We know that our biggest major diseases like obesity, cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and autoimmune disorders are not only influenced by a person’s genes, but also their lifestyle choices and what they put into their body over a period of time. Harvard Health Publishing recently wrote in one of their newsletters that approx. 70% to 80% of all heart disease risk could be explained by the lifestyle choices we make. Harvard medical school’s professor of their program in cardiovascular epidemiology has some good advice on how not just only lower the risk, but even activate beneficial genes and turn off harmful ones. For example, even if someone is carrying several of the genes known to contribute to obesity, it is that person’s power of choice to take steps to limit the amount of body fat he/she accumulates and thereby lower their risk. He further states the importance of following a lifelong healthy diet, being active, NOT to smoke and to cut sodium consumption. He further recommends to opt for a Mediterranean diet with olive oil, vegetables and fish that contain biologically active ingredients that affect the type of genes that are expressed (the good or the bad). In addition, and this is where it got very interesting for me, he talks about certain vitamins and antioxidant-rich goods that protect against DNA damage.
Another study from 'Research Gate' found certain natural compounds like carvacrol that is found in essential oils nz such as Rosemary, Oregano and Thyme to be very beneficial for protecting human health and wellbeing. We know now that such oils were successfully used for several thousand years to treat a variety of diseases and to maintain human health, but we didn’t and still don’t quite know, what exactly causes these positive medicinal effects. Essential oils were widely applied for their antiseptic, bacterial, fungicidal, virucidal and medicinal properties and depending on their type and concentration, they showed a cell-protective function. In those days people fully relied on the protective power of volatile oils, as it was often the only thing they knew of. Nowadays in our modern society, we have almost too many products to choose from and we grew to entrust our health and even our beauty regime skin care to convenience and instant solutions. These quick solutions often are full of chemicals, mass-produced and come with negative side effects that over time can accumulate in our body. As a lecturer of a workshop I visited many years ago once said: ‘the one room in your house that stores the most chemicals is not your garage, but your bathroom'. How true, if we simply take a look at the ingredients list of our toothpaste, our hair shampoo, our conditioner, our deodorant, our shower gel, our body moisturizer our hair gel, our shaving cream, our body scrub etc. etc. the list is endless. Often there are names listed we can’t even pronounce, or the opposite, very short names that carry numbers. Further research often reveals the synthetic chemical cocktail we treat our skin with every day. Our body may not react immediately to those chemicals, however, with our skin being the largest organ in our body, with time they accumulate and disturb our wellbeing. It is our aim at Purely Essential to let people know about, and educate them on what is in the products they use on a daily base, that this is key to truly be in control of their own and their family’s future wellbeing. Here are our simple tips to buying healthy products
- Choose products that use simple, natural and healthy ingredients you can read and pronounce. For example, find products made from essential oils that use pure plant extracts, coconut and other nut and seed oils and perhaps colour from flowers and plants.
- Look for certifications such as 'certified organic', 'cruelty free', 'handmade', ‘Vegan-friendly’, 'Made in New Zealand', non-GMO etc.
- Take some time to do your own research (your body will thank you later)
- Keep it simple. Less ingredients is more.
And please go to 'our products' menu on the top of our website and see for yourself what our products are made of, their features & benefits, what conditions the product might be helpful for, how they work and perhaps hear in the reviews from someone who used our products about what they have to say.