For many people, a good workout and a good deodorant go hand in hand. But, often, the deodorant these individuals think is helping them is actually hindering them… hindering their health, that is.
Staying fresh and great smelling is important, but staying healthy is a must. For this reason, it’s imperative that you choose an all-natural deodorant. Deodorants are applied under the arms, on an area close to lymph nodes that lie directly under the skin. Most conventional deodorants contain ingredients that have been under scrutiny for their safety. It’s suggested that these deodorants may release dangerous chemicals into the lymph nodes and cause a variety of illnesses.
Based on this information, we think it’s crucial that you choose an all-natural, aluminum-free deodorant.
Many popular drug store deodorants contain aluminum, an active ingredient delivering underarm freshness. Although aluminum provides a sweat-free workout, it gives one many more problems than benefits.
Aluminum, in the form of aluminum chloride, aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, or aluminum hydroxybromite, keeps us dry by preventing sweating when aluminum ions are drawn into cells that line the sweat ducts. This process causes cells to swell and squeeze ducts closed, keeping sweat out.
While using aluminum to prevent sweating seems good in theory, it’s actually a bad idea. Aluminum is a neurotoxin that’s been linked to breast cancer and neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s. Most breast cancers develop in the breast’s outer region, which is closest to the armpit. Some research indicates that aluminum absorbed into the skin may cause changes in breast cells’ estrogen receptors. Also of concern is the fact that the brains of people with Alzheimer’s have been found to contain high levels of aluminum.
All-Natural Aluminum Free Deodorants
We understand the desire to smell good and not offend anyone with body odor. But, we also place health as an extremely high priority. Many of the all-natural, aluminum-free deodorants that we use regularly are not anti-perspirants, meaning their primary function is not to prevent sweating. But, they are some great natural products, and you can always find a natural anti-perspirant online, should you want it. When choosing a deodorant, we focus on staying fresh smelling and also staying in top health.
The following are some of the all-natural, aluminum-free deodorants that we recommend you use:
Schmidt’s Deodorant cream is made from a signature blend of natural botanicals. It’s an effective formula that absorbs wetness without the use of aluminum, and it neutralizes underarm odor.
North Coast Organics
If you want a USDA-certified organic deodorant, choose North Coast Organics deodorant. This aluminum-free deodorant comes in three scents: Naked for sensitive skin, Death by Lavender for those who like a bit of floral fragrance, and Revolver for men who need extreme odor coverage.
LaVanilla’s deodorant is one of our favorites. It comes in a variety of vanilla-infused scents, so everyone should be able to find something. This deodorant works as well as traditional deodorants and smells way better.
If you’d like more tips for healthy living, which include how to eat right for a workout, why sleep is important, and how to choose the best exercises for you, visit the A4 Fitness blog on a regular basis. In addition, we at A4 Fitness are always happy to talk with you about health and fitness in our Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Culver City fitness studios.
Adam & Amanda
We have spent most of our adult lives training and guiding hundreds of people toward better health & fitness. We have created this A4 Blog in order to better educate our friends & members. We will answer any of your health / fitness / nutrition questions as well as keeping you posted on what's new at A4.