The Ultimate Guide to Natural Deodorant
The Ultimate Guide to Natural Deodorant
Let’s face it...we all sweat. Sweating is completely normal, natural and a great way for our bodies to regulate body temperature and release accumulated toxins. One of the primary ways our body releases accumulated toxins is through our largest detox organ, the skin, which if you can believe it has four million sweat glands! The most highly concentrated areas of sweat glands include: armpits, palms of hands, soles of the feet, groin and face. Both excessive sweating and lack of sweating are a cause for concern. Excessive sweating would indicate overactive sweat glands or an underlying medical condition like thyroid abnormalities, diabetes or infection. Lack of sweating would signify an increased amount of toxins being trapped in the body with nowhere to go.
While we know sweating is a normal bodily process, it can come with unpleasant side effects of wetness and odour. The odour is caused by the bacteria that are present on the skin. When these bacteria break down sweat into fatty acids, it causes odour. Underarm odour can result in feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious, and so we turn to deodorants!
Deodorants are a great place to start when trying to avoid consuming unnecessary toxins and moving to more natural personal care products.
Why Choose Natural Deodorant?
Conventional deodorants may not seem like a big source of toxins, but they are actually one of the biggest ways you can accumulate toxins in the body. Chemicals found in deodorants can make their way past the skin and into the body. Some of these chemicals can even find their way into fat cells, which are very prevalent in the underarm area. Deodorants contain harmful chemicals like, fragrances, phthalates, aluminum and parabens. Let’s take a closer look at these.…..
Harmful Ingredients in Conventional Deodorants:
What to look for in a natural deodorant?
Now that we have talked about why we want to make the switch to natural deodorant and what ingredients to avoid, let’s take a closer look at some of the most common ingredients in natural deodorants.
How to best transition to a natural deodorant
Making the switch to a natural deodorant requires time for the body to adjust to a toxin free life. Often, this transition will deter people from making this switch long term, but it is important to be patient.
5 simple tips to transition to a natural deodorant:
1. Take a break
Most natural deodorants contain baking soda which can kill bacteria and prevent odour. However, it can sometimes cause irritation if your body is not ready for it. After coming off conventional deodorants, give yourself at least a week to wear nothing. I know you might be apprehensive about this however it will allow your body to release all the accumulated toxins so you can get a fresh start. This break will also allow your skin to breathe. When you have detoxed, you are ready for natural deodorant!
2. Be patient
Experiencing a detox period for a couple weeks when transitioning to a natural deodorant is completely normal. During the transition, the glands will release all the built up toxins, which means increased sweating and increased odour as the armpits get used to the idea of sweating again. Everyone is different but the ‘deodorant detox period’ can generally last anywhere from 1-4 weeks. Don’t give up during this period and be patient with your body, it will be worth it.
3. Sweat on purpose
Sweating helps to promote healthy removal of toxins. This is especially important during the transition period when your body is trying to release all of the built up toxins. Seek out activities that you know will make you work up a sweat.
4. Try multiple natural deodorants
Make sure to try various brands before giving up all together! There is no one perfect deodorant that will work for everyone, so make sure to try different options to see which one works best for you. If you aren’t sure which brand to try first for fear of buying one that might not work well with your body, we suggest asking your health store what they recommend. At Vitamart.ca we have found Schmidts natural deodorant to be really popular and an effective brand. In fact, our founder/CEO, Mark Holowaychuk swears by Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium deodorant as the “best natural deodorant he has tried.”
5. Whole body detox
If after a couple weeks there is still no improvement in sweating and odour, consider looking at other avenues of detoxification. A whole body detox which would include eliminating processed/refined foods, sugars and caffeine, while increasing fiber, greens and protein content can help to support the body’s detox pathways.
Increased sweating is a sign that the other organs involved in detoxification are overworked and so the skin works harder through sweating more to eliminate those toxins. Thus, reducing the amount of toxins your body is exposed through removing certain food groups can help to decrease the work our detoxification organs need to do which would help to decrease sweating overall.
If you chose to make the switch to all-natural deodorants, let that be the first step in leading a completely toxin-free life! Remember to be patient during the transition, and embrace detoxifying through sweating!
The advice in this article is for informational purposes only. It does not replace the care of a Naturopathic physician.