**DIY Toxin-Free HYGIENE+SUNCARE Workshop tomorrow night…TWO SPOTS LEFT!**
I was listening to a podcast about the impact of the gut on our bodies and brains the other day. Brilliant podcast, by the way, as 20-something-year-old, Guilia Enders, who recently graduated as a doctor, hilariously brings to life the functioning of the gut and how it affects different body systems (I’ve provided a link to the podcast below – it’s well worth a listen!). Anyways, she spoke about a fascinating documentary of a group of South American explorers who wanted to colonise Antarctica. They took a group of pregnant women to give birth on Antarctica, with the logic that their newborns would ‘own’ Antartica because they would be the first to be ‘born’ there. A few months after the babies were born, they were taken back to South America. The story goes that ALL of the Antarctic babies died shortly after their arrival home. Researchers believe that this is because the babies immune systems and microbiome were underdeveloped because of their early frozen, sterile surroundings in Antarctica. Their bodies could not cope with the sudden onslaught of bacteria, viruses and fungi that dwelt in the natural habitat in South America.
This was super interesting to me, because in our day and age of ‘cleanliness’ so many children (and adults) are developing autoimmune conditions and diseases. Think about all the people that suffer with asthma, eczema and allergies. We might not be dying (at least initially!) like the Antarctic babies, but our immune systems and microbiome aren’t fully developing and functioning the way that they should be.
There are lots of suspected causes, poor diet is a big one. So too are the antibacterial cleaning and personal care products that we ‘clean’ our homes and bodies with. And also the fact that not many of us get ‘dirty’ in nature like we used to (children included). Some studies have shown that kids who grow up on farms and live in ‘dirtier’ surroundings, have different microflora and more robust immune systems, compared to kids who grow up in cities in more sterile surroundings.
I will admit, I do like to be clean. I don’t run around with mud on my face, and I like to wash my hands. However, the stuff we clean ourselves with, often have toxic ingredients in them that destroy the balance of our microbiome on our skin and in our gut. Studies show that very often the beneficial bacteria living in and on us are suppressed by using products containing antibacterial toxins (such as triclosan), allowing pathogenic bacteria to come in and take over. Hand sanitisers are a biggie. Crazy that hospitals make you douse your hands in them! Overuse of antibacterial products such as hand sanitisers could also promote the growth of drug-resistant “superbugs”. Another scary thing is that toxins such as triclosan not only kill bacteria, but they also kill human cells!
There is a natural solution to cleanliness, and keeping pathogenic bugs at bay, and that is using essential oils in your DIY hygiene products. Essential oils have an amazing selective ability to suppress bad bugs, while allowing the beneficial microbiome do their thing untouched. This makes total sense, as the plants from which the essential oils have been extracted, had survived against bacteria, viruses and fungi, and had developed their own defence mechanisms against pathogens, which are now blue-printed in our essential oils. It’s so perfect!
We’ll be making some products using essential oils, to keep the bad bugs away, tomorrow night (Fri 31 March) at our DIY Toxin-Free Hygiene+Suncare Workshop. Included is a very effective (and easy to make!) natural hand sanitiser that works even better than toxin-laden sanitisers. Not only will it intelligently hunt-down the pathogenic bugs, but it will also nourish your hands and the cells beneath – rather than actually killing them! We have two spots left in the workshop tomorrow night, so if you haven’t booked in yet, head on over to our online shop to register – http://happybiome.com.au/product/diy-toxin-free-hygienesuncare-workshop/
The powerful impact of gut health on our bodies and brains: Podcast with Giulia Enders