“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live”. Jim Rohn
Care What You Wear
During 20 years of my experience in textiles and clothing industry, working in three countries, I have come across various kinds of fibers, yarns, fabrics, garments, machines, chemicals, dyes, effluents, labs, recipes, workers and factories. In this journey of buying and selling millions of pieces of garments and thousands of tons of fabrics, I had a very close interaction with various production processes of textiles and clothing.
If anyone wants information on how to buy healthy clothes, It’s hard to find a website or a blog which throws light on health of our clothes and gives tips on how to read a label. So I started one today.
What? Wait a minute. You might be thinking… health of clothes? What does that even mean? Ok I’ll explain. Stay with me here.
Well, it’s simple; when we buy food, we tend to buy the food that does not cause harm to our body. We read the labels carefully. After all, we don’t want to land in a situation wherein we thought we are eating to live but the food actually makes us sick.
And then we buy various other stuff which comes in contact with our body like soaps, shampoos, conditioners, cosmetics and load them on our skin several times a day. We do check the labels on creams and sprays too so that they don’t have anything harmful inside. But there is a catch, we should know how to read a label.
Now we do all that to keep bad stuff away from our body and protect ourselves. How often do we think when we buy clothes? Hardly ever. At least I was like that when I use to buy clothes years before. I rejected clothes only when I didn’t like them. Never I remember rejecting a piece of garment because it’s unhealthy to my body. But after working in clothing industry for many years I became aware of the dangers that we bring in our homes in the form of various “beautiful” clothes.
Now we come to the real question. What make clothes unhealthy?
You might know about the biggest organ of our body. If you don’t let me tell you. It’s skin. Skin is body’s largest and fastest growing organ. Skin is body’s coat that protects us from cold and warm weathers. Skin keeps our inside in. In 1 inch of skin, you have about 650 sweat glands, 20 blood vessels, 60,000 melanocytes (the stuff that makes melanin and gives your skin its color.), 1,000 or more nerve endings. Skin is our sensor, shield and communicator as well as reflection of external beauty. Every day we lose 1 quart of liquid through sweat. When we exercise we sweat one quart each hour. Now here is the important finding: Skin absorbs 60% of what touches it. Many medications are made into creams, gels or patches. These medications penetrate from skin to the bloodstream and delivered to all body parts.
Now name a thing that is in direct touch of our skin most of the time. You are correct.. Clothes.
Martin Fox, Ph.D. author of Healthy Water for Longer Life describes that we absorb more through our skin than through ingesting. In a 15-minute bath, the average adult absorbs 63% of the elements in the water. Drinking 2 liters of water, the absorption rate of elements is only 27%.
If you can not eat it don’t put on your skin.
The point here is, as we do not ignore the importance of quality of food and other stuff that comes in contact with our body, same way we have to treat clothes. Bad clothes can cause harm to our body as they hold our body so close. They hang on us, they hold us, they hug our body, they squeeze us, they go tight on us (at the places where they even should not), they get wet on us, they dry on us, they shine on us, they absorb stuff on us, they litter on our skin, and sometimes they bleed on us and most of all, our skin breathes when they are on top of us. And guess what, there is no such body part which does not come in contact with clothes (include home furnishing here). There is head wear, hand wear, face wear for winters and list goes on and on.
You might not have thought of clothes draining bad stuff in our water system, right from our homes. We wash them once or twice a week and use a lot of water and imagine how much bad stuff can be drained into our water system by bad clothes.
Now I have used this term “bad clothes” many times in this essay. Let me explain what bad clothes is. The simple definition of bad clothes is “Clothes that restrict and suffocate the skin, making it unable to breathe properly so it can release toxins are called bad clothes”
We might not realize that skin is our body’s most important eliminative organ. As Anna Maria Clement, PhD, NMD, LN and Brian R. Clement, PhD, NMD, LN author of Killer Clothes describes that by some estimates we release a pound of toxins every day through our skin, assuming that it is allowed to vent as nature intended. If we hold back any percentage of these toxins from being released, they accumulate in body fat and body organs to become like a time bomb, primed to detonate as some future health malady.
If this is what the bad clothes are, then what are good clothes? Good clothes do reverse. They not only let our skin breathe, even when they are sitting on top of us, but also help our skin to release the toxins from inside our body, in the most natural way that nature intends.
See next writing to distinguish between good and bad clothes.
- American Academy of Dermatology
- Ramsey’s Center for Natural Healing
- Killer Clothes written by Anna Maria Clement, PhD, NMD, LN and Brian R. Clement, PhD, NMD, LN
- Main image courtesy Pixabay.com