Personal health is a part of our lives that is commonly overlooked. As we gather all of the elements of living in accordance with a higher frequency, we often find that there are many outdated models of living that need an upgrade. Our underarm health holds many secrets to a higher state of living and the same ingredients that we choose to swipe under our armpits will stick with us at the cellular level. Many common ingredients in big brand deodorants contain aluminum, which can bioaccumulate in the body causing long-term ailments. Don’t sweat it though, let’s investigate the top 3 arm pit facts and some ways we can update our underarm habits for a healthier body and new style of living.
- Armpits are the direct doorway to your lymphatic system.
Our underarms actually hold the key to our lymphatic health. In fact, there are more than 20 lymph nodes in the armpit. These small lumps of tissue are a part of the lymphatic system (which helps fight infection.) That’s why it’s particularly important that we research and seek out products that are made with both integrity and the highest quality ingredients. Many antiperspirants do far more than block sweat – they also contain aluminum, a neurotoxin that has been linked to breast cancer and brain disorders. For women in particular, toxic deodorants paired with a tight bra can be detrimental to breast health as well as the functionality of the lymphatic system. These unnatural ingredients, such as parabens, have actually been found in breast tissue and breast cancers.
Pro-tip: Vote with your dollars and explore brands that have the Planet and People in mind. There are many natural deodorant brands available that are free of parabens, aluminum, and are made ethically too. Bonus points if you make your own! It’s simple, just mix these ingredients and add them into an empty container:
½ cup coconut oil.
½ cup of baking soda.
40 drops of your favorite essential oils.
Store in a cool, dry place, and voila – toxin-free underarms.
- It’s primal – armpits attract potential mates.
Surprisingly, our underarms are quite the aphrodisiac area. They are responsible for emitting the odorless chemicals called pheromones which unconsciously influence people and can attract potential “mates”. Pheromones play a pretty important role in the behavioral and reproduction biology of humans too. Anointing underarms with pure, botanical ingredients actually affect the unique scent that you emit. Contrastingly, when we apply unnatural products that block sweat, we are inhibiting this natural phermonal aroma.
Pro-tip: Infuse your underarms with essential oils to balance their delicate microbiome and embody your unique scent. Sandalwood, for example has plant pheromones that match our human pheromones beautifully. Just apply a couple of drops of this essential oil under your arms to amplify your scent and support healthy pheromones.
- Armpit sweat is like a health barometer.
The delicate underarm area is swimming with a team of beneficial bacteria. In fact, it has its very own microbiome. Personal hygiene products can make or break its rich biodiversity which is why its paramount to pick the most pristine quality. Look for ingredients that help to balance its biome. Powerful ingredients to seek out include: coconut oil (antimicrobial and soothing), zinc oxide (prevents odor),charcoal, baking soda, clay (protects against wetness and detoxifies pit tissue), or arrowroot powder (protects against wetness.) It’s also important to note that sweat is our bodies way of purging toxins, which support proper immune function and help prevent diseases. It’s simple, if you smell bad, you’re body is releasing the toxins. The more you rebalance your armpits’ microbiome, eat clean foods that purify the body (chlorella is an amazing detoxifier), and find fun ways to sweat it out (saunas and exercise do wonders), the less potent your BO will be.
Pro-tip: If razor burns are bumming you out, consider trimming your underarm hair. These follicles are excellent at binding with your pheromones (and essential oils of your choosing.) Not only that, allowing the hair follicles to grow naturally will enable the microbiome to flourish, rather than stripping the skin and leaving it bare to whatever is applied.
Follow the road to better health.
With every moment of awareness there is a newfound freedom in your personal health. Even if it’s a simple decision to swap out toxic personal products for something homemade, know that every small action leads to better decisions down the road. Seek out brands that uplift the biosphere and the people who make it possible to distribute them, investigate the labels, and above all, share your truth with the world.