Ingredients To Avoid in Toothpaste and
Skin Care Products For Your Health
Looking for the best natural toothpaste for 2020?
The average toothpaste and skin care product has a multitude of ingredients crammed in, most of which are unnecessary, or worse, toxic. It may seem easy to let it slide because it is not meant to be eaten, you’re just applying it on your skin or brushing your teeth to keep them clean, right? But, we are using this product at least once a day and hopefully twice a day! Although our teeth are quite durable (harder than bone and iron in fact) our mouths and skin are a highly absorbent and fast track into our bloodstream. The California Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and dental hygienists warn against many of the chemicals found in toothpastes and other products, yet they are still found in the most common brands.
Make your health a priority and find the best non-toxic toothpaste that doesn’t include the harmful chemicals listed in this article. Or, if you are feeling up to it, make your own like the simple all-natural toothpaste recipe I include at the end. Yes, you can make your own homemade natural toothpaste!
Are There Harmful Ingredients In Toothpaste?
Simply put, yes. The point of toothpaste and skin products is to rid our mouths and skin of harmful bacteria to maintain long term health. Unfortunately, finding chemical free toothpaste isn’t as easy as it should be. “Natural products” have several different types of chemicals layered on for not only cleaning, but sweetening, flavoring, foaming, or thickening. Many of these create chemical imbalances in our body and are even carcinogenic.
What Are The Most Harmful Ingredients In Toothpaste?
Finding natural toothpaste without chemicals can be a challenge as even some of the best natural toothpaste brands include one or more of the following:
- Triclosan – it has already been banned from soaps in the U.S. by the FDA, and banned from all products in Minnesota. The biggest concerns with this chemical are the antibiotic resistance and endocrine/hormonal disruption created in the body, which can lead to breast, ovarian, prostate, and testicular cancer.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – is used as a foaming agent that also happens to be registered as an insecticide. In humans it is an aggressive skin irritant that leads to canker sores and damage to the tastebuds as it breaks up the phospholipids in the tongue (read more).
- Diethanolamine (DEA) – is another foaming agent used in toothpaste. It is also a hormone disruptor that combines with other chemicals to form the carcinogen, N-Nitrosodimethylamine. In 1998, the National Toxicology Program completed a study that established a link in the topical application of DEA to cancer in laboratory animals. Although the NTP didn’t test the link in humans, and DEA is used less commonly now than back then, it still poses a risk and can be easily avoided as it will be written in the ingredient statement of toothpastes and cosmetic products.
- Fluoride – a common and poisonous ingredient found in toothpaste. Fluoride containing toothpastes warn to contact poison control if swallowed, which is particularly concerning in regards to children, who often accidentally swallow much of the product. Another concern with Fluoride is that it is hard for the body to process and so it accumulates in tissues and systems of the body, wreaking havoc on enzymes, endocrine function and neurological function. Make sure to take the time to find a good fluoride free toothpaste (or read our recipe below for a wonderful natural non-fluoride toothpaste).
- Aspartame – an artificial sweetener that can’t be broken down in the body. This is due to the fact that it contains the synthetic chemical, Phenylalanine, which is weakly bonded, allowing Methanol to form in the body. Although Methanol is commonly found in fruits and vegetables, it is bound by pectin, allowing it to safely pass through our digestive tract. Without that bond, we are unable to break it down and it will travel to sensitive areas, like the brain, where it will convert into Formaldehyde and cause great damage.
Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will allow these chemicals as long as they are stable in the finished products. They disregard the harmful chemical reactions occurring in the body once these products are ingested or applied topically. Most products can be safely and simply made at home.
Natural Toothpaste Recipe
How To Make Your Own Natural Toothpaste
Looking for a great homemade toothpaste for fighting cavities? You can make your own plant-based toothpaste with these natural ingredients:
- Water (¼ cup)
- Calcium carbonate/chalk (¼ – ½ cup)
- Glycerin/humectant (¼ cup)
- Xylitol/sweetener (3 tsp.)
- Peppermint oil (1 tbsp.)
This homemade fluoride free toothpaste recipe can be easily adjusted for flavor and creaminess and you can make as much as is needed without any preservatives or unnecessary chemicals. Due to consumer demand, there are more natural products now than ever. It is so important to take our health into our own hands and do the research to find non-toxic toothpaste and other natural products.
Written by Bare Health Trainers: Carla and Armando Castro
Toothpaste recipe created by MIT trained chemist George Zaidan
Watch the video on making the toothpaste here: http://bit.ly/WatchIngredients