Armpits are both the body’s entry and exit points. After years of using conventional deodorants or antiperspirants, a lot has been absorbed via the skin. Once you stop using the chemicals, there are toxins that have to leave the body first and allow you to make a fresh start.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It’s constantly absorbing nutrients from its surface. Unfortunately, your skin is also soaking up cream, makeup and other beauty products. This seems to be relatively harmless, until you find out what your everyday products are made of.
Here are just a few example of what lurks in store-bought deodorants and antiperspirants:
- Aluminum – causes breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease
- Propylene glycol – an antifreeze agent
- Parabens – disrupt hormones
- Formaldehyde – is well-known carcinogenic substance
- Phthalates – yet another hormone disruptor
- Antibacterial substances – negatively affects the immune system and endocrine system
Aluminum salts are a popular ingredient in drugstore deodorants and antiperspirants. Recent studies have evaluated them as potentially carcinogenic. The Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry confirms that malignant breast tissue contained high concentrations of aluminum. Alarmingly, it’s also been found in human breast milk.
Aluminum is a strong neurotoxin. In the words of Dr. Chris Shaw, Neuroscientist and Professor at the University of British Columbia, aluminum “causes all kinds of unusual biochemical reactions in the body, including the brain.” (3). It’s also been linked to the onset Alzheimer’s disease and autism.
If you are a long-time user of antiperspirant or deodorant, read below. Detoxifying your armpits can be as easy as changing a few lifestyle habits.
How To Detox Your Armpits
- Go To a Sauna
Sweat is your body’s way to get rid of toxins and cool down. Increasing the amount of time you sweat in a day will help you body detox. This is also an easy way to boost your immune system.
- Drink Mineral Water
Drinking water helps the body flush out toxins and stay hydrated.
It’s been proven that drinking high silica content mineral water helps remove aluminum via urine (4). This is can be purchased online or at your local health food store.
- Change Your Deodorant
Most deodorants and antiperspirants contain not only aluminum, but many other toxic chemicals. Make sure to read the label on your personal care products to avoid these. Beware; even “organic” or “natural” products can contain harmful components.
To be on the safe side, make your own by following with this DIY deodorant recipe.
You can also fight underarm odor thanks to these tips.
DIY Armpit Detox Recipe
To reverse the effects on long-term deodorant use, try this homemade armpit detox. It will also help control the bacteria that causes body odor.
- 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay
- 3 drops of rosemary essential oil (optional)
- 5 drops of cilantro essential oil (optional)
Mix apple cider vinegar and clay in a large bowl.
Add essential oils and mix until smooth. (you can skip this step if you don’t have any essential oils on hand)
To use, spread a thin layer on your armpits and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
Wash off using a damp cloth and repeat daily for a week.