Do Your Products Contain This Chemical?
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Triclosan, or TCS, is the active ingredient in some hand sanitizers. Although Triclosan can wipe out a myriad of microbes, various studies have shown that Triclosan do a lot of harm to our gut bacteria, immune response, and have been suggested to promote cancer development in mice as Triclosan suppresses the production of Natural Killer cells that fight cancer and infection.
Triclosan affects human reproduction as well as brain development in children as it affects the thyroid which produces hormones essential to brain development.
Despite mounting findings from various studies, Triclosan is still legally allowed in a wide range of household products. The FDA banned the use of Triclosan in ONLY CERTAIN soap products, but Triclosan still remains widely used in MANY other consumer products, widely sold on store shelves, and at this time, stockpiled and cleared off the shelves by consumers hoping to avoid virus infection.
Triclosan is quickly absorbed by our body through skin and oral mucosa, and is found in various human tissues and fluids (blood and urine samples). Triclosan still remains at high concentrations in many personal care products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, and surgical soaps.
Our family usually only uses regular soap & water for hand washing daily. But if you’re out and about a lot, or are in a job where you’re exposed to many different people, #handsanitizers may come in handy.
Be sure to choose one that doesn’t leave harmful residues if you can, although at this time, staying safe is of the utmost importance.
Handygel is part of the Nutritional Immunology family of products. It contains cactus and many other botanical plant extracts, and doesn’t leave harmful residues on our skin. Instead, it provides a protective layer that moisturizes. It’s also a good option if you find that too much soap & water is starting to make your skin too dry.
Taking precautions is important. It minimizes your risks of exposure. But remember, nourishing the immune system is also crucial. At the end of the day, our body has to fight off whatever pathogens we contract, and only a strong and healthy immune system can do that effectively.
Make sure to load up on healthy foods: loads of fresh vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, omega 3 fatty acids, etc. Stay away from processed and oily foods that weaken our immune system. Get plenty of rest. Drink plenty of water, and cut out sugary beverages.
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