(NaturalNews) It's no secret that common deodorants, while they smell fragrant and have pleasant-sounding names that make people feel as though they are rugged warriors or living in the tropics, are filled with body-damaging chemicals. Namely, aluminum compounds, parabens and phthalates are ingredients in many kinds of antiperspirants and deodorants designed to act as preservatives while also fending off offensive odors. (1)
These chemicals, however, are linked to having unsettling health consequences ranging from increasing the risk of Alzheimer's disease and breast cancers to leading to immune toxicity and irritation. (1)
Sadly, 90 percent of Americans opt to use these chemicals under their armpits on a daily basis. Not only is this habit potentially detrimental to health, but studies have found that their use is only temporary, spurring the ongoing cycle for continued, regular use of such deodorants. (2)
"The measures we utilize today do not take away the initial source: the odor causing bacteria," said Chris Callewaert, a Ph.D student specializing in microbial ecology at Ghent University. "Deodorants only mask unpleasant odors." He explains that deodorants that also act as antiperspirants may actually be making people smell worse, since they "work" by plugging up sweat glands and dramatically altering a thriving habitat of bacteria that's perfectly normal and necessary for the body.
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