In this final installment of the Beginners Shopping Guide for Adopting an Alkaline Diet and Lifestyle we will cover Green Cleaning and Beauty Products. In part one we discussed Equipment and in part two we listed Groceries.
Acidifying substances are not limited to what we put into our bodies, but also what we put on our bodies, as 60% of it is absorbed into our bloodstream through the skin. In fact, according to In-Cosmetics magazine, the average woman absorbs four and a half pounds of chemicals from toiletries and make-up every year! In addition to trying to reduce the number of products we use each day, consider the following alternative products:
- Ionized Acidic Water – The benefits and uses of ionized acidic water from a water ionizer are endless, but center around green cleaning and eco-friendly beauty. For cleaning and disinfecting: Use in place of Windex and Lysol, on toilets, countertops, cutting boards, sinks, door handles, car interior, boats, carpets, floors. Add to the dishwasher and washing machine for cleaner clothes and dishes. For personal use: Try as a facial toner, hand sanitizer, mouthwash (can add peppermint or spearmint essential oil for flavor), hair rinse, and even spray on rashes to help the healing process. Make your own ionized acidic water for pennies on the gallon with a Chanson water ionizer (prices start at $1,295) or try their SkinBalance product for $19.95.
- Dish Detergent – Look for a detergent without phosphates, and try adding citric acid ($12/pound) to each load to reduce calcium buildup on glass.
- Laundry Detergent – Avoid dry cleaning and air out items which have been dry cleaned before wearing. For home use, look for natural and eco-friendly detergents like Power Powder ($20).
- Shampoos, Conditioners, Soaps & Shower Gels: Liquid castile soap is a safe, paraben and sulfite-free gentle cleanser that can be used on the body and hair and is available for around $10 at health food stores. You can also try forgoing conditioner and just rinsing hair with ionized acidic water for an all-natural shine.
- Paraben-Free Lotion: Parabens are common preservatives that have been linked to cancer and can cause allergies. Many popular brands like Burt’s Bees and Aveeda now offer paraben-free lotion formulas, so you might be able to find them in your local drugstore for $4+.
- Mineral Makeup: The average woman will eat nearly four pounds of lipstick in her lifetime, and an FDA study found lead in 100% of the lipsticks they tested. A safer alternative to look into is mineral makeup, not just for lipstick but for all makeup products. I recommend Tarte Cosmetics. As with standard makeup, prices vary based on product and brand.
- Natural Deodorant: Most deodorants on the market contain aluminum, which is easily absorbed into the bloodstream when applied as directed. Look for aluminium-free varieties at your health food store. About $2-3.
- Fluoride-Free Toothpaste: Fluoride is slightly more toxic than lead, and if ingested, a tube of fluoridated toothpaste could kill a small child. Obtain a fluoride-free toothpaste from your health food store for about $2-$3 or make your own by mixing a blend of baking soda, peroxide and peppermint or spearmint essential oil (optional).
- Natural Perfumes: Most perfumes on the market are synthetic, and perfumers don’t even have to disclose their ingredients. Try making your own perfumes with essential oils from the health food store using blends like orange-sandalwood, lime-pink grapefruit, lavender-ylang ylang, lemon-clary sage, or patchouli-cedarwood in a base of jojoba oil. Cost: Varies, but each essential oil averages about $6. I also recommend Aftelier Perfumes, which are all-natural pure artesian fragrances and available online.
I hope you found part three of this starters guide helpful and wish you luck on your journey to better health through acid-alkaline balance. Be sure to check out parts one and two in this Beginners Shopping Guide for Adopting an Alkaline Diet and Lifestyle if you missed them. Please comment with any questions or additional suggestions and follow me on Twitter for updates.