We all sweat, so it’s not surprising that 90 percent of us regularly use antiperspirants and deodorants. In fact, only one other bathroom staple – toothpaste, exceeds sales of these products!

You likely use deodorant to mask underarm odor or use antiperspirants to reduce sweating. Unfortunately, health concerns over both are growing. If you have to use one, go with a deodorant. Antiperspirants clog and close your pores, inhibiting you from sweating; this is not a normal or healthy thing.

I always advise people not to put anything on their skin that they wouldn’t eat. The dreadful truth is that more than a third of our personal care products contain ingredients that have been linked in some way to cancer and according to the Environmental Working Group, only 11 percent of the 10,500 ingredients used have ever been tested for safety. This is because neither Canada nor the U.S. has a mandate to safeguard the cosmetics industry. With nearly 4,000,000 synthetic chemicals out there, it seems too daunting a task. Some of the most common chemicals used in deodorants that you should avoid buying are aluminum, parabens, Propylene Glycol, and fragrance.

Unfortunately, the priority of most companies that sell beauty products is their ?nancial bottom line, not your long-term health. Ultimately, we can’t ignore the fact that all the chemicals we use on our body may increase our risk of developing cancer. Knowledge is power, but you have to act on that knowledge.

To protect yourself, here are a few things you can do:
• Don’t apply deodorant right after shaving underarms
• Avoid application if there are open cuts.
• Read labels and look for a more natural deodorant
• Keep your body alkaline. Oral chlorophyll tablets can help reduce
body odor and can eliminate the need for deodorants

Or, choose from one of these healthier alternatives:
• Baking soda powder – Take a pinch of baking soda powder in one hand.
Drop several drops of water on it, blend and then rub under arms. You’ll be
amazed how effective it is!
• Natural Mineral salts – a natural mineral salt deodorant stick will improve
your skin’s Ph level while protecting against odor-causing bacteria.
• Natural deodorant – natural health food stores will carry deodorants that
don’t have harmful chemicals.
• Au Natural – consider not using any deodorant! If you feed your body the
right food and keep your body alkaline, you may not actually need it. Give
it a try. People around you will hopefully let you know!

For more information about the effects of deodorants and antiperspirants, as well as more tips and healthy choices, check out Dr. Nathalie’s book Wellness on the Go at www.drnathaliebeauchamp.ca.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp, B.Sc., D.C. is co-author of the book Wellness On The Go: Take the plunge – it’s Your Life! Dr. Beauchamp’s passion for wellness is infectious and she passes that along to her patients/clients through her expertise in the areas of fitness, nutrition, lifestyle and optimal health. Dr. Beauchamp is a chiropractor, a certified personal fitness trainer, a professional natural bodybuilder, a corporate wellness consultant and an inspirational speaker.