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How to be Proactive in the Bathroom Part I: What’s in your Crevice?

By August 12, 2016 One Comment

By crevices, I mean armpits. Obviously. What else would I be talking about? Armpits are the forgotten nooks & crannies of the body, yet what you do with this area (or don’t do) can greatly influence your health. Everything in the body is connected, right?

The deodorant you use can help your body function more easily, fluidly and cleanly…or not. Let’s address two topics here: 1) The need for your body to sweat (yes, your armpits are meant to sweat!) and 2) Your lymph system – your body’s clever waste removal system.

Just like the rest of your body, your armpits contain sweat glands that secrete sweat to maintain a balance in your body’s temperature (when you sweat, your body is naturally cooling itself so it doesn’t overheat). Your sweat doesn’t just help you keep a happy body temp, it also releases whatever toxins need to be released at the time. You do this by peeing it out or sweating it out. So if you use a deodorant that contains an antiperspirant (one that prevents you from sweating), you’re not able to release this sweat (or your body’s waste). Uh oh! Where does it go? Hmm…I guess it just hangs around in your body like a bad case of constipation (we’ll get to this stubborn subject in a bit).

That’s just asking for trouble, friends. On top of all this sweat producing yumminess, your armpits are neighbors with your lymph nodes (which can be found in various parts of your body). Your lymph system helps remove the waste your body makes. If you use a deodorant that contains chemicals or unnatural ingredients, do you really want that getting absorbed into your lymph system? I’m guessing this makes it really tough for your lymph system to do its job – taking out waste. It’s like throwing away trash when the trash can is already full. It can only handle so much.

Here is a natural deodorant I love because 1) I don’t stink when I use it, 2) You get a lot of use out of it, and 3) Their different scent options smell naturally yummy. With any products I recommend, I do not get paid by the companies, I simply appreciate them and enjoy sharing the non-toxic love with you.
Primal Pit Paste
The name “pit paste” has such a lovely ring to it. I feel like you should say it with a British accent. We buy ours on Thrive Market.

“This product is hand-crafted to ensure that every jar only contains the finest organic products. NO Aluminum, NO Parabens, NO Toxic Chemicals, NO Fragrances, NO Corn, NO Gluten, NO GMOs and absolutely NO Bad Stuff!!”

Ingredients (they’re actually real ingredients!): Organic Shea Butter, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Non-Aluminum Baking Soda, Organic Coconut Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Non-GMO Vitamin E derived 100% from Sunflowers.1000x200 blog titles-13If you’re the DIY type (or want to be), homemade deodorant is easier than you might think! We started making our own deodorant once we learned how few ingredients it actually takes. We’re also frugal kids and you can save heaps when making your own. Matt started by researching online, looking at different recipes (found on blogs) and such. We already happened to be experimenting with our own body butter and beeswax candles, so we had some ingredients on hand. For example, we purchased shea butter, cocoa butter and beeswax at Bulk Apothecary, and our arrowroot powder and baking soda at Thrive Market. I will plan to post a separate blog sharing all the nooks and crannies of making your very own deodorant (please be patient, I’m in Europe while writing this and will have to wait to play with our homemade deodorant until we return to the states!). If you can’t wait until that post and use other resources, I recommend making sure it has arrowroot powder and baking soda, both powerful ingredients for de-stanking your crevices.1000x200 blog titles-12Do you smell? Seriously, do you feel like your armpits (or mouth or other bacteria loving crevices) smell more than they should? What you eat (or don’t eat) can make a difference in your “scent”. When I began eating more plant-based foods, I noticed a change in my “stank”. It’s not that I all of a sudden smell like sweet jasmine all the time, I simply don’t sweat the same way. It feels like a cleaner sweat. My breath also improved. So if you’re totally struggling with your body odor or bad breath, think about changing up your eating habits. Eat more whole, plant-based foods and definitely less sugar (sugar hides in mysterious places, I mean crevices. Be forewarned). Word.

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