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Is Deodorant Dangerous?

Is Deodorant Dangerous?

Putting on deodorant is a normal part of our hygiene routines. It helps keep us smelling fresh and clean, but did you know that this common practice may be harming your health? This article will explain how deodorant can be a health concern and what you can do about it.

What does deodorant contain?

Aluminum chlorohydrate is one of the most common compounds used in antiperspirants. It is included in up to 25% of hygiene products and is typically added as an antiperspirant.  Aluminum salts plug sweat proteins that bind to the wall of the sweat duct, thus having an anti-sweating effect.

Triclosan is a compound shown to impact the body’s hormones and can interfere with hormonal signaling. Triclosan’s endocrine disrupting factors have been proven by a myriad of scientific studies and because of this, the FDA actually banned its use in hand soaps. It is still permitted in low amounts in items such as deodorant.

Diethanolamine (DEA) is a compound used in deodorant and other hygiene products that has been linked to increased risks of developing cancer.

Parabens are chemicals used in traditional care products that mimic estrogen’s role in the body. Parabens have been linked to the development of breast cancer.

How does deodorant impact the body?

When the above chemicals are applied to the skin, they are absorbed and can spread into tissues and even organ systems, causing possible disruption and may contribute to health issues and elevate cancer risks.   

Research shows that aluminum chlorohydrate, when applied to the skin showed 0.012% of the applied aluminum was absorbed through the skin, which accounted for 4 mcg of aluminum being absorbed following a single application.  Aluminum has been linked to a wide range of health issues, including Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Antiperspirants are also not recommended because the body has processes it uses to detoxify itself. Sweating is the body’s way of ridding itself of toxins and when you inhibit your bodies ability to remove contaminants, you do not expel dangerous things your body needs to get rid of. Sweating is a natural process that must be done in order to have the most optimal health possible.

What are alternatives to using traditional deodorant?

There are many holistic substances which can be used as natural deodorant options to control odor.

Rock crystal deodorant is a type of alternative deodorant which is made from a natural mineral salt called potassium alum. The potassium alum salt kills the bacteria that causes underarm odor. It is not an antiperspirant and you will still sweat, but the sweat will not smell.  This is beneficial because it allows your body to expel toxins without you smelling terrible.

To use: It must be applied to clean skin. It is recommended that you apply the rock crystal after you shower.  It is not like traditional deodorants and will not coat already sweaty areas. It only works if you apply it to clean skin to prevent smells. An easy trick if you cannot shower before applying is to wipe your underarms with soap and water with a washcloth before applying.

 You can also make your own natural deodorant with the following recipe:

HOW TO MAKE NATURAL DEODORANT

Ingredients

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp Shea Butter

1 Tbsp Beeswax Pellets

3/4 tsp Vitamin E Oil

2 Tbsp Cornstarch

10 drops Essential Oil of Choice

Instructions

Combine coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax in a heat safe container.

Add heat safe container into a small saucepan of simmering water to make a double boiler.

Allow mixture to heat.

Stir thoroughly.

Remove from the heat as soon as mixture is completely melted.

Add Vitamin E oil and cornstarch and stir until smooth.

Remove the sauce pan from the stove

Leave the container in the water to make the mixing easier.

Add in the essential oil.

Pour into storage container.

Allow the deodorant to cool completely.

Remember, sweating is the body’s process to remove toxins, so you want to be able to do so! Switching to a natural deodorant is a great way to help your body be healthier.

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5 Ways to Improve your Workout Routine

5 Easy Life Hacks to Improve your Workout Routine

Obviously, not everyone is a marathon runner or power lifting champion. Those with chronic health conditions may not be able to perform extensive exercises, however it is still important to stay as active as possible. There are many natural life hacks that can benefit your workout routine!

  • Detox!

