Science Saturday – Everyday toxins

What You Put On Your Skin Matters

The skin is the largest organ of our body.  It has 5 main functions; helps maintain body temperature, it provides a protective barrier, gives us ability to feel sensations,  helps us to eliminate toxins but also absorbs from the external environment and is how we absorb and vitamin D. Due to the skin’s ability to absorb toxins in our external environment and it being the largest organ it is critical to ensure what we are putting on our skin is not toxic.

Most skin care products on the market are quite toxic. Full of ingredients that are harmful to our bodies. Consider the majority of personal care products out there are equivalent to processed foods. They have no benefit to our skin and actually clog up our liver and lymph, creating just another body burden in which we must deal with. Many also have been suspected in leading to cancers and many are serious endocrine disruptors leading to further issues with hormone imbalances and liver toxicity -creating a vicious cycle.

Deodorant Is Toxic!

Most deodorants contain ingredients that are TOXIC to our bodies. Two of the worst ingredients commonly found in deodorants & anti-perspirants are; aluminum and parabens.

Aluminum actually clogs up our sweat glands. (Some even suggest it can contribute to breast cancer or at least earlier development of it). The problem = sweat is a way our bodies detoxify and we don’t want to stop that natural process. Excessive use of something with aluminum in it can also build up in our bodies. Add that to the fact we can’t now sweat it out and that’s a big problem. Maybe that’s what Cameron meant by ‘it keeps the stink in‘.

Parabens are a toxic preservative, as well as endocrine disruptors. Let’s get real here: none of us can afford to have our endocrine system disrupted these days, not even a little bit. And this is only the tip of the iceberg, usually there are many more than just these two ingredients in commercial deodorant.

Phthalates are added to many deodorants and antiperspirants to help the product stick to your skin. Like parabens and aluminum compounds, phthalates can mess with your hormones. It differs, however, in that it disrupts the way your body produces and uses testosterone. Granted, women do produce some testosterone naturally, much like men produce a certain amount of estrogen, but too much testosterone can lead to variety of reproductive and other health issues, it could impair reproductive ability in men or impact fetal development in pregnant women. In addition, there is evidence that phthalates can be a contributing factor in lower IQs, as well as producing higher rates of asthma.

So what now?

Healthy Deodorant Alternatives

First of all, if you have serious B.O. going on it’s possible you’ve got some detoxifying work that needs to be done. Sweat should not smell really bad. We should have a natural ‘musky’ scent that is not overpowering or gross. That said, most of us have toxicity in our bodies and sweat is one way it gets out – so we all may stink from time to time. If it’s ALL the time – consider cleaning up your diet or your home environment.

In the meantime, here are some recipes you can make at home, as well as some non-toxic deodorants you can purchase online. You don’t have to ditch deodorant completely like Cameron and I did -just look for healthier alternatives.

There are healthier alternatives out there if you must use deodorant and you can even make some from household ingredients. If this has sparked your interest then get after it!



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