We all know that cancer is a disease on the rise. There are various treatments available in the market but nothing beats the age old strategy of prevention. Detoxifying your underarms may help you reduce the chances of developing breast cancer.
It might not be common knowledge, but using underarm deodorants can increase your chances of getting breast cancer. Why is that? Let’s find out.
Deodorants and anti-perspirants contain a variety of carcinogens (cancer causing agents) in their formula. The following ingredients aid the development of breast cancer:
- Propylene glycol: Also known as anti-freeze, it increases your chances for getting allergies and immune-toxicity.
- Aluminum: Is known to cause certain types of cancer along with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Formaldehyde: Has germ killing powers, but it is a widely known carcinogen. It is also used for embalming corpses. Yikes!
- Phthalates: These chemicals are known for disrupting the natural balance and production of hormones. They are also known for causing infertility issues in men and are most commonly found in plastic.
- Parabens: This substance has been found in biopsied cancer cell tissues, hence proving itself to be a carcinogen.
- Antibacterial compounds: Again, antibacterial compounds such as triclosan are known to cause a hormonal imbalance. The aid in breeding the antibiotic resistant superbugs and have various negative effects on one’s own immune system.
Even products advertised as “natural” contain well known carcinogens, TEA, and DEA. They are basically preservatives that maintain a steady pH level. They also contain a variety of synthetic smells and colors that are a leading cause of hormonal disruption.
All the above discussed ingredients are reasons enough to stop using the over-the-counter deodorant and get busy making your own by using natural ingredients only.
If you’ve ever felt a lump in the armpit/neck region, those are actually your lymph nodes hard at work protecting you against diseases. They are a major part of your immune system and effectively remove pathogens along with bacteria from your body. You apply your deodorants directly on your lymph nodes, the defense central of your body. It may lead to hormone disruption as they are absorbed right into the skin.
Imagine your skin as a large organ and whatever you apply onto it is directly absorbed into your bloodstream. Now, why in the world would anyone want to put carcinogens into their own blood stream? This is the leading cause of an increase in blood cancer levels as stated by The American Cancer Society in 2013 when about 39,000 women passed away due to cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death right after lung cancer.
The President’s Cancer Panel presented a report entitled “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What Can We Do Now,” in 2010 that stated that huge environmental factors were being overlooked by The American Cancer Society. It also said that it would be wise to try to prevent it rather than develop cures for it.
Here is a detox program for your underarms: ditch those industrial deodorants and make your own. If you are familiar with the effects of bentonite clay, then you will know exactly how it draws out the toxins and chemicals out of your skin. Your underarm odor will decrease and eventually leave, but it may take up to 14 days. Patience is the key here.
You Will Require:
- 1 Teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon of bentonite clay
- 1 or 2 teaspoons of water
What To Do?
- Mix all the ingredients in a glass bowl using a wooden spoon.
- Mix until it reaches the consistency of a pudding or thick cream. You can add water if it looks too thick.
- Evenly spread it over your underarms.
- Let it stay for up to 20 minutes (start with 5 minutes on day 1, eventually adding a minute each day until it becomes 20 minutes).
- You can then shower normally or remove it with a wet towel or cloth.
- In case of reddened skin, don’t worry as it is normal and it will disappear on its own.
Drinking ample amounts of water always helps in flushing out toxins from your body so make sure to increase your water intake. Try to implement dry brushing into your daily routine if you are not doing it already as it helps in the stimulation of lymph circulation.
Prevention is always better than having to cure something, so why not invest a little effort to prevent breast cancer?