The benefits of cutting out standard deodorants are endless, they contain heavy metals, chemicals, and ingredients to prevent the natural sweating process that detoxes the body. This process of stopping or reducing sweating is actually harmful to your body. However, detoxing can actually decrease odor and decrease the amount of sweating. It can also help your body restore your immune system, decreases your chances for breast cancer, and fight other common diseases linked to the chemicals and heavy metals in the deodorants themselves. This simple recipe to detox your armpits could reduce unsightly bumps, decrease irritation, fight rashes and redness, and increase the bodies own natural ability to fight disease. We also have our own little surprise for you at the end of this article, so make sure to scroll through!
One of the main reasons I started researching this topic was due to arm swelling. For a good portion of my life I’ve dealt with excess water retention in my arms. No matter how hard I worked out, the water retention never seemed to decrease. While reading over some information online, I decided to test this easy armpit detox. Couldn’t hurt right? So, over the last 2 months I cut out standard deodorants, made my own and did this detox along with it. To my surprise, the water retention began to decrease. Along with that, I felt better, had less brain fog, and seemed to have more energy!
Chemicals and additives in conventional deodorants.
Aluminum (which has been liked to Alzheimer’s)
Phthalates (may cause cancer)
Parabens (may cause cancer)
Antibacterial substances (which can affect the immune system)
Fit Fact: Shaving your under arms actually makes your skin even more permeable. Meaning, that by removing the hair and a layer of skin with it, you are allowing even more toxins to enter your body. Since the underarms are filled with lymph nodes, this sensitive area can act as a magnet for drawing chemicals and metals into the body.
The lymph system is connected through out the body. A “bottleneck” in one small area could affect the whole system causing potential swelling, fluid back up, toxins, and possible pain.
This image above shows a painful protruding lump in the underarm. While you may not have one this evident, if you’ve been using standard deodorants your whole life, you may have some lurking under the surface. Try palpitating your under arm. You may be able to feel some areas that are tender or feel lumpy.
Why Detox Your Arm Pits?
Antiperspirants can make you smell worse by changing armpit bacteria.
Avoid diseases linked to lymph nodes (such as breast cancer)
Avoid backing up of glands in arm pit which can cause pain, irritation, and unsightly bumps.
1 Tablespoon of bentonite clay
1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1-2 teaspoons of water
*Optional: 1-2 sprays of magnesium oil under arms before application. Magnesium oil may burn. Test a couple drops first before using this option and don’t do this step if you just shaved.
*Don’t use metal for applying this paste. Try to use something free of heavy metals and toxins such as a wood spoon or your hands.
Apply the paste over your arm pits and allow it to sit for 5 – 20 minutes.
You can start with short periods of time in the beginning and work your way up. This will give you time to see how your body reacts. When I began my cleanse it was VERY evident that I was detoxing. I was a bit tired and a little foggy.
Redness can occur but won’t stay long and should dissipate quickly.
Repeat this method daily or whenever you’d like a super detox. Do it until you reach the desired affect.
Fitness Tips: You know those natural deodorants that NEVER work. Well there’s actually a cleansing cycle that happens when you stop using bars and roll on that decrease and prevent sweating! It’s as if your body finally has a chance to BREATH again! It pushes out all the toxins and with it extra sweat. For many, they don’t realize that this is part of the cleansing process. So before the natural deodorant has a chance to work, they’ve switched back to their trusty brand!
Making the Switch: How to transition to Natural Deodorants
Once you discover how bad standard deodorants are for your body, it’s likely that you’ll go searching for a healthier option. However, few brands tell you that there is transition period. Our “How to detox your arm pit” process above will help to make this transition better but you should still be aware what happens when you make the switch.
You could have these possible side affects during the first 5-14 days.
- Increased sweating
- Increased odor
- Detoxing as your body clears the toxins
Don’t let this deter you. Transitioning to natural deodorants could make a huge difference in your health and possibly save you from other harmful diseases.
Fitness Tips: Take your natural deodorant with you during the day and reapply every 3 – 4 hours if necessary. If you are a workout fiend, use a wash cloth to clean under your arms after your workout and reapply a fresh batch of natural deodorant. You can also shower and reapply more.
Fit Tip Daily Announcement (Updated 12/31/17) ….
Before you run off to buy these ingredients or dig around in your cabinet, we have one more thing to share with you! Fit Tip Daily has been working tirelessly to come up with it’s own brand of ALL NATURAL deodorant. We’ve created our own line called Everyday Essence !
Here are some key points before you buy….
- It’s made with 100% natural ingrediants
- It detoxes you daily while keeping you dry.
- We’ve chosen only 100% natural scents made from essential oils.
- Unlike other natural deodorants, it won’t break the bank!
- It free of Parabens, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, toxins, aluminum, and all other artificial ingredients.
Our first scent released is a unisex Lemon Grass scent!
Convinced? This could be a gradual process for many as you learn to trust that you don’t have to slather chemicals on daily to control sweat and odor. If you are easing into the process, try doing the detox for a month or two before making the full switch. You could even try using natural deodorants over the weekend. If you love this recipe or know someone who suffers from one of the many issues above, use our “share it” link to spread the word.