If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably heard about how the deodorants commonly found at your local grocery store are filled with nasty stuff that can cause Alzheimers’s, birth defects and multiple types of cancers. Before you make your next purchase, be sure to check out the label and try to avoid the following ingredients:
The main ingredient in antiperspirants is aluminum. This metal helps prevent sweat from leaving your pores and has been linked to breast cancer in women and Alzheimer’s in men. Another toxic component is propylene glycol — a petroleum-based product that easily penetrates the skins and acts as a wetting agent. It can cause cancer and contains toxins that disrupt reproductive function.
Other chemicals to watch out for include Parabens, Phthalates, Triclosan, Diproplyene Glycol, 1 PEG-14 Dimethicone, PEG/PPG – 18/18 Dimethicone and PEG-8 Distearate. I know this may seem confusing (unless you’re a chemist) but when in doubt check out Environmental Working Group’s site for a list of natural deodorant brands that are safe to use.
Before you make the switch to the au naturale route there are a few things you should know. For the first 7-14 days your body will go through an adjustment period – ie, you might stink during this time. But have no fear; your body is merely detoxing years of accumulated toxins that have burrowed themselves in your underarm areas. During this time it’s best to wear loose, breathable fabrics to prevent your perspiration from sticking to your body. Also, try to reduce your intake of red meat. Recent studies revealed those who have a higher consumption of red meat have an increased likelihood of sweating. Also, try to stay away from processed foods, opting instead for a more plant-based, whole foods diet. While showering, rub a sugar scrub on your armpits to exfoliate the top layer of skin and speed up the detox period.