How Label Reading Saved My Hair

I’m super careful about what I eat. I wasn’t always. But life’s circumstances caused me to look at my lifestyle choices and forced me to make this change. I was constantly stressed and nervous. I physically didn’t feel good and so I was very irritable. It was taking a toll on my family and after discussion with my doctor it was decided that I should try to change my diet to a healthier one as it has been proven that what we eat can affect us emotionally.

I started reading labels very carefully when food shopping. I pretty much gave up on processed foods as it was difficult to decipher the scientific names in the ingredients lists. It took up too much of my time. Within a few weeks I was feeling better and way more levelheaded. Even my kids picked up on it and they encouraged me to continue even though at times it was difficult.

Once you change your eating habits and you get used to reading labels you start reading labels on everything. Even non food items. It’s the natural progression to what in the long term is a much better quality of life. The more products I scrutinized, the more I realized that everything we use is made up of mostly artificial chemical components. Take personal care products for example. There’s no reason for shampoo and soap to contain upwards of twenty five unpronounceable ingredients.

The skin is the body’s largest organ. Would you want to feed any of your internal organs a mixture of chemicals? With my new awareness I understood that it’s no wonder so many people are suffering from skin and hair issues. Just like it is imperative to eat properly for maximum health, we also need to feed our external organ, our skin, with a proper diet. ┬áMake sure you only buy sulfate free products. Be careful to look out for artificial fragrance. These are harsh chemicals.

Particularly when it comes to your hair you have to be extra careful. Hair will only be as healthy as the scalp that is growing it. You must nurture and feed your scalp from within and without. Inflammation and dandruff caused by the chemicals in many hair care products can cause destruction over time to the follicles. You want to use products that are naturally derived and preferably organic. You want it to be free of the sulfates used in most shampoos. These are just added as a foaming agent. Your hair and scalp will be just as clean without it. The foam is unnecessary.

My shampoo of preference is ProOrgnic from Pura d’Or. It contains all natural mostly organic ingredients and nothing else. It has made a huge difference in the hair health of my whole family. It does cost a bit more than the regular mass marketed stuff, but the savings in dandruff remedies ┬áhas more than made up the difference. I am so happy I took the plunge and adopted a healthier diet. As they say change effects change. My label reading habit not only ensured a healthy mind, it ensured a healthy head of hair as well.

Bluma Marcus

Bluma Marcus is the editor of She lives with her husband and five children in southern California.

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