What Toxic Chemicals Are Lurking in Your Beauty Products?

You wouldn’t knowingly apply formaldehyde or lead to your face, would you? Slather on a toxic cocktail of cancer-causing ingredients in the name of beauty?

Unfortunately, particularly if you are a woman, chances are that you already have. Many times over.

Consider these alarming statistics:

-The average woman wears nearly 515 chemicals a day.

-More than 10,000 chemicals are approved for use in personal care products, over 850 of which have been determined to be toxic.

-Our skin absorbs 60% of every chemical we apply.

-EWG conducted a study of 20 teen girls and found that they had an average of 13 hormone-altering cosmetic chemicals in their bodies.

-An FDA study found lead in 100% of lipsticks tested.

-Research conducted by EWG confirmed that nearly 22% of all personal care products–including children’s–contain the cancer-causing contaminant 1,4-dioxide.

-95% of the chemicals used in perfumes and colognes come from petroleum.

-The average woman will eat nearly 4 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime.

-The U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that 37% of makeup tested contains cancer-causing nitrosamines.

So remember, it’s not just what we put in our bodies, but also what we put on them.

Here’s a list of the most common cosmetic ingredients to avoid and why:

Petroleum is a crude oil substance that comes from the ground and can be very toxic. It can be difficult for your body to eliminate, and block the body from releasing toxins causing a buildup in various organs of the body.

Toluene is a petroleum by-product found in nail polish and cosmetics which can affect brain function and the central nervous system, as well as interfere with fetal and childhood development.

Lead is a highly toxic heavy metal which has been linked to neurological problems, blood disorders, depression, and behavior and learning disabilities in children.

Aluminum is a toxic metal that can be found in everything from deodorant to shampoo. May disrupt the function of the endocrine system, and have estrogen-like effects.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) like synthetic formaldehyde cause indoor air pollution which is toxic to the liver and carcinogenic.

Parabens are synthetic preservatives which have been linked to severe allergies and endocrine system interruption. Over 25,000 beauty products catalogued by the Environmental Working Group contain parabens.

Diethanolamine (DEA) and ethanolamine (TEA) combine with other chemicals to produce cancer-causing compounds known as nitrosamines.

Imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea are preservatives which release cancer-causing formaldehyde.

Artificial colorants are known cancer-causing agents. (Appears as FD&C or D&C followed by a color name and a number on the label).

“Fragrance” (usually petrochemicals) can damage the central nervous system, depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope, behavioral damages, headaches, dizziness, rashes, hyper-pigmentation, vomiting, coughing, and skin irritation.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a common foaming agent used in shampoo and soap which causes eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, changes to DNA, and allergic reactions.

For an all-natural multi-purpose fluid that’s great for body, skin and haircare, try making your own Chanson ionized acidic water with a water ionizer or sampling the ionized acidic water with a 4 oz. bottle of SkinBalance. Visit us at www.chansonwater.com for more information.

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H is for Himalayan Salt + Alkaline Recipes to Try

This is the eighth installment of our alkaline foods series where we feature a food from A-Z, sharing the benefits of the food along with suggested recipes to try!

H is for Himalayan Salt

According to Dr. Robert O. Young, “Today’s common table salt is a poison…Most common table salt is made up of chemicals that  pollute your body and wreak havoc on your health. Your table salt is actually 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals such as moisture absorbents, and iodine. Dried at over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, the excessive heat alters the  natural chemical structure of the salt causing the potential for a myriad of  health challenges in your body.”

Himalayan Salt contains all of the 84 elements found in your body, is unpolluted and unprocessed, and holds the original vibrational frequencies. When doctors tell you to reduce your sodium intake they are not referring to natural Himalayan and sea salts which your body actually needs.

Himalayan Salt promotes health in many ways. It:

  • Regulates the water levels within the body for proper functioning
  • Promotes stable pH balance in the cells
  • Stabilizes blood sugar levels and blood pressure
  • May reduce the common signs of aging
  • Promotes cellular hydroelectric energy creation
  • Promotes the increased absorption of food
  • Aids in vascular health
  • Supports healthy respiratory function
  • Lowers the incidence of sinus problems
  • Reduces muscle cramps
  • Increases bone strength
  • Naturally promotes healthy sleep patterns
  • Creates a healthy libido
  • Prevents cellulite
  • Reduces chances of developing rheumatism, arthritis and gout as well as kidney and gall bladder stones

Himalayan Salt recipes to try:

Start using Himalayan salt whenever salt or sea salt is called for in a recipe.

Other alkaline foods that start with H:

  • Herbal tea

For more alkaline recipes from around the web, visit and follow our Alkaline Diet & Recipes Pinterest board. Stay tuned for the next installment of our alkaline foods series: I is for Ionized Alkaline Water.

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Are you feeling sluggish? Not sleeping well? Have a case of the sniffles that’s been going on a little too long?

It’s time to check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Often we get so caught up with our day-to-day stresses and responsibilities that we tend to ignore the little signs our bodies are sending us that things are not quite right. We pop a pain pill to relieve that headache or back ache, chew an antacid when heartburn flares up, and chug coffee or energy drinks when the afternoon slump settles in.

