Your body needs to sweat and get rid of toxins. Concealing your sweat ducts with chemicals is unhealthy. Deodorants contain toxic chemicals like Aluminum, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Formaldehyde, Parabens and antibacterial substances which can weaken lymph nodes and immunity. Baking Soda is a good alternative for processed deodorant.
The FDA requires that all antiperspirants decrease the average person’s sweat by 20%. Manufacturers then use anywhere between 10-25% of aluminum in their products. That is not great news at all! Why? Aluminum mimics estrogen in the body, which imbalances your hormones; it has been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. It also clogs the lymph nodes which play a huge role in immune system.
Toxins Are Ubiquitous
Toxins are everywhere. We are ingesting them without even knowing it and we may not be able to control it. But there is something we can do about the ones we are actively aware of. For instance: When you are trying to eat healthier – you avoid junk food and processed food, to the best of your abilities.
No one wants sweaty underarms or sweat patches on their clothes. But no wants poison, cancer or Alzheimer’s disease either. You have sweat glands for a reason. They are there to be used, not to be clogged up with chemicals.
In this case, it gets hard for the body detox naturally, and keep everything running smoothly on the inside, when you are slathering chemicals right on what it uses as an outlet! When your body is loaded with toxins, you are prone to inflammations and diseases.
Toxic Chemicals In Deodorants And Antiperspirants
According to the Environmental Working Group, most popular and conventional brands, contain a variety of chemicals and additives. It takes something so unnatural to block your body’s natural ability to sweat and detox. Below are a few of the chemicals found:
- Aluminum – Some evidences link aluminum to estrogen dominance, cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Phthalates – Phthalates are endocrine disruptors that can cause hormone imbalance and infertility. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals, that at certain doses, can interfere with your hormone system.
- Propylene Glycol – Propylene Glycol is also known as Antifreeze. This is an additive found in many personal care products. It causes allergies and carries a risk of immuno-toxicity (dysfunction of the immune system).
- Formaldehyde – A carcinogen (causes cancer).
- Parabens – A hormone disruptor. They have been found in tissues biopsied from breast cancer.
- Antibacterial Substances – More endocrine disruptors that cause problems to the immune system
If we persistently put toxins into our system, on a daily basis for years, the outcome will be devastating. Toxins create abnormal cells that accumulate over the years and make people sick. Tossing these chemical-infested things away is the best bet.
What About Underarm Odor?
There is a difference between ‘stinking’ when you run or work out (which is normal) and stinking through out the day inspite of usual activities. If latter is the case, then you need to evaluate the food you are eating, because poor food choices will make you stink. Eat clean, drink a lot of water, and give your body the time to adjust, to return to its natural chemistry.
How Does Baking Soda Help?
I am an athlete, I sweat a lot, and I am super active during the day. I have tried so many natural deodorants and they do not work. What does work for me is simple – pure baking soda.
How To Use It
- When you shower, wash your armpits with Baking Soda – just like you would with the soap.
- It works very well, because it does not mask the sweat or the smell. In fact, it works right at the source to eliminate the bacteria, and exfoliates dead skin.
- On days when you are extra sweaty, on top of washing your armpits in the shower with baking soda, dilute a bit of baking soda with water and dab it under the armpits, after the shower.
- Do not wash it off. This gives the extra ‘stink’ protection.
One thing about baking soda is that you will still sweat. The purpose of anti-perspirant is to block the ducts in your armpits from sweating, so you do not get that wet feeling. And, it is dangerous.
If you do decide take the baking soda route, always dilute it with water, because direct application can cause irritation. Always remember to purchase high quality baking soda from the market.
Remember, it takes some time for your body to adjust to the new, natural methods, and patience is the key.