Holi is a popular festival of colours celebrated in most parts of India. People of all age groups have their different manner of celebrating it. Holi is a festival of victory of good over evil, arrival of harvest season after spring and it is more famous among children and youth to celebrate playing with colours.
Colours are the symbol of joy, happiness, hope, intimacy, relationship and a new vibrant future. Colours have a traditional value in Holi festival but nowadays in a commercially, economic and cheap production of Holi colours are not natural or organic. Most of the manufacturers are using harmful synthetic chemicals and heavy metals in the production of colours, rarely of them use traditional mehndi, haldi, Chandan, kumkum, flowers of Gulab, Gudhal, Genda or other material natural sources.
COLOURS AND CHEMICALS IN FOOD
Even in food and sweets, many producers are adding harmful colours for unethical financial profits.
At the time of Holi, many food items contain harmful food dyes which are causing silent damage to our health. Nowadays financial profit is the primary goal against humanity and ethics. Foods, sweets and drinks have many colours or dyes which are generally made from Coal Tar and petroleum products have attractive and bright colours. Children and youth are more likely to attracted to eat colourful food and drinks.
Some common Dies are Blue 1, Red 3, Red 40, Citrus Red 2, orange B, Yellow 5, Yellow 6 etc. Used in many foods and drinks
- Chips & Papad,
- Colour rolls,
- Sweets and supari,
- Pastries & Cakes,
- Biscuits & cookies,
- Candies & lollipops,
- Juices & smoothies,
- Cold drinks,
- Sauces & ketchup etc.
Many countries like the USA, Germany, Norway, France, Finland, Sweden and many others have banned the use of various chemical colours in food and drinks. Many other countries asked producers and made guidelines to stop the use of harmful synthetic chemical colours in food items.
COLOURS AND CHEMICALS IN FRUITS
Other natural-looking edibles may also have colours and chemicals you have to identify.
Dazzling red apples, green growing grapes, soft red strawberries, Spotless spinach, smooth straight cucumber, bright tomatoes, green peas, clean potatoes, and other attractive fruits vegetables, We assume they are healthy and nutritious.
In modern marketing, fruits and vegetables are contaminated by pesticides, chemical colour, wax coating, and growth-enhancing agents to increase production and profits.
Synthetic colours and chemicals are hazardous to health and can cause
- Skin allergies and dermatitis,
- Respiratory problems and low immunity,
- Heart issues and Asthma,
- Cause liver problems and Indigestion,
- Problems of mental and Cognitive development,
- Damage your nerves and brain,
- Aggressiveness and sleep problems,
- Inflammations and swellings,
- Badly affect kidney functions,
- Genetic and chromosomal abnormality,
- and most dangerous tumours and cancer of all kinds.
Shiny clear pulses, nuts, seeds and rice also get the chemical polish to enhance the market value, that polish and wax can cause you liver problems and kidney problems if taken regularly. Some chemicals can also affect your brain development and very harmful for children under age 14 years, can cause severe growth and development issues.
- Avoid buying or ordering bright coloured sweets, bakery products, fast foods and drinks.
- Do not prefer to buy polished or shiny rice, nuts, seeds, or dal; try to get naturally extracted and unpolished form.
- Try to get fruits and vegetables cultivated and marketed organically in the local area, without chemical pesticides, insecticides, and colouring agents.
- Avoid buying very shiny, well-shaped or big-sized brightly coloured vegetables, and fruits, Choose the medium-size, natural look and colours.
- Try to buy fruits and vegetables directly from big Mandi from farmers before selling them to retailers. There you can also find organic cultivated fruits and vegetables. You can visit these mandis twice a week for your requirements.
- Wash fruits and vegetables first from normal flowing tap water under the tap. Then put them in moderately hot water, mix with two teaspoons of salt and one-half teaspoon of baking soda, leave them for 15 to 20 minutes and wash again with normal water.
BACK TO HOLI COLOURS
Synthetic Holi colours contain particles of silica, lead, plastics, glass with heavy metals like Aluminium, Mercury, Lead and various other harmful chemical compounds lead oxide, mercury oxide, bromides etc.
In the excitement of holy and lack of awareness, we don’t use protection and play Holi which can lead us to many health problems like
SOME MORE HEALTH PROBLEMS
- Eye problems- Irritation, red and puffy eyes, impaired vision, corneal injuries.
- Respiratory- Asthma, allergy, breathlessness, pneumonia, infections.
- Skin- Dry and dull skin, dermatitis, allergy, infection, cancer.
- Hairs- Dry and dull hairs, alopecia, hair fall, infection.
- Liver- Gastric problems, poor metabolism, inflammation and tumours. Kidney- Various kind of heavy metals like mercury, Bromide, lead can damage the kidney.
- Other many toxic and carcinogenic effects.
Effects of some harmful elements are
- Lead– Very harmful to children and the fetus, it also damages the kidney, liver, mental ability if ingested in large amounts.
- Copper and Aluminium- Very harmful for the liver, skin, lungs and kidneys.
- Mercury- Damages the kidney, liver, foetus in pregnancy.
- Silica and glass- Harmful to Lungs, respiratory system, skin and especially harmful for eyes, even in small amounts.
- Chromium- Very harmful to eyes, skin, lungs.
- Still, more research needs it for a complete analysis of the effects of colours synthetic colour on your health.
- Avoid dark, bright and glittering synthetic colours and Glass containing Gulal.
- Try to play colourless Holi with water-filled balloons
- Only use natural, herbal, organic colours.
- Avoid mixing various kind of colours and making a paste with glass powder containing Gulal.
- Avoid throwing colours on Eyes, hairs and mouth or nose.
- Apply olive oil, coconut oil or natural moisturisers on the body and hairs before start playing Holi.
- Wear swimming glasses, sunglasses or a face shield to avoid eye problems.
- Wear a hair cover, surgical cap or hat to avoid colour accumulation in hairs.
- Do not rub colours on skin, face or body to anyone.
- After playing Holi wash face, hairs and body with plenty of running water.
- Wash your eyes with splashing cold water, do not rub your eyes.
- Gently rub with a soft cloth or tissue to remove the colour from the body.
- Do not try to Scrub hard or remove colour in a single wash.
- Do not use harsh soaps, thinner or colour removers.
- Use Honey, curd, lemon, haldi paste on the face or body for the next 2 days.
- For natural scrub, you can use honey, besan, haldi and chironji with fresh raw milk as a Scrub paste.
- Natural moisturisers, paste and scrub will neutralize toxic effects of colours on skin, helps to remove colour spots and also has a healing property to cure inflammation and allergic reactions.
- Also, follow COVID19 guidelines to avoid getting and spreading Covid19 or other communicable disease infections.
A VERY HAPPY AND COLORFUL HOLI TO ALL OF YOU
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