Even if you and your family have been loyal to these brands for decades, it might be time to rethink their impact on your health and the environment.
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It's time to upgrade your shopping list
Are you a creature of habit? So many of us are, especially when it comes to shopping. It's easy to stay devoted to a brand you've supported for a lifetime—and perhaps even a brand your parents or grandparents used that reminds of your childhood or beloved relatives—because you know what to expect from your purchase. That may especially be the case if the item in question is from one of these 40 most trusted brands in America.
However, if you're used to reaching for the same tube of toothpaste at the drugstore, the same rolls of toilet paper at the grocery store, and the same protein powder at the health-food store and never really give any of it much though, then it might be time for a change. Thousands of new products have emerged over the last decade, and they are chock-full of improvements for your health and our planet. Open your mind to new options and see all the good you might gain from tweaking your buying habits.
Colgate Total Whitening Toothpaste
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Ever wonder exactly what you're brushing your teeth with twice a day? Your trusted toothpaste brand likely contains, among other things, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). This skin-irritating ingredient, which is found in Colgate Total Whitening Toothpaste, is linked to canker sores and mouth ulcers, says Tonya Harris, who is board-certified in holistic nutrition and holds a certificate as an Environmental Toxicity Specialist. And just FYI, here are more potentially toxic ingredients you're using every day.
While this Colgate formula does have a number of positive reviews on Amazon, the negative reviews are pretty scathing. "It leaves a burning taste in my mouth and it's terrible," says Edward V., who left a one-star review of the product. Similarly, Rea A.'s negative review stated that this product "caused our entire family's gums to be swollen."
Harris suggests switching to a safer alternative, like Dr. Bronner's All-In-One Toothpaste, which is SLS-free and is made from 70 percent organic ingredients. It uses hydrated silica, calcium carbonate, baking soda, potassium cocoate, and organic essential oils to get the job done.
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