Consider the number of times you’ve used your deodorant without a second thought. Chances are you’re not actually using deodorant, but rather an antiperspirant with a form of aluminum, like aluminum chlorohydrate, as the active ingredient. While there is not yet proven evidence that aluminum from antiperspirants is directly correlated to illnesses such as breast cancer, it is a suspected cause. More than breast cancer, it is suspected that Alzheimer’s patients may have elevated levels of aluminum in the brain. Read on to discover the toxic ingredients in your antiperspirant and how to transition to a healthier option to improve your long-term daily wellness.
The Basics: Antiperspirants vs Deodorants
There’s one significant distinction between antiperspirants and deodorants that drastically changes how our bodies function. Popular antiperspirants are designed to block sweat through the use of aluminum and zirconium - two ingredients that ‘plug’ pores and prevent the body from sweating.
Conversely, deodorants are designed to de-odor, meaning they are formulated to block odor-causing bacteria while still allowing the body to carry out its natural, healthy process of toxin release (aka sweating). With deodorants, yes - we sweat, but our body is able to continue its natural processes. After consistent and continual use of deodorant without antiperspirant, the body adjusts and reduces the amount of sweat produced meaning less sweat, less odor, and less toxic chemicals coming in contact with your skin.
The Toxic Ingredients
We touched on aluminum, the suspected toxin that temporarily reduces sweat production, but also consider parabens (synthetic preservatives and endocrine disruptors), propylene glycol (often derived from petroleum in popular antiperspirants), and synthetic fragrances. While seemingly insignificant in minimal amounts, consider daily use and the long-term effects toxins have on health.
Going Natural + What To Expect
There are a couple of factors that serve as deterrents when it comes to making the switch to natural deodorants:
The Detox - the body goes through a short detox period when switching from antiperspirant to deodorant, but after this detox period the body begins to self-regulate and resume healthy processes.
The Sweat - foregoing an antiperspirant for a deodorant does mean increased sweat in the short term, but after transitioning to natural deodorant the body begins to quickly regulate and ultimately reduce the amount of sweat produced.
A Natural, Effective Alternative
Not all natural deodorants are created equal and there is a fair amount of research that is needed to decode ingredients. A deodorant labeled with the phrase “contains natural ingredients’ is likely far from the natural deodorant alternative we’re searching for.
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