For a split second I had to take a double take on my soap choices whilst I was taking a shower post-gym workout. It wasn’t a rather long workout, but that’s a whole different story why shorter, less intense workouts might just be your thing… To my dismay, I could smell intense chemical laden soap from afar, that was infiltrating the women’s shower rooms. A lady was lathered from top-to-toe of goodness knows what, and being the trying to travel light mode that day (no slippers, which in the south-pacific means jandals or flip-flops), but my bare feet! I tiptoed around this foamy mesh that was traveling at lightning speed towards me, with my bar of oat soap in tow… Ha ha, of course I’m happy, because it gave me the sudden urge to get this down on paper.
Now listen up ladies and gents, yes men should also be concerned. Your health goes beyond diet and exercise!
There is so much laser focus on the latest diet fad or fitness craze, it respectively drives me bonkers. It’s not to say, completely ignore one’s diet regime and push exercise aside, but in addition take a good look at your external surroundings.
It can be too easy to have an orthorexic mindset when it comes to food and completing so many workouts each week, with little attention to your surroundings. Your environment also plays a vital part in your health and nutrition. For instance, if your home is susceptible to mold, or you’re exposed to chemical fumes at work, cleaning the house with potent toxins that may seep into your skin. These toxins accumulate and put the body under a lot of stress, and also interfere with the normal functions of your body.
Products in the home
How many ingredients do you slather on your body and face each morning? Are they natural or contain a lot of man-made ingredients that are difficult to pronounce? I will be the first to admit, this is a struggle for me, particularly for washing my big red hair. Just the act of washing your hair, you are essentially massaging chemicals and foreign ingredients into your head…
Oh and who doesn’t love a hot shower?
Imagine that steaming hot shower that helps you start your day. The pores become open and alive. The biggest organ of your body (skin) is now being exposed to multiple foreign ingredients, some of which are chemicals! Your body knows what to do, when it sees something that doesn’t belong there, however over time your immune system weakens as it’s constantly fighting against these foreign substances, you become run down, your immune system starts to loose its power, and is unable to function fully.
Examine your toiletries. Is there a long list of ingredients on each product? Can you think of another healthier alternative to use? What about the products you use to clean your house?
Some of my go-to products, that are versatile to use on your skin, hair, and cleaning the home! Feel free to drop me a message for further details.
- Almond oil
- Coconut oil
- Bicarbonate soda
- Olive oil
- Arrowroot powder
- Shea butter
- Burt Bees
- Trilogy serums
- Essential Oils (find in most of the cute health stores in Riga)
- Shea Butter
- Soaps… from olive oil, oat, lemongrass, lavender, found in organic shops – Rīga
- Apple cider vinegar
- Soft brown sugar
- Rock sea-salt
- Epsom salts
- Activated charcoal
- BE.LOVED products – AWESOME, AWESOME from facial scrubs, serums, perfume to make-up!
Don’t get me wrong I wear make-up, and sometimes nail polish. I live in Latvia, where it’s quite normal to wear a dress, beautiful shoes and anything that’s feminine on any given day, in fact EVERY day! Then I will say enough is enough, and go for 6-9 months, no fuss. I still find it difficult to find alternatives of all natural products, but even the smallest changes can go a long way. Strive for intention, combined with sustainability versus black and white perfection.