One of the most important changes you can make to your personal care routine is replacing your underarm antiperspirant with an all-natural, fragrance-free deodorant.
Why should we eliminate the use of antiperspirant? Because the body needs to sweat. Sweat carries toxins and waste products from the inside to the outside of the body. Additionally, sweating is the body's way of regulating internal temperature. If we prevent the body from sweating by plugging the pores with chemical crap, which is how most antiperspirants work, we are not only causing a build-up of waste at an area dense with lymph nodes that will absorb and redistribute these harmful wastes, but also forcing the body to operate at a higher-than-ideal temperature.
So, how do we quit the antiperspirant habit without smelling like a street corner bum?
- Step 1: Toss your antiperspirant in the trash and get comfortable with your sweat.
- Step 2: Buy a stick of Crystal.
|Don't worry, boys. They come in manly colors, too.|
Sure, there are lots of natural deodorant products out there, but don't waste your time. Crystal is the simplest, the cheapest, and the only one that works.
How does it work? This natural deodorant is made from mineral salts. When applied to clean skin, these salts create an environment that is inhospitable to the bacteria that feed on our sweat and cause the distinctive aroma we call "B.O." The salts are completely biodegradable. (The roll-on version contains cellulose for consistency, but I don't recommend the roll-on. I found it didn't work as well. I've never tried the spray. Just get the stick.)
Widely available at drug and health food stores, one stick costs between 5 and 7 dollars. It's odorless, it's invisible, and it lasts forever. One application applied immediately after your shower will last for 24 hours. I've had my current stick for more than two years, and there's still plenty left.
When you first switch to a mineral salt deodorant, you might find that you seem to sweat profusely. This is just a phase. After the body has adjusted to its new, more efficient regulatory function, you will sweat less and, provided you eat a simple, whole food diet and do some sort of exercise each day (Ashtanga yoga, for example), you will sweat clean. You will also feel better, knowing that you've made a simple, lasting effort to improve your health, save money, and reduce your environmental impact.
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HINT: The formulas are the same, but the men's stick is usually cheaper.
Readers: Have you tried the Crystal? Is there a natural alternative you like better? Let me know in the comments!