Friday, May 22, 2009

A Healthy Deoderant

Hi guys,
I was so happy when I finally figured out a natural deoderant!  I've been using this method for the past 2 years and I'm so glad to not have stinky armpits.  Just wash your underarms with soap and water and then apply baking soda as a powder to your underarms.  If you shave, make sure you shave at night (apply no baking soda at this point... or else it will sting), and then apply baking soda in the morning.  
I used to have extremely painful red lumps under my arms (intermittently) ever since I was a teenager.  I realized that my body was reacting to antiperspirant/deoderants.  At first, this made me upset that my body was so sensitive... I didn't know anyone else (except my mom) who had this problem.  But now I know that my body was telling me to ditch the toxins in those antiperspirants/deoderants; namely aluminum.  We are not meant to have aluminum in or on our bodies, and yet it is a common ingredient which effectively clogs our sweat pores and gets into our lymphatic system.  Sort of like a transdermal patch transmits medicine, so does deoderant or any other lotion or body product transmit it's ingredients through our skin.  Please avoid these products!  Here's some more info. from Dr. Mercola's webiste:
"There are certain metals that are toxic to humans; they are poison and most people do not understand this. They are NOT nutrients in small quantities -- if anything they are anti-nutrients.

What are these commonly misunderstood toxins?

Mercury, fluoride, and aluminum.

You don’t need any of these poisons in your body, so remember to avoid them.

Unfortunately, if you use antiperspirants, you are most likely exposing yourself to aluminum -- the heavy metal that’s been linked toAlzheimer’s disease and now possibly breast cancer. 

Aluminum salts can account for 25 percent of the volume of some antiperspirants.

Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores that release sweat under your arms -- with the active ingredient being aluminum. Not only does this block one of your body’s routes for detoxification (releasing toxins via your underarm sweat), but it raises concerns about where these heavy metals are going once you roll them (or spray them) on.
Given that antiperspirants are used on your armpits, the aluminum salt concentration is highest near your breast tissue. Further, when women shave under their arms it can result in a higher aluminum-salt absorption rate due to the damaged skin.

The aluminum in antiperspirants has been linked to breast cancer before. 

A 2006 study found that aluminum salts can mimic the hormone estrogen, and chemicals that imitate that hormone are known to increase breast cancer risk.

Fortunately, reducing your exposure is pretty simple -- simply ditch your antiperspirant and deodorant.

It’s worth mentioning that deodorants are not the same thing as antiperspirants. They may actually be less problematic than antiperspirants, as they work by neutralizing the smell of your sweat and by antiseptic action against bacteria, but do not prevent sweating. 

However, many deodorants also contain aluminum, along with parabens, which have also been linked to breast cancer. So, you’re clearly better off avoiding both antiperspirants and deodorants."

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