About a year ago, I made the switch from aluminum deodorant to non-aluminum deodorant. Now I am not about to get into research that has and has not been done linking antiperspirants and deodorants to cancers and cysts. But I will state this, putting a substance containing aluminum under your arms day after day for years and years with it going into your pores sounds a little harsh on the body when you think about it. Right?
I have to be honest folks. The first time I tried to switch from an aluminum antiperspirant to a non-aluminum deodorant, I went cold turkey and it did not go so well. I threw out my Secret and bought one of those crystal rocks. Things were all great for about two weeks. Then it seemed like no matter how many times I wiped my armpits throughout the day, they smelled like potent curry powder! And you do know how curry powder smells right? Straight up musty!
At the time I worked in an office setting and I had a big afro. The last thing I wanted people to think was that I was trying to become so one with nature that I had stopped bathing. So I went back to my deodorant containing aluminum 🙁
About a year and some change later, I met a lady and in conversation she mentioned she did not wear deodorant. Why she brought that up? I have no idea. But after she mentioned it, I realized she wasn’t funky. So I told her about the not so good experience I had with the crystal deodorant rock. She shared with me some information and tips that explained why things didn’t work out for me and my pits the first time around:
Give Your Pits Time To Detox: If you are like me, you probably started wearing deodorant in your adolescent days. During puberty the sweat glands become active and this is when most children develop body odors. If you have ever worked with a group of 6-8 graders you would know this. The scent of a class of middle schoolers around 2:00PM can be used as a weapon of mass destruction. So if you are 26 years old, you have basically put deodorant (that contains aluminum) under your arms for at least 15 years. Yikes! So your body needs time to sweat that out. This is the super raw smell you get after a few weeks of not wearing deodorant or antiperspirant that has aluminum in it. But there is a way to cut the odor folks.
Cut Back On The Red Meat: An article in the Natural News reports that consuming red meat is the primary cause of body odor, because it “putrefies” in your digestive tract and releases toxins in your bloodstream. Foods that lack fiber, contain hydrogenated oils and other processed ingredients may also contribute to body odor. Cutting back on the beef and pork during this period of time is very important.
Crank Up The Chlorophyll: This one surprised me. Does anybody remember the word chlorophyll from science class? It was that word you learned around the time you learned about photosynthesis. Okay…I just revealed I’m a geek. When ingested, chlorophyll (also known as a photonutrient) acts as an odor neutralizer alkalinizing food. It can also help offset the acidifying effect of the typical high-fat, meaty diet that most of us in the United States have become accustomed to. Some foods that contain a whole heap of chlorophyll are parsley, lime, wheat grass, spinach, collard greens, and kale. To make sure you get an ample amount of chlorophyll in your system, you can buy a bottle of chlorophyll tablets. I did!
To my surprise, I followed the three tips and was weaned off of aluminum deodorant in about four months. I think in the past year I may have worn a deodorant or antiperspirant with aluminum in it maybe twice. I don’t eat beef or pork but there are times when I go in overtime on the meat. I do notice a difference in the smell of my sweat during those times. I’ll take a chlorophyll tablet for a few days and I notice the smell of my sweat becomes less noticeable.
As you travel the road of healthy living, I want you to think not only about what you put in your body, but also what you put on your body. Topical creams, lotions, deodorants, and antiperspirants can very well affect your health just as much as what you eat. I don’t blog in hopes to change the way you think. I just want to give you something to think about. So give me your feedback folks! I want to hear from you. And be honest, did you take a whif of your armpits when you read this? Hahaha!
Love, Peace, and Sweat,
Monisha is the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha, her book, and her mission, please visit www.runnersrevelations.com.