Deoderant is usually one of the last things people replace when they’re trying to get healthy, because it’s pretty well known that the natural alternatives don’t work too well, and deodorant seems fairly harmless.
But deodorant, antiperspirant and your armpits are playing a much bigger role in you’re health than you ever knew.
One of the worst offending personal care products is antipersperant, because it blocks and interferes with the body’s detoxification process AND introduces nasty chemicals at the same time. It’s a double whammy.
They block the body’s natural process of sweating. Yes, it might be a little uncomfortable and embarrassing to sweat (when did the human body become so disgusting in our minds?), but the health ramifications of not sweating are serious.
Anything that interferes with the body’s attempt to eliminate toxins and poisons by the act of perspiration is harmful. Even if it’s natural or organic.
Antipersperants also kill off beneficial bacteria under the arm, which can actually eventually make body odor worse!
What happens if the toxins can’t be eliminated through perspiration? They will be reabsorbed back into the body in fat deposits. The closest neighbour to your arm pits with juicy fat deposits ready to hold the toxins is your breast area, for men as well.
Deodorants aren’t as problematic as antipersperants, because they only work on neutralising odour, rather than blocking sweat altogether. But some of the ingredients in deodorants are still a concern, like aluminium and other chemicals.
Aluminum is used in deodorants and antiperspirants because it blocks your sweat glands.
It’s also a potent neurotoxin, and linked to all kinds of health issues like osteoporosis and cancer. (1) When there’s aluminium in your deodorant, it accumulates near the breast tissue, interfering with estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells. (2)
There’s is a high incidence of breast cancer in the upper outer quadrant of the breast, near where you apply deodorant.
Why? Two reasons. The first is aluminium and other toxins in the deodorant are accumulating in this area (3). The second is your antiperspirant is blocking sweating, and so the toxins have nowhere to go.
Blocking the underarm passages will make the toxins that the body’s trying to eliminate move into the lymphatic system around the chest and shoulders and can increase the risk of breast cancer.
Your skin absorbs every single thing you put on it, and quickly too. Regular deodorants, sprays and perfumes are full of all kinds or wacky, hard-to-pronounce chemicals that are extremely bad for our health and adding to our toxic load
- Parabens – endocrine disrupter, mimic the hormone estrogen, linked to cancer
- Phthalates – interferes with hormones, toxic to reproductive glands, they bioaccumulate
- Fragrances – secret chemical cocktails, they are a trade secret and can have any of the 3,000 chemicals in them
- Some deodorant brands even contain mercury – one of the most toxic metals
What about those natural crystal deodorants that people buy as? They’re NOT aluminum-free. Crystal deodorant stones are made from alum = potassium aluminum sulfate – how much is actually absorbed by the body? We don’t know. But I think it’s safer to avoid them now then to be sorry later.
Why do you have stinky pits anyway?
This is the question you should be asking! Sweat isn’t supposed to smell bad.
Humans sweat for a reason. Sweating is one of the bodies toxin elimination pathways, and body odor is a sign that the body getting rid of some nasty toxins. (4)(5)
When you start detoxing, it’s common for the body to start sweating buckets, and for it to smell nasty. This is the body detoxing.
When the body is trying to detoxify, you shouldn’t interfere with the process by trying to stop or to block sweating. Let the body go through this process – don’t interfere with it.
“When the body attempts to detoxify, one must absolutely not interfere by stopping or blocking this perspiration! Blocking the underarm passages will return the toxic materials into the lymphatic system around the chest and shoulders, and increase the chance for breast cancer – even in men!” – Charlotte Gerson
Yes, it’s uncomfortable, inconvenient and embarrassing for a little while but you have to go through this process. We need to stop manipulating the body into what we want it to do and just let it be!
A few years ago, when I was at my worst health, I started sweating like crazy and it had a nasty odour. It was really horrible. I would shower a million times a day and change my clothes. I tried a bunch of different natural deodorants – none of them really worked well. And then I just said stuff it, I just have to let my body go through this and fingers crossed one day it’s not so bad. I stopped wearing deodorant – even the organic, health food store stuff. And I’m so glad I did that – eventually my body levelled out. Now, I sweat a normal amount and it has no smell.
I also wish I’d used a near infrared heat lamp sauna a lot sooner, because that would have helped the process along quicker.
Stinky pits means your body is working extra hard to get rid of those toxins – and this is THE worst time to get in the way of that process.
So when healing and detoxifying, it’s likely that you will experience smelly, extra sweating and/or night sweats. Take this as a good sign that the body is functioning properly, and that you are getting rid of those toxins.
If you want to help the body along with the detoxification process, coffee enemas and near infrared heat lamp saunas are my top recommendations.
WHAT TO USE INSTEAD
My top recommendation: nothing! Let the body detox naturally.
If you’re not ready to go deodorant commando, then you can try using some natural alternatives.
- Baking soda will deodorise the sweat without blocking it, so you can add just a little bit of powder under your arms.
- Coconut oil is antibacterial without killing good bacteria.
- Hydrogen peroxide will kill of any pathogens under the arm
(1) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
(2) Journal of Applied Toxicology February 17, 2006
(3) “Aluminium in human breast tissue”, Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 101(9):1344-6, October 2007
(4) Blood, urine, and sweat (BUS) study: monitoring and elimination of bioaccumulated toxic elements.
(5) Arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury in sweat: a systematic review.