Babies & Hormone Disrupting Chemicals
It goes without saying that babies and chemical toxins don’t mix. In fact, it’s not at all limited to babies, but us humans in general. Our body’s do not cope with repeat exposure and this is having substantial effects to our health. Whilst you don’t need to be a biochemist to figure that much out, understanding where these very chemicals are lurking is not an easy task. Perhaps you’ve looked at the back of your latest nappy rash cream and tried to read the label? Pronouncing the ingredients let alone understanding them; we often simply trust that because everybody else is using it, it must be ok.
The biggest issue with these seemingly harmless chemicals found in most of our personal care products, is that they are known endocrine disruptors. Meaning they mess about with our hormones or ‘disrupt’ the way in which the body would ordinarily behave. Since hormones are associated with all growth and metabolic function, this isn’t ideal news for the precious teeny tot’s in our lives. Many of these known endocrine disrupting hormones are like imposters to our body. That is, they aren’t actually hormones at all, but they begin to behave in a way that mimic our own hormones, so much so, they are able to make their way in-between the gaps of our nerve cells and have a similar influence, leading to this disruption that we speak of.
There are two major endocrine disruptors that are especially clever at pulling rank; petrochemicals and plastics/phthalates. A recent Danish study was performed on 845 young children in those presenting with dermatitis. They were all found to have dangerously high levels of phthalates, mainly related to the topical treatments they were applying to treat the skin condition. The biggest issue is this can begin the path towards long-term inflammatory illness as these products continue to be used over time and begin to alter how we metabolize specific nutrients in the body. This can affect how our genes behave, a term known as polymorphism. You might be interested to learn that our genetics determine which conditions may present in our own unique body, but it is the certain influences in our day to day life like diet and environment and toxin exposure that can persuade our genes to ‘turn on’ these unwanted symptoms. By the same token, if we can remove as many polymorphisms as possible, we can lead our genes on the right path and minimize this unwanted effect of illness. This is especially important when we are considering what we apply repeatedly to our precious babies. Continual exposure can have concerning effects.
It’s therefore important as parents, we begin to make informed choices around personal care product for our children. Interestingly (and because it’s so universal), for many, papaya cream is the product of choice because it can be used for so many issues associated with our little ones, from nappy rash to nipple cream, cradle cap to chapped lips but not all papaya creams are made alike. We want to help you understand many creams of similar nature are created with these same phthalates that appear to be causing havoc, but not ours. What’s more, the vast majority of papaya creams contain large amounts of unkind ingredients like petroleum jelly, palm oil or castor oil because they are inexpensive and they help to increase the shelf life of such products.
Simple choices can begin to have profound effects and what you choose to purchase for your family truly does count. Pure Papaya Care is the only certified natural papaya range available. It’s gentle ingredients are safe for the entire family and we don’t scrimp on quality. Our formulation, which is uniquely free of preservatives, uses a rare blend of beautifully safe ingredients including Shea nut butter, jojoba and macadamia oil instead of chemical laden wax or petroleum jelly that many others use.
We’re really passionate about our product because it truly is second to none. It won’t mess about with your hormones and keeps your family away from concerning endocrine disruptors. Most of all, we are excited because we know once you try pure, you’ll wonder why you ever considered anything else. It’s beautiful formula will have you loving it as much as we do because not only is it completely safe for your baby, it works.
Written by Nat Kringoudis