Monday, 20 April 2015

The Importance of Choosing Organic and Natural Clothes

In recent decades the mass-produced clothes has controlled clothing industry providing cheaper and cheaper clothes from high-end designer branded items to non-brand bargains. But if we stop to think – are we really making a saving or are we paying an even greater cost when we look at the larger picture? At Hippocrates Health Institute we consider all aspects from environmental impact, to the health implications when it comes to what we recommend to our guests.

Author Brian Clement of Hippocrates Health Institute
Author Brian Clement of Hippocrates Health Institute
In the recently published book Killer Clothes written by Brian and Anna Maria Clement, directors of the Hippocrates Health Institute, the effects on our health from the clothes we put on our bodies is examined in great detail.  The largest organ in our bodies is our skin and it absorbs to some degree everything that touches it. This includes the toxins found in the vast majority of mass-produced clothes: toxins within the fabric, the dyes, the finishes and even the smell. We are absorbing these toxins every day and even washing our clothes still leaves massive quantities of toxins retained.

Brian Clement’s research at Hippocrates Health Institute can on the effects of toxins found in clothing be found in his latest book Killer Clothes, revealing that toxic dyes have been linked to a number of serious medical conditions such as chronic skin rashes, respiratory disease, neurological disorder and cancer. Many countries regulate the use of formaldehyde, as it’s a dangerous toxin that attacks the throats, lungs and respiratory tract, but the United States is not one of these regulatory countries. The most common materials used in clothing manufacture are polyester, acrylic and nylon, which are created using hundreds of chemicals.

The plant-based diet advocated by Hippocrates Health Institute is one of the leading ways to help the environment, but did you know that even the clothes we wear could be detrimental to our planet’s delicate ecosystem? The manufacture of clothes emits thousands of toxins into the air and water supply, and subsequently as we wash our clothes more toxins are released as the non-binding chemicals from the finishes are washed away.

Natural Organic Fibers
Hippocrates Health Institute strongly promotes switching to Organic and natural fibers such as organic cotton, organic hemp, organic wool and blends as a healthier alternative. Not only are these fibers more breathable, resist bacteria, offer better UV protection, but they are also biodegradable and harmlessly returns to Mother Earth.

By choosing pure, clean natural and healthy clothing you will protect your health, and the environment, and increase the demand for quality goods. Ideally choose organic, but also check the labels to see if the fibers are natural (created from plants), and wash everything before wearing. At Hippocrates Health Institute we go the extra length to ensure even all the towels and bed sheets we use for our guests are made from organic cotton and are chemical free. We urge you to take the time when you are shopping and make wise informed choices when it comes to the fabrics will be in contact with your skin.

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