How to Stay Healthy (Skin Cleansing)

Retaining the integrity of your skin is the first step to maintaining good health. The skin is the largest organ of the body and your first line of defense against infection, injury, damaging pollutants, and harmful ultraviolet rays.  Dirt and debris need to be removed from your skin and face, but without degrading the valuable skin layers.  Stop the germ cycle with the following nine tips:

Cleansing  Tip #1 – Soaping Up

Recite the ABC’s when lathering up and rinsing

Rub,  Recite, and Rinse. Practice the 3 R’s of good basic hand washing. Rub well, recite the alphabet, and rinse a lot.  Frequent hand washing is one of the best preventive measures against spreading infectious diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends spending at least 20-30 seconds (about the time it takes to recite the alphabet from A to Z) lathering your hands to thoroughly dislodge & remove germs.  Then rinse well in warm water!

Cleansing Tip #2 – Rinsing

Soap works by attaching itself to dirt and lifting it off.  Therefore, if the lather isn’t rinsed off completely, germs and soap end up drying on the skin.  Most people don’t rinse well enough after washing. When you think you’re done rinsing, splash your skin at least three more times.  Better yet, recite the alphabet while rinsing as well.

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Sodium Benzoate | How to Prevent Aging and Cancer

Benzoates are widely used preservatives

Sodium benzoate (also known as E211) is a chemical preservative used to help inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungus in acidic products. It is linked to aging and cancer and is widely used in foods, beverages, cosmetic, dental care products, and pharmaceuticals that contain:

  • Vinegar (salad dressings, pickled foods)
  • Carbonic acid (carbonated drinks)
  • Citric acid (jams, fruit juices, cough syrups, baby wipes, liquid hand soaps)
  • Alcohol (alcohol-based mouthwash)
  • Other high acids (soy sauce, Chinese food sauces)

Manufactured from Crude Oil

Sodium benzoate is used in some sodas
Sodium benzoate is used in some sodas

Sodium benzoate is the sodium salt of benzoic acid. This crystalline powder is produced by reacting sodium hydroxide (lye) with benzoic acid.  Benzoic acid is commercially manufactured by reacting toluene with oxygen.  Toluene is:

  • Related to benzene (a carcinogenic substance).
  • Found in crude oil and used to make gasoline.
  • Also known as methylbenzene or phenylmethane.

Due to the unpleasant aftertaste of sodium benzoate and not so much for toxicity, sodium benzoate concentration is limited by the FDA in the U.S. and should not exceed 0.1% by weight.  Potassium benzoate, the potassium salt of benzoic acid, is an alternative preservative to sodium benzoate.  When lower sodium content is required, potassium benzoate is used in place of sodium benzoate.    Continue reading “Sodium Benzoate | How to Prevent Aging and Cancer”