Ever asked yourself, what’s in my toothpaste?
If you’re like me, for the longest time, I had no idea. I never paid attention to what I was using and just popped some on my toothbrush, and started brushing thinking about my day. Not realising that I was possibly ingesting a range of toxic substances including:
❗️Triclosan – used in many personal care items, which impedes the thyroid gland, is likely to be an endocrine disrupter, may cause reduced fertility, fetal development issues and increased cancer risk.
❗️Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – its primary purpose is to lather and clean surfaces and is also found in industrial cleaners, is a pesticide, is a known skin irritant, is highly polluting in our environment and ironically can contribute to teeth and gum issues.
❗️Artificial sweeteners – either aspartame or saccharin, also found in some sugar free foods, each has been linked to serious health problems and should be avoided altogether.
❗️Flouride – is an endocrine disrupter that calcifies the penal gland, can reduce thyroid and adrenal gland function, is known to increase cancer risk, and disrupts the immune system.
❗️Propylene Glycol – is a form of mineral oil and in pharmaceutical grade is used as a solvent or surfactant. The EPA in the U.S.A considers it to be so dangerously toxic, it must be handled with gloves and protective clothing.
Shocked? Yeah, me too.
Nowadays, I still drift off thinking about my day, but I feel good every time I reach for the tube, knowing I have made a conscious choice on what I am putting in my mouth each morning and night.
Grants of Australia toothpaste in Fresh Mint flavour.
With organic tea tree oil that works to help reduce bacteria in the mouth and is beneficial in reducing inflammation caused by gingivitis, with a strong minty taste.
Purchase at Coles Supermarkets, Woolworths or Nourished Life in Australia, and in the USA, at Lucky Vitamin.
Available flavours are:
🌱 mild mint
🌱 fresh mint
🌱 xylitol* (see comment for more information)
Will you turn your tube over and make a conscious choice?
Pic thanks to Grants of Australia.
*Xylitol is a natural ingredient derived from the bark of trees which has been shown to inhibit the growth of cavity-promoting bacteria in the mouth. Less bacteria allows the calcium and phosphate salts that are in the toothpaste to do their job better and move into those parts of enamel that are weak, helping to repair damaged enamel and prevent tooth decay.