My wellness journey started about 15 years ago. I’ve had many ebbs and flows through it all. Sometimes I’m on top of all things good for me and sometimes I enjoy a milkshake or two (or 3…). One thing that I have learned through it all is that you have to have balance annnnnd to make life-style changes one at a time. Okay so technically that is two things but who’s counting? If I had made all of the changes at once that I currently implement, I would be one overwhelmed lady with a zero balance bank account. Being healthy can be expensive!
The changes I have made have all come from things I have learned through exploration, through my nursing and doctor education, and through some seriously gnarly life experiences. The moment I found out that I was pregnant with ella was the same moment I learned that I carried the breast cancer gene, BRCA-2. I was given two options; get a double mastectomy and total hysterectomy as soon as I could OR make some lifestyle adjustments and get monitored every 3-6 months. I opted for the second option, obvi, I was pregnant and having 2 life changing surgeries was not in the cards for me.
This moment is when I got clear about how I wanted to support my body through this weird new information I had received. This is when I decided to make the big leap to get rid of all my beauty and personal care products (bye bye oil of olay) that were slowly leaking harmful chemicals in to my blood stream. This is when I decided to nourish my body with natural and toxin-free love :).
One of the first things to go for me was antiperspirant. I had always used it since the moment my mom bought me Teen Spirit in the 7th grade. Anyone else lather their youthful pits with that antiperspirant?It smelled ahhhmazing. Well that shizz had to go because it was pumping aluminum in to my veins.
Here’s what I learned about antiperspirant…
- it contains aluminum which is a heavy metal
- aluminum is found in high levels in brain plaques linked to Alzheimer’s disease
- when you put it on your pits, you are feeding your lymphatic system heavy metals that circulate throughout your whole body.
- If you are a breastfeeding momma, you are feeding that shizz to your baby.
- antiperspirants and some deodorants contain parabens and phthalates.
- phthalates are plastics used to help the fragrance stay on your skin and block endocrine function.
- Your endocrine system is responsible for your hormones. Who thought it would be a good idea to fudge with that??
- Why are we putting plastics in our bodies??
- Avoid phthalates at all costs, especially if you are carrying a male fetus in yo belly because of #6.
- parabéns are used as preservatives.
- parabens should also be avoided at all cost since they can be linked to breast cancer.
Alzheimer’s and breast cancer, two things I intend on avoiding.
I want to be completely transparent here, it is hard to find a natural deodorant that works just as well as our beloved frenemy, Secret. In fact, and I will be honest with you, I have yet to find something that works 100%, 100% of the time. That being said, I have found some amazing alternatives that leave my pits nourished (because let’s be real, once you stop wearing AP, you actually get to feel the natural state of your pits and it’s a bit weird to get used too), and leaves the stink for the locker room….except for when I’m pregnant, I’ve just surrendered to my stinky self in the 3rd trimester.
I’ve also learned that not all deodorants work just as well on everyone. It’s about trial and error. Just maybe don’t experiment in the dead of summer when the air-conditioning goes out. Your friends will thank you:).
My fave natural deodorants…
- Honest Company’s spray deodorant (although I don’t think they make this anymore ): ).
- Schmidt’s (especially the Ylang Ylang & Calendula one).
- Briut (I’ve heard good things but haven’t tried it yet)
What are your favorite natural deodorants? Leave your answer int he comments!
in good health,