It’s the first day of the new year and if you’re like most people, you probably have some goals you’re looking to focus on in the next 12 months. Regardless of what your vision for the year includes, taking care of your mind and body is an essential step in the process. Here are a few simple swaps you can implement for a healthier you:
1. Start using natural deodorant
Although natural deodorant might not seem necessary, the truth is that traditional antiperspirant often contains harmful parabens and phthalates, as well as aluminum -- an ingredient suspected to be linked to breast cancer. With daily use, these toxic ingredients can add up for substantial health impacts, and switching from an antiperspirant to a natural deodorant made with clean ingredients is the better option. Deodorants also allow the body to continue its healthy, natural process of perspiring. Carefully formulated with plant-based ingredients and essential oils, we love the vegan deodorants from Corpus Naturals in a range of calming natural scents.
2. Switch to a clean, nutrient-rich shampoo + conditioner
Similar to your daily deodorant application, the shampoo and conditioner in your shower is likely filled with similar harmful ingredients like synthetic colors, polyethylene glycols, and parabens. A clean, nutrient-rich shampoo + conditioner, like the ones from Grown Alchemist, strengthen and nourish hair without exposing your body to toxic additives.
3. Try CBD for pain relief
When it comes to relieving pain, it’s easy to reach for a traditional painkiller like Motrin or Advil, but what if there was a plant-based remedy? CBD is a healing alternative for soothing pain and reducing inflammation, as it interacts with our endocannabinoid system to prevent pain related proteins from attaching to our receptors. Formulated with full spectrum CBD, ginger, black pepper, and turmeric, we love the Drops+ Relief Tincture from Plant People for soothing aches and discomfort.
4. Power Up! Without the caffeine crash
Enjoying a cup of coffee each morning can be a grounding practice. However, intake of caffeine can result in a crash a few hours later, leading to feelings of exhaustion and issues with concentration that can make it difficult to feel balanced and accomplish the things on our to-do lists. Swapping your morning coffee for Power Up from The Nue Co. delivers the equivalent energy of an espresso in a plant-based form with guarana, goji berry, and adaptogenic maca. No mid-day caffeine crash here!
5. Ditch synthetic fragrances
Many synthetic fragrances include chemicals derived from petroleum, and the Environmental Working Group found that 75% of fragrance products included phthalates, which have been linked to breast cancer and diabetes, among other health impacts. And these harmful chemicals usually don’t reach the label, making it difficult to distinguish what’s safe for use. To put your health first, try using natural fragrances derived from essential oils from brands that you know and can trust. One of our favorites is the Functional Fragrance from The Nue Co. Made with cardamom, bergamot, and cedarwood oil, this fragrance not only has a pleasant woodsy scent, but is designed to relieve stress and boost cognitive function.