Natural Topical and Systemic – What to Avoid?

What is Natural? This is very difficult to conclusively define and  easy to dissect because of the amount of largely inaccurate information which can be  found within various published sources.  As derived from the US Department of Food and Human Services: “ From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is ‘natural’ because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives. However, the agency has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.”“There is also a difference when it comes to ascertaining which market you are making reference to; preceeding which is in reference to foods, and topical skin care, cosmetics, and so forth which is somewhat different.

With that said “natural” foods can still contain a wide range of processed sweeteners, lab-produced “natural” flavours and colours, additives and preservatives. The bottom line is that unless you are growing your own food, making your own soups with broth from chickens that you monitor 100% natural or closest to earth is a difficult accolade to achieve and difficult for companies to guarantee yet often promote.

For topical care, naturally essentially are minimally processed or derived from nature, however” there are no formal laws requiring manufacturers to differentiate between natural sources versus bio-identical laboratory synthesis of natural ingredients. “ This then introduces an entirely different grouping of what is holistic, which are entirely naturally derived, and brings in ayurvedic, and examining the skin and body, as well as internal as a “whole” and can often be referred to as wholistic health or wholistic products.

The objective (whether it be products injested or topically applied) is to aim for the most natural or minimally processed products  for daily use and optimal health.  Most often, and most realistic is a combination of science, altered or synthetically derived ingredients with natural and/or scientifically created.

Irregardless of the labeled or marketed category; organic, natural, holistic, etc. suitability and minimizing potential toxins, known carcinogens, fillers, and artificial colours should be a consideration while maximizing benefit (health) and efficacy . Women and Men can use up to 19 and 12 (respectively) products per day topically, with this said, it is important to try to avoid some commonly known harmful ingredients such as:  Benzoyl peroxide, DEA, MEA, emulsifiers, Urea, PEG, Parabens, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Butylene, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Triclosan, and DMDM Hydantoin, GMO or as little as possible.  Again, the message is minimally processed, maximum benefit to health and efficacy, key is education, and as few ingredients as possible to allow maximum organ function.  What is applied to the skin topically does enter the body to varying percentages.

Further information can be obtained and comment by contacting me at christine@maiaglobal.com.

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