By now, the vast majority of us have heard of the potential health risks of using the everyday, big-brand name deodorants and antiperspirants (ex: Speed Stick). Many of the most well-known, and patronized, brands contain a myriad of serious chemicals that may lead to endocrine disruption, allergic reaction, cancer, and even a reduced IQ; those are simply a few of the risks.
Speaking plainly, most deodorants are unnecessarily full of crap. There are shady chemicals in the fragrances and perfumes used to mask your body odour, and even shadier ones often used to reduce or control perspiration (i.e. aluminum). Most cases of breast cancer originate in the outer portion of the breast, near the underarm. While we aren’t ingesting these chemicals through our mouths, it is suspected that we’re actually doing more damage by applying them directly onto the delicate skin of our armpits (a gateway to lymph nodes, glands, hormones, and the blood stream).
There is a simple solution, right? If you don’t want to stink, simply refrain from using these kinds of deodorants and opt for ‘natural’ or ‘toxin-free’ varieties. Sure, they may be harder to find or procure, but they’re out there and they’re way healthier for you.
The bummer is that it really is not as simple as that. Here are 3 dirty secrets that toxin-free deodorants don’t want you to know:
The fact is that human beings are designed to sweat, a vital process that allows toxins to escape from our bodies. In a world full of deodorant options, there are relatively few truly natural, healthy products available – but they are out there! Avoid the big, familiar brands that we’ve all known, and likely used, for years. Research alternative brands, with ingredients you can understand and pronounce. Know the packaging process, and the materials employed. Remember that powerful fragrances are completely unnecessary. Clean has a subtle smell, or no smell.
Author: Taylor Nason