The EPA has found synthetic hormone-disrupting chemicals in shampoo preservatives and many of them can be found in products that claim to be ‘natural’ and ‘organic.’
The most disturbing of these is antimicrobial preservatives, called parabens, which have proven to disrupt your endocrine system.
The endocrine system regulates every function of your body. The hormone, estrogen, is secreted by ovaries and regulates fertility, pregnancy, menstruation and fat cell activity. Too much estrogen can cause problems including weight gain, fluid retention, and depression.
So what can you do to avoid these parabens?
Check your product labels for these terms:
- Parahydroxybenzoic acid
- Benzyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
- Methyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
- Ethyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
- Propyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
- Butyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
The same ingredient which produces all that foam and lather when you shampoo your hair is also the ingredient used in car washes and garages as a degreasing agent!
In the medical journal Cancer’s 2007 review of mammary carcinogens, dioxane was identified as one of the 216 chemicals which was linked to breast cancer in rodents.
You’ve been told to avoid MSG in your food, but MSG is more than likely in your shampoo, often hidden and referred to as amino acids, yeast extract, nayad, glutamic acid, or glutamates.
This active ingredient is found in engine coolants and antifreeze, airplane de-icers, tire sealants, rubber cleaners, polyurethane cushions, paints, adhesives, enamels and varnishes. Despite the fact the material safety data sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as it is a strong skin irritant and can also cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage, it’s probably in your shampoo.