Recently, some researchers in the UK created a huge scare by claiming that antiperspirants used by women caused breast cancer. They claimed that the aluminum used in the antiperspirant mimics estrogens and thus increases the risk of breast cancer.
Does Using Antiperspirants Retain Harmful Toxins within the Body?
Most experts assure us that there is no reason to be worried as the body does not sweat out toxins and that antiperspirants do not alter the body’s ability to sweat. The liver and kidneys remove more than 95% of the toxins.
There are about 2 – 5 million sweat glands around the body. Antiperspirants affect the sweat glands only in the armpits. Antiperspirants work by dissolving the sweat and produce a thin coating on the skin that temporarily reduces sweating in the armpit. Sweating is the body’s way to regulate body temperature and sweat essentially consists of water, some sodium and little fat and these are not toxic.
There is no evidence that ingredients like aluminum or zirconium salts damage the cell DNA and damage the breast tissue. Human beings are exposed to aluminum everyday and antiperspirants only contribute about 2.5% of the total exposure. Much of the exposure comes from our food and airborne particles. Studies do not support fears that antiperspirants affect hormone levels. Even the use of parabens in cosmetics has been cleared by health and cosmetic regulating authorities.
You Can Smell Good Naturally
Excessive armpit sweating is known as Axillary Hyperhidrosis. All people experience armpit sweat and odor after puberty, but these are normal body functions – and it is but a variation of the normal sweating process. It is a distressing problem for those that suffer from it. If you are worried about aluminum and parabens toxicity, it is better to go natural. And going natural will also stop excessive sweating.
How to Make Your own Deodorant Cream
Melt three tablespoons each of baking soda, petroleum jelly and orris root powder (you may also use cornstarch). Add a few drops of scented oil to this mixture. Voila! Your natural deodorant cream is ready.
How to Make Your own Deodorant Spray
Take one and a half cups of water (200 ml) and to it add one tablespoon of powdered alum, one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and finally add this to 15 ml of scented oil. Put this mixture in a spray bottle and use it.
How to Make Your own Natural Perfume
Take three cups of vodka and add half a cup of your chosen essential or perfumed oil and then add half a cup of finely powdered orris root. Mix well and pour it into small ornate bottles and store them in a cool dark place.
Other Methods to Beat Body Odor
- Add some baking soda to you bath water
- Borax in your shoes fights foot odors
- Eating plenty of green vegetables can help your body stay clean and minimize odor. Green vegetables, such as spinach and lettuce, contain chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is helpful in reducing the body odor from the perspiration
- If you make a strong infusion of tea with lovage or sage, you can apply this under your armpits or add it to your bath and keep body odor away
- Apple cider vinegar can be a good natural deodorant. Just add the apple cider vinegar to some water and place it on your armpit. The vinegar smell will disappear in a few minutes
- Use deodorant crystals. These crystals are a natural rock that absorbs odor without clogging skin pores or staining clothes
Experts say that most people in the US suffer from primary axillary hyperhydrosis. People will spend anything to smell good, so obviously the deodorant industry is huge. It is better to rely on inexpensive and holistic ways when choosing cosmetics and deodorants.
Dr. Rajesh Vishwanathan, MBBS, became disillusioned with the impersonal and aggressive allopathic system and trained and qualified in Yoga, meditation, Naturopathy and Homeopathy. He dreams of Integrating Allopathic medicine with the Alternative systems of healing.