Making changes with our lifestyle often comes with some adjustments, especially in regards to a new health regimen. When switching from conventional deodorant to a natural, chemical free one you might experience some symptoms of withdrawal from the antiperspirant (the chemicals that clog your pores).
When you make changes, such as you would experience with cutting gluten or sugar from your diet, your body can become uneasy with change as your body chemistry is shifting. This same type of transition of withdrawals can take place with your armpits as you move to an all-natural deodorant.
Some individuals will notice some slight irritation with redness and itching in the armpits after ditching their conventional deodorants and antiperspirants. The reason for the irritation is that conventional deodorants have been clogging the pores and preventing the body to naturally detox by releasing sweat.
Body odor that you may experience upon changing deodorant is caused by existing bacteria created by chemicals. This bacteria is living in the moist areas of your skin and having a reaction to your sweat by feeding on the substances in your perspiration and creating an odor. Another piece to the equation of body odor is your diet which will affect the odors your body releases. Processed foods are notorious for causing body odor. Processed foods with their refined sugars alter the pH levels of your body as they lack vitamins, minerals, and other vital nutrition compounds like chlorophyll which naturally deodorizes the body. So keeping your diet as raw and natural as possible will also help the war against body odor.
As the detoxification phase begins, individuals may experience bumps and swelling of the lymph nodes that are located under the armpit. Some individuals may even experience these symptoms in just one armpit. Since the pores of your armpits are no longer being closed off by chemicals (often times aluminum) you’re going to release sweat. This sweat contains toxins that were trapped in your pores, which subsequently causes an odor. It is important to remember that this is the natural response of our bodies in order to decrease body temperature and detox.
Reasons You Want to Detox Your Armpits
- Your lymph nodes need a break and to breathe, as congested pores can lead to infection and long term implications such as cancer
- Lower your toxic load within your body
- Lowered hormonal disruption to help with everything from mood and energy to longevity
- All natural deodorants will actually block odor, after removal of toxins you can experience fresh armpits
Healthy armpits can be achieved with some extra steps to speed up the detoxifying period. There’s a few different techniques to get your armpits fresh smelling during the transition period. Here’s some of our favorite protocols that you can try.
Bentonite clay has some great detoxifying qualities with its ability to absorb and remove toxins. When mixed with water or apple cider vinegar (for more pH Balancing oomph) the mixture will turn into a thick paste. Apply the mixture to your armpits as the clay will harden, in roughly 20 minutes time, and pull out toxins and naturally kill the bacteria deep within the armpit pores. Use this method once a day for a week to give your armpits a thorough detoxification.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon, or Witch Hazel
Apple cider vinegar and lemon are powerful ingredients that alkalize the body and neutralize bad bacteria like those in your armpits which can lead to a foul odor. We recommend after a bath or shower to apply either lemon or apple cider vinegar to your armpits. Allow the armpits to dry before going to apply deodorant which is optional. Some of the quickest detoxifications come with removing both deodorant and antiperspirants all together. Witch hazel can also be used in place of ACV or lemon with this protocol.
Baking Soda Method
Baking soda is one of the best ingredients on the earth for pH balancing the body. To detox your armpits with baking soda make sure you clean your armpits and while wet apply ALUMINUM FREE baking soda and leave on for 15 minutes or longer then wipe clean. Repeat this procedure each day for a week or longer.
If you’re still having odor issues after a detox you can use dry brushing of the armpits which is proven to help improve lymph circulation. Simply take a dry brush with coarse bristles and brush the skin towards the heart. This stimulates the glands of your armpit, opening the pores and will get rid of dead skin cells. The practice encourages the movement of lymph and blood in underlying organs and tissues of the body which helps clear toxins that have been built up.
Armpit hygiene has become complicated once our generations moved to synthetic products to cover up our natural pheromones. Once we started using synthetic fragrances and antiperspirants our lymph nodes have become unhealthy and bearing odors when those conventional deodorants protection wears out or is not present like when you shower and forget to put on deodorant for the day. Performing an armpit detox and moving back to our natural ways will allow your body to be more forgiving with producing odor and protect you from diseases associated with chemicals in body products like Alzheimer’s and cancer. Test these methods and let us know about your results. Here’s to odor free and healthy armpits!!