Nov. 07, 2017; by Briana McDonald, Staff Writer- Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (UtopiaSilver.com) For most of my adult life I have used over the counter deodorants and antiperspirants without giving much thought to what I was spreading on my armpits whatsoever. Until I grew a conscious and started realizing there are chemicals and compounds in these deodorants that could be doing my body more harm than good. I mean, if we have sweat glands, then maybe we’re supposed to sweat? Yes it’s inconvenient and unappealing but the health of my body is more important than appeal at this point in my life. After a little trial and error I realized there is a way to rock those natural hippie deodorants and not smell like an onion two hours later. The secret is….detoxing your armpits! It sounds silly but it is easy to do and the more often you do it, the less you will smell! The truth is toxins will build up in those glands over time and the stink you’re smelling is toxic goop seeping out whenever it has a chance. So let me show you how to detox your armpits and never stink again!
Toxins In Your Deodorant
My biggest concern with most mass market deodorants is the chemicals and compounds used in them. Antiperspirants are made to reduce the production of sweat and the active ingredient that makes this possible is aluminum slats which dissolve into the surface of the skin creating a barrier. This blocks your sweat glands temporarily and reduces the amount of sweat released. However, our bodies are designed to sweat for a reason so blocking the sweat is not the right answer.
- Aluminum – there is an overwhelming infestation of aluminum in our culture. It is used in the production of everyday things; cookware, soda cans, aluminum foil, antacids, aspirin, vaccines, flour and of course…deodorant. Unlike vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, the body does not need aluminum and aluminum is not innocent or benign it in fact accumulates in the kidneys, brain, lungs, liver and thyroid where it competes with calcium for absorption and can affect skeletal mineralization. In infants, it can slow growth and animal models have linked aluminum exposure to mental impairments. (1)
- Parabens – also known as man-made preservative, these chemicals are a known endocrine disruptor that interferes with our hormone production. It is unfortunately in many products like cosmetics, lotions and moisturizers, shampoo, shaving creams, deodorants, and tanning products. These endocrine disruptors are stored in the body tissue that interfere with glandular activity and hormone production.
These chemicals are associated with the following in infants and children:
- developmental disorders
- dysfunction of the immune system
- learning problems
- reproductive disorders
- premature aging
Findings in 2004 from a study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology were released showing that parbens may play a role in the development of certain types of breast cancer since parabens act like estrogen which may increase the risk of estrogen-positive breast cancer. Researchers in this study conducted tests on 20 different samples of human breast tumors which revealed parabens to be present in each sample. The fact that parabens mimic natural estrogen is of special concern because estrogen can trigger and drive the growth of these tumors. (2)
- Phthalates – another endocrine disruptor used in just about everything in our day to day lives. Researchers have linked phthalates to asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity, type II diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues. (3)
- Propylene Glycol – no one likes to hear that an ingredient in antifreeze is also found in most processed foods, deodorant and many common household products like cosmetics, medications, and even electronic cigarettes (which have become quite trendy)
The dangers of propylene glycol include:
- can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions
- potentially toxis to the kidneys and liver
- not safe for infants or pregnant women
- can create varying degrees of neurological issues
- creates cardiovascular problems and contributes to heart disease
- creates respiratory issues
- potentially bio accumulative in certain cases
- may act as a pathway for more harmful chemicals (4)
So in a nutshell, the stink your smelling if you don’t wear deodorant or try some of the more natural deodorants is basically a concoction of toxic chemicals that have accumulated in your armpit. Gross!
How to Detox Your Armpits and Never Stink Again
Without further or do, let’s get to the good stuff. Here’s your action plan for getting rid of those toxic chemicals/ endocrine disruptors and have beautiful smell free pits!
- 1 tbsp of Bentonite Clay
- 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
- Aloe Vera (optional)
- In a small glass bowl mix the bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar. Make sure to use a wooden spoon as a metal spoon may affect the properties of the bentonite clay.
- Mix it well until it forms a paste.
- Once it’s ready spread it on your armpits and leave it on for 5-15 minutes. If this is your first detox, start with just 5 minutes.
- You should not feel any burning or pain, if you do remove it immediately.
- Once your time is up wash off with a cloth or in the shower.
- Once the mixture is removed you can rub some aloe vera gel to help your skin heal. This helps with the detox process and is great for the skin as well.
You should repeat this detox until your armpits no longer get stinky!! It is safe to do this daily but you can also do it 2-3 times per week and you will notice an improvement even after the first application. (5) Everyone is different so you many not need to do this as often as someone else.
It feels great to get rid of those nasty toxins that have been accumulating for years! Now that you know how to detox your armpits and never stink again what are you waiting for?! And as with all detoxes be sure to drink PLENTY of water.
My favorite deodorant to wear is the line of Utopia Naturals All Natural Deodorant with the activated Charcoal. This amazing line of deodorants are made with 100% natural oils, essential oils, Aloe Vera Concentrate, with either Activated Charcoal or Vitamin C.
- Kumar V, Gill KD. Aluminium neurotoxicity: neurobehavioural and oxidative aspects. Arch Toxicol. 2009 Nov;83(11):965-78. doi: 10.1007/s00204-009-0455-6. Epub 2009 Jul 1. Review.
Briana McDonald, Staff Writer- Silver Bulletin e-News magazine