In our last issue we learned that whatever you put on your body ends up in your body, and your armpits are no different.
For years there has been ongoing research and debate regarding the use of antiperspirants and their link to breast cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease. The main questionable ingredients found in deodorants are aluminum, parabens, phthalates, and propylene glycol.
Aluminum is used in antiperspirants to stop perspiration by temporarily plugging the sweat glands. Aluminum is estrogenic and can also be absorbed into the skin and potentially disrupt hormones leading to an increased risk of cancer. Aluminum is also a component that is found in high concretions in those suffering from Alzheimer’s. This has caused concern about long-term antiperspirant use and the potential increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
Parabens and phalates are both used in products as preservatives and to increase the consistency of the product. However, they are both known toxins that are again estrogenic and can mimic estrogen in the body as well as disrupt hormone receptors. Since estrogen is responsible for breast tissue growth, an increase of hormone-mimicking chemicals can increase growth in the potential for cancer. Secondly, there is a potential correlation between the direct application of the product within close proximity of the breast tissue and the many breast cancers being detected in the outer tissue of the breast. While some of this research is ongoing, these are still some facts to consider when selecting your deodorant.
When looking for a natural alternative to antiperspirants it is important to remember that the natural products work as a deodorant that helps kills the odour causing bacteria and not an antiperspirant that blocks sweat glands. Look for products that contain a few of these ingredients: coconut oil, tea tree oil, baking soda, cocoa butter, and a blend of essential oils. Finding a natural product that works best with your body may take some trial and error, but the process is worth it to avoid the potential risk of conventional products.