How can chemicals in your toothpaste make your body toxic ? | Yoga of Eating
Updated: Jan 26, 2021
There could be multiple harmful toxic chemicals in your tooth paste which could not only harm your oral health but also harm the gut microbiome making your body toxic and may lead to many ailments.
𝗧𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘂𝗺 𝗗𝗶𝗼𝘅𝗶𝗱𝗲 : Added in toothpaste to make them appear brilliantly white, Titanium Dioxide is also used in paints and varnishes, paper and plastics, printing inks, fibers, rubber, cosmetic products, and food. Titanium Dioxide does not have any benefit apart from making the toothpaste appear bright white. It is suspected to be a carcinogen and could cause non reproductive organ toxicity .
𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗮𝗻 is a pesticide added to many brands of toothpaste as an antibacterial agent. Tricloscan could also contribute to creating strains of bacteria that could be antibiotic-resistant.
Some animal studies using Triclosan demonstrated the following results :
- Weakened heart muscle function
- Bone deformation
- Altered shape of sperm
- Endocrine (hormone) disruption.
Food colorings are used in toothpastes to make them look attractive.
Food dyes could cause hyperactivity in kids.
Some potential cancer causing chemicals have been found in food colorings.
Food colorings may cause allergic reactions.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ie SLS is a chemical compound used as a foaming agent in toothpaste.
Around the time of World War 2 , it was used to clean grease off engines because of its abrasive corrosive properties and ability to remove the toughest stains, oils and soot.
It is considered an environmental toxin and is expected to be toxic and harmful.
SLS could irritate the mouth and strip away the lining, which can lead to canker sores
It is also used in Soaps, Shampoos, Bubble-baths , Tooth pastes, Dish soap, Laundry detergent , Children’s soaps & shampoos, Stain remover , Carpet Cleaner, Fabric glue. Body wash , Shaving creams, Mascara, Mouthwash ,Skin cleanser, Lotion Moisturizer, Sun Screen.
Diethanolamine (DEA) is a chemical used in many products as a acidity regulator. It is used in toothpastes, soaps and shampoos.
Diethanolamine (DEA) is used as a foaming agent in toothpastes.
It is rated at a level of a full 10 under the hazard scale for being a hormone disruptor.
DEA interferes with brain development (hippocampus region) of the foetus in pregnant moms which could permanently alter memory function in offspring.
Diethanolamine is used in industrial gas purification to remove acid gases, for the production of lubricants in the textile industry, as an emulsifier and as a dispersing agent in preparations of agricultural chemicals.
Diethanolamine is also used in metalworking fluids for cutting, stamping and die-casting operations as a corrosion inhibitor.
Here is a method of making DIY tooth powder at home :
2 tablespoons Triphala powder
1/4 teaspoon Neem Powder
1/4 teaspoon Clove powder
1/4 teaspoon Tulsi powder
1/8 teaspoon Black pepper powder
1/2 teaspoon Coarse Sea salt or pink salt
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
Mix all the above ingredients in a spice blender. Mix really well till it becomes a fine powder. Store in an airtight dark glass bottle. Take a small amount of this mixture in the palm of your hand. Moisten your toothbrush, dip in the mixture and brush. Triphala is astringent in nature and it may take you a little while to get used to this powder. The good news is that this tooth powder is chemical free. All suggested ingredients should be available in your organic store or via online.
Use within a few months.
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