By now most of us know that antiperspirant is bad for our health, but do you know why? It’s a lot worse than you probably thought.
Types of Sweat
There are two types of glands responsible for sweating – the eccrine glands and the apocrine glands.
Eccrine glands are found all over the body. They produce sweat when the body is overheated to help cool the body down. The type of sweat produced from the eccrine glands is a clear, salt water type of sweat, which usually does not contribute to body odor.
The apocrine glands are found in areas with lots of hair follicles, such as the scalp and underarms. These glands produce a thicker, fattier sweat in times of stress. The bacteria that live and grow under the arms feeds off this type of sweat, and the breakdown of the proteins is what causes body odor. Your underarms are enclosed so bacteria have a higher chance of growing.
Why Antiperspirant is so Popular
Antiperspirant is popular because it helps to stop us from sweating. While this may seem like a positive thing, it actually unhealthy for the body. There are three toxic chemicals formulated in antiperspirants that can pose negative effects on your body:
Aluminum in antiperspirants block the eccrine and apocrine sweat glands to stop you from sweating. The aluminum doesn’t just sit on the surface – it eventually works its way into your body and bloodstream. Although aluminum works really well to stop sweat, it is very detrimental to our health.
Parabens are used in a wide variety of personal care products to prevent the growth of microbes. They are a known hormone disruptor and have been linked to breast cancer.
Propylene glycol is a synthetic compound used in products such as ANTI-FREEZE, but it’s also found in many beauty products like deodorant, fragrances, and shampoos.
Now that you know how antiperspirant actually works, I bet you’ll be thinking twice about making the switch to natural deodorant.
As hard as it is to believe, the holiday season is just around the corner. For many, this means falling off the healthy eating wagon and slacking on workout routines, because who can resist sugar cookies? Here’s the good news — you don’t have to give those up! We have three easy ways to kick-start your new years detox before the holidays, without cutting out your favourite holiday treats!
1. Detox Your Underarms
Switching to a natural, charcoal deodorant is an easy change that makes a great difference for your body.
Antiperspirants, which contain toxic ingredients, including aluminum – block pores, thereby preventing you from sweating. This also traps toxins within the body! By switching to natural deodorant, your pores are free to breathe. Take the 30 day challenge of detoxing your underarms by using the takesumi detox® charcoal deodorant!
Don’t just detox from the inside, detox from the outside too! Detox your skin so it glows this holiday season!
Dry brushing is a hidden gem in the detoxing world and is amazing for treating dull, congested skin. It works by stimulating your lymphatic system and expelling waste and toxin build up.
The best part about dry brushing? It’s super easy! Just take it from Province Apothecary founder Julie, who dry brushes her face daily. “Facial Dry Brushing is my favourite morning ritual to effectively detoxify and wake up my face. It takes less than 1 minute to do and the benefits are endless.”
*PRO TIP: It’s important that you dry brush first thing in the morning (on dry skin) to kick-start the body’s natural lymphatic detoxification system that has been asleep all night.
3. Detox Your Body With Matcha
There’s no better way to detoxify your insides than with matcha!
Made with high levels of chlorophyll, matcha works to eliminate unwanted toxins, chemicals and heavy metals from your body. It’s also great for reducing stress, increasing energy levels and boosting memory and concentration!
Want to give it a try?Matcha Ninja powders make trying matcha easy (and delicious)! Simply add some to your water bottle and shake.
Or, if you’re feeling something warm, try a matcha latte:
½ cup hot water
½ cup organic almond/ coconut milk
½ tsp Matcha Ninja
1 tbsp honey, maple syrup, or stevia to taste (optional)
Measure ½ tsp Matcha Ninja to cup
Next, add small amount of warm water to matcha and stir to form espresso like base
Add 1/2 cup hot (not boiling) water to your mug filled with matcha