But the problem with all of those short-term solutions is that they are all acidifying to the body, which only exacerbates the problem. In fact, when left untended too long, those little aches and pains can result into major medical bills and prescriptions.

Better to do a periodic self-evaluation to see if your diet or lifestyle is lacking and how you can improve it.

Perhaps you got totally on board with the alkaline diet and lifestyle weeks, months or years ago and have since backslidden, or maybe you have never even heard of the alkaline diet and lifestyle before today. Either way, we invite you to take our Overacidity Test to see just how healthy or at risk you may be.

According to Dr. Robert O. Young, all disease is a result of an overacidic body, and disease cannot thrive in an alkaline environment. Also, many conditions are a result of dehydration and inflammation.

Here are our solutions on how to reduce acidity and contribute to an alkaline internal environment:

The time to get healthy and prevent disease is now, not after your doctor has delivered a diagnosis. Don’t let those little seemingly insignificant irritants go unnoticed–stop and listen to what your body is trying to tell you. For more information on the benefits of ionized alkaline water visit www.chansonwater.com.

G is for Garlic + Alkaline Recipes to Try

This is the seventh installment of our alkaline foods series where we feature a food from A-Z, sharing the benefits of the food along with suggested recipes to try!

G is for Garlic

Garlic contains protein, potassium, vitamins  A, B, B2 and C, calcium, zinc, germanium and much more.

Garlic promotes health in many ways including:

  • Protective effect against cancer
  • Natural antibiotic/anti-fungal effective against toxic bacteria, viruses, and fungus
  • Antioxidant which fights free radicals
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Helps maintain healthy blood circulation
  • Helps regulate blood pressure
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Helps strengthen your body’s defenses against allergies
  • Helps loosen plaque from the artery walls
  • Helps regulate blood  sugar levels
  • Kills and expels parasites

Garlic recipes to try:

Other alkaline foods that start with G:

  • Grasses (all)
  • Green drinks
  • Green beans
  • Gluten free breads/wraps
  • Green tea
  • Goat milk

For more alkaline recipes from around the web, visit and follow our Alkaline Diet & Recipes Pinterest board.  Stay tuned for the next installment of our alkaline foods series: H is for Himalayan Sea Salt.

The Kitchen Appliance That Could Actually be Killing You

90% of Americans own a microwave oven. It’s a convenience that many find invaluable when managing their day-to-day busy lifestyles.

But did you know that–even when used properly–microwaves actually alter the molecular structure of your food, significantly decreasing the amount of nutrients and antioxidants and often creating carcinogenic toxins?

According to Swiss food scientist Dr. Hans Hertel, “There are no atoms, molecules, or cells of any organic system able to withstand such a violent, destructive power for any period of time. This will happen even given the microwave oven’s low power range of milliwatts.” 

Dr. Hertel’s studies on the effects consuming microwaved food has on our blood revealed: increased cholesterol levels, decreased numbers of  red and white blood cells, production of radiolytic compounds, and decreased hemoglobin levels (which can indicate anemia). In fact, in 1991, one woman died when the blood she received in a transfusion was first heated up in the microwave.

Microwaves heat food by causing the water molecules in the food and beverages to vibrate violently at extremely high frequencies which creates molecular friction. Because water has a memory, this is bad news for your cells. Your body needs the water in your food, but it needs it delivered safely.

Think of it this way: If a UPS man delivered a box of fine crystal stemware to your door, would you still want the delivery if he first shook and stomped on the box violently, shattering the crystal into a million pieces?

We put our microwave to the test by heating standard tap water as well Chanson ionized alkaline water and then taking an ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential) reading. While our ionized alkaline water retained more of its antioxidants than the tap water did, it still lost significant amount after just one minute of being heated in a microwave. Here’s the video:

In 1976, Russians actually banned the use of microwave ovens (that ban has since been lifted). They conducted 20 years of research which revealed  that carcinogens were formed from microwaving nearly all foods tested including meat, milk, grains, frozen fruits, and raw, cooked and frozen vegetables.

Additionally, a 2003 study published in The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli microwaved with a little water lost up to 97% of its beneficial antioxidants, whereas traditionally steamed broccoli lost only 11%.

Due to changes in agriculture, groundwater, and the increased use of pesticides and herbicides, our food–even when organically grown and consumed raw–is not as nutritionally sound as it once was. Don’t further sabotage its nutritional value by removing even more nutrients via a microwave oven.

Ask yourself, are you willing to sacrifice your health or the health of your family in order to shave a few minutes off of dinner preparation?

If not, try this: place a post-it note on your microwave display that says “In case of emergency” to serve as a reminder. Try alternate heating methods like a conventional oven, toaster oven, or boiling in a pot of water on the stove. Consider going raw for a few meals a week, explain the dangers of using a microwave to your housemates, and spread the word by sharing this article with a friend.

