Three Small Changes Anyone (Yup, You Too) Can Make for a Healthier Lifestyle

Deciding to live a healthy lifestyle can be overwhelming when you don't know where to start. You might feel like you're expected to make a million changes at once...start working out, shopping at Whole Foods, throwing out most of your daily hygiene products, switching out your makeup, and adopting dozens of dietary restrictions. I want to show you that it doesn't need to be this intense!

If you're on a journey to a healthier lifestyle, this post is for you. And if you haven't started your journey yet, hopefully, this will show you that there are little changes you can make to your daily life to improve your overall well-being. Now, please know that I do not know EVERYTHING there is to know about health and wellness. I'm constantly learning, experimenting, failing, and trying again but that's not stopping me and it shouldn't stop you either! 

Throw away your normal antiperspirant and opt for an all natural deodorant instead! Many people don't realize that your average antiperspirant contains aluminum which is the ingredient that keeps you from sweating. Here's the interesting part; your body is a system and every system has a purpose and function. Long story short: you're supposed to sweat -- it allows your body to rid itself of toxins and impurities! The aluminum in your deodorant stops the sweat but it also prevents your body from getting rid of these impurities, leaving them trapped. On another note, consider how close your underarms are to your breasts. Scientists have been studying the aluminum compound in deodorant and have found that when it enters your body, it acts as estrogen which can be responsible for the growth of breast cancer cells. Not to mention your average deodorant contains parabens (curly girls are probably familiar with this term but many don't know this is a preservative) which can also interfere with your estrogen production and regulation. Careful, ladies and gents!

While you're shopping for a new deodorant, you might as well  grab an organic toothpaste too! Toothpaste contains fluoride which acts as your anti-cavity and the agent that strengthens your teeth. What you probably don't know is that fluoride is linked to weakening your immune system, it can cause problems with your gastrointestinal system, and even birth defects. Even though the amount of fluoride in your average toothpaste is relatively low, it's still a good idea to avoid it. There are tons of natural alternatives! I've tried two thus far, both have worked amazingly well and my boyfriend even mentioned that my teeth have been looking whiter which was an unexpected perk. Its a win win, if you ask me.

This last one is for the ladies in particular. Every month Aunt Flow comes to town and you can find us gracing the drugstore to re-up on our feminine hygiene products. What they don't tell you is that your average tampons are mare with cotton that has been sprayed with pesticides. Aside from the pesticides, there are other groups of chemicals that are a cause for concern. The cotton is bleached and produces the by-product dioxin which is classified as a human carcinogen (aka this chemical has been found to cause cancer). I don't know about you, but that's always enough to make me pay attention. Need another reason to opt for organic tampons? Other chemicals in the tampons are said to be endocrine disruptors which can cause hormonal disturbances, reproductive issues, and brain disorders. Are you listening now? 


Natacha John