Switching to a natural lifestyle after years of using conventional products can be daunting, especially when you learn that even after switching over to the green side there can still be remnants of toxic ingredients that linger in your body in mass amounts. Using conventional deodorant is the perfect example of this. Most deodorants are filled with aluminum, among many other toxic ingredients, which wreak havoc on your entire system (and is well documented to cause breast cancer in women). Even after switching to a natural alternative there may still be side effects that occur when in the “transition period” and these can be prolonged if you don’t plan on helping your underarms with a detox treatment in the process. Many men and women find that they can’t get rid of the excess smell or they notice a red rash when they stop using their conventional brand. Both of these side effects can lead to men and women giving up on the entire idea of natural deodorants far too early when all they needed was a bit more time and a little extra underarm TLC. What does this all mean? In addition to switching to a natural deodorant, you should consider detoxing your armpits to draw out impurities and toxic remnants that are still present under your arms.
Now here’s the deal, many individuals in the green community despise the word ‘detox’ as they claim that you can never fully detoxify your body and that it doesn’t result in 100% purity. So when I discuss the topic of “detoxifying” I am referring to your ability to help your body let go of some un-needed toxic elements floating around. You will always be in detox mode thanks to our friend the Liver and environmental toxins will always wreak havoc on our systems but we can reduce the affects that outside sources have on our bodies (“Toxins” is another controversial word, as some suggest that it equates with the word ‘chemical’ and that “even water is a chemical so you can’t suggest they are bad for you”. However, when I use this term I am referring to the toxins and chemicals that are well known to have negative effects on the human body. I am in no way suggesting that every chemical on earth is bad, but there are toxic and non-toxic chemicals). I think these words are okay to use so long as you aren’t using them to generalize or create blanket statements. So with that, today I am going to discuss ways that you can help your underarms detoxify while in transition to healthier options.
I have been using this method as an Underarm detox for 8 years now. I really benefited from this method during the initial stages of switching from conventional deodorant to natural deodorant. Now that I have been using Natural deodorant for 8 years, I still do this detox periodically. Your underarms are a major pathway used by your body to release toxins via sweating. By assisting your underarms via detox, you make it easier for your body to complete this function. Similarly to liver detoxes which help give the liver a boost when needed.
This method is a DIY paste:
-mix equal parts of bentonite clay (do NOT use a metal spoon to scoop bentonite) with apple cider vinegar
-form a thick paste
-apply paste to your underarms
-let that sit on your armpits for up to 15-30 minutes
-wash off with a cloth and cool water.
**You will notice your underarms are red and that is simply due to the bentonite clay creating circulation (by bringing blood to the surface of your skin via its strong cathartic properties).**
Not only does this method work well, but it is one of the easiest methods of detoxing underarms that I’ve found to date.
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