Deodorant is bad. I've know that for a long time. But I haven't been able to stop using it because I didn't like having body odor, and I couldn't find a natural deodorant that would do the job.
Now that I've been supplementing with magnesium, my body odor is 100% gone and I've kicked deodorant to the curb.
What's Wrong With Using Deodorant?
Aluminum, Alzheimer's and Cancer
There is evidence that the aluminum in most store-bought deodorant causes health problems, from Alzheimer’s disease to cancer.
“In 1995, the Archives of Toxicology published the results of a study by French scientists from the Toxicology Laboratory at Bordeaux University: when aluminum chloride (once commonly used in antiperspirants) was applied to the shaved skin of lab mice, the aluminum in their brains doubled. This seems to suggest that the metal may be absorbed by the skin, a concern that has only been compounded by the recent appearance on the market of aluminum free antiperspirants.”(Source)
Aluminium is known to have a genotoxic profile, capable of causing both DNA alterations and epigenetic effects, and this would be consistent with a potential role in breast cancer if such effects occurred in breast cells. (Source)
Parabens and Breast Cancer
Breast cancer has been increasing for over half a century. Only 5-10% of breast cancer cases are genetic, which means up to 90% of breast cancer cases are caused by environment and lifestyle. Studies show that deodorants/antiperspirants play a major role in the increase of breast cancer cases.
Deodorants commonly contain parabens. You can find parabens in personal care products by reading the label and looking for any of the following:
Parabens are absorbed through the skin and can then be stored in the body. Once parabens are in the body it affects the hormonal system by mimicking estrogen, the hormone that promotes cell growth. The promotion of cell growth link parabens with cancer, and in the context of this article, breast cancer. Parabens have actually been detected in human breast cancer tumors, as Darbre stated in 2004: “[The] detection [of parabens] in human breast tumors is of concern since parabens have been shown to be able to mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen.” She continues: “Estrogen can drive the growth of human breast tumors. It would therefore seem especially prudent to consider whether parabens should continue to be used in such a wide range of cosmetics applied to the breast area including deodorants.” (Source)
What About Natural Deodorant?
Natural deodorants never worked for me. You see, I don't mind sweating. I just don't like the stink. And I've never found a natural deodorant that really worked for me. Some of them worked OK, but not great. So I would always end up going back to grocery store deodorant, much to my chagrin.
How I Quit Using Deodorant with Magnesium
Since I started supplementing with magnesium a few months ago, miraculously, my body odor has completely gone away. To the point that I no longer need to use deodorant of any kind.
Even when I sweat, I don't smell bad. It doesn't smell like sweat — it's just like water.
I wasn't sure if it was the magnesium or not at first. But I noticed that on the days when I forgot to take my magnesium, my armpits smelled a little bit. So the next day I'd take my magnesium and sure enough, the odor would disappear.
How to Supplement with Magnesium
It's not easy for humans to absorb minerals. They're essentially rocks. The best way to absorb magnesium is transdermally (via the skin).
I use a combination of methods for supplementation. I take a multivitamin, a multimineral, and I use magnesium oil and mangnesium oil to absorb magnesium through my skin.
You can put magnesium flakes in your bath water. Or soak your feet in water with magnesium flakes. You can also use magnesium oil. Just spray in on the skin and it will absorb.
You can also make magnesium oil from magnesium flakes: How to Make Magnesium Oil.
Where to Buy Magnesium Oil and Magnesium Flakes
Read More About Magnesium Oil
Magnesium has lots of other health benefits, from balancing blood sugar to helping hormones to reducing pain and eliminating insomnia. Read my post: Are You Suffering From Magnesium Deficiency?
To learn more about magnesium, check out the book by Dr. Mark Sircus, Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, or read The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean. You can find both books on my resources page.
Are You Supplementing with Magnesium?
How are you benefiting from using magnesium supplementation? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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