People often think you have to use commercial deodorant in order not to stink. Not only is this incorrect, but most commercial deodorants have toxic, synthetic compounds that you don’t want absorbing through your skin. Nearly all contain propylene glycol, commonly known as antifreeze. But another chemical to consider is aluminum, commonly present in antiperspirants.
Unfortunately, cosmetic industries aren’t as regulated as you think. Good luck finding adequate safety studies… Also keep in mind dietary aluminum safety is NOT the same as exogenous exposure. Our gut prevents absorption of most ingested Al. Here’s just a pinch of what we know:
Researchers biopsied the upper-outer quadrant of breast tissue in women and found elevated levels of aluminum compared to other areas of the breast . This area is adjacent to your axilla (armpit) where women apply antiperspirants. The upper-outer quadrant of the breast also happens to be the area most frequently affected with breast cancer.
Is there a link? Well, cancer is multifactorial. However, these same researchers did find that Al could increase the migratory properties of breast cancer cells. This element is a known neurotoxin, and researchers have found Al to be associated with Alzheimer’s [2,3], Parkinsons , amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , multiple sclerosis , autism , and epilepsy . These diseases can have various causes, but considering the vast amount of research on Al toxicity, it could indeed be a toxic co-factor.
A recent hospital-based study compared the hair samples of 223 mothers who gave birth to children with congenital heart defects vs 223 mothers of healthy children. The infants with congenital heart defects had mothers with significantly higher levels of aluminum compared to controls .
Another study found that men with oligozoospermia (low sperm count) have significantly higher levels of aluminum in their sperm compared to those with a healthy sperm count .
Given the evidence of Al toxicity, it may not be worth the chronic exposure of aluminum-compounds, which we know accumulate in the brain and bone. Opt for a natural deodorant rather than an antiperspirant. Besides, sweating has numerous purposes!
• ½ cup coconut oil
• 10 drops or more of lavender oil (add to your liking)
Yes it’s really that simple! Just add to a small glass container.
Realize that odor results from bacteria on the underarms metabolizing products (protein and fatty acids) produced from the apocrine sweat glands. Both coconut and lavender oil contain antibacterial properties, which allow them to attenuate the metabolism of bacteria of the underarm.
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