In the past year, I’ve slowly been transitioning my products to the alllll natural side. I’ve switched to flouride-free toothpaste, (some) vegan & cruelty-free makeup, sulfate & paraben-free shampoo and conditioner, and aluminum-free deodorant. When you really think about it, the amount of toxins we come in contact with everyday is astounding. From the food we eat, to the air we breathe, to our drinking water – it is constant. Our organs do an amazing job at filtering a majority of this out, but there’s no reason to add more stress to the body when you don’t need to. Stress causes inflammation, and inflammation causes disease.
Lowering your levels of chemical absorption will make a big impact on your health and contribute to a more eco-friendly environment. Products made with fillers, preservatives, fragrances, heavy metals, pesticides and dyes (to name a few) get absorbed instantly into the bloodstream when applied to the skin or digested. Using products with these ingredients can pose a major threat to your health as they accumulate long term. They can wreck havoc on the nervous system, cause hormone balance and alter DNA sequences, contributing to the big C word.
SO here’s my reason for going green, specifically regarding deodorant. A year ago I started noticing hard, painful lumps that would show up on my underarms. I stopped using my Secret deodorant and they would go away after a few days. As soon as I started using it again, they would come back. Deodorants made with aluminum are called “antiperspirants” because their job is to prevent you from sweating and they do this by blocking the sweat ducts. I realized my deodorant was getting absorbed through my pores and causing the blockage in my lymph nodes. The bundle of lymph nodes under the armpit are directly connected to the those in breast tissue, which is why scientists speculate that deodorants with aluminum play a role in contributing to breast cancer. Aluminum compounds mimic estrogen, increasing the risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer. Buildup has also been linked to Alzheimer’s. I decided to finally make the switch.
It took trying a few different ones to find a scent I liked. I’m really happy with the Men’s Mountain Fresh deodorant from Tom’s! Here’s the thing about switching to all natural deodorant in the beginning… you smell. Really bad. Your body has to detox and sweat out everything that’s been trapped in that area for so long. Once that happens, it gets much better. The advantage is that your body is taking in less chemicals and that’s healthy. The disadvantage is if you sweat a lot, you’ll have to re-apply throughout the day. I’ve also found that depending on diet and fluid intake, my body’s natural scent can fluctuate. The cleaner diet you have, the better your sweat will smell. (sexy, right?)
If you’re interested in making the switch too, I suggest looking at Skin Deep Cosmetics Database where you can search thousands of products OR specific ingredients and get the complete chemical breakdown of each item.