Truly, Madly, Sweaty…

I don’t wear antiperspirant.

I’m not kidding.

I’ll keep this short for you (kind of like my diet soda standpoint).

There are aluminum-based compounds in many types of antiperspirants that have been speculated to cause cancer.  The mainstreamers will jump in now and say this has not been proven.

This is what I got from the National Cancer Institute site:

“Aluminum-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in antiperspirants. These compounds form a temporary plug within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Some research suggests that aluminum-based compounds, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen-like (hormonal) effects. Because estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer.”

I have two issues with this.

  1. Why would you want to plug your sweat ducts?  You’re sweating for a reason.
  2. They haven’t definitively proven a causative link to cancer, but they have not disproven it either.

So what do I do?

I sweat. I wear clothes that don’t show sweat (especially when I’m teaching , 18 year-olds would have a field day with the sweaty armpit lady). I use natural deodorants that do not contain aluminum compounds—they don’t keep you dry, they just keep you smelling nicer. I try to eat healthier too because when you eat clean foods, your sweat is not as stinky.

The end!

Another important note: Be wary of “natural” deodorants that have hidden sources of aluminum. For example, crystal deodorants have Potassium Alum, which is a form of aluminum. It’s a better choice than the mainstream antiperspirants, but aluminum is aluminum!

My current deodorant---it works well, and doesn't have much of a scent. I've also heard of washing your pits with baking soda and/or making your own deo out of tea tree oil and water. I've not yet ventured there!

I’ve always been sweaty—and I tell my sweaty clients that sweating more is a good sign of being highly efficient at regulating your body temperature. I used to be slightly embarrassed….like back in the days of gymnastics when I would walk across the mat and leave sweaty chalky footprints. Now, I just own it, and I also try and be as tactful as possible when I’m playing “professional.”

Cheers to being highly efficient!

16 thoughts on “Truly, Madly, Sweaty…”

  1. You know, I've tried to make the switch a couple of times but never stuck with it. This is probably a good time of year to make the change. What brand do you like? Something from the health food store or just anything thats not an anti-perspirant?

  2. I'll take a pic of the one I use and add it to the post. It's Desert Essence Dry By Nature. It works pretty well, but I'm sure lots of other ones would work too. I had one before that was a roll-on…and it was so wet and gross, it just got all over my clothes. The Desert Essence is clear and not icky. I'm also going to add something else to the post—the crystal deo's aren't aluminum free (although better than aluminum hydroxide, etc., they still have potassium alum—which is aluminum). So it's mostly important to get one that says aluminum free somewhere on it, and check the ingredient list for hidden aluminum.I got it at Lori's but they have other options at Weg in Nature's Marketplace.
    If you find another good one, let me know!

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