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Eat this not that, use this not that. Check your label for this and that. That is the advice we are often given when it comes to living a healthy, clean life. However, in the conundrum of information offered it is still difficult to know what to watch out for. This only causes us to become overwhelmed with our own lack of knowledge on the subject. Let's spend time with Diana Kaye, founder of Terressentials, as she helps us understand what are these toxins, how do they affect us, and what can we do about it.

What are toxins?

The Nemours Foundation describes body toxins as “a chemical or poison that is known to have harmful effects on the body. Toxins can come from food or water, from chemicals used to grow or prepare food, and even from the air that we breathe. Our bodies process those toxins through organs like the liver and kidneys and eliminates them in the form of sweat, urine, and feces." 

Although our bodies have a process for extracting the toxins, our modern lifestyle is overly bombarded with these previously mentioned toxins, as well as those created and held within the body by stress. Such high levels of toxicity require additional support for the body to regain its balance.

How can they affect us?

Toxins can upset the homeostasis or equilibrium of the body. This equilibrium is responsible for the rhythm and balance of the bodily functions. Toxins can slow down these processes like constipation or speed them up like diarrhea. This irregularity in the body is a breeding ground for disease. Therefore, proper regulation and detoxification treatments are necessary to bring one’s body back into a healthy balance based on the degree of irregularity in one’s body.

What can we do about this?

Knowing where your buildup of toxins comes from is the first step. Take a detailed look at the food you ingest, products you apply, and medicines you consume, your stress levels, and activity or lack thereof. All of these factors and more contribute to an overall healthy balance of the body. Once you know where they come from, work to eliminate avoidable toxins from your life. These can more specifically include toxic cleaning supplies, beauty products, stress, lack of sleep, caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, refined sugar, processed foods, and saturated fats.

Diane Kaye has made her life’s work about teaching and freeing people from harsh chemicals that could potentially wreck havoc on you and your loved ones. She began her small company Terressentials to offer an alternative, organic means to accomplish our most necessary tasks of life. According to Kaye, the tale of toxins is a life or death issue:

"Therefore we at Terressentials go through excessive lengths to become USDA Certified Organic to create pure products for the common man. This certification requires 538 pages of organic standards to uphold. We only use distilled water, clean with our own soap and sanitizer that we use, and make of our own extracts. We have an annual inspection and keep records for a minimum of 5 years. When it comes to personal care, if you don’t see the USDA Certified Organic seal, the words organic and natural don’t mean a thing.”

This truly is important especially when considering what personal care product to use. Some would argue that personal care products are only created for topical use and have no way of entering the bloodstream through the skin or scalp. However, when asked about this theory, Diana Kay referenced the Stanford University’s study of mice that were given a vaccine through shampoo, resulting in successful vaccination through the hair follicles. Kay states, “If shampoo could administer medicine through the hair follicle, that is how easy and quickly toxins are absorbed in through the hair follicle. Not only is the scalp a thick layer of skin, but we also have oil glands throughout, in the same area of the hair follicle. Beneath the scalp are capillaries, very much like a hair net of veins below the surface; the perfect tunnel to get tons of chemicals into your body quickly!"

What can we do about these toxins?

  • Use products from companies that are USDA Certified Organic. You can check the website of the company to see if they hold the certification or you can ask the company manufacturer to send you verification of their certificate. 
  • Adjust your lifestyle, including exercise to naturally speeds up the body’s detoxifying process. Keep stress levels low and drink plenty of distilled water. Terressentials offers a detoxifying hair wash from the bentonite clay family. The “swelling” clay absorbs the toxins from your hair and scalp and holds it in the clay where it stays forever. Regularly cleansing with this level of organic detoxifying products will help to keep your body in a healthy homeostasis.

Living an organic lifestyle may not prevent every harmful disease there is, but it can provide a greater chance at maintaining your body’s natural defenses against outside attacks on the body. Diana Kaye is also cancer survivor. Her company, Terressentials is dedicated to teaching the greater community how to live a cleaner lifestyle. 

Is living a clean lifestyle important to you?