Tag: skin care
I fielded a question the other day pertaining to artificial dyes, red dye particularly and why they were so dangerous. Honestly, I haven’t done much research on them but was quite shocked at what I found out, lets take a closer look!
Artificial dyes can be found in more than just food products that you might expect. It is easy to see brightly colored candies and drinks and know instantly that they contain artificial dyes. You need to be extremely careful and read the ingredient labels which reveals artificial dyes in many potentially surprising products.
The three most widely used culprits—Yellow 5, Yellow 6 and Red 40—contain compounds, including benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl, that research shows has linked with Cancer! Why is this though? Lets look deeper into these dyes and check on how they are derived.
Where Does Red Dye 40 Come From:
Contrary to popular belief, red dye is not only found in food. The truth is, red dye allergy can come from just about anything. Food, personal care, make up, and even the toothpaste you’re using. Artificial dyes are derived mostly from Pertroleum, or red dye is extracted from a beetle and then used for various purposes. This dye has NO benefits to the body whatsoever, but lets take a good look at what this is linked to once assimilated (absorbed ) into the human body and blood stream.
Just like other types of allergies, common skin symptoms can be attributed to red dye allergy. Itchiness, redness and slight swelling of the skin are some of these symptoms. Appearance of hives, rashes and thick bumps which contain fluid are also dermal signs of red dye allergy. Angioedema is a more severe skin reaction caused by red dye allergy. It’s characterized by the swelling of the deeper layers of the skin. This might look like raised welt’s on the skin’s surface. Angioedema can also be seen in the tongue, eyelids and the area surrounding the face. Sounds fun, right? Lets examine further.
Anyone who is allergic to a particular kind of food will have some type of gastrointestinal problem. In this case, red dye can cause diarrhea, bloating or give you a gassy feeling. It will usually start as a simple stomach ache. Then it can progress to a more serious digestive problem, such as vomiting and persistent excretions. Once the food with red dye has been excreted, the gastrointestinal stress will also cease. This is why most people are wheezing, coughing or appear to have a general whistling in the chest.
Flu & Respiratory Problems:
Red dye allergy can cause certain parts of the respiratory system to swell. It’s hard to diagnose people with red dye allergy, because most of the symptoms exhibited are too common. The best example of which is fever and flu. Itchiness of the throat, eyes and nose, as well as constant sneezing are also caused by red dye allergy. While these symptoms can easily be treated with antibiotics and antihistamines, the allergy can go undetected for years.
There are a number of reason why I personally avoid fast food, one of which is due to propyl gallate. As a type 1 diabetic, I always make a conservative effort to eating a healthy diet and putting nothing but the best ingredients into my body, here is one reason why.
Manufacturers add propyl gallate to food products, including vegetable oil, mayonnaise, meat, soup, dried milk, spices, candy, snack foods, vitamins and chewing gum. Propyl gallate also is a common additive to pet food. The personal care industry adds propyl gallate to perfume, soaps, lotions and moisturizers, lipstick and other make-up, hair care products, bath products, sunscreen, skin care and toothpaste. In addition, the substance is added to adhesives and lubricants.
Propyl Gallate Health Dangers:
Propyl Gallate can cause allergic reactions in the form of an asthma attack in some people. It can also cause stomach and skin irritation, liver damage, kidney damage and has the potential to increase your chances of having cancer. Animal testing has proven that the likelihood of contracting cancer increased; however, due to the conditions of the study itself, scientists state that it cannot, in any degree of certainty, be stated that propyl gallate causes cancer.
Peppermint essential oil has so many uses, it’s no wonder this oil is a staple in many people’s medicine cabinets (including ours!) and It certainly does much more than freshen your breath! It’s used to soothe nausea and other stomach issues, perk the senses up before a long meeting, and cool overworked muscles (thanks to the menthol). Luckily, peppermint also helps to clear congestion, quiet headaches and tackle symptoms from PMS. Lets take a look at how and why it works so well, not to mention should be a part of your medicine cabinet at home!
Peppermint Essential Oil For Hair And Skin:
Peppermint essential oil is used in hair and skin care. Peppermint blends well with other essential oils and is used in massages, steam bath, and mud packs. Peppermint oil is antiseptic in nature, and when massaged on the scalp, it helps to remove dandruff and lice in addition to its usual cooling effect. When applied on the skin, peppermint oil keeps pimples at bay and keeps the skin healthy and blemish-free. Add a drop or two of peppermint oil to your toothpaste and say goodbye to bad breath and toothaches.
Peppermint Essential Oil And Congestion:
When sinuses seem to be clogged, and throats swollen and scratchy, diffuse peppermint essential oil (or apply topically on the chest) for almost immediate relief and revitalizing air flow. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and may provide relief for colds, cough, sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis.
Peppermint Essential Oil and Dental Care:
Peppermint essential oil due to its antiseptic properties, is very useful in dental care. It also eliminates bad breath and helps teeth and gums fight off hazardous germs. Unsurprisingly, these attributes mean that peppermint essential oil is added to toothpaste, and it is also been shown to be useful in the treatment of toothaches. At times, the inhalation of peppermint oil vapor can be anti-inflammatory and pain relieving, so it can even be added to postoperative oxygen, particularly after oral surgeries.