The FDA requires that all anti-perspirants decrease the average person’s sweat by 20%. Soooooo manufactures then use anywhere between 10-25% of aluminum in their products. THIS IS NO BUENOOOOO! Why? Because aluminum mimics estrogen in the body, which could really mess up your hormones, it’s been linked to breast cancer ANDDDD Alzheimer’s disease! When you swipe that shit stick on your pits, you’re injecting aluminum ions (among other chemicals) right into your lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are glands that play a HUGEEEE roll in your immune system.
You know when you get sick and sometimes there’s a lump in your neck or armpit? That’s a lymph node and as I’ve said- they play a HUGEEEE roll in your immune system. Swiping those chemicals directly on top of your lymph nodes is an EXCELLENT way to fuck up your hormones and weaken your immune system.
Your skin is the body’s largest organ! Whatever you put on it can easily get absorbed into your bloodstream. With the astonishing skyrocketing rates of breast cancer, it would seem sensible to avoid chemicals that are linked to that and more.
Look, heavy metals, toxins, things that are trying to kill us are everywhere. We’re ingesting them and we don’t even know it. There’s only so much we can do about the toxins that we can’t control. But there IS something we can do about the ones we’re actively aware of! Just like when you’re trying to eat healthier and you avoid junk food, processed food, going out to eat and stuffing your face into a red velvet cake, when you’re trying to LIVE healthier, you avoid the things that go against that, to the best of your abilities. You may not be able to control ALLLLLLL the toxins in the world that you’re exposed to, but this? Deodorant? What you swipe under your arms? That you CAN control.
No one wants sweaty pits. I get it. No one wants to raise their arms and see that sweat mark on their shirts. No one likes the feeling of wet, grossness under their arms. But you know what else no one likes? Poison. Cancer. Alzheimer disease. You have sweat glands for a reason! They’re there to be used, not to be clogged up with chemicals! How is your body suppose to detox naturally, and keep everything running smoothly on the inside, when you’re slathering a paste of chemicals right on what it uses as an outlets?
It can’t detox, it can’t get the shit out that we all have from living in a toxic world, all because you’ve sealed it’s detoxing ducts! a.k.a sweat glands, a.k.a lymph nodes.
What happens when you have a backed up system full of toxins?
You get inflamed. You get sick. You get diseases. This can all be avoided by making BETTER choices to what you put into your body, and on it!
Why are conventional deodorants and anti-perspirants so toxic?
According to the Environmental Working Group, some of the most toxic brands include English Leather, Mitchum, Suave, Secret, Gillette, Right Guard, Soft & Dry, Tussy. These and other conventional brands, contain a variety of chemicals and additives. It takes something sooooo unnatural to block your body’s natural ability to sweat and detox. Below are a few of the chemicals found:
- Aluminum– like I’ve said, some evidence links aluminum to estrogen dominance, cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease
- Phthalates– These are endocrine disruptors that can cause hormone imbalance and even infertility. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that at certain doses, can interfere with your hormone system
- Propylene glycol– you might know this as antifreeze. This is an additive found in many personal care products that carries a risk of immunotoxicity (dysfunction of the immune system) and allergies.
- Formaldehyde- a carcinogen (causes cancer)
- Parabens- Another hormone disruptor. Parabens have been found in tissue that has been biopsied from breast cancer. Scary man.
- Antibacterial Substances- More endocrine disruptors and more fuckery of the immune system
I tell you this stuff so you can be AWARE of what you’re putting into your body, so you can do something about it! If we keep putting toxins into our system, on a daily basis for YEARS…. what do you think the outcome will be? Toxins create abnormal cells that accumulate over the years and make people sick. Just toss them. It’s for your own good.
What about armpit funk?
The cleaner you eat, the more water you drink the less you’ll stink. Pretty simple don’t you think? There’s a difference in “stinking” when you just got done running or working out, that’s normal stank my friend. But if you stink throughout the day from doing nothing more than your usual activities, then you need to evaluate the food you’re eating, because poor food choices is what will make you stink! Eat clean, drink lots of water, and give your body time to adjust, to return to its natural chemistry and just do it’s thangggg chicken wing.
I’ve tried so many natural deodorants and they just plain suck…for me at least. I’m an athlete, I sweat a lot, and I’m super active during the day. What DOES work for me is simple…one ingredient…. pure baking soda.
In the shower you wash your armpits with it just like you would with soap, (great exfoliate and only ONE ingredient) and that’s it! It works wonderfully because instead of masking the sweat, smell and feel, it just works right at the source to eliminate the bacteria and exfoliate any dead skin. On days when I’m extra sweaty, on top of washing my armpits in the shower with baking soda, AFTER my shower, I dilute a teeny little bit of baking soda with water and dab it under my armpits and I do NOT wash it off. This gives me some extra “stank” protection. So give this baking soda thing a shot, and see what you think. You may end up loving it
One thing about using this method…
you will still sweat using baking soda. The purpose of anti-perspirant are to block the ducks in your armpits from sweating, so you don’t get that wet feeling. You know by now how dangerous this. If you do decide to go the baking soda route, always use baking soda diluted with some water. It works better than commercial deodorants to fight odors. Very similar to the 24h ones. Just do not apply baking soda directly to the skin without diluting it first because it can cause irritation. Also make sure to get the finest baking soda available such as bob’s red mill or similar.
If you want to try something other than baking soda, below are a few links to some homemade and pre-made ones.
Remember, like so many things, it takes some time for your body to adjust to the new, natural methods.
Are you ready to go natural? Think it’s too weird? Have a favorite natural “deodorant”? Share in the comments below!