You might be surprised what’s causing hormone imbalance in women

In the areas of health I like people to think big picture.

I don’t want people to get stressed out about every bite they put in their mouth or trying to live perfectly. 

But sometimes when we focus on the big stuff…food, sleep, exercise (all important!) we forget about key “small stuff”. These small things can cause hormone imbalance in women.  
 
Don’t get me wrong. I love my products as much as the next gal and I would be lying if I told you everything in my bathroom cabinet is organic, cruelty free, green, non-toxic, etc. But as a woman with a hormone condition who also works with women suffering from hormone imbalance (responsible for many “regular issues” – including excess weight – than people realize), there are a few things I am increasingly insistent on.  

One of them is aluminum-free deodorant.

Anti-perspirant is something that most of us use everyday. The problem is that aluminum is the key ingredient in nearly every commercial product. And it causes symptoms of hormone imbalance in women. 

Aluminum is a xenoestrogen, a carcinogen, and a heavy metal that has been linked to depression, Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer. Studies actually show that aluminum absorbs better through your skin than orally.

The very way it works is by getting absorbed through your underarm skin to plug your sweat ducts. Near your breast tissue. Heavy metal. Every day. Starting to feel like big stuff…no?

A few months ago I talked about my 7 Steps to Hormone Balance. If you missed it you can read about it here.  

In that article, I talked about is the importance of avoiding xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens are endocrine disrupters that mimic estrogen in the body, wreaking havoc with everything from PCOS to menopause. They are direct contributors to issues such as fertility issues, endometriosis and breast cancer. They cause hormone imbalance in women. 

In addition, anti-perspirants work by blocking your natural detoxification system, whereas aluminum-free deodorants only mask the odor caused by bacteria under your arms. Not by blocking sweating. 

Here’s the thing.

Not being smelly is important. But do we really need armpits that smell like Pomegranate Lemon Verbana (whatever that is)? Probably not.


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Before you explore some alternatives for yourself – take note that not all natural deodorants are created equal.  

Many of these so called “natural” crystal deodorants don’t contain aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium compounds, but they actually still cause hormone imbalance and they contain aluminum that they cleverly disguise in the form of potassium alum (potassium aluminum sulfate!), so read your labels carefully.

For my part, I am still trying out different aluminum-free deodorants to see which ones work best with my body chemistry. This one is my current front runner.
 
The days of “oh I can get away with wearing this again” are likely behind me, but being smarter about what goes on my body and not just in it seems worth it. 

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