Why You Need an Armpit Detox and How to Do it – Healthy Positive Mind –
Sweating is a natural process of cooling and detoxifying your body. And it’s an important feature of the body’s most unique organ: your skin.
We understand the reasons people hang on to conventional deodorants and antiperspirants: we don’t want to look sweaty, smell stinky, or feel uncomfortably damp in our armpits.
Unfortunately, your deodorant, and particularly your antiperspirant, could be interfering with your body’s natural attempts to remove toxins and could potentially be causing long term health effects like breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease.
Did you know that using certain deodorants or an antiperspirant daily can change the bacterial microbiome in your armpits?
Consistent use can actually make your sweat smellier (due to overproduction of a bad bacteria) if you briefly discontinue use. Just because your sweat may smell strong if you forget to put on your antiperspirant for one day does not mean that you shouldn’t try to ditch your antiperspirant. In fact, that’s a good reason to try to detox your armpits and transition to a nontoxic option!
Once you correct the bacterial imbalances in your armpits, your sweat should not actually smell particularly unpleasant. You can try our suggestions below to detox your armpits and rebalance the bacteria.
SOME OF THE TOXINS FOUND IN ALMOST EVERY DEODORANT INCLUDE:
1. Aluminum –Aluminum compounds are added to deodorants in order to prevent sweating. Many studies have linked aluminum to Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer in women, and prostate cancer in men. Aluminum also disrupts the endocrine system. This is a very bad news if we take into account the fact that we have major lymph nodes right next to the armpit area.
2. Propylene glycol – (also known as antifreeze) –This ingredient can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver, and heart. It is known to cause skin irritations in very small amounts (2 percent or less), but still, some deodorants contain 50 percent propylene glycol content.
3. Formaldehyde – This carcinogen is the same chemical that is used to preserve deceased bodies.
4. Phthalates – This chemical is known endocrine disruptor that has also been linked to infertility in men. Besides deodorants, phthalates can also be found in plastic.
5. Parabens – Parabens are preservatives and antiperspirants that disrupt hormonal balances and cause early puberty in children. In a study conducted in 2004, parabens were found in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from human breast tumors, which is a serious sign of the cancer-causing properties of these chemicals.
6. Triclosan – This chemical is used as an antibacterial agent and preservative in deodorants, and reacts with tap water to create a chloroform gas, which is a potential carcinogen. Triclosan is also a known endocrine disruptor.
Why Do We Need an Armpit Detox?
An Armpit detox will help us get rid of the toxic chemicals on our sweat glands, skin, and underlying tissue. It will also prevent the appearance of a rash which usually develops when we switch to a natural deodorant. Some people even claim that they sweat less after performing this detox.
This simple armpit detox can be done in less than 30 minutes. The ingredients you will need are water, apple cider vinegar, and bentonite clay. We have chosen ACV due to its well-known detoxifying abilities that can help cleanse the skin easily. Bentonite clay is our second pick because it makes a great combination with water in destroying bacteria deep within our pores.
THE RECOMMENDED AMOUNTS:
- 2 teaspoons of water (until right consistency to apply)
- 1 tablespoon of Bentonite clay
- 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
Add all of the ingredients into a glass bowl and mix them well.
Spread out the mixture over your armpits evenly by using a cloth and let it sit for 20 minutes.
Do not be afraid if you notice some redness on the area because it just means that the blood is flowing to the area and is doing its job.
After the time is up, wash your armpits with warm water
Repeat the procedure for a few days or until you notice that your natural deodorant works well and does not cause skin irritations.