“Natural Products?” Think Again

I have been meaning to write this article for days but it took me a while I had to do some in depth research for myself and I just had to share with you some of the things I learned. I am in a constant state of marvel these days when I see food products labelled as natural and then I read the label and see that the first ingredients are big words that I can’t even pronounce let alone spell. These big words though pack a wallop in your stomach after eating them for a prolonged period and can cause all kind of health horrors. Take for instance the other day I bought a 100% natural fruit juice. It was oh so yummy. I know that it tasted quite a bit sweeter than any fruit juice I could make at home and it was a tad bit redder than anything natural but I still picked it up, I decided to shop blindly that day, every body needs a down day where they can go to the supermarket in peace and stop worrying over the ingredients in food and to just enjoy, don’t?

Wrong! When I looked at the ingredients on the bottle sometime after imbibing the first product was water, the second was high fructose corn syrup and the third was cane sugar. Oh mercy me, the only thing natural about my heavily laced FD&C red colored juice was the cane sugar and at the very  end came the 20% of juice from pineapple concentrate. And that ladies and gentlemen made it natural.

I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed in myself I felt for taking up this juice without looking at the label even though the price for the juice should have given me an indication that all was surely not right. These days the real natural products do not come cheap.

It’s the same thing with our hair. We suffer so much with all different types of hair maladies just like we do with our health and instead of sitting down and taking a good look at what is making us suffer we put even more of the bad stuff down our throats and on our heads and sit clueless and wonder what is wrong with us.

We live in a commercialized world. The word natural is not regulated; anybody can call something with a smidgen of natural ingredients natural. The truth is the thing that is not good for us, usually makes up the bulk of the so-called natural product. In 2004 the American Contact Dermatitis Society named the surfactant cocamidopropyl betaine “Allergen of the Year”. Guess what the main ingredients in shampoo are? You guessed it surfactants. Surfactants help to remove the waxy oil (sebum) secreted by the hair follicles. In essence stripping the hair of natural moisture. Not only that these surfactants are allergens and irritants in the case of sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) it can cause cancer. After researching some of the ingredients in hair products, I had to share what I gleaned with you. I am going to name twelve offenders in two separate articles. What is on your hair product ingredient list? Part One and What is in your hair product ingredient list Part Two.


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