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Deodorants & Breast Cancer

Don’t sweat about your deodorant!

You know you have many options regarding your deodorant; roll on, solid, pump, pine forest fresh scents to unscented! But when was the last time you read the deodorant ingredients?

First lets talk about the difference between antiperspirant and deodorants.

Antiperspirants usually contain chemical compounds that work to block the pores from releasing perspiration such as Aluminum and may include fragrance as well. This eliminates sweat and odor.

Deodorants may allow perspiration to be released but with no odor as the ingredients contained are used to kill this bacteria. The release of perspiration permits the body to release toxins as well.

Depending on the ingredients of these products, you can determine how they may affect your health. Does your label have lots of words you can’t even pronounce? Or Parabens? Parabens are a preservative often found in personal care products to help protect against bacteria and extend their shelf life. Parabens have an estrogen like effect and are called estrogenic compounds, which may potentially increase the risk of cancer. Unfortunately both aluminum and parabens have both been considered as possible cancer causing ingredients and linked to other illnesses.

As a first choice, deodorants are often recommended over antiperspirants, as the blocking of pores may not be the healthiest option. In addition, when having a mammogram, it is recommended not to wear an antiperspirant with aluminum as this can cause a false positive result. There are several products on the market that have more “natural” ingredients but not necessarily organic.

One of our favorites is the Crystal deodorant made from 100% mineral salts. The salts eliminate the odor causing bacteria, which eliminates the odor. This product is available in a stick, roll on or spray. You can also try Aubrey Organics brand Men’s Stock Herbal Pine deodorant or visit your local health food store or on line e-tailer for many other options.

Feeling ambitious? You can even try making your own from equal parts of cornstarch and baking soda!

Best of Health,

Modah Ani- I Am Thankful

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