We all have our morning routine...walking half asleep to the bathroom. Another day has begun.
Thank you Lord. We brush the teeth, wash the face, then roll on the underarm deodorant.
We do it all without ever thinking about "what" we are rolling onto our skin. Sure, I want to do all I can to protect myself from breast cancer. So SHOULD I be concerned about WHAT I am absorbing into my skin and tissues? YES.
Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores that release sweat under your arms -- with the active ingredient being aluminum. Not only does this block one of your body's routes for detoxification (releasing toxins via your underarm sweat), but it raises concerns about where these metals are going once you roll them (or spray them) on.
Research, including one study published this year in the Journal of Applied Toxicology, has shown that the aluminum is not only absorbed by your body, but is deposited in your breast tissue and even can be found in nipple aspirate fluid. WOW! This is a "red flag" for me.
Note that "aluminum is not normally found in the human body," so this study was a pretty clear sign that the metal was being absorbed from antiperspirant sprays and roll-ons. But aluminum is typically only found in antiperspirants. So if you are using a deodorant-only product, it's not likely to contain aluminum - but it might contain other chemicals that could be a concern.
So what do you do to protect yourself from these chemicals?
You make your own deodorant. It's easy. It's all natural. Takes less than 30 minutes.
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