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Something to sweat about

Published 9:38pm Friday, February 7, 2014

Smelling fresh is a necessity, especially during summertime when the sweat glands are getting their fair workout. While necessary it may be, few people are aware of the hidden dangers in their antiperspirant.

Sweat seeping through your clothes is a minor issue when compared to the toxic ingredients, aluminum and aluminum oxide, found in most deodorants. In 1993, the World Health Organization said, “There is a suspected link between Alzheimer’s disease and the toxicity of aluminum.” In addition to Alzheimer’s, The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry reports that exposure to high levels of aluminum may result in respiratory and neurological problems. Neurological disorders are not the only concern; according to the National Cancer Institute, some scientists suggest that aluminum, when applied near the breast, may cause estrogen-like effects, increasing the growth of breast cancer cells. Furthermore, your body can become more toxic because powerful astringents can cause pores to close, stopping sweat and toxins from escaping the body. Now that is something to sweat about!

Aluminum is one of the most common elements in our environment, and avoiding it completely may be impossible. However, there are many steps you can take to avoid direct exposure to aluminum and thereby greatly reduce the dangers it poses to your health.

As a consumer, selecting an aluminum-free deodorant is a powerful, healthy choice you can make. Read ingredient labels to avoid aluminum and aluminum oxide.

Suggested brands for non-toxic odor control: Dessert Essence, Tom’s Natural Care, Jason.

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