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 Is Your Deodorant Making You Sick?


Why you should be using natural deodorant

Lets face it. We all sweat!

Sweating helps regulate your body temperature and balance your salt levels, and helps to expel toxins  from your body.

The Technical Stuff

Your Eccrine glands are found on your forehead, underarms, soles and palms and control your body temperature. As your body temperature rises, your nervous system stimulates these glands to secrete fluid onto your skin, where sweat - made up mostly of water and salt - cools the body as it evaporates.

Apocrine glands are found mostly around the armpits, scalp and groin area. Their purpose is to excrete wastes (mostly fats and proteins) from the body. While sweat itself is practically odorless, bacteria on the skin can break down apocrine sweat, resulting in an unpleasant odor.

So what can you do to minimise body odour?

Watch what you eat

What you eat has an impact on the way you smell. Besides the obvious culprits - garlic, onion, spicy food - there are many foods that can affect  body odour. Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower that are high in sulphur. Red meat, alcohol, blue cheese, cabbage and vinegar - all can have an effect on your body odour. If you are serious about minimising body odour, stick to fish, chicken, vegetables and fresh fruits and avoid strong spices.

Drink lots of water

Not only is keeping hydrated important  for a healthy body, it also helps reduce body odour.

Shave/wax

Hair traps sweat and creates a breeding ground for bacteria. Remove hair from armpits and other body parts regularly.

Wear Natural Fabrics

Breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen are known for their ability to keep air circulating and make your body less likely to sweat. Never wear unwashed clothes.

Reduce Stress

Maintaining a healthy mind is just as important as maintaining a healthy body when it comes to sweating and body odour. Strong emotions like anxiety and stress can activate your sweat glands. There are many ways to reduce stress and anxiety - exercise, yoga, meditation, mindful breathing - find what works for you and your body will thank you for it.

Bathe every day

Yes, this one is obvious. Using an antibacterial soap will also help eliminate the bacteria on your skin that combines with sweat to cause odour. It's also important to use a clean washcloth every day and change your towels regularly. 

Deodorant vs Antiperspirant

Deodorant targets the odour causing bacteria that feeds on your sweat. By eliminating the bacteria, deodorants prevent unwanted odour.

Deodorant won't stop you from sweating. Only an anti-perspirant can stop sweating by blocking the sweat glands under your arms. Your body needs to sweat! Sweating helps your body to eliminate toxins and fight skin infections and blocking your sweat glands is not a very healthy choice.  

Unfortunately antiperspirants contain a host of chemical ingredients that are potentially harmful to your health.  Antiperspirants use aluminum compounds, which can be absorbed into the skin, to clog the skin's pores. These compounds have been under fire in recent years as being linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Are all deodorants safe?

No! Most conventional deodorants contain harmful ingredients that can be absorbed through your skin. As well as Triclosan -  which is classified as a pesticide by the FDA and is used in deodorants to kill bacteria that causes body odor - they may also contain Aluminium, Parabens, Propylene Glycol and Phthalates, which have been linked to hormone receptor disruption, liver and heart damage, organ toxicity and cancer.

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Why Switch to Natural Deodorants?

Instead of using Triclosan to kill the bacteria, natural deodorants use natural ingredients like plant extracts and essential oils to combat the bacteria that causes body odour, while supporting your body’s natural detoxification. Baking soda is another common ingredient natural deodorants use, along with natural preservatives like Vitamin E.

Which Natural Deodorant is right for you?

When making the decision to switch to natural deodorants it really boils down to personal preference and what works for you.

Some people swear by stick deodorants while others prefer the convenience of a spray. I have always used a rollon but I have been testing the Schmidt's Paste Deodorants for the past two weeks and I am really happy with them. I really love the Weleda Deodorant range. Beautifully scented they can also be used as a body spray.

Natural deodorants come in a variety of formulations so it's a good idea to check the ingredients before purchasing, especially if you have allergies or skin that is sensitive to some ingredients. Some people find they are sensitive to baking soda so need to avoid that.

Others react to essential oils which are often used as an antibacterial agent in natural deodorants. There are some essential oils that should be avoided during pregnancy so always check with your doctor before using.

Of course fragrance is a big factor and fortunately there are a host of choices as well as fragrance free options.

There are also Certified Organic and Vegan friendly options available.

You may have to try more than one natural deodorant  before you find the best natural deodorant for you. Have faith, there is one to suit everyone, and it's a much healthier choice than the alternatives.

For more information, browse our selection of toxin free and chemical free Natural Deodorants

 

Please Note: Persistently bad body odor  can be a sign of various medical conditions including liver and kidney disease.  If you are concerned please see your doctor.

As with any advice, please take your personal circumstances into account. The above article is meant as a guide only and should not be substituted for professional advice.

 

Sources: health.howstuffworks.com/.../5-tips-for-preventing-underarm-odor9.htm
www.bodyandsoul.com.au/.../foods+that+make+your+sweat+smell,2105
www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and.../antiperspirant-facts-safety