Last week I cleaned out my bathroom cabinets and took out all the stuff I don’t use. It was a lot of stuff, including a full bottle of Vera Wang Princess, Calvin Cline Obsession and Clique Happy Perfume. Bottles and bottles of lotions and potions, body sprays and creams. I even had a huge jar of hotel samples that I collected, because I thought they were a cool decoration in my bathroom. I put them all in a trash bag and took them to the trash.
You might be reading this asking why I didn’t give them away? Right? That was the most conflicting part. I am talking hundreds and hundreds of dollars of personal care products that I just threw away. I battled with the notion of giving them away, but I couldn’t find it in my heart to do that. What would I say? “Here’s a bottle of perfume that I no longer use because its poison, but I want you to have it?” No way, I love you way more than that.
Even if you are in your 20’s and you don’t have any medical issues, it will catch up with you one day. After we had a diagnoses of Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) we took to reading labels and cleaning up. Basically the EBV takes your immune system hostage. It shows up as fatigue, rashes, depression, migraines and so many other systems that pretty much make you feel like you were hit by a truck.
Your immune system is the part of your sophisticated body that eliminates anything that would cause you to get sick. It is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. One of the important cells involved are white blood cells, also called leukocytes, which come in two basic types that combine to seek out and destroy disease-causing organisms or substances. If your immune system is taking hostage, it can’t do what it is supposed to do. If you start to look up Epstein Barr and what it is, you will learn that it is fueled by heavy metals in our systems. Long story short those heavy metals come from pesticides, chemicals, even jewelry!
Why removing chemicals helps your immune system
There is the obvious connection to support your immune system with diet, exercise, rest and reduced stress, but chemicals play a part too. If your body is working to expel and clean up chemicals and things that aren’t supposed to be there then its continuing to work overtime to seek out and clean out the disease causing organisms or substances. If there are too many chemicals, then the capacity of your immune system simply just can’t fend off the things it needs to.
More than just eating clean eating
So we set about eating as clean as we could. When I first heard that term a few years ago I had no idea what it meant. I just thought it was about counting calories. What it is is counting chemicals and processed foods and eliminating them where possible. Who knew? We bought Danielle Walkers Paleo cookbook and started off. (the food in that book is amazing btw!). The same goes for the chemicals you put on and in your body. Whether its a cleaner you are inhaling, a lotion that’s being absorbed into your skin or laundry you are wearing, it all adds up to your chemical burden that makes your immune system work way, way to hard and contributes to your metal load.
That’s why I wouldn’t give you the perfumes, I love you too much.