I recently wrote an article about how to make an all natural deodorant, which is an important step to start ridding yourself of aluminum toxins in your body. But before applying your new homemade deodorant, you’re going to need to detox those underarms first.
Why You Need To Detox Your Armpits
Detoxing, in general, is a necessary step to rid yourself of harmful toxins, heavy metals, chemicals, and keep your body healthy. You can detox your body with organic foods, such as green smoothies with chlorella and spurlina powder added in, but I’ll cover that in a separate article.
When you’ve been using conventional deodorant for years, you’ve unknowingly been subjecting your body to all kinds of really toxic chemicals that build up in your system. This is especially dangerous given the location of where you apply these chemicals, because underneath the skin in your underarm area lies some very important lymph nodes.
Think of lymph nodes as tiny filters that trap all the “gunk” in your body so it doesn’t infect the rest of your immune system. If you’ve ever been sick and had a tender spot on your neck or underarm, those are your lymph nodes reacting to the infection. Because your skin is the largest organ in your body, everything it touches can be easily absorbed into our bloodstream.
When we put conventional deodorant on, we are literally rubbing chemicals onto the largest organ in our body, right on top of some major lymph nodes, which are responsible for our immune function. Some of the main chemical ingredients in conventional deodorant are:
- Aluminum – Studies have shown some evidence of aluminum being linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Propylene Glycol – Also known as: antifreeze. This is an ingredient that has been used as a food additive, and in personal care products, but it has been classified as having a moderate risk of allergic reaction and immunotoxicity.
- Formaldehyde – Classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as being a known human carcinogen. Lovely.
- Phthalates – Can cause significant hormone imbalance and infertility, especially in men.
- Parabens – Another hormone disruptor, parabens can be found in tons of beauty and personal products, and have also been found in biopsied tissue with breast cancer.
With ever increasing rates of breast cancer, it’s better to stay on the safe side and not use anymore conventional chemical laden deodorants until further research can be done. Detoxing is a necessary step in ridding your armpits of as many built up chemicals as possible, so you can have a fresh start before transitioning to all natural.
What Benefits Will I See After The Detox?
Many people who have tried this detox have reported some of the following results:
- Less odor overall, even without wearing any deodorant.
- No rash appeared under the arms when switching from conventional to natural deodorant, after using the detox.
- Most everyone had noticeably less sweat.
Your results may be different, but it does have promising results!
How To Detox Your Armpits
Now on to the fun stuff! This is literally one of the easiest detoxes to do, and you may already have some of the ingredients at home. Here is what you need:
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a glass bowl (don’t use metal!) with a wooden or non-metal utensil. You want the consistency to be thick, like sour cream or yogurt.
- Spread an even layer over each armpit and let sit for about 15-20 mins. If you have any reaction to the clay mask, wash it off immediately.
- You may notice a bit of redness around the area as it’s increasing blood-flow to the area. This is harmless and will go away quickly.
- Take a nice warm shower to wash it off, or use a warm cloth.
- Repeat daily, or as needed, until your underarm odor goes away and the all natural deodorant no longer irritates your skin.
This should quickly progress your transition from conventional deodorant to all natural in no time. Just make sure you make your own deodorant because most “all natural” deodorants found in the stores will still contain harmful chemicals.
Have you tried your own armpit detox? If so, how did it go? Share your story!