweat?), you have to store them somewhere. And when this starts to happen, your bucket starts filling up, and it only takes a "small" thing to overflow it.

Some of the top endocrine disruptors you might have in your home right now are phthlates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, formaldehyde, fluoride, and propylene glycol. Watch the video to find out what the first 3 can do in your body.

If you're interested in cleaning up the chemicals in your life, contact me, and I'll help. I have a free half hour consultation where we can go over what your goals are and how to go about reaching them. And you can also take 28 Days to a Healthier You.


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