A while back, I discovered an ingredient in deodorant that isn’t exactly good for our health. This ingredient is called Aluminum Zirconium, it’s in a lot of deodorants.
Aluminum is a metal that we use for cooking (which isn’t actually good for your health, and I’ll explain why). It’s condensed into a foil for food storage; a lot of restaurants use aluminum pots and pans, and even utensils to cook with.
According to an article on Globalhealingcenter.com, “Aluminum is also in antacids, aspirin, vaccines, and even flour. This overwhelming infestation of aluminum means that your risk of exposure is through the roof, which is also made of aluminum.” Hm… so not only are we getting exposed in our deodorant, but now in our food and medicine! “Unlike vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, the body does not need aluminum. And aluminum is no innocent or benign participant. Aluminum accumulates in the kidneys, brain, lungs, liver and thyroid where it competes with calcium for absorption and can affect skeletal mineralization” (Globalhealingcenter.com).
That’s certainly not good news. Think about it. You are what you eat, right? So everything that you put in or on your body has an effect on your health. I’m sure putting a metal like aluminum in your body will not produce positive effects. Also, when you cook on an aluminum pan, a little bit of that aluminum goes into your food. Just like plastic, when you put hot food into a plastic container, some of the plastic seeps into your food. When you cook on a cast-iron pan, some iron goes into your food (we need iron, by the way)!
Our bodies are unable to process Aluminum. So when we use deodorant with aluminum in it, our skin absorbs the substance, and anything our skin absorbs goes into our bloodstream. That means that our whole body becomes exposed to the chemicals inside the deodorant. I don’t think you want to be exposing yourself to harmful metals, right?
Pictured are some brands that I’ve invested in that are aluminum free and smell great. They work just as well as any other deodorant in your local store. Kiss My Face Natural Active Life (aluminum chlorohydrate & paraben free) deodorant ($8), is a great start to going aluminum-free. Also, I’ve just discovered this new Aluminum-free deodorant that smells like vanilla! Yum! It’s called, The Healthy Deodorant in pure vanilla, made by Lavanila Laboratories ($8) at Sephora. I’m sure you can order it on Amazon.com, as well.
Here’s a piece of advice, if you can make the ingredients you use more natural, then you’re on the right path to optimal health. The more you invest into taking care of your body, the more of a chance you have at living a longer life, right?
Quote of the Day: “An investment in your health will pay dividends for the rest of your life.” – Fortune Cooke Quote 😉
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