Chronic Illness Truth #6
Obviously I can't just go around telling people they smell, so I felt this chronic truth was necessary! The main message I'd like to get across here is that chemical sensitivity is SO REAL and it affects a large amount of the chronic illness community!
Let's get down to the nitty-gritty facts: It's not your sweat that smells. It's the TOXINS in your sweat that causes body odor and therefore makes everybody feel the need to mask the smell with perfumes and colognes that are jam-packed with chemicals that are harmful to our hormones, our immune system, and our nervous system. (Plus, perfumes are packed with toxins. Which means in the long run, you'll smell worse.) It's not that I just think that everyone smells bad, it's that these chemicals often bring on a major headache or nausea that can be frustrating to deal with every time I go out in public.
So here's some easy tips and tricks for reducing our use of strong chemical perfumes!
1. DETOX! Detoxing can easily be accomplished through going for a morning jog and breaking a sweat, drinking celery juice, or eating a leafy green salad every day! The more you detox, the less your sweat will produce body odor, and chemical perfumes won't be necessary.
2. The next time you go to a place with a large crowd of people, don't apply any perfume or cologne! You never know who in that crowd of people has an invisible illness and will have to go home early because the air makes them sick.
3. Go natural! Essential oils make great perfumes, and I've found that scents like lavender, geranium, or grapefruit work great for women. And white fir and Hawaiian sandalwood are great scents for men!
We can work together as a society to make our air cleaner and healthier for everyone around us!
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