Cooking with ionized alkaline water from a Chanson water ionizer and soaking fruits and vegetables before consuming can help restore some of the lost minerals and antioxidants. For more information, visit www.chansonwater.com.

F is for Flaxseed + Alkaline Recipes to Try

This is the sixth installment of our alkaline foods series where we feature a food from A-Z, sharing the benefits of the food along with suggested recipes to try!

F is for Flaxseed

Flaxseeds contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans (which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities), and both soluble and insoluble fiber.  According to the Flax Council of Canada, 1-2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed a day is currently the suggested dose.

You can add flaxseeds to smoothies, juices, salads, waffles, pancakes, breads, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, croutons, soups and more. And you can use flaxseed oil as a salad dressing or any time oil is called for in a recipe.

Flaxseed and flaxseed oil promote health in many ways including:

  • Protective effect against cancer
  • Antioxidant which fights free radicals
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Helps protect against heart disease and irregular heartbeat
  • Improves blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics
  • Helps reduce hot flashes in menopausal women
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Anti-inflammatory properties

Flaxseed/flaxseed oil recipes to try:

Other alkaline foods that start with F:

  • Fava beans
  • Fiji water

For more alkaline recipes from around the web, visit and follow our Alkaline Diet & Recipes Pinterest board. Stay tuned for the next installment of our alkaline foods series: G is for Garlic.

Top 3 Pieces of Beauty Advice You Should Rethink

Beauty magazines always seem to spout the same general pieces of advice over and over again. What they almost always fail to do is expand on their advice in a way that makes their little glimmers of wisdom truly helpful.

We’ve taken the top three pieces of advice we’ve seen recycled over and over again and expanded on them in a way that can help you take their basic, generic, age-old tip to new heights.

1. Their advice: Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day

Our advice: Drink ionized alkaline water from a water ionizer (a minimum of half your body weight in ounces daily).

Not just any water will do. Granted, the magazines don’t want to tell you that bottled water is bad for you when SmartWater paid an astronomical amount of money to have a sexy Jennifer Aniston ad on the next page. And with all of the horrors of unfiltered tap water out there, they certainly can’t recommend basic old tap water either. Since no one is paying for water ionizer ads to grace their glossy pages, they’re certainly not going to sing the praises of ionized alkaline water just yet.

Regardless of the politics behind the mags non-disclosure, alkaline ionized water is the healthiest water on the planet. It contains more antioxidants than a glass of OJ, and is microclustered to hydrate and detoxify in a way that bottled and tap waters couldn’t dream of. It is full of bioavailable minerals, and has a pH level that promotes overall health and wellness.

2. Their advice: Wear sunblock to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer

Our advice: Wear natural mineral sunscreen

Commercial sunscreens are loaded with acidic chemicals and artifical ingredients which are known to generate free radicals, mimic estrogen, accumulate in fat body stores, and are now being linked to cancer.

All-natural mineral sunscreens are a pricey alternative to drugstore brands, but are not nearly as expensive as conventional skin cancer treatment!

3. Their advice: Wash your face in the morning and before bed

Our advice: Wash your face with ionized acidic water in the morning and before bed

Unless you are using a whole house filtration system which strips your water of chemicals like chlorine and reduces the pH of your water by also removing the alkaline minerals, the water that comes out of your bathroom faucet is federally regulated to be at least mildly alkaline and in most cases chlorinated.

The problem with this is that our skin thrives in an acidic environment of 5.5-6.0 pH in order to fight off bacteria, and our skin absorbs 60% of the chemicals and contaminants that are applied. So not only are we using the wrong pH water on our skin but we’re adding chemicals and contaminants to it when we are supposed to be cleansing and washing away impurities!

Ionized acidic water from a water ionizer is the perfect water for washing your hands and face with because it is the right pH, and–when paired with a prefilter or whole house filtration system–is virtually chemical-free. It can leave skin smoother, softer and even reduce lines and wrinkles and act as an all-natural toner, which is why the Japanese refer to it as “beauty water.”

Visit www.chansonwater.com for more information.

E is for Eggplant + Alkaline Recipes to Try

This is the fifth installment of our alkaline foods series where we feature a food from A-Z, sharing the benefits of the food along with suggested recipes to try!

E is for Eggplant

Eggplant contains dietary fiber, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), B vitamins, folate, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorous. They are available year-round but are in peak season August-October.

When selecting an eggplant, you will want to purchase a male eggplant because they have fewer seeds, and are less bitter than their female counterparts.  To differentiate between male and female eggplants, look at the indentation at bottom.  You will want a shallow and round bottom, not one that is deep and shaped like a dash.

The compounds in eggplant promote health in many ways including:

  • Antioxidant which fights free radicals
  • Lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Protects cells from mutating into cancer cells
  • Antiviral
  • Aids in weight loss by helping you feel full
  • High water content promotes beautiful skin

Eggplant recipes to try:

Other alkaline foods that start with E:

  • Endive
  • Edamame

For more alkaline recipes from around the web, visit and follow our Alkaline Diet & Recipes Pinterest board.  Stay tuned for the next installment of our alkaline foods series: F is for Flaxseed.