Perhaps you’ve heard about aluminum being linked to memory loss and Alzheimers.
*Homemade DIY is at the end of this post.
Ever since we learned this, my husband and I both stopped using antiperspirants and only use deodorants. (Of course, even deodorants have chemicals in order to preserve their shelf life.)
Some antiperspirants have a very high content of aluminum. I noticed antiperspirant brands that brag about their product’s efficacy (you know, the ones that stop you from sweating)? Well, if you check out the ingredients, you’ll notice a very high concentration of aluminum.
A product that stops you from sweating raises a red flag for me. Isn’t sweating a natural and an important part of the body’s way of cleansing itself? Therefore, should we really stop ourselves from sweating??
Our glands filter toxins and release them thru our sweat. If a person does not sweat, they’re in fact storing these toxins within their bodies which will wreak havoc over time.
I have learned through a bit of research that there are simple solutions to helping your body cleanse itself without having to deal with BO (body odor):
- Drinking lots of water during the day is a great way to support the cleansing process;
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- Exercising to work up a sweat is another very effective way to naturally rid your body of toxins;
- Spend some time in a sauna (once a week if you can). Although a sauna bath is not necessary if you’re doing the two previous steps, it’s a lovely treat and an awesome way to relax.
*Factoid: Eliminate body odor by watching what you eat.
What we consume that affect our body odor in a negative way:
- Beef and Pork;
- Processed Foods (luncheon meats are nasty that way);
- Sweets and sugary treats;
- Coffee and Tea (are stimulants that enhances the function of the sweat glands and therefore can produce BO);
- Some Types of Medication.
Foods that help eliminate body odor:
- Greens (Kale, Swiss Chard, Parsley, Spinach);
- Fermented Foods (Yogurt, Sauerkraut, Miso, Kefir, Sourdough, Kombucha);
- Acidophilus (take supplements or eat yogurt).
*Chlorophyll is a lovely green drink that can easily help you achieve the “eat more greens” goal. I personally love the taste of Chlorophyll! Some add it to their smoothies. You are so refreshed after having a glass of this green juice! Your insides will thank you!
Recipe I use for a DIY, Aluminum-Free Deodorant Recipe:
I have tried different aluminum-free deodorants and honestly, they don’t really work for me. So, I found this recipe online years ago and it still works great for me! It’s easy to make from ingredients you most likely have in your pantry.
- 1/3 cup of baking soda (note that not everyone can use baking soda on their underarms).
- 1/2 cup of cornstarch
- 5 TBSPS. Coconut Oil
- 16 drops of Tea Tree oil
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl (combine well with a whisk).
In a saucepan, melt coconut oil (it doesn’t need to be high temperature, low works well).
Once coconut oil is melted, add Tea Tree oil and combine really well.
Add your dry ingredients and stir until everything is uniform.
Poor into a small container with a tight cover and store in the bathroom with your toiletries.
To apply, scoop up some of the deodorant with your finger, soften it between your fingers and apply to your underarms (it will easily soften-up from the heat of your fingers).
*I have in the pass, poured the mixture into an empty deodorant container and it worked pretty good.
**Beware: If you’re like me and you carry your deodorant around with you during the hot summer months, make sure to store it in a lunch box out of the sun, not in your purse or in the glove compartment of your car (the heat will melt it). Just a heads up!! 🙂