One of the indirect causes of Candida albicans overgrowth is harmful shampoo additives. These additives may leave your hair feeling silky smooth but they exact a toll on your health by weakening your immune system.
The additives with an x in the Possible Link to Cancer column are suspected of being linked to cancer. The additives with an x in the Other Health Problems are linked to a variety of health problems from allergies to serious health issues.
The additives with an x in the Penetration Enhancer column make the other ingredients absorb into the skin more readily. This is not an issue with healthy ingredients but can cause more of the unhealthy ingredients to be absorbed rather than rinsed off.
These harmful ingredients lower your immunity and make it harder to fight off the Candida. The more of them you can avoid, the quicker the treatment program that you choose will work.
|Possible Link to Cancer||Other Health Problems||Penetration Enhancer|
|Propylene Glycol Oleate||x||x|
|Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate||x||x||x|
|Sodium Laureth Sulfate||x||x|
Some harmful additives are not even listed on the label. That is because they were not added on purpose, they are contaminants created by the chemical reactions of manufacturing.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) comissioned a study that found many "natural" and "organic" shampoos, body washes, and lotions contain the carcinogenic contaminant 1,4-Dioxane.
1,4-Dioxane is listed as a chemical "known to the State of California to cause cancer". It is a byproduct of a process called Ethoxylation, which uses the cancer-causing chemical Ethylene Oxide to make harsh ingredients milder.
The California EPA also suspects 1,4-Dioxane of being a kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant and respiratory toxicant and a leading groundwater contaminant.
Harmful shampoo additives are not just found in conventional shampoos. Some of the leading organic and natural brands contain 1,4-Dioxane including:
To avoid 1,4-dioxane, the OCA recommends reading ingredient labels and avoiding products with indications of ethoxylation.
Many of the harmful shampoo additives listed above are made by ethoxylation. Avoid them by avoiding products with these words in the ingredient names:
By avoiding these common harmful shampoo additives, you greatly improve you chances of success with your treatment program.