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Is Your Deodorant Doing More Harm Than Good?

Guest Post by Rooted Athlete 

Is your deodorant doing more harm than good? Choosing to switch from conventional deodorant to all-natural deodorant is easier said than done in most cases.  The first big difference is that conventional deodorants are also antiperspirants while all natural alternatives are just deodorants.  And if you are like me finding a good natural deodorant that actually works is enough to pull your hair out. The problem with conventional deodorants our bodies have been genetically programmed to sweat.  When you use a conventional deodorant you end up clogging your pores and glands with chemicals which ultimately causes more harm to your body.

Most people are aware of the dangers of smoking or a poor diet, but few are aware of the dangers associated with conventional deodorants. Typical ingredients in most conventional deodorants and antiperspirants are things like aluminum, triclosan, parabens, fragrance/parfum, and phthalates.  According to the EWG who does research on over 60,000 personal care products, certain compounds of these ingredients have been linked to cancer, neurotoxicities, skin disorders, and immunotoxicity.

Go All Natural

A simple way to keep your body safe and healthy is to steer clear of all chemical containing deodorants and antiperspirants and begin using natural deodorants.

Natural deodorants are now established in the marketplace making them readily available in grocery stores, boutique shops, gyms, and online. They come in many different forms from small tubs of product, sprays, and sticks.  It can be overwhelming to determine which deodorants are truly natural and which still have dangerous chemicals lurking in the ingredient list hidden behind a false “natural” claim using a “greenwashing” marketing approach.

The good news is companies like Rooted Athlete contains organic ingredients that are even edible, along with naturally occurring minerals such as baking soda.  

It’s also best to choose a natural deodorant with certifications such as USDA Organic and Cruelty-Free.  If the product is not certified “natural” or “organic” then read the ingredient list carefully.  It’s key to educate yourself on potentially harmful ingredients that are easily avoidable.  An easy rule to go by is your skin is your largest organ and absorbs everything…why would we risk absorbing toxic chemicals into a site, such as your armpits, that has many lymph drainage points?

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