How many of you are using commercial antiperspirants?
Not much research has been published on what happens to our health as a consequence of using them. But they all contain aluminum, which I believe is one of the most toxic ingredients in personal-care products. (It is followed closely by sodium laureth sulfate and propylene glycol). I hope you will memorize those three names and avoid products that use them. And if you want to add a few more ingredients to avoid, add these to your list: talc (containing aluminum as well), dimethicone, clyclomethicone, and polyethylene.
We do know that aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s as well as problems absorbing minerals. It may be linked to kidney problems and breast cancer as well. The FDA assures us that we can continue using antiperspirants without concern, but then again, the FDA is not truly protecting us from much. That organization’s modus operandi with chemicals seems to be “innocent until proven guilty.”
You may think, well, I’m putting these products in my hair, or on my skin, which isn’t that bad. But your skin is highly absorptive, and those chemicals do go into your bloodstream, where they then become systemic.
Many companies offer natural deodorants and antiperspirants. You can find a variety of options at any health food store. I haven’t personally found the “deodorants” to be effective (and I care about this a LOT since I like to break a sweat six days a week, for an hour). The only thing I’ve tried that I really love is also the simplest: a crystal stick. You just wet it and rub it under your arms.
I hope you’ll decide now to quit using commercial antiperspirants. I watched my former husband’s grandfather die of Alzheimer’s, and it isn’t a pretty way to go. It’s also emotionally devastating to everyone who loves that person. Anything we can do to reduce our risk of that ugly fate is a good thing.
(The other significant finding is that we reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s if we READ a lot into our old age. You’re already on the right path there, all of you, for the obvious reason! So just work on getting the aluminum off your skin.)
You ready to commit to that? A crystal stick is about $4 at your health food store and lasts a really long time.