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Diet, Exercise, & Soap?

Updated on February 13, 2012

Diet, exercise and soap?

As the majority of consumers become well informed of the subtle dangers in the ingredients of many personal care products, have many incorporating natural skin care products to their lifestyle for fitness and health. What does soap have to do with fitness and health you ask? For one to be physically fit would require a healthy immune system, overall health and strength to exercise.

The skin is the largest organ of the body and it is permeable. It is like a giant sponge that absorbs everything it comes in contact with, especially solvents and petroleum based chemicals like (sls) sodium Laurel sulfate, found in many skin care products. These chemicals over long periods of time accumulate in the body’s organs and tissue leading to many health issues. So not only is it important to eat right and exercise, but we should be mindful to what we are putting on our bodies as well.

Terry Friedman a Denver physician states, “To stay healthy, people have to do more than just exercise and eat healthy. Consumers should also avoid personal care products that contain toxic synthetic ingredients that penetrate the skin and accumulate in there tissues. In some cases, these products can have greater impact on health than either diet or exercise,” (Essential Oils Desk Reference, 2009). Many health professionals today agree and recommend avoiding synthetic products as case study upon case study reveal high levels of petroleum based carcinogenic chemicals found in fatty tissues of those being tested.

What looks good on the outside may not be so good on the inside

There are many who will exercise like crazy but obtain a horrible diet, justifying it by the amount of exercise that they do, or those with a high metabolism who may be extremely active could very easily justify a sweet tooth all day long. Just because on the outside one may look healthy, the junk that is consumed could be causing great harm on the inside. The same goes for the skin. We do not see any immediate harmful effects when the skin absorbs such toxins, but in the long run could be causing havoc on our overall well being.

This being said and understanding how this large organ “the skin” works is it clearly safe to say that it’s not just diet and exercise like Terry Friedman states that will keep us healthy and fit. Perhaps what we absorb through our bodies on a daily basis is also a significant factor to our well being.

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    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      prairieprincess- not a connection many of us make is it. The more I study skincare the more this makes sense to me. Our skin is the largest organ of the body and is very permeable, diet and exercise are very important but what we put on our bodies- just as important.

      Thanks for commenting I am so glad your found this hub to be informative.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Wow! This is a very interesting connection. I knew that those products were not ideal, but had no idea that they are just as important in determining your health as diet and exercise. Thanks for a great, informative hub!

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      Thanks Katie,

      It's encouraging to see skin care incorporated in healthy living, and that the focus is not just on diet and exercise but what is put on the skin as well.

      I agree this does make sense.

      Thanks for the read and comment Katie, hope your having a wonderful day!

    • katiem2 profile image


      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Thank you Ron for the very helpful diet exercise and soap tips. It does make sense that everything we come in contact with is absorbed through our skin. Thanks again this makes sense! :) Katie

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      Right on! I am so glad you have been considering this more and more. I like the way you have worded this. "to care for our skin, just as we care for the rest of our bodies". Absolutely- diet,exercise and skin care.

      Thanks so much for reading this hub and commenting.

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      7 years ago

      I absolutely agree, we need to do what we can to care for our skin, just as we care for the rest of our bodies with eating well and good work outs. I have been considering this more and more. Thanks for sharing, A.B.

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      Very true Pamela, most of us got the diet and exercise part, but many are unaware that the skin is an organ that absorbs what is put on it. Glad you enjoyed this hub, thanks for commenting.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Since the skin is the largest organ in our body, we need to be concerned about it. This is another excellent hub with great tips. I enjoyed it very much.

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      Pixienot, Diet and exercise is something everyone is familiar with, but skin absorption of harmful toxins still kinda new.

      So glad I got ya thinking. Thanks for the vote

    • Pixienot profile image


      7 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      A view point worth considering. New to me, but I think very valid.

      Good hub. Thanks.

      Voted up and useful.

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      Darlene, Thanks so much for rating this hub. I think its great that we are all learning and realizing what health risk are involved in many ingredients.

      We can diet and exercise all we want and still experience the negative health effects from dangerous toxins that enter the body. As we continue to become more aware and learn and research are we able to make wiser decisions in taking care of our body's.

      Many blessing to you my friend!

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      This is so true, I just read an article talking about the difference between natural and organic, people think it's the same but it's not...Most cosmetics are nothing but toxins going into your pores and changes your skin, I beleive in good organic food and soaps, and bath products of all kinds. Yes, this is a rate up up up, excellent hub, I am impressed with you as a hubpages writer, farmer of all organic products and a soap makes. Love you my dear friend, peace darski

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      cheapsk8chick, thanks! I just read an article on chemicals in cosmetics and it stated that the average woman who puts makeup on everyday will put on an average of 5 pounds of it in a year. That's just make up, think of all the other products we apply to our bodies everyday. I saw this as an eye opener.

      Thanks for commenting.

    • cheapsk8chick profile image


      7 years ago

      I so agree with this. I think there are so many toxins that we can pull in through our skin, and so many of them are things that we do to ourselves and not just environmental things. Great hub, as usual!


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