12 Toxic Compounds Hiding In This One Thing You Use Every Single Day

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There is one “necessity” in every house that most people don’t give much thought to. Certainly not to the ingredients. You probably have a favorite brand or you might switch between three or four brands; perhaps you just buy whatever is on sale, many people do. But regardless of which brand you buy or how much it costs one thing remains, it is probably full of toxic chemicals.


Would you ever consider washing your hair with formaldehyde? Anti-freeze? Or engine degreaser? Of course not! Yet, those are some of the chemicals that are hiding in plain sight in your shampoo. You might be thinking, “Who cares? It’s not like I drink my shampoo!” True, but consider this; at least the things you eat get processed by your stomach, the liver, and your intestines first. You cannot say the same thing about the stuff you put on your skin and scalp. Whatever you put on your skin goes directly into your blood: no filter, no dilution, nothing. This means that that engine degreaser you just put on your head went right into your bloodstream and is circulating throughout your body.

Not sure that you believe that? How do you think that nicotine patch works? Or pain reliving patches? Worse still, once your skin is warm from that nice, hot shower, your pores are wide open and ready to receive anything you put on them.

If you have been experiencing health problems that your doctor cannot pin down, the answer might be as simple as changing your shampoo. These toxic ingredients in shampoo can cause problems such as skin irritation, flaky skin, overly dry skin, rashes, allergies, sinusitis, asthma, difficulty breathing, and even certain types of cancer. The chemicals in most shampoos are known to weaken the immune system as your body tries to deal with them. This can lead to frequent colds, flus, and persistent fungal infections.

Doesn’t that sound clean and healthy?

Curious to know which are the 12 most offending ingredients? Keep reading, then check and see if any of the following chemicals are in your shampoo. Afterwards, we will talk about safe alternatives.


1. Polyethylene Glycol

Most times, this is listed as PEG. This chemical is petroleum based and is used to give your shampoo its creamy texture. PEG is listed as a known carcinogen and can be contaminated with other carcinogens such as ethylene oxide. PEG has been shown to cause irritation and systemic toxicity if exposed to broken skin.

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