Sunny days and gym class become stressful when we are talking about the body odor. Over 90% of adults and adolescents in America use some type of antiperpspirant or deodorant in an effort to avoid smelliness. The latest research has shown that 80% of people do not genetically need antiperpspirant or deodorant, but use one anyway.
We smell the most when we actually sweat a lot. Sweat itself doesn’t smell. The reality is that the presence of bacteria in our armpit makes us stinky. The amino acids and lipids found in the sweat are broken down by these bacteria and turn it into substance that causes the body odor.
We are all aware of the frightening side effects of extensive use of antiperpspirant and deodorants.
The Armpit, Your Ecosystem
The armpit naturally has a pot of bacteria just like our gut. This part of the body is the most populated places on the surface of the body.
We have the same situation with our armpit just like our gut. It can be destabilized from certain antibiotics and foods that allow problematic microbes to take over and eliminate beneficial bacteria.
In order to be healthy, balance is our goal, like any ecosystem. It can be problematic at first if you abstain from these ecosystem, but beneficial and stabilize with time.
It’s not just about body odor
The recent study has shown that the whole body is actually linked to the microbial world. We learn that our attention, mood and digestion are influenced by the gut microbiome. Today we will present you an amazing way how to work with your microbiome, rather than against it. Let’s start:
1.The first thing you should do is to switch to milder soaps: strong surfactants such as SDS and SLS are contained in soaps. They actually eliminate the protective sebum (rich in good fats) that protects the skin. It would also be far more better environment for the good microbes to thrive.
2.Get Rid Of Aluminum – sweating is actually inhibited by aluminum. Today may “natural” companies are marketing their products as aluminum free because this ingredient has benn related with many health issues.
3.Check The Label- crystal deodorants are the cosmetic products that usually clam to be aluminum free. Do not forget to check the label. “Alum” is the ingredient which is still consisted in their content which is actually potassium aluminum sulfate. However, it does not make it totally aluminum free, while it is a still better option than most antiperspirants.
4.Triclosan and parabens represent the strong antibacterials with the worst destabilizing effect on the armpit microbiome. The presence of these chemicals makes it very difficult for good bacteria to survive