Deodorants contain a myriad of unpronounceable ingredients, many of which pose serious health concerns. And putting chemicals on our skin may actually be worse than eating them, because they enter the bloodstream without any filtering. (Whereas when we eat, enzymes in the saliva and
Some of the chemicals found in deodorants and antiperspirants are known endocrine disruptors – such as a class of substances called parabens (listed under the names butyl paraben, ethyl paraben, isobutyl paraben, methyl paraben, and propyl paraben). These preservatives prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast, but research shows they negatively impact the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects.
Aluminum compounds (like aluminum chlorohydrate) are used in deodorants to block the sweat ducts. They have been found to mimic estrogen, which promotes growth of breast cancer cells.
Similarly, parabens come under the spotlight in relation to breast cancer too. A 2004 study found parabens in 18 out of 20 samples of tissue from human breast tumors (although researchers cannot say the parabens caused the tumors). Despite being registrated as a pesticide with the Environmental Protection Agency, an antibacterial agent called Triclosan is commonly found in deodorants (and several soaps and other personal care products). Triclosan is flagged as a risk to both human health and the environment, and animal studys have shown it alters hormone regulation and contributes to antibiotic resistant bacteria. Research has also linked to Triclosan with allergies, weight gain, inflammatory responses and thyroid dysfunction, and there are concerns it may interfere with fetal development in pregnant women.
Sweating is a natural and vital process that helps the body stay cool and eliminate toxins. It also supports proper immune function, prevents diseases related to toxic overload, kills certain viruses and bacteria and cleans the skin’s pores, reducing blackheads and acne.
Fear not, there are natural ways to stay fresh and odor-free, without compromising your health. Firstly, always maintain good hygiene by washing regularly and thoroughly drying your skin to avoid bacterial or fungal growth. Secondly, consider what you eat – food impacts more than the smell of your breath. Finally, make (or buy) an all-natural deodorant, free from carcinogens, skin irritants and other chemicals. Here is my favourite, it is a fully natural deodorant (I will make my own soon!) from Salt of the Earth.
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