Sunday, April 14, 2013

Hello, fellow VeGALs (Vegan Girl AthLetes)! As we all know, we are firmly planted, meaning we take great measures to stay fit and healthy using plant-based, cruelty-free fuel!  As careful as we may be to uphold such standards, it is possible to fall short when it comes to our beauty regimen.  For example, did you know that many common, conventional body lotions, facial moisturizers, sunblocks, soaps, shower gels, body scrubs, shampoos and conditioners contain parabens (methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben) which work as preservatives to extend their shelf lives? These parabens can actually mimic estrogen in our precious bodies.  As it is, we as females face some issues regarding the delicate hormonal balances as they relate to our age as well as our intense training schedules.  In addition, many of the foods we eat contain phytochemicals, namely phytoestrogens, which too can have a negative impact on our hormonal system.  Add to that our beauty products which may contain parabens and you are talking recipe for disaster.  Too avoid estrogen overload, make sure to read the labels of your fave beauty products and look for those which are "paraben free."  We are starting to see more mainstream companies adopting this standard but you will have plenty of choices by visiting your local health food store, like Whole Foods, Tunies or online discount websites.  The majority are safe and affordable without compromising quality or effectiveness.  VeGALs are hard core in every way but it is essential to practice a little TLC when it comes to disease prevention, sun protection and avoidance of premature aging.  VeGALs are beautiful from the inside out!

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