What is “body burden”?

Duh, look up! Body burden is the chemical load we each carry in our bodies as a result of the chemicals we come into contact with daily, whether indirectly from the environment or directly through the products we choose to use on our bodies and in our surroundings, and the foods and drinks we choose to consume. Scientists estimate that every human body contains at least 700 chemical contaminants. The scariest part? Most of these chemicals have not been well-studied. That is, we do not exactly know the effects these chemicals are having on our health. While some chemicals leave our bodies quickly, others bioaccumulate and will stay in our fat for years if not for the entirety of our lives.

What is “body unburdened”?

The website or the thing? Let’s start with the thing. A body unburdened is a body free of toxic chemicals: a healthy, all-natural body the way nature intended. Oh to dream… let’s be clear here and now: a body unburdened is virtually unobtainable as babies nowadays are born with more than 200 man-made industrial chemicals in their blood. So we start life at a disadvantage. Plus, the modern lifestyle pretty much guarantees that we will come into contact with chemicals (every time you get into your car or on your computer, for example). That’s where Body Unburdened (this website) comes in: the goal is to help you reduce the amount of chemicals piling onto your body burden. It’s not easy, but it’s not all that hard either. It’s about small steps everyday to living a healthier lifestyle.

Isn’t this just a bunch of bougie malarkey?

Heck no! Healthy living does not exist for elitist snobs to flash their Whole Foods shopping bags while stepping into their hybrid Lexuses. It’s about our health and the health of our families, plain and simple.

So you’re paranoid?

Maybe a little, but for good reason (see: Quick Facts).

And you’re a hippie?

No. Or at least not in the stereotypical sense. I look perfectly normal and probably smell better than average. Need proof? That’s me! I look pretty normal, right? Actually… don’t answer that.

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So what are you?

What’s with all the labels, huh? Geesh. But OK, if I had to choose a label, I’d pick “information gatherer.” How’s that? Body Unburdened is a space where I share my findings as I continue to work towards health; my personal journey to health is constantly evolving, though I can say that I finally like where it currently stands. I feel good. Really good. You will see that I do not have any fancy titles associated with my name. I’m not a scientist, a doctor or a nutritionist (though I play these roles in my own life) and do not provide medical advice. Rather, I research and write about what scientists, doctors and nutritionists have to say about everyday chemicals and how they affect our health, as well as the best way to rid our bodies of these chemicals and generally maintain a healthy lifestyle. I already do A TON of research for basically every decision I EVER make about my personal health, so why not post my findings somewhere so that other paranoid, bougie hippies (oops, I confess!) can read about them? I will always include sources and links to further information so readers can gather information to make informed decisions for themselves about their own health, as I do for myself.

Are you asking yourself all of these questions?

Yes, yes I am. But if anyone out there reading this (hello, you!) has any other questions, I would love to hear from you and am so happy you are here! Please feel free to comment and engage in a dialogue with me and other readers!

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  1. Beautiful site with many wonderful. I so appreciate all of the recipes you have shared. I am interested in finding more healthy meal ideas. Any ideas?

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  3. I’ll be adding your wonderful resources and contact info to my Wellness Links page on my Health Coaching website. Nice work! Thanks for sharing all this important information to us – the road to true health is a rocky, winding one. We need to join forces to get this information out there to our communities and help each other reach our goals. I look forward to exploring your site more.

  4. I stumbled upon your website yesterday and I cannot even express how excited I am to have found your blog. I have shared your website with my mum and a few of my girlfriends already. Over the last year or 2, we have each begun our own journey into the world of natural/organic/toxic-free living. Not only has the information and guidance you’ve provided helped me to source and understand a lot of interesting things, you have given me the tools and recipes to create my own personalized “All Natural Christmas Hampers” for my friends and family, rather than store bought presents. So effectively, you have touched a bunch of Australian’s lives for the better. Thanks again for your fantastic information and you’ve got a lifelong follower in me!

  5. Hello, I’m new to your site and find it GREAT. When I first got on I was reading about a face wash and moisturizer you made, but I cant seem to find it now. Is it still on your blog? Wanted to make them both.

  6. Thanks for the kind words, Natasha!

    Sorry for the confusion. While the wash works great for me and I still use it, it seems like many people were having issues with it (either getting it to gel properly, or the lemon being too harsh) so I pulled it down. I’m working on another now that will be more universal and simpler to make!

  7. O awesome…are you doing the same for the moisturizer as well? My skin seems to be a tad sensitive and gets pron to the products so I Hope the natural way works.

  8. Hi Nadia , thank you for your great informative website . Really, one often wonders what one should eat and do to stay alive amongst the chemical maze . But – Our bodies are” fearfully and wonderfully made “. They take so much abuse from daily living and we all have choices – I choose to do the best and take care naturally of my and my family’s body and help any one else who will listen to gain health . Thank you . Keep up the work :-)

  9. Thank you so much, Marion! Yes, I totally agree – we all have choices. I try my hardest to help readers see that better, safe choices don’t have to be difficult (in fact, sometimes they are super easy!). So glad you’re here :)

  10. I just stumbled upon your site yesterday and I can’t get enough! You provide so much great information and I can’t wait to try some of your natural DIY recipes. I really wish I had found your site sooner! Better late than never, I guess. You look absolutely beautiful in your picture – you are glowing with happiness and health. Thanks so much for helping the rest of us live lives free of toxins and chemicals. Keep up the great work!

  11. You may be my new hero. I look forward to implementing many of your tips and tricks along my journey to be a better, healthier me. xo

  12. So happy I found you website/blog! I am engaging in my own personal journey to reduce my dependence on plastics and other man made chemicals poisoning our body and environment. I look forward to reading your articles and trying out all of your DIY beauty recipes. I have already shared your site with my sister and friend who are on the same natural path I am! Thank you for all of your hard work and posts!

  13. Hi, I’m wondering if you know a good and simple shampoo recipe? :) I found your dry shampoo, but I’m looking for an alternative. And if there exists an alternative for conditioning spray or conditioner.

  14. Thank you so much for your site! I am almost 27 years old and have recently become very aware of all the “nasties” around us. I have two small children and want to make a change for the better. Thanks for making it way easier and less scary to do it!

  15. Love your website!! Do you have the option to subscribe with a regular email address?? I only see with Google + or fb!! Please never stop this site!! Really its amazing and I am so Thankful that you spent the time to research.

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