Aluminum in Antiperspirant: Should You Be Concerned?
Have you ever thought about the effects of aluminum in antiperspirant? Before we tackle this important question, let me tell you a story.
When I was a bit younger, I had a sweating problem. This is embarrassing to admit! It seemed like no matter what I did, I couldn’t stop my underarms from sweating profusely. It didn’t help that I lived in South Florida, a hot sticky climate. It doesn’t take much to sweat here!
I searched high and low for a strong antiperspirant so I could stop embarrassing sweat stains on my shirts. I eventually had to turn to a dermatologist for a clinical strength product. The clinical strength antiperspirant contained high levels of aluminum. This was before I was organic and I had no idea as to the health risks I was exposing myself to. At that time, I thought I had found a gold mine! Looking back, I realize it was the totally wrong thing to do. But why do we need to be concerned about aluminum in antiperspirant?
Aluminum is Natural
Aluminum is a naturally occurring metal in the earth. It’s actually one of the most abundant and one of the most toxic. The forms that are usually found in antiperspirants are aluminum chloride, aluminium chlorohydrate, and aluminium-zirconium. Why is it the major ingredient in antiperspirants? It prevents you from sweating and clogs pores that release sweat.
By the way, sweat doesn’t smell. It’s actually the bacteria under your arms which causes the sweat to smell. Sweating is actually good for you because it helps the body release toxins, so aluminum is doing your body a disservice by helping it collect toxins. In effect, it blocks your body’s natural detoxification mechanism.
So picture it, you apply antiperspirant day after day, where do the metals go? Guess where? In numerous research studies of women with breast cancer, it’s been found in the body, especially in breast tissue. In another study, more deposits of aluminum was found in breast tissue closest to the underarm. So does this lead us to believe aluminum contributes to breast cancer? I think the evidence points to yes. Also, most deodorants don’t contain aluminum, unless it’s an anti-perspirant/deodorant. But most deodorants have other problem-causing ingredients too (but that’s another story.)
Aluminum in Antiperspirant: More Bad News
Here’s further proof that aluminum is the bad guy. When collected in the body, aluminum mimics estrogen. Excess estrogen increases breast cancer risk by stimulating the growth of breast cancer cells. This is similar to other chemicals, such as parabens, which mimic hormones and increase cancer risks as well. Most women are exposed to excessive amounts of fake estrogen through the foods they eat (soy), perfumes (phthalates), cosmetics, and plastics. Making it worse is the antiperspirants being used on a daily basis. All this extra estrogen has to go somewhere and the most likely result is breast cancer. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her life…this statistic is scary! If you knew you could reduce your risk of developing this disease by cutting out the antiperspirant, would you?
Why Crystal Salt Deodorants are NOT a Good Choice
So if you’ve decided to be proactive and make the switch, you may decide to use an aluminum salt deodorant, such as the deodorant crystal. I did the same thing. I switched to one these and began to realize, even though it may be a natural aluminum salt, it’s still aluminum! This time the aluminum is potassium alum, which although safer than commercial antiperspirants, is still not completely aluminum free. What the heck are you supposed to use? First off, if you sweat a lot and it has a smell, you may want to consider a detoxification program. It may be your body’s way of telling you: it’s time to get rid of all the nasty toxins! If you cleanse your body internally, you may be able to free yourself of embarrassing underarm odor.
Check out this post I wrote on The Real Cause of Armpit Odor for more on this.
My Deodorant Recommendation
Even though sweating is good for you, we still don’t wanna do it! I’ve found the #1 best natural deodorant ever. I am not kidding. I’ve been using it for years and whenever I switch to something else just to try it, I always end up going back. The good thing is, though, it’s a deodorant, yet it keeps my sweat at bay. It’s Holistic Deodorant by Real Purity. I usually buy 2 bottles at once because I love it so much. It’s not only designed to keep you fresh, but the ingredients actually contribute to your good health. Shouldn’t your deodorant do that? Instead of having the risk of giving you cancer?
So if you’ve been wondering about whether aluminum in antiperspirant was dangerous, now you have more of the facts. Many websites (and even our federal government) say aluminum is safe. However, the countless studies done proves this is false. If anything even has the slightest chance to promote cancer and safer alternatives exist, would you seek them out? The problem is the breast cancer industry is a multi-million dollar business, so when they rant and rave about “the fight for the cure”, are they really wanting to cure it? Because there’s no money in the cure.
Check out this great article by Dr. Mercola on why you need to avoid aluminum in antiperspirant and how you can prevent breast cancer.
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