My March Mantra
More chewing, less food
More movement, less television
More productivity, less procrastination
More water, less coffee
More gardening, less grocery shopping
More media-free meals, less mindless flipping/surfing/browsing
More time outside, less time inside
Turns out it’s still winter (or finally winter?) here in central Virginia. I woke up to a beautiful blanket of white and it’s still coming down heavy. Fortunately/unfortunately Charlottesville shuts down at the first sign of snow (must be a Southern thing), which is good because all I want to do is sit in my PJ’s, drink
coffee tea, and watch the snow fall but it’s a bad thing because no patients means no money-making today!
I’ve been wanting to share a little underarm update with you for several weeks and now’s as good a time as any.
Back in January I gave up antiperspirant because of the research linking aluminum exposure with breast cancer and Alzheimers.
Aluminum is present in our daily lives in ways that we don’t even think of, such as most food items containing baking powder, tap water, toothpaste, table salt and other food additives, cookware. I know that I can’t eliminate all aluminum exposure from my life but there are a few simple things that I can do to cut it down.
Like forgoing commercial antiperspirants.
Just like many readers told me would happen, I did indeed go through a stinky stage. Gross, I know. It wasn’t that bad, I just had to shower daily (which I usually do anyway) and refresh my (natural) perfume a little more often. During this time I experimented with a few different all-natural commercial deodorants.
I now use three different types on deodorant, depending on the time of day and where I am. Thanks to reader suggestions, my favorite is a simple mix of coconut oil and baking soda. I just melt a few tablespoons of virgin, unrefined coconut oil, add in a teaspoon or two of baking soda, and I’ve got deodorant! I rub a little pea-sized ball under my armpit when I get out of the shower then continue with my moisturizing routine and work the leftover oil into my hands. There is something I really enjoy about this little ritual!
Other times of day I use either the crystal roller or a spray made from rubbing alcohol, lavender essential oil, and tea tree oil. This homemade spray is supposedly very similar to the Weleda deodorant spray, for a fraction of the cost.
I am now happily stink free* and my aluminum exposure has been reduced!
*Dehydration/excessive amounts of coffee or garlic can still make me smelly. If you want to give up antiperspirant I suggest that you focus on drinking plenty of water (more than usual) during the initial few weeks to, umm, make the transition easier.
I found this article, Dangers of Aluminum from Global Healing Center, interesting. It offers concise lists of sources of aluminum in our lives and associated risks.
Time for a little living room yoga! #iwillmovetoday