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Food for Thought
Posted: August 26, 2009, from the September 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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The source of these pollutants is often more than one. In a spa, typical sources can be air conditioning, central heating, building materials, paints, varnishes, cabinetry or furniture made from certain types of pressed wood, mold, insulation, carpeting, and, most commonly chemicals, detergents or solvents used for cleaning or laundry.
Also, if your spa offers conventional manicure and pedicure services, consider the fact that your staff members and clientele possibly are breathing in a combination of acetone fumes, acrylic particles, solvents, formaldehyde, glue and other toxic substances with each manicure or pedicure. Offer a healthier choice by using phthalate- , solvent- , dye- , toluene- , formaldehyde- , rosin- , and acetone-free nail products. This can also present a great opportunity to launch an updated twist on a traditional service, allowing you to offer a new healthy alternative retail line.
Toxins in food and the body
Today, foods are inundated with contaminates from growing, preshipping and ripening procedures, preservatives, taste-enhancing chemicals and other additives. And unless produce is homegrown and totally chemical-free, being organic is not the complete answer to toxic-free foods either. Organic food does not mean chemical-free growing, as crops are still treated with naturally occurring pesticides such as pyrethrum, a top organic insecticide.
While eating is done to nourish and sustain the body, it can also overload the body with toxins. Foods considered to be unhealthy are often prepared in a way that the body has a difficult time assimilating them, such as with fried foods. They can also contain toxins, preservatives, genetically modified elements and other ingredients that can affect hormones, cellular integrity, immune imbalances and accumulation of toxins in the organs, cells and even the brain.
There is a Chinese saying that “Disease goes in by the mouth, and trouble comes out of the mouth.” Essentially, “Illness comes from food, and trouble from speech.” So it is most important, even when you are rushed, to take a moment to shift your energy out of any stressful vibration before eating. The easiest way to do this is to take several slow, deep breaths before a meal, and then take a moment to give thanks for your food. Many years of rushing meals at the spa day after day can easily transfer to rushing meals elsewhere, simply because the body has learned this behavior and integrated it as a habit. Eventually, this can affect digestion and the body’s ability to assimilate nutrients.