Welcome once again to Nutritiongal’s bimonthly newsletter. I hope you brought clothespins for this one because I have some stinky business to discuss…
Like the next person I am a strong believer in smelling fresh but when I look at the chemicals and toxins we are applying directly to our underarms every day I can no longer remain silent. Did you know that our underarms are the main site for most of our lymph nodes? Our skin has the incredible ability to sweat and eliminate toxins – especially from our underarms. Like the next person I don’t think sweating is too sexy but we all do it.
Aluminum is the main ingredient in most antiperspirants that reduces the bacteria that causes odor in that wonderfully and sometimes hairy, pitted area (not referring to my pits of course he he!). It has been linked to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, as well as certain cancers. When I think about it, it seems almost counter intuitive to be plugging our own natural defense systems with metals that have been known to be toxic to the human body. The skin is the largest organ in the body. Why would we bombard it with metal?
Before you throw your deodorant out the window for good and become a smelly nuisance to society consider some tried and tested alternatives. You don’t have to lose friends to be healthy. When there’s a will, there’s a way! Sorry Pepe!
Crystal Deodorant, which is comprised of salt, is an excellent alternative to the aluminum laden stuff. I use it and no one has complained of a stench as of yet. I haven’t lost any friends lately so either they are just being nice or the stuff works! It’s been about two years since I stopped using the aluminum stuff and the skin under my arms is a lot less irritated and it does not stain clothing.
For some people, they find crystal deodorant can feel rough on their underarms. There are plenty of other options, however. Check out one woman’s quest for the perfect aluminum free deodorant below. She had a few bumps on the road but is now smooth sailing in a wonderful, aluminum and odor free life. You too can have this. If you don’t have time to read the entire article you can skip to the last page where she lists the pros and cons to different natural deodorants. She has tried them all – Brave soul!
Take the sniff test on the wonderful alternatives today and tell me what you think. Remember to check before leaving the house to prevent a botched job interview or a bad date.
By the way you fresh-smelling Smarties, The Nutritiongal is moving to Australia this coming week. Stay tuned for more nutrition/lifestyle newsletters from a perspective on the other side of the world!
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