Throw away your deodorant and or antiperspirant. Yes, you. Yes, even if it’s a crystal that says, “Does not contain aluminum” and has a pink breast cancer ribbon. Yes, even if it is from that hippy guy in Maine. It does contain aluminum. I’ll get to that.
Did you know that not only is aluminum linked to Alzheimer’s but according to Dr. Mercola’s website, it’s also linked to breast cancer?
“A 2006 study found that aluminum salts can mimic the hormone estrogen, and chemicals that imitate that hormone are known to increase breast cancer risk. Animal studies have also found that aluminum can cause cancer.
Given that antiperspirants are used on your armpits, the aluminum salt concentration is highest near your breast tissue. Further, when women shave under their arms it can result in a higher aluminum-salt absorption rate due to the damaged skin.”
From my research, it seems that the deodorants are not as troublesome as the antiperspirants. But I’m not going to risk it. Antiperspirants have a double whammy of the aluminum penetrating your skin and blocking your sweat glands. You are supposed to sweat. Don’t block it.
I was so embarrassingly late to the party on this one item after I had spent two years getting rid of every toxic thing in my house. My friend, who knows how neurotic I am, casually asked me which deodorant I used and I proudly told her about the crystal. With wide eyes, she informed me that it contained alum, which is none other than potassium aluminum sulfate. Aluminum. Dang it.
I think because my deodorant/antiperspirant was something I switched to years ago, I just continued to believe the label. I wasn’t used to delving deep. Most of us heard long ago that there is a link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease so we changed to the crystal that made the claim, “No aluminum.” But alas, they have tricked us.
Many people have found that they can go without deodorants. I most likely can during the normal day, but I regularly attend hot yoga class. I don’t want to find out in the middle of a 100 degree class that I stink. I bet the people in the class surrounding me don’t want me to experiment either.
So this is what I have been doing; I sprinkle baking soda under my arm pits. Yep. Good old, baking soda. I have done this for four months to make sure it was not a fluke and that it worked EVERY DAY. I can say with all honesty that my baking soda pits have withstood 68 hot yoga classes without failing me.
This is my methodology. I pour a little baking soda on to my finger tips and apply while naked. That way if any falls, it won’t get on to my clothing. I also do this in my closet which has carpet instead of flooring. The extra soda can fall into the carpet and I can lazily ground it into the carpet, freshening it and saving me from wiping up the floor.
The only potential challenge has been traveling with my baking soda in a snack size baggie. I look like I just paid a visit to Tony Montoya. Oddly enough, the TSA has shown little interest in my baggie full of baking soda.
My friend from yoga, who originally questioned me about my deodorant/antiperspirant swears by this stuff; Living Libations, Poetic Pits. http://www.livinglibations.com/default/products/body-care/poetic-pits
It is very cool, and she smells great, even after yoga. I however, do not want to spend $30 on my armpits. I’ll stick to my $.58 baking soda.