Saturday, May 19, 2012

Your Deodorant Stinks

Your body is a beautiful and intelligent self regulating system. When you are feeling hot your armpits sweat to cool down your body while simultaneously releasing toxins.  Unfortunately bacteria thrive in this moist type of environment, feeding on dead skin and hair cells producing an unpleasant odor.
Most people use deodorants or antiperspirants to help combat these odor causing bacteria. Deodorants work by neutralizing odor causing bacteria with antiseptic agents, while antiperspirants clog up the pores of sweat glands with a substance (usually aluminum) preventing sweat and toxins from being excreted out of the body. This allows toxins to remain in the body and aluminum particles to enter the skin where they can travel into the blood stream.
Most people don’t know how harmful most Deodorants and antiperspirants are to their health.  Aluminum is the active ingredient in the majority of antiperspirants and has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer. I strongly advise against using Aluminum containing antiperspirants. Aluminum however is not the only toxic ingredient contained in underarm cosmetics.

Here is a list of some of the ingredients you should avoid:
Parabens- is a preservative that is widely used do to its low cost and its ability to discourage bacteria and fungus from growing. The most commonly used Parabens are methylparaben, ethylparaben propylparaben and butylparaben. A recent study published in the January 2012 issue of the Journal of Applied Technology discovered parabens in 99% of cancerous breast tumors. Another study published in 2004 also found Parabens in breast tumors.
Propylene glycol- is a petroleum based solvent used to carry fragrances or oils. The Material safety Data Sheet warns people to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as it is a strong skin irritant and can also cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

Tetrasodium EDTA- a preservative made from formaldehyde (carcinogen) and sodium cyanide (poison)
Triclosan- is an antibiotic and antifungal agent that is used to kill bacteria and fungus. Although it may help kill odor causing bacteria, Triclosan may be creating antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Potassium Alum- is actually called potassium aluminum sulfate which contains ALUMINUM !! When they mean they dont contain aluminum they are probably refering to not containing aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum chloride, aluminum hydroxybromide or
aluminum zirconium. This is definently misleading.
Read the Labels carefully !! Dont just read the front or top of the back of the deodorant, scan the whole product completely and carefully. Some "Natural" crystal deodorants and other "Natural" deodorants are not safe for you. Remember Cyanide, horse poop, and aluminum are "natural" it doesnt mean that they are good for you.

                                           How to make your own Natural deodorant


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