If your body is overloaded with toxins from your environment or the processed, unnatural foods you eat, your body will struggle to maintain health. Detoxing with natural supplements such as bentonite clay or activated charcoal may give you the extra boost you need to achieve better health or lose weight.  Be sure you check with your healthcare provider before starting any supplement and outweigh the risks and benefits with your physician. Also be sure you are using a 100% pure, organic product!

  • Keep Moving!

Simple exercises such as walking or swimming are low impact and beneficial to the body. Little things like walking up and down stairs, climbing in and out of a bathtub or bending down to pick something up are ways we move our bodies without even realizing it. If you are struggling with exercise, start with 5 minutes of low impact stretching a day. Conditioning your body is a slow process. The point is just to keep moving and stay as active as possible.

  • Hydrate!

Water is what your body is made of. You need to stay hydrated to stay as healthy as possible. An easy step to improve your health is to drink adequate amounts of water and avoid sugary drinks.

  • Stay Positive!

If you are constantly stressed, your body is going to react to that. If your body goes into survival mode, it is going to slow your metabolism, store fat and not work properly. High stress is one of the worst things you can do to your body. Practicing healthy habits like meditation, having a positive mindset, avoiding negative people and performing relaxation techniques are great ways to manage stress.

  • Sleep!

Adequate rest and sleep are essential to being healthy. When your body is run down, exhausted and tired it cannot function at 100%!  Your body will be stressed out and that can cause increased cortisol levels and lead to weight gain. Rest when you are tired. Sleep the recommended amount of at least 8 hours a night.

 

 

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Back to School Life Hacks

Going back to school can be a stressful yet exciting time of year. There are many life hacks you can add to your child’s life to get the school year started right!

Below is a list of ways you can help your child get back to school easier.

  • Set a Sleep Schedule.

The National Sleep foundation recommends adults need at least 8 hours of sleep per night for adequate function and also suggest that children may need 10 to 12 hours, depending on their age.  It is important to set a regular sleep schedule with a consistent bedtime and wake up time to help your child function at their best capacity. A child who does not get enough sleep can be cranky and may not function as well during the day. They need proper sleep to learn and be their best selves!

 

  • Adequate Nutrition.

A breakfast of pop tarts, doughnuts or other sugary foods such as syrup covered pancakes or sugary cereals are not the healthiest choices for your child to eat before they head off to school. A balanced breakfast of a protein source such as eggs and organic milk is a much better option. Your child will be able to focus better and can avoid a sugar high with a nutritious breakfast.

Also, if you are packing your child’s lunch, be sure you are providing them with healthy options they will actually eat. Picky children may need to try a variety of healthy choices before sticking to a healthy snack they prefer. You are not helping your child in the long run if you only feed them processed, unhealthy snack foods.

 

 

  • Use Essential Oils.

Many children have separation anxiety when going back to school. Applying a small diluted amount of a comforting essential oil to your child’s neck, wrists and collarbone may help them feel calmer and have a better morning when you drop them off at school. Good examples of calming essential oils are lavender, sweet orange, chamomile and lime. Basically, any essential oil your child prefers can be safely applied in a diluted solution.  (Olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil or sunflower oil can be used for dilution)

 

Mornings can be quite hectic, so it can benefit you and your child to prepare for the next school day the night before. Create a system that ensures homework is completed and in its rightful place, lunches are prepared and bookbags are ready to go. You can also help your child find some autonomy by allowing them to help pick out their clothes for the next day!

 

 

  • Don’t forget to Play!

At the end of the day, you and your child will most likely be fatigued and need some sort of destressing. It is important to remember that children still need to be children. Ensure they have a time of play and are able to relax after being at school all day. You as a parent can use this time to learn about their day, speak with them and bond with your kids. Be a listening ear and encourage your child to communicate with you about how their day was. In the time between school, homework and bedtime those are the moments you can spend one on one with your kids.

 

Here’s to an amazing school year!

 

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Natural Ways to Protect yourself from Sun damage

Natural Ways to Protect yourself from Sun damage

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The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and the Food and Drug administration (FDA) has raised concerns over the chemical composition of sunscreen products. Many studies have shown that sunscreens contain chemicals that can seep into the bloodstream and may be linked to certain health problems.

But sun exposure itself comes with risks, so what can we do to protect ourselves from both UV rays and chemicals?

Natural Ways to Protect yourself from Sun damage

  • Avoid sunlight during the hours where the sun’s UV rays are the most dangerous (such as midday-afternoon)
  • Stay in the shade during outside activities.
  • Wear appropriate clothing that shields your skin from damage.
  • Avoid over-exposure to direct sunlight and wear proper skin protection.

You can use a natural sunscreen solution made with organic products to prevent sunburn without exposing yourself to chemicals in traditional sunscreen products. Below is a recipe you can make at home to protect you and your family from harmful UV rays in a more natural way.

 

Ingredients

  • 6 teaspoons Shea Butter
  • 8 teaspoons ofzinc oxide powder   
  • 12 teaspoons of choice carrier oil (almond, olive or jojoba)
  • 6 teaspoons of Vitamin E oil
  • 6 teaspoons of beeswax pellets

Instructions

  1. Melt shea butter and beeswax in double boiling pot on stove top.
  2. Once melted, mix in the carrier oil and vitamin E oil.
  3. Stir until blended.
  4. Carefully mix in the zinc oxide powder.
  5. It is recommended you wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose to avoid breathing in the powder.
  6. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients have blended.
  7. Allow mixture to cool.
  8. Pour mixture into glass container.
  9. Store in a cool, dry place away from kids and pets.

To Use

Apply a generous amount to areas which will be exposed to sunlight. Careful to avoid getting into eyes or mouth. Reapply as needed after swimming or excess sweating.

 

Sunshine is an important factor in human health, but common sense and moderation are key to living a healthy life. Please be responsible with your sun exposure.

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What are Wool Dryer Balls and Why You Should Use Them

What are Wool Dryer Balls and Why You Should Use Them

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Laundry is a task all adults have to manage, after all, clean clothes are a necessity in this life. But many people would be shocked to know that they are unknowingly exposing themselves to toxic chemicals by using items such as dryer sheets.

Researchers at the University of Washington, led by Dr. Anne Steinemann, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs, expounded research to discover the chemical composition of laundry products. They conducted a study that examined laundry detergents, dryer sheets, soaps, and many other household products from a wide variety of companies.

The study revealed that every single product which was tested emitted at least one chemical classified as toxic or hazardous and eleven of the tested products emitted at least one probable carcinogen according to EPA classification standards.

For the best health possible, it is important to eliminate as much toxic exposure as you can. A great way to do this is to replace the chemical laden products in  your home with natural, alternative solutions.

One of the household items you can easily replace are dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are filled with chemicals and can be switched with wool dryer balls!

What are wool dryer balls?

Wool dryer balls are exactly what they sound like, balls of 100% wool that are felted and rolled into a circle to make them extremely durable.

Why should I switch to wool dryer balls?

Dryer balls are a great natural alternative to traditional dryer sheets for a number of reasons.

  • Save Money! Wool dryer balls are more cost effective than spending money on dryer sheets. You can use dryer balls for years instead of using disposable dryer sheets that you cannot re-use.
  • Love the Planet! Wool dryer balls are eco-friendly and because they are a natural compound are biodegradable. You will eliminate the trash you would have accumulated by using disposable dryer sheets.
  • Eliminate Chemicals! You can make your laundry loads smell clean and fresh by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil right onto the wool dryer balls. You can get great smelling clothes, sheets and towels without exposing yourself to harsh toxins.

How do I use wool dryer balls?

Wool dryer balls are as simple to use as purchasing a 100% pure wool product and popping it into your dryer! You can use 2-6 balls depending on the size of your load.

Wool dryer balls are a wonderful natural alternative to keeping your laundry fresh without exposing yourself and your family to chemicals